Portland hits 60 degrees - finally

Portland hits 60 degrees - finally

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by Frank Mungeam

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Posted on March 28, 2011 at 10:14 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 31 at 3:42 PM

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PORTLAND - It took until the last day of the third month of the year, but Portland finally reached 60 degrees on Thursday. Downtown Portland reached 62 and PDX Airport reached 61. It's the latest date in recorded weather history for the city to top the 60-degree mark.

Local weather records have fallen like the rain this spring.

Over the weekend, Portland broke the record for latest date to reach 60 degrees. Before this year, March 27 was the latest into the year before reaching the 60-degree point. That record fell Sunday and KGW Meteorologist Nick Allard said Portland wasn't likely to finally break 60 degrees until Wednesday.

Portland also finished March with 29 days of measurable rain during March, breaking the old record for 27 days of rain in March.

Portland also wiped out its record for consecutive days of measurable rain. The old record was only 16 days. On Tuesday, Portland had recorded 23 straight days of measurable precipitation.

By early Wednesday, March 2011 had also earned the distinction of being the fifth-rainiest on record, with 6.49 inches recorded at PDX Airport.

In 1989, 6.73 inches of rain fell in the city. Portland's wettest March had 7.52 inches of rainfall back in 1957.  

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Normally this time of year the sun is out, along with tables to customers can enjoy the start of Spring outside Portland restaurants like “23 Hoyt” in Northwest Portland. But not this week.

“I remember last year by this time it was beautiful out and this is definitely... um... freezing,” said restaurant general manager Charles Darmetta.

He said the rain was not only dampening customers’ moods, but his bottom line as well.

“Definitely business is down this year because of the weather,” Darmetta said.

At the Rose Garden gift shop, the falling rain was also making for falling profits.

“We've done about half of what we did last March, just because of that sun not peaking out this year,” said store sales assistant Susan Swecker.

But not everyone was letting the rain get them down.

“I love this weather I think it’s the greatest thing in the world,” said Dirk Perry, as he worked to repair docks at Riverplace.

(KGW reporter Keely Chalmers contributed to this report)

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