PORTLAND -- Here's the deal Western Oregonians make with the weather: Absorb eight months of depressing drizzle and in exchange, you get spectacular summers in which it almost never rains.
This year, summer held up its end of the deal -- it truly almost never rained.
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Only a quarter-inch fell at Portland International Airport from July 1 through Sept. 30. The National Weather Service says that's less than half the previous record set 60 years ago.
KGW Meteorologist Rod Hill said since July 21, there was no rain for 75 of 76 days.
The dry spell also increased fire dangers as forecasters issued a Red Flag fire warning for much of western Oregon and Washington this week.
High winds also increased the fire risk.
It was even drier in the state capital of Salem, which got a record-low 0.11 inches of rain during the three-month period.
Eugene, meanwhile, had its second-driest July-to-September on record. The three cities typically each get more than 2 inches of rain during the three-month span.
The weather service forecast calls for yet another rain-free weekend.