PORTLAND, Ore. -- Summer, cancelled? The National Weather Service's long-term forecast calls for a a cool and wet July, according to KGW Meteorologist Rod Hill.
What would a cool and wet July look like? Hill said that a worst-case forecast would include seven to 12 days with measurable rainfall, a lot of cloudy mornings, and up to 15 days with highs only in the 66-76 range.
Hill noted that the all-time record for July rainfall was 2.68 inches, set in 1983.
"If you look at a national temperature map, it's almost like we have become a separate continent," said Hill, "because literally everybody else in the lower United States is in a different season than we are. I mean, it really is just absolutely nuts!"
Hill cautioned that these long-term forecasts aren't always accurate. He noted that NOAA and the NWS called for a "warm and dry" spring and, as residents know all too well, the region's spring was neither warm nor dry.
Rain records have been falling for three months. The record-wet June followed a May that was the third-wettest ever recorded at 4.75 inches of rain. April set a new record with 25 measurable days of rain. And since April 1, 52 out of the 67 days have had measurable rain.
There have been only four officially "sunny" days from April 1 to June 21 - the official start of summer - according to the National Weather Service.