Oregon is known for its diverse flora and fauna. But what makes this range of plant and animal life possible? According to conservationist Phillip Elden, it is, at least in part, due to the temperate climate of the region. There are four distinct seasons in Oregon but none of them are extreme.
Spring is the wet season, says Phillip Elden. But contrary to how the state is depicted in the media, it doesn’t rain every day. Instead, Oregon has warm weather with many days full of sunshine. Showers are common but often clear out by noon, leaving plenty of sun to help the colorful trees of the season bloom.
From July through September, Oregon is warmer, sometimes hitting 100 degrees. Phillip Elden notes that humidity is reasonable and rarely jumps higher than 60 percent. The best part about summer in the state is the long days. Darkness doesn’t fall until well after 9:30 and June can stay daylight until after 10PM.
Phillip Elden says fall in Oregon is a sight to behold. The trees begin to turn various shades of red and yellow and the squirrels and other small animals are busy preparing for the winter ahead. Temperatures start to dip a little each night, and, by the end of October, the thermometer at night often falls below 50 degrees.
Winter lasts from November through late March, although Oregon actually doesn’t get heavy snow most of the time, except in the mountains. Instead, Phillip Elden reports that a light coating of white — around 2 inches — may fall a few times each year. This usually melts away by the afternoon, leaving the ground damp and the children home to enjoy a day out of school.