Understanding Bend's suckalicious weather actually is pretty easy once you master a few basic facts:
- Bend is in the Pacific Northwest, which means that (even though it's in the "rain shadow" of the Cascades) it's likely to be cloudy.
- Bend is at 3,600 feet altitude and 44 degrees north latitude, which means it will be cold.
- Bend is next to a mountain range, which means the weather will be erratic -- sunny one minute, cloudy the next; 80 degrees one day, 40 the next.
As a rule of thumb, generally the weather in Bend during the (so-called) spring and summer months is pretty consistently two months behind the weather in places with a more normal climate. The following is a handy guide for those planning a trip or (god forbid!) a move to Bend. Feel free to print it out and save it:
January in Bend is like January in other places.
February is like February.
March is like February.
April is like March.
May is like March.
June is like April.
July is like May.
August is like June.
September is like September (if we're lucky).
October is like September (if we're lucky).
November is like November.
December is like December.