Summer?! July outlook bleak, says NWS

Summer?! July outlook bleak, says NWS

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by Frank Mungeam, KGW.com staff

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Posted on June 21, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 22 at 12:12 PM

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.

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