A Wet Day, And Month!

February 2014 is the wettest February we’ve seen in 14 years here in Portland!  Doesn’t seem like it has rained THAT much, but maybe it has more to do with all the dry Februarys.  Take a look:


The dashed line is the normal; just over 3.60″.  Yellow are the below average months and green above.  Notice since 2005 we’ve only had two wet Februarys.  And I think many weather geeks like me would agree that February has been a relatively quiet month the last 10 years too.  That sure changed this year!  More action this month than any other so far. Of course it isn’t too tough to do since for almost 2 months of the winter almost nothing happened weatherwise.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

37 Responses to A Wet Day, And Month!

  1. dharmabum says:

    Time to move on into spring, much more time and daylight to be spent on more productive and engaging activities, see you all next fall, remember to get out and smell the roses.

  2. Joshua used to be in Lake Oswego says:

    Man, the coast range is hungry! Anybody know how much rain some of the typical high precipitation spots in the coast range have received this month? I’m thinking maybe 20″ somewhere.

  3. Sandi (Wilsonville) says:

    Getting hail in Wilsonville 🙂

  4. High Desert Mat (Model Rider) Redmond Or says:

    Had about a 1/2″ of snow early this morning and 25 degrees. Its now gone with mostly sunny skies and 37 now. If it wasn’t windy it would feel like spring.

    • JohnD says:

      Did you ever determine what the official snow
      totals were there during the big event a couple
      of weeks ago? AND how they compare to other
      historical big ones? Is the official recording
      station for Redmond at the airport?

    • High Desert Mat (Model Rider) Redmond Or says:

      It is at the airport but I haven’t dug deep to find the official totals. I know for the one day of heavy snow we broke a daily record of 19″ smashing the old one of 7″. That day was Feb 7th.

  5. Dave in SW PDX (235') says:

    Heavy shower with small hail currently in Tigard.

  6. vernonia1 says:

    some kind of white precip @ Sunset Rest Area 🙂


  7. Tomas W. says:

    ‘Atmospheric River’ forming/advancing towards California.Mini drought buster.


  8. W7ENK says:

    Lots of icy roads in Washington County this morning. Be careful out there!!


    • David B. says:

      Must have been a shower that passed through after at least several hours of clear skies that let things get below freezing at ground level. Clear all night up here with light frost this morning; most official stations had cloudy skies and stayed above freezing.

    • W7ENK says:

      Looked like I had about 0.15″ or so overnight at my place. It was 37 when I finally went to bed around midnight, which made getting up at 5:30 this morning real difficult. I didn’t think to check the temperature this morning, but certainly no ice.

  9. schmit44 says:

    2/18/2014 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:62 at DW6803 Ashland(1890 ft) & ECHO(758 ft) & Hermiston Munici(636 ft)
    Low: 47 at W7KKE-3 Road’s E(89 ft) & LINCON Lincoln C(187 ft)

    High:26 at Mount Hood Meado(6601 ft)
    Low: 14 at Mount Hood Meado (6601 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 30 degrees
    CROOKED RIVER FE (57/27 ) (2919 ft )

    Heaviest Rainfall:
    2.47″ at YELLOWSTONE MTN.(3080ft)
    2.42″ at EW1135 Yachats1(32ft)
    2.34″ at LOG CREEK(2800ft)
    2.33″ at SOUTH FORK(2257ft)
    2.26″ at DW0237 Lees Camp(699ft)

  10. W7ENK says:

    0.65″ (so far) today, on top of my February to-date total last night of 5.53″ brings me to 6.18″

    My wettest February since I’ve been keeping records (2010)

    Sure makes a dent in our deficit!

  11. Jesse-Stevenson says:

    I think February 2014 stands alone as an impressive month even WITHOUT consideration of the fact that the two winter months preceding it were rather “dull” (although December had a significant arctic event).

    February 2014:

    Record breaking late season arctic outbreak (with PDX’s coldest day in 18 years and latest sub-25 high on record). Check.

    Significant snow event(s) for the metro area. Traffic was snarled and schools were closed for 2-3 days. Check.

    Strongest south wind in 14 years. Check.

    Rainiest February in 14 years. Check.

    Possibility of being a top 5 cold February overall for some PNW locations (including PDX). Check.

    Not too shabby. Definitely has helped me re-evaluate February’s potential as an exciting weather month. It has long been one of my least favorite months weather-wise..

    • W7ENK says:

      I’ll bet you and your notorious cold bias are just reeling with joy right about now, too…

      Congratulations. Now, no whining this summer when 75+ becomes “too hot”, Mmmkay?

    • Mark Nelsen says:

      The two months of dull I was referring to was from the end of the arctic air in early December to the beginning of the next arctic air in early February. By no means was below zero temps dull.

  12. karlbonner1982 says:

    Now we need a break. I REALLY hope this upcoming ridge decides to crank itself for 3 or 4 days so we get some 60-65 temps. After all that cold and snow and rain and January inversion, we deserve it!

  13. The Bad Forecaster says:


    I have noticed the same thing going on up here in Tacoma over the same period of time for PDX. It seems during the past 10 or so years that the precip on this month dries up for some odd reason. I have been doing weather records again here at the house where I grew up since July of 2009 and this month’s rainfall feels surely like a monsoon season compared to all the others. I was averaging 2.74 inches and this month already I have had double the average amount….4.73 inches already! That includes today’s amount of 0.57 inches since midnight.

  14. Jason Hougak says:

    Weather Geek Agreed Mark

  15. boydo3 N Albany says:

    Got one ski day in this winter. Hoping to get a few more.
    Coulda got one in last week on our street but opted to let the kids have the hill 😉

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