Wettest February on Record at PDX

As of 3pm we have a new February rainfall record in Portland.  We’ve seen 10.04″ (that will keep going up the next few days), which exceeds the old all-time February rain record


That record was set in the same month we had one of our “Great Floods”.  February 1996 and December 1964 are well-known as the two big flood months across the Pacific Northwest in the past 80 years.

Wondering how this month ranks up with the wettest months on record?  It’s #16 at this point, but as mentioned we have another 7 days to go this month.  Luckily it looks far drier this last week of February:


We all remember December 2015?  We had another 5″ beyond what we’ve seen this month, luckily we won’t see that repeated.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

8 Responses to Wettest February on Record at PDX

  1. terry says:

    By the chart, February 1940 looks to be the wettest Feb. What am I missing?

  2. Roland Derksen says:

    My wettest recorded month was November 2006 at 17.43 inches. I thought that was a lot but some of you folks could come close to that or maybe beat it.

  3. Just imagine…for a calendar month the record is 366″ at Cherrapunji, Meghalaya, India in July 1861. The 12-month record was also set at Cherrapunji, with 1,041.75″ between August 1st 1860 and July 31st 1861.

    They could probably get our 15″ record in a day.

  4. WEATHERDAN says:

    13.80 in the rain gauge for Salem this month. Showers over the next week should bring us to 16 inches on the month. The most since we had 17.73 in November of 1973. Our rainiest month ever.Peace.

  5. lurkyloo says:

    Gold medal for PDX rainwise.

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