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Where's the sun? Portland has had just 3 sunny, mild days this winter

PORTLAND, Ore. -- We get the sense people are starting to notice the lack of sun lately. While the fall and winter season is typically dominated by clouds in Portland, it seems we've managed to "out-cloudy" ourselves this year.

The data seems to back it up -- the last time Portland had an official sunny day (as in 30 percent or less cloud cover observed) was on Feb. 13 - nearly a month ago! It was sunny and 53 that day (with a morning low of 29!), in case it's already faded into your memory banks.

In fact, since the start of October, Portland has had just seven official sunny days, below the average of 17 we have in a typical year during that time period. How bad is that? It's even worse than Seattle, which has had nine.

But before you think Portlanders at least have had a week's worth of winter break, four of those sunny days in January were accompanied by morning temperatures in the 20s and highs of 35 or colder, so it's not like the sun actually helped for a warm day.

So our three sunny and mild days since the start of October? October 11th (66 degrees), November 8th (68 degrees) and the aforementioned Feb. 13.

Now, luckily not every other day has been overcast. Portland has managed 29 other days considered "partly sunny" in those five-plus months, ranging from 40-70 percent cloud cover. To save those who miss the sun any anguish, I'll leave it as an exercise for the reader to calculate how many overcast days that has meant.

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