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C., was incorporated 29 years after the incorporation of Vancouver, Washington, and more than 60 years after the name Vancouver was first used in reference to the historic Fort Vancouver trading post on the Columbia River.City officials have periodically suggested changing the U. city's name to Fort Vancouver to reduce confusion with its larger and better-known northern neighbor.Army presence in Vancouver was very strong, as the Department of the Columbia built and moved to Vancouver Barracks, the military reservation for which stretched from the river to what is currently Fourth Plain Boulevard and was the largest Army base in the region until surpassed by Fort Lewis, 120 miles (190 km) to the north.Built on the old company gardens and skirmish range, Pearson Army Field (later Pearson Field) was a key facility, and at one point the US Army Signal Corps operated the largest spruce cut-up plant in the world to provide much-needed wood for airplanes.Both are classified as dry-summer subtropical (Csb) on the Köppen climate classification, with certain key exceptions.High pressures east of the Cascade Range create something of a venturi effect, leading to cold east winds down the Columbia River Gorge.Chkalov was originally scheduled to land at an airstrip in nearby Portland, Oregon, but redirected at the last minute to Vancouver's Pearson Airfield.Today there is a street named for him in Vancouver.
The city of Vancouver Vancouver lies just north of Portland, Oregon and shares a similar climate.
Many Pacific Northwest residents distinguish between the two cities by referring to the Canadian city as "Vancouver, B.
C." and the United States city as "Vancouver, Washington," or "Vancouver, USA." Local nicknames include: "Vantucky" (though the nickname is often used as a derogatory term)" In 2013, the nickname "Vansterdam" surfaced as a result of the legalization of marijuana in the state of Washington.
The 1948 Memorial Day flood almost topped the Interstate Bridge's support piers and completely destroyed nearby Vanport, Oregon.
Other unusual storms include the Columbus Day windstorm of 1962 and an April 5, 1972 tornado which rated F3 on the Fujita scale, striking a local school.