Right now

Portland looks just like you’d think.

This time of year always feels the most essentially Portland to me. Like spring and summer are somehow faked.

What time of year does your hometown feel most like itself to you? (Fellow Portlanders, feel free to disagree with me…)

You Might Also Like

  • cooverart
    November 5, 2006 at 9:13 pm

    I agree with you. I can’t stand the long dry Portland summer months. This is why I moved here!

  • intendent
    November 5, 2006 at 10:35 pm

    winter in Illinois feels…real.

  • dirtylibrarian
    November 6, 2006 at 8:05 am

    Is it downright torrentual down there? Because it has been dumping here. I like rain, but it was so noisy last night I kept having bad dreams about people breaking into my basement. Bleh.

  • indy1725
    November 6, 2006 at 8:07 am

    yeah, for me, as a northwest kid, it’s not so much the rain falling as it is that the streets are wet. It struck me just this year, actually, that first day after it rained again, and i could see the taillights of the cars reflecting on the streets, that it finally looked right.

  • quirkybird
    November 6, 2006 at 11:20 am

    Being a Seattle native…yeah, this mono-season feels like it’s in an eternal continuum with all those that came before. Summers are individual and surreal, like recurring dream episodes; the rainy season hits, and I am five/thirteen/seventeen and riding to school in the rainy post-dawn all over again.

  • invertedreptile
    November 6, 2006 at 4:19 pm

    i agree about summer, but spring is very portlandy. its schitzophrenic rain/sun hot/cold short attentionspan funtimes seem very right to me. it doesnt really settle down to what you can reasonably call summer until at least mid june, usually. my favorite thing about spring is the sunshowers, where its shining brightly out but there are huge dark clouds and rainbows and torrential rain.

  • anonymous
    November 6, 2006 at 4:50 pm

    Chicago is kind of everything, sometimes all in the same day. Essential Chicago is right about now when at the beginning of the week it could be snowing (like it did the first week in October) and by the end of the week it’s 60 and sunny (like it was the end of the first week in October). I’m also glad to see Rules of Hearts is on its way!

  • bondgwendabond
    November 7, 2006 at 5:38 pm

    I am TOTALLY in love with Portland after visiting there a couple of weeks ago. C could bike in joy and freedom. Want. To. Move.

    That said: Hope you’re high and dry and safe from all the flooding.

  • saintsegar
    November 7, 2006 at 9:31 pm

    Probably I’m biased (rainy fall days bring back fond memories of “indoor recesses” spent playing Stratego or drawing), but blazing hot, humid summers in Michigan always feels wrong to me somehow. Fall here is just right, with either gray rain or crisp clear cold air and the leaves changing to red and gold. However, I feel proudest here in winter, when I’m reminded that I know not just how to survive four feet of snow and relentless sub-zero cold but how to take it in stride. This’ll be my first winter in my new Focus, and I can’t wait to see if it sorts out unplowed snowy roads as handily as my old Escort beater did.

  • thisisnotanlj
    November 7, 2006 at 10:23 pm

    it has been, intermittently, yes. flood warnings etc.

  • anonymous
    November 10, 2006 at 11:41 am

    San Francisco is most itself in what passes for summer around here, and can be summarized by the typical morning weather report: “foggy and cool at the ocean and warmer inland”. It’s most especially itself when you have cool mornings, hot afternoons, and cool evenings with a light layer of fog that comes and goes over the western half of the city, making it a challenge to dress appropiately if your daily round requires you to cross the fogline.


  • david_devereux
    November 13, 2006 at 9:27 pm

    London works best in spring or autumn, I think. Winter can be too miserable and hot sticky summers of the type we’ve been getting over the last few years are just wrong. But in the intermediate seasons we have the not-unexpected rain, and it’s cool, and then there are sudden spats of blazing sunshine that make you lift your head and see the city as beautiful again. It’s a combination of many things, and that suits London well.

    Happy birthday, by the way. I’m here via .

  • anonymous
    December 14, 2006 at 10:03 am

    Portland without rain is the same as a desert without sand. Beautiful photos.