Wettest Spring On Record In Portland

3pm Sunday…

Well, I take that back, we can start whining about the amount of rain this spring.  Note the previous post.  But now the soaking Friday and Saturday has put us in record territory…

As of midday this Sunday, the 13.00″ precipitation (mainly rain) that has fallen since March 1st is the MOST WE’VE EVER SEEN IN A SPRING THROUGH MID-MAY!  That’s pretty bad.  The airport records go back to the late 1930s…so that’s just about 80 years.


Note the chart just goes through midnight last night.  We’ve had .05″ since that time, putting us up to 13″.  Most interesting is that the top 4 wettest have occurred in the past 7 years.  Note that if we get 1.51″ of rain in the next 2+ weeks (by May 31st) that will be the wettest spring on record at PDX.  We’ll see what happens.


Salem’s weather records go back further in time…124 years.  It appears you folks are at #5 wettest.  Yet there have only been 2 wetter (1963 & 2012) in the past 80 years.  Yeah, it’s time to start whining…I’m right there with you.

Luckily another taste of summer is coming later this week.  More on that later…

34 Responses to Wettest Spring On Record In Portland

  1. WEATHERDAN says:

    We are now over 21 inches above average for our water year. If our next rainfall was October 1st we would still finish over 16 inches above normal. Bring on the sun, Peace.

  2. Lee Wilson says:

    First we had a heck of a windstorm around 11 to 12

    Then we get winter watches at the pass level.

    Remind me what season is this again?

  3. Jason Hougak says:

    Snow on Hwy 26 pass cams and winter in full force at Timberline. Got a 750′ well in Wamic today so it’ll be like fall heading over to the east side today.

  4. Tyler Mode in Battle Ground says:

    Some models are showing temps near 90 next week…

  5. Lee Wilson says:

    We are getting high winds right now that we’re not forecasted.

  6. Boydo3 N. Albany says:


  7. WEATHERDAN says:

    Summer is nigh. Warm weather and lots of it headed our way. After this past Winter I wouldn’t mind if we skipped one this upcoming Winter. We just had enough Winter for two Winters with this one. Peace.

  8. Ellen Wallace says:

    Hey Andy, what about this Summer? NOAA has the PNW hotter than normal….really? It is May…any graphics on wet Mays and nice summers? La Nina coming back? So they say…

  9. Roland Derksen says:

    What a contrast from last year’s May for the first 14 days for me: May 2016(1-14) 62.8F mean temperature, 0.09 inches
    May 2017(1-14) 54.4F mean temperature, 3.51 inches
    I hope after today’s deluge, we get a break for at least 5 days!

    • Roland Derksen says:

      Well, after last night’s rain, the difference in precipitation is even greater; 4.91 inches for may 1-15th, 2017, and still 0.09 inches for May 1-15th, 2016.

  10. cgavic says:

    Nice till 4pm Sunday, then rain. Low this morning of 41.

  11. cgavic says:

    Cgavic, Sandy Oregon
    Partly sunny this morning.

  12. W7ENK says:

    That was quite the awesome little thunderstorm that came through Milwaukie on Saturday afternoon. Lots of lightning and very loud thunder. I took some video, though I’m a little disappointed my camera didn’t really pick up much lightning. It was an impressive show, especially once it moved overhead.

    Enjoy! 🙂

  13. Jason Hougak says:

    Winter Weather Advisory for Cascades with 5-10″ of snow

  14. Paul D says:

    Will this be a record year for the number of records we’ve set? 🙂

  15. Lee Wilson says:

    Say, when can we turn off the heaters?
    It almost feels like “A Year With Out a Summer”

  16. Lee Wilson says:

    How about this being the wettest year ?

  17. JohnD says:

    Old news now…but I am sure you guys have seen by now some pretty cool looking hail accumulation and lightening pix via various sources from yesterday. Today ho-hum. Can’t wait for later this week! An extended nice period–long time coming!

  18. Jake-(Gresham near Nadaka Nature Park) says:


    Ladies and gentlemen if you’d like to see a viewable record of earth’s multiple moons please do so in the next few days. There is record forecasted number of moon tanned individuals which may not be viewable for much longer!

  19. Jason Hougak says:

    It’s rained so much the radar is busted.

  20. Donaleen Kohn says:

    Did you know that when the soil is too cold plants can’t take up nutrients such as phosphorous? I feel so bad for the farmers.

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