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One Of The Wettest Years For PDX

by Rod Hill

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Posted on December 22, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Updated Sunday, Dec 30 at 9:46 PM

Here is an update to the soaker of a year 2012 has been so far.  Usually we talk about the water year, which runs from Oct. 1st through Sept. 30th.  The dates correspond with the mountain snow pack.  Records are also kept for the calendar year, January 1st through December 31st.  The normal precipitation for PDX is 36.03 inches.  Record go back as far as 1941.  So far, Portland has received more than 50 inches of moisture and still counting.  The total is better than 14.00 inches above normal!  The surplus represents roughly 3 extra months of winter rainfall!  Here is the list of wettest calendar years at PDX:

1.  1996    63.20 inches

2.  1950    51.09

3.  1968    50.89

4.   2012   50.44 (as of Dec. 30th)

5.   1953    48.59

If you go back through all of the records dating back to 1900, 2012 becomes only the 7th year to receive 50 inches of rain or more!  This year we had a soaking spring and a very wet fall, starting around mid October.

Enjoy the liquid sunshine,

KGW Meteorologist Rod Hill