Central Oregon enjoys the predominately dry climate of the Great Basin. Sunny days, low humidity, and cool nights provide the most common weather pattern.
[Month – High | Low]
January – 41F | 21F
February – 46F | 24F
March – 50F | 24F
April – 57F | 28F
May – 65F | 34F
June – 73F | 40F
July – 82F | 44F
August – 80F | 43F
September – 74F | 37F
October – 63F | 31F
November – 49F | 26F
December – 43F | 23F
Moderate days and cool nights characterize Bend’s year-round climate. Because of high altitude and clear air, nighttime temperatures average 30F to 40F below daytime highs. Evenings are generally cool, even in the summer, requiring sweaters or jackets. Annual temperature extremes show that only one year out of five has a temperature colder than -17F or warmer than 100F. Frost can occur during any summer month.
The average annual precipitation in Bend is less than 12 inches, over half falls between November and February, often as snow. Brief thunderstorms usually provide most of the light summer rain. The average annual snowfall is 33.8 inches. Snow depth in Bend exceeds 24 inches in only one winter out of twenty. At Mt. Bachelor, the ski resort 22miles southwest of Bend snow normally reaches depths of 160 to 180 inches.
Bend has the highest average number of sunny days in the state. Clear days average 158 days per year with an additional 105 days that are mostly sunny. Many of the remaining days provide substantial sunshine. Days that are totally cloudy do not often occur.
Surface winds prevail out of the South and Southeast from October to February, then West and Northwest for the remaining months. Wind speeds average from 5 to 7 mph most months.
Because severe frosts have occurred as late as May 31st and as early as September 1st, the general advice is to plan for a 92 day growing season. Any transplanting of annual bedding plants in Bend before Memorial Day involves an element of risk. Some of the lowest minimums on record have occurred during the months of June, July, and August.
The High Desert
Located in the Central Oregon High Desert, you’ll enjoy warm summers with low humidity. The Cascade Mountain peaks do an excellent job breaking up the clouds flowing from the Oregon coast, making sure that they capture every snowflake available for winter sports enthusiasts. Mild winters and summers make Bend, Oregon a comfortable decision for vacation plans.
You can download a copy of the Oregon Winter Driving Guide here to help you arrive safely at your destination. Also, head over to Tripcheck to check the latest road conditions and view area webcams.
Here’s a word to the wise; if you don’t like the weather in Central Oregon, wait five minutes.