PORTLAND -- After a few quick, heavy downpours in the past couple weeks, the average yearly rainfall--measured between Oct. 1 and Sept. 30--has already been reached.
"Friday's thunderstorms brought .63 inches--a record for the date--and put PDX over the top, both for the month of June and the water year," KGW Meteorologist Rod Hill said Sunday. "The June average for the entire month is 1.70 inches. Portland has 1.98 inches of rain in the gauge already!"
He also said the water year total is 37.36 inches, which is more than five inches above the average total by this time of the year.
"Normal annual precipitation between Oct. 1 and Sept. 30 is 36.03 inches," Hill said. "So, if PDX does not receive a drop of rain until October, we will still finish the water year above normal."
Forecast charts show the promise of much drier weather for the rest of the month, he added. Below normal rainfall is expected for July and August.