300 Days of Sunshine
Looking for warm, but not oppressively humid? How about snow without bitter cold? Do you like sunshine? If you said yes to any of these questions, then Bend is the place for you.
Bend is nestled into the eastern foothills of the Cascade Mountains at an elevation of 3,623 feet. The Pacific rains that pummel Portland and Seattle hit the mountains and drop their moisture, providing the abundant snow that make Mt. Bachelor a premier skiing location, but buffering towns this side of the Cascade range from all that precipitation.
So, leave your umbrella behind. Annual rainfall in Bend is only about 12 inches, with about 34 inches of snow that tends to melt soon after it falls.
Little rain means few clouds and no humidity. The sun shines brightly in Central Oregon, but the temperatures are moderate. In the middle of summer highs usually are in the 80s or 90s, and without humidity, any spot of shade is enough to cool off. Come evening, temperature usually drops 20 or 30 degrees. Sleeping is easy when crisp, clean breezes blow through open windows.
The northerly latitude also ensures long summer days. In the winter, when the days are shorter, clear skies provide lingering glow after sunrise and sunset.
The value of clear air and sky doesn’t end when the sun goes down, either. Head out into the desert or up into the mountains for some stargazing. When’s the last time you were able to see the Milky Way so clearly?
Some people might call Bend’s weather boring. We call it perfect.