Summer vs Winter: You choose

From the coldest temps in years to maybe the hottest week ever, this is 2017

Side-by-side file photos of Portland in the summer and the winter (KOIN, file)
Side-by-side file photos of Portland in the summer and the winter (KOIN, file)


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Record-shattering heat. Record-setting snow. Welcome to Oregon 2017.

What would you rather have — high heat or freezing rain? Take our poll at the bottom of this story.

KOIN 6 News reporter and anchor Chris Holmstrom jumps into the Willamette River on August 2, 2017. (KOIN)
KOIN 6 News reporter and anchor Chris Holmstrom jumps into the Willamette River on August 2, 2017. (KOIN)

It was just in March that Portland city officials said they learned their lessons from the Wicked Winter of 2016-17: Twenty more snow plows. Designating hundreds of additional lane miles for de-icing and plowing. Using salt to melt ice and snow during storms.

And that was less than a month after Portland experienced its rainiest-ever February: 10.36 inches of rain at the Portland International Airport and reported 12.18 inches in downtown Portland for the 28 days of February.

Just after the first of the year, Portland had its coldest day since 2013, when the low hit 11, breaking a record set way back in 1950.

Now, fast forward to summer, and here we are — record setting heat, maybe even the all-time hottest in Portland.

The all-time record for Portland is 107 degrees, which was set back in August 1981. Both Wednesday and Thursday of this week, could approach very similar temperatures.

Dogs in the back of a car, June 23, 2017 (KOIN)
Dogs in the back of a car, June 23, 2017 (KOIN)

Ice cream sales skyrocketed. At the Portland Ice Cream Company, grocery carts filled with ice cream orders have been flying out of the sub zero walk-in refrigerator since 7 a.m. Tuesday.

ODOT reminded drivers not to let their cars overheat. Safety advocates reminded people not to leave their kids and pets in cars for even a short time.

TriMet was slowed, power outages were reported, your electric bill went up — although those things happened in the winter, too. Burn bans are in place (just months after Oregon emerged from a drought for the first time in years.)

 

So, what would you rather have — high heat or freezing rain?