Portland dry streak shatters 1890 record

Portland dry streak shatters 1890 record

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by KGW.com Staff

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Posted on October 1, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 1 at 6:29 PM

PORTLAND -- The dry streak in Portland over the last two months has shattered the record set in 1890, according to KGW Meteorologist Matt Zaffino.

The normal rainfall for September is about 1.47 inches at Portland International Airport, Zaffino said. This September PDX only saw .04 inches. That's the fifth-driest September on record; in 1993 and 1975 only a trace amount was measured, 1965 saw .01 inches and in 1991 .02 inches fell at PDX.

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The trace amounts of precipitation in August add nothing to September's .04-inch total, which means the two-month stretch is the driest in history, Zaffino said. The driest August-September on record before this year was in 1890, when .23 inches fell at PDX.

He said for downtown Portland, since 1871 there have only been three years in which the August-September totals were less than a half-inch. The normal total is about 2.14 inches.

Zaffino said the temperatures would drop a bit over the coming week, but the dry streak should last at least through the weekend.

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