Powers, Oregon

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Powers is a city in Coos County, Oregon, United States. The population was 734 at the 2000 census.

It is 21 miles south of Oregon Route 42 at Myrtle Point on Powers Highway (Oregon Route 542) (also known as Forest Road 33 (Agness Road),[3] on the south fork of the Coquille River.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km²), of which, 0.8 square miles (2.1 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (3.61%) is water. The city is in a river canyon, surrounded by towering mountains.

Climate

Powers has cool, very wet winters and warm, mostly dry summers.

The influence of the Pacific Ocean moderates the climate, especially in the summer when the temperature regularly drops into the upper forties to lower fifties at night. The coolest month, January, has an average maximum temperature of 52.7 °F (11.5 °C) and an average minimum of 35.2 °F (1.8 °C). August is the warmest month with an average maximum of 78.7 °F (25.9 °C) and an average minimum of 50.5 °F (10.3 °C). The highest temperature recorded was 104 °F (40 °C) on August 8, 1978, and the lowest temperature was 5 °F (−15 °C) on December 31, 1990. Annually, there are 6.5 days with highs of 90°F (32°C) or higher and 45.1 days with lows of 32°F (0°C) or lower.

Average annual rainfall is 60.74 inches (1,543 mm) and there are an average of 138 days with measurable precipitation. The wettest year was 1996 with 95.35 inches (2,422 mm) and the driest year was 1976 with 31.69 inches (805 mm). The most rainfall in one month was 26.99 inches (686 mm) in November 1973. The greatest 24-hour rainfall was 6.25 inches (159 mm) on November 19, 1996.

While snow is common during the winter on the mountains surrounding Powers, the city itself averages only 2.5 inches (64 mm) of snow each year. The snowiest year was 1950 when 18.4 inches (470 mm) fell, including 18.0 inches (460 mm) in January. The most snow in 24 hours was 8.0 inches (200 mm), recorded on February 2, 1989, and again on February 3, 1989.[4]

History

In 1914, according to Oregon Geographic Names, the city was named for A.H. Powers, vice president and general manager of the Smith-Powers Logging Company. Powers post office was established in 1915.

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