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ThoughApril 27, total rainfall at PDX since January 1 is 8.33 inches. That amount is only 57 percent of what is considered normal.

A year ago, more than 20 inches of rain had fallen, two-and-a-half times more rain than we've had this spring

For three springs in a row, Portland had endured above-average rainfall. This spring has been our first non-soaker since the spring of 2009.

The latest outlook from the National Weather Service calls for well below normal rainfall this May and below normal precipitation through the months of June and July.

The temperature forecast has little confidence but likely favors near normal conditions.

The water year surplus that we quickly built last fall will likely become a deficit this coming week with another stretch of sunny, warm days in the forecast, which could also lead to a longer and more hazardous wildfire season.

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