PO Box 1360
110 E Main Street
Ashland, OR 97520
Phone: (541) 482-3486
Fax: (541) 482-2350
Contact: Dana Welsh
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
Ashland Oregon Chamber of Commerce / Your Life / RELOCATION INFORMATION / WEATHER & CLIMATE
Weather & Climate
Clear blue skies and more sunshine then most places in Oregon….four distinct seasons with the mild climate of the Mediterranean. Ashland is located 15 miles north of the California border on Interstate 5 at the south end of the Rogue Valley, sitting about 2,000 feet above sea level. Mt. Ashland rises above to the south, 7,600 feet high, and the Cascade Range lies about 30 miles to the east. Ashland is 365 miles north of San Francisco and 290 miles south of Portland. Although the climate is fairly mild, there are four distinct seasons. The hills across the valley turn green with the spring rains and golden brown in summer’s heat. Fall brings crisp days and chilly nights along with the colors of the leaves turning. Summer highs are typically in the 80s, with lows in the 50s, but there is approximately six weeks of highs in the 90s, and it usually exceeds 100 sometime in August. Winter highs run in the mid-40s, with lows in the 30s. Typically Ashland’s winter is made up of cold, clear winter days. When it does snow in town it usually melts by midday, but typical snow levels reside approximately 3500’ elevation and higher.
Despite Oregon’s reputation for rain, Ashland averages only 19 inches per year, plus 10 inches of snow on the valley floor. Mt. Ashland receives on average 300” of snow. In USDA Zone 7, we have a growing season of 170 days starting April 30. Ashland’s climate is ideal for gardening, and is especially conducive to growing roses and vegetables such as vine-ripened tomatoes. Since the turn of the 20th century, the orchard industry has played a prominent role in our agriculture and we are still known as "pear country." The climate is also conducive to growing grapes, with the capacity to accommodate over 250 varietals.
General Climate Information:
Location: Ashland is located 14 miles north of the California border. We are located 350 miles north of San Francisco and 285 miles south of Portland, Oregon.
Elevation: Ashland 's elevation is 2,000 feet above sea level.
Terrain: Set in the foothills of the Cascade and Siskiyou Mountain ranges
Average High, Summer 82.3 degrees
Average High, Winter 48.9 degrees
Average Rainfall: 19.19 inches per year
Average Snowfall: 8.38 inches per year
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