PORTLAND, Ore. – Rain is here!
After three dry months without significant rainfall, it appears the Rose City will get its first real dousing beginning Sunday night.
The National Weather Service says there will be widespread off and on rain showers Monday and Tuesday after the wet weather arrives on Sunday.
KGW meteorologist Rod Hill said forecast models indicate Portland could get up to a half-inch of rainfall.
“This will be the first significant rain in three months and should give Northwest wildfires a good soaking,” Hill said.
Earlier this summer, Portland went 57 days without rain, the third longest dry streak in the city's history. That’s in stark contrast to what Portland experienced during the winter and spring, when record rainfall hit the area.
The precipitation will be a welcome sight to Oregonians throughout the state after a harsh fire season, undoubtedly influenced by the dry conditions. More than 20 wildfires are burning across the state, including the Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge and the 185,000-acre Chetco Bar Fire in Southern Oregon.