It Rained!

Portland got .04″ this morning…how exciting.  If it was anytime between November and April we’d call that a dry day.  And Salem, you folks just barely squeaked out .01″ to end your dry spell of 68 days!

This means our dry spell ended at 51 days, making it the 8th longest dry spell in Portland’s history.  Here’s the info from the Portland NWS:    


      OF DAYS     YEAR          DATES

1.   71 DAYS     1967     JUN 23 – SEP  1 
2.   62 DAYS     1984     JUN 30 – AUG 30
3.   55 DAYS     1960     JUN 20 – AUG 13
3.   55 DAYS     1952     JUN 30 – AUG 23
5.   53 DAYS     1980     JUL  5 – AUG 26
6.   52 DAYS     1951     JUL  7 – AUG 27
6.   52 DAYS     1985     JUN  8 – JUL 29
8.   51 DAYS     2012     JUL 21 – SEP  9
9.   47 DAYS     1998     AUG  1 – SEP 16
9.   47 DAYS     1981     JUL 13 – AUG 28


For the record, this does nothing for our lawns and gardens, it just makes the air fresher and keeps the dust down on my driveway for a couple of days.  Another long period of dry weather and sunshine is on the way so enjoy the cool air today and tomorrow morning.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

31 Responses to It Rained!

  1. […] Since it was only good enough for eighth place on the list of longest dry spells in the city. […]

  2. Ron says:

    37f this morning on Clear Creek near Milo McIver Park. We are in a little valley right on the creek. We run a few degrees cooler than in Oregon City and sometimes Estacada in the mornings. A little fog was radiating off the creek. Gorgeous sight at sunrise. It is wonderful to finally feel some fall-like weather. My .02 was exciting after no rain for so long but other than temporarily settle the dust, still need rain of substance. The chinook have had their hands– make that fins and tails–full of running the shallows.

  3. Tyler Mode in Battle Ground says:

    Brrrr!! 36 this morning in BG with frost on the roofs!

  4. W7ENK says:

    42.0F = Brrrr!

  5. Muxpux (Castle Rock 175') says:

    Currently 36.4 here. Brrrr!!!!

  6. bgb41 says:

    9/10/2012 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:84 at Rye Valley(I-84(2230 ft)
    Low: 60 at Rye Valley(I-84(2230 ft) & Rufus(185 ft)

    High:41 at Timberline Lodge(7001 ft)
    Low: 24 at Sand Creek (US 9 (4525 ft ) & Pine Ridge (4220 ft ) & CRAZYMAN FLAT (6100 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 50 degrees
    Beatty (75/25 ) (4320 ft )
    KLAMATH NWR (75/25) (4531 ft)

    Heaviest Rainfall:
    0.35″ at CEDAR(2220ft)
    0.31″ at HEBOWX Mt. Hebo(3160ft)

  7. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro, OR) says:

    Would have never figured that during such a cool year overall, we’d hit this kind of a dry stretch 🙂

    But I guess Nature does what it wants; when it wants.

  8. MasterNate says:

    So how cold or mild and wet or dry were the winters following these long dry streaks?? Maybe there is some sort of correlation we can look foreward to this winter?

  9. josh says:

    dew point is pretty low may be in for a chilly night 🙂

  10. Mr Data says:

    Too bad we are heading back to the cooker. I feel like this is the 1930s all over again.

  11. I was kind of wondering if today’s blog would have an entry titled “It Rained!” after the same thing happened the end of last summer’s dry spell. Sure enough…

  12. 0.04″ rain here between 5 and 5:30 am here…..Dry ever since…

  13. *BoringOregon* says:

    It was so muggy before it was raining out? Thank we might hit a little heat wave again?

  14. I had a decent squall of moderate to heavy rain accompanied by wind gusts to 25mph around 5:30 AM. I was a bit surprised how sharp the front was. Now its onto a crisp, Fall-like night as dewpoints have plummeted as mine is now down to 37. Looking ahead, warmer with lots of east wind ahead. You HAVE to like that.

    • W7ENK says:

      Wind gusts? That’s really weird, because it was dead calm pretty much everywhere else between Milwaukie and Downtown, I didn’t experience any wind at all around that time. It must have been out of the Gorge and isolated to your area or something?

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      I DO like it! Gives us something to watch. How cold will it get this eve, how strong will the East winds be/how hot will it get this week, and will we all need respirators for the smoke blowing into town! Hahaah!

      National Weather Service Portland or
      228 PM PDT Monday Sep 10 2012

      Temperatures tonight should drop to their coldest levels of the
      season as skies should clear sufficiently to allow decent
      radiational cooling. Upper 30s will be possible in some of the
      normally colder valley locations. By Wednesday a more significant warm up will ensue as the offshore
      upper level ridge takes firmer control on the area. Thermal low
      pressure in northern California/SW Oregon will drifting north…and pressure gradients will begin to turn the low level flow more easterly…resulting in warming temperatures back above normals and into the 80s and plentiful sunshine. With a few new fires burning near Montana Adams and Sisters…we may see areas of smoke drifting into the valley if these fires remain active. Thursday looks to be the hottest day of the week as the thermal trough sits along the Oregon coast and the upper ridge reaches its peak over the area. Strong east winds and dry conditions may result in critical fire conditions Wednesday night and especially Thursday…especially for the S Washington and north or Cascades…and parts of the Coast Range and Willapa Hills. Kmd

    • W7ENK says:

      That’s almost cover-your-plants cold… 😦

      Probably not a bad idea to at least cover the tomatoes?

  15. Annette says:

    Why do you keep putting “Red Flag” warnings streaming across the top of the main page, but don’t say what the warning is about??!!

    • Mark Nelsen says:

      The red warnings that scroll across the top of the screen? That’s on the weather page. I assume that’s what you mean. Click on WEATHER ALERTS just below it on the top of the map. Then when you click on the colored areas on the map it’ll show you what kind of warnings/watches are active along with the details.

  16. I had 0.19″ at 730am this morning when I left for work.

  17. bgb41 says:

    0.08″ here at BG Lake… I heard the first raindrops at 2:00am

  18. Tyler Mode in Battle Ground says:

    0.08″ here. It’s a nice day now, cool and a breezy NW wind.

  19. Mike (Sweet Home ~ El. 575') says:

    Just got a decent shower, so that gives me 0.04″.

  20. W7ENK says:

    0.02″ and the rain had ended by the time I left the house this morning at 6:30.

  21. Linda says:

    Yeah! Send it on over here to the east side of the state!

  22. The dandelions will appreciate it I’m sure.

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