March 2012 Is the Wettest March Ever In Portland

I just got back from vacation about one hour ago so of course the first thing I did was check the rain record. 

The wettest March on record in Portland (at PDX)  WAS 7.52″ in 1957.  As of 8:00 am, 7.53″ has fallen so far this month.

By the way, did you know a person can leave Hollywood, California at 3pm on a Friday, drive 16 hours and 10 minutes and be sitting here on the east side of the metro area blogging about weather at 8am Saturday? Amazing…that would be 2 kids, 2 adults, and a little compact car (efficient, but REAL tight).   That didn’t include more than 1 hour of sleep either; more on that on a later post. 

Due to that and the absolutely horrible weather outside right now, I’m going to take a nice long nap.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

132 Responses to March 2012 Is the Wettest March Ever In Portland

  1. JJ97222 says:

    Hey check out KGW’S weekend forecast! LOOKS GREAT! Maybe we can kill off low level snow till next Winter! 70 degrees Monday!

  2. Mr Data says:

    Yesterday I was able to help Dad in the yard before that heavy downpour and I didn’t have any trouble but today is a totally different story http://serve.mysmiley.net/sick/sick0022.gif

    I actually got 0.40 inch of mixed rain/hail from the downburst yesterday but the rain rate I am sure was more like 1.40in/hr.

    It literally came down in sheets between 4 and 5:30 and I thought the electricity was going to go off.

  3. Mr Data says:

    The only nice day of probably 3/4ths of this month and I have an ulcer or something in my stomach giving me pain which I was going to do a long walk to soak up the sun.

    Can you believe it? Possibly the ONLY nice day this entire month and I am in too much pain to do any walking. 😦

    Pooh! (no pun intended) Who ever is cursing me I hate with all my guts.

  4. W7ENK says:

    *Only* 122 posts in the last 48 hours?

    Gee, it sure is sad to see this blog so dead… 😥

    • Mark Nelsen says:

      Amazing how this blog is incredibly dependent on interesting weather for hits and comments. For example this March had almost twice as many hits as last March, probably due to the snow events.

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      We really need some scary weather to wake up the crowd!

  5. Jake-(Gresham) says:

    I’m glad to see March go, even as a person who’s grown up here that’s “used” to rain, that was just way too much. I was starting to pronounce “Portland” as “Pourtland” lol!

    • W7ENK says:

      Hahaha! I totally concur.

      I’m hoping for one of two things this spring:

      1) A ton of warm sunny days, with lots of dandelions and thick green grass; or

      2) a 1993 redux with more severe warned and tornadic thunderstorms then you could possibly imagine!

      Please, just not a repeat of the last two years… is that so hard to ask?

    • Mr Data says:

      Frosting? Oops. How did my name switch to MrData?

    • Emily Waldman says:

      Would that account for the nice breeze were having in Longview

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      NWS is calling for rain, wind, snow and sun. No matter what happens they’ll hit it! Typical crazy pacific northwest weather.

      NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PORTLAND OR
      215 PM PDT MON APR 2 2012

      .SHORT TERM…VISIBLE SATELLITE IMAGERY REVEALS A STRONG LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WEST OF THE QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS WITH AN ELONGATED FRONT
      DRAPED OFF THE NORTHWEST COAST. THE BIG ISSUE WITH THIS SYSTEM WILL BE THE POTENTIAL FOR HIGH WINDS JUST AHEAD OF THE FRONT AS IT MOVES NEAR THE COAST THIS EVENING AND OVERNIGHT. MODEL GUIDANCE SEEMS TO
      SUGGEST THIS WILL BE A MARGINAL EVENT AT BEST…BUT WE WILL NONETHELESS KEEP THE HIGH WIND HIGHLIGHT GOING. THE EVENING SHIFT WILL HAVE TO MONITOR TRENDS CLOSELY TO DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT TO END
      THE HIGHLIGHT EARLY. ELSEWHERE…MOSTLY SUNNY SKIES THIS AFTERNOON HAVE LED TO ES NEARING AND EVEN EXCEEDING NORMAL LEVELS FOR THE DATE.
      THIS BREAK IN THE UNSETTLED WEATHER WILL END OVERNIGHT…AS THE AFOREMENTIONED FRONT AND BAND OF LIGHT TO MODERATE RAIN SLOWLY
      SHIFTS EAST-SOUTHEASTWARD INTO WESTERN OREGON AND WASHINGTON.
      UPON FRONTAL PASSAGE TUESDAY…THE REGION WILL THEN TRANSITION INTO A MORE SHOWERY PATTERN AS THE DEEP UPPER LEVEL TROUGH PUSHES INTO THE
      PACIFIC NORTHWEST. WEDNESDAY LOOKS TO BE QUITE SHOWERY…AND IT APPEARS TO BE THE DAY WITH THE GREATEST CHANCE FOR ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS…PARTICULARLY ALONG THE COAST. WE ADDED THUNDERSTORMS TO THURSDAY`S FORECAST AS WELL ALTHOUGH INSTABILITY DOES NOT LOOK
      QUITE AS HIGH AS WEDNESDAY.
      ANOTHER ISSUE FOR WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY WILL BE THE ARRIVAL OF THE
      COLDER AIR…WHICH WILL BRING SNOW LEVELS GENERALLY DOWN INTO THE 1500-2500 FT RANGE. A QUICK INCH OR TWO OF SNOW WILL BE POSSIBLE DURING THE HEAVIER SHOWERS…MAINLY FOR AREAS ABOVE 2000 FEET.
      /NEUMAN

  6. bgb41 says:

    4/1/2012 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    Warmest:
    High:58 at Hermiston Munici( 636 ft)
    Low: 43 at DW9392 Bay City(84 ft) & DW8735 Yachats(92 ft) & PACCTY-2 Pacific(28 ft)

    Coldest:
    High:23 at Timberline Lodge(7001 ft) & HOWARD Mt Howard(8150 ft)
    Low: 15 at Timberline Lodge (7001 ft ) & HOWARD Mt Howard (8150 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 27 degrees
    Baker City Munic (49/22 ) (3373 ft )

    Heaviest Rainfall:
    1.38″ at RED MOUND(1753ft)

  7. Richard Hodges (SE 160TH & Burnside) says:

    On Saturday, 3/31/2012, my family and I experienced some varied weather conditions as we traveled from Salt Lake City to Portland. First off, Salt Lake City set a new record for it’s earliest 80 degree day, with the maximum temperature topping out at 81. There were also very strong south winds all the way to just past Boise on 84. Just past Baker it started to rain and blow from the northwest and the temperature dropped rapidly down to the upper 30’s. By the time we got to the pass in the Blue mountains, it was snowing like crazy and starting to stick on the sides of the road, with the car thermometer saying that it was down to 30 degrees.
    After spending a couple of hours in Pendleton, we were on our way to Portland. At about milepost 130, and it being totally dark, I noticed some lightning up ahead over the Cascades and close to the gorge. It was pretty intense with some ground strikes. By the time we almost got to where the storm was, it was moving north over the Columbia river and into Washington. Then all of a sudden, at about milepost 100, we got hit by a shaft of quarter sized to golf ball sized hail/graubel. Fortunately for my rental car, the pellets weren’t as hard as traditional hail. The road was covered in a few minutes to a depth of about two inches. It lasted about 6 minutes and I had to pull over for a few minutes. It covered a road area about two miles long, and then after a 1 mile stretch with no ice, another two mile stretch where it was again about 2 inches deep. We also had a solid rain from Hood River to Portland. The driving conditions through the gorge weere rotten!

    • Andrew (Near Silver Falls 1600') says:

      Sounds like a crazy drive! I saw some good lightning south of Boardman last Memorial Day on my way back from Spokane.

    • umpire says:

      On Saturday, I talked to my Mom in Boise – it was 77 degrees. On Sunday, the high was just 52. Talk about a major weather change!

  8. Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:

    Total Precip for March 2012: 1.59″
    Avg Precip for March: 1.27″

    Maximum High Temperature: 65F (03/09/12)
    Minimum High Temperature: 32F (03/01/12)

    Highest Wind Gust: 52mph (03/13/12)
    Lowest Pressure: 29.34 (03/31/12)

  9. My jaw just dropped out of my head! Looking at the long range starting on Saturday, the GFS has us going into a string of nice dry days!!!!!

  10. W7ENK says:

    [Milwaukie, OR] March 2012

  11. W7ENK says:

    Let’s see, does this work??

    Just a little something I (finally) put together of our snow a couple weeks ago.

    http://www.facebook.com/v/2950753656614

  12. TeacherTracy says:

    Any chance of an update on the cyclone headed toward Fiji? My son and his girlfriend are stranded at Beqa Lagoon Resort (sounds lovely, doesn’t it?) Should have been home yesterday, but I guess there is massive flooding and other weather related issues that have closed the airport.

  13. Sandi (Wilsonville) says:

    Hail coming down now near I-5 & Willamette River in Wilsonville.

  14. Kyle says:

    I just finished yard work with Dad just in time!

    There is dark clouds spreading in from the west/northwest that look nasty and since noon the wind has been near gale-force. Surprised our power is holding out and the wind is just COLD!.
    It has a bit like being in the Midwest.

    Edit; I mean bite like being in the Midwest where it freezes your fingers off and Salem is still 46f according to the live ticker at the top of the page.

    The sun has been shining off and on since noon but is about to close up shop.

    So much for that northwest wind they were predicting last nite!

    The storms are not over till the fat lady sings!

  15. Kyle says:

    Don’t worry! We’ll have a hot n smokey September/October to keep you warm lovers happy. (no offense to anyone)

  16. bgb41 says:

    Here are some rainfall totals in the Western US for March 2012

  17. Please, just one week of 65-75 degrees and mostly sunny this month to make me believe that we COULD have a summer!

    • JJ97222 says:

      I have lived in the Milwaukie area my whole 51 years and simply can’t remember a string of years like this. I also have talked with many others in the area and they also can’t get a handle on this. Heck I am burning just as much wood in the wood stove as I did during the winter, it just won’t stop.

    • runrain says:

      Same here. Our climate HAS changed. March always had some 70’s and near 80 at times. No more. Welcome to the new Juneau, Alaska!

    • Kyle says:

      It looks nasty as all gets out towards Portland.

  18. pappoose in scappoose says:

    Hahaah!
    Click here only if you’re not easily frightened!

    http://cliffmass.blogspot.com/2012/04/seattle-superstorm.html

  19. bgb41 says:

    *** MARCH 2012 ONLINE RAIN DATABASE***
    ***REPORT YOUR TOTALS BELOW*********
    It has been a record wet March. If you have a rainfall total for the month, please insert your totals into the following rain database by filling out the form
    Thank You!!

    http://www.directpaintsaleswa.com/MARCH/add.php#

  20. oregonalex says:

    Rock Creek – Hillsboro (240ft)
    Things are not moving much in the right direction so far this year:

    Month 2012 Jan Feb Mar
    Mean Max 46.3 48.9 51.2
    Mean Min 33.5 36.4 36.1
    Mean 39.8 42.3 43.1
    High 54.2 56.8 66.4
    Low 25.4 29.3 24.7
    Frost Days 14 5 12
    Precip 6.51 3.65 7.95

    • Jbpdx says:

      I’m not holding out hope for April either, unless the Chinese air pollution starts moving somewhere besides eastward across the North Pacific straight at us.

  21. Andrew (Near Silver Falls 1600') says:

    A few stats for my location from March.

    Average High: 47.0
    Average Low: 32.3
    Mean: 39.65
    Precip: 20.65″
    Snowfall: 39.75″
    Sub-Freezing lows: 23
    Days with precip: 26
    Days with measureable snow: 11
    Days with at least 1″ snow depth: 16
    Single day max precip: 2.58″
    Single day max snowfall: 12.75″
    Days with 1″+ precip: 7
    Days with 2″+ precip: 3

  22. Andrew (Near Silver Falls 1600') says:

    A little bit of light snow up here this morning. Currently cloudy and 32.5

  23. muttville1 says:

    Alright already up & at em Mark, it’s just now beginning the best 6 months of the year & we all want some sun before Oct. 1 so make it happen weather Man!

  24. W7ENK says:

    [Milwaukie] March 2012

    0.70″ of rain since midnight, bringing the March monthly total at my location to 10.64″

    Mean High temperature was 3.5F warmer than February’s at 54.1F

    Mean Low temperature was 0.00 degrees from February’s at 38.1F

    Mean overall temperature was 1.7F warmer than February’s at 46.1F

    Total snow accumulation 3.5″ + 3 x Trace

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