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3 College Junior

Weather: The gloomy skies make it easier to study.

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3 College Junior

Weather: People will tell you that you won't ever see the sun again, but that's not true. Yes, it rains. Yes, it's grey a lot. But it doesn't get too cold, it hardly snows, and fall, spring, and summer are gorgeous.

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: I really like the weather at Reed. It does rain a lot and only the beginning and ends of the school year are some-what hot.Most days are cloudy which I like.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Oregon drizzle is conducive of study. Better winters here than in New England or Midwest, but they can get boring. I managed to run outside a few days a week while at Reed, and the wet weather didn't get in the way. Senior year there was an unusual "drought" in February and March: 55-60 degrees and sunny. Better bring rain wear as it probably will never happen again.

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2 College Freshman

Weather: Rain Rain Go Away – It is always rainy or cloudy. Or at least it feels that way. When a sunny day rolls in many people are outside, some of them are naked, trying to soak up what sun they can while it lasts.

If you like rain, it's okay...


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Remember the passage in the Bible about how it rained for 40 days and 40 nights? Well, most students equate Portland to that biblical world of yore—except that Portland, for the most part, receives proper drainage. Portland, like most of the Pacific Northwest, possesses a reputation for rain, and it does not live down the stereotype, for it rains almost all the time. Most students have accepted the rain as a way of life, believing that the right weather gear and a positive attitude can guide any weary student through the trial-by-water that is Portland. Although students do gripe about the conditions, most accept and eventually come to cherish Portland's weather. However, if you can't stand rain, then you need read no further—if you don't mind rain or believe that you can deal with the constantly depressing weather, then read on.

Beyond being constantly inundated with a deluge from the sky, Reed suffers from a constant cold front from October to early March. During that period, in which most of the year's education falls, the weather hovers around the upper 40s, occasionally dipping into the 30s when it feels especially cruel. However, most Reedies remedy the near-freezing weather through warm winter clothing, and if you spend a few dollars at any clothing outlet, then you too can be adequately prepared for the cold Portland winter. However cold the winter may be, the rewards it offers greatly trump any inconveniences the cold weather might present. From warm chocolate milks in front of roaring dorm fires to building snowmen when the weather gods grace Reed with a rare glimpse of snow, the cold weather only hurts if you run outside without adequate preparation.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 61 °F
Spring - Low: 45 °F
Summer - High: 78 °F
Summer - Low: 56 °F
Fall - High: 63 °F
Fall - Low: 48 °F
Winter - High: 48 °F
Winter - Low: 37 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 3.48 in./month
Summer: 0.94 in./month
Fall: 3.90 in./month
Winter: 5.95 in./month
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