It Rained! Now Keep Watering Your Plants

5pm Sunday

I was camping with the family out at Stub Stewart State Park the last two days (very nice mountain bike trails!), and right at bedtime last night it started raining.  It was a rare summer sound to hear it raining all night, although I doubt it would have been real fun in a tent (we use a pop-up trailer).  Quite a change.

So of course the overnight rain ends our long dry spell in Portland.  This was the longest dry spell since the early 1980s in Portland

Brian Longest Dry Spells

Mark Dry Spells Summer Recent

We ended up with .06″ rain in Portland; just barely enough to settle the dust

2017 Data Bound Rain Today in Metro Only

Notice EVERYONE saw the rain west of the Cascades, just not a lot.  I’m pretty sure the Scappoose reading is incorrect since several stations within 1-5 miles had measurable rain.

We would need an inch of rain to even call it a “soaking” and what little we just had doesn’t go far into the ground.  So your plants/gardens/trees barely noticed.  Keep watering because we don’t see a soaking rain for at least the next 7-10 days.

The westerly flow and weak front have given us 3 big changes:

  1. No hot weather, today’s high of 75 was the coolest in almost a month.  We remain below 85 for the next week.
  2. Fire smoke is gone…it has moved east of the Cascades
  3. Humidity is back to normal.  After a week or so of humid weather, dewpoints are back into the 50s, a big improvement!

I’ll have another post later on eclipse weather…it’s only 8 days away now.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

6 Responses to It Rained! Now Keep Watering Your Plants

  1. Paul D says:

    Nice weather for a few days! Yahoo!

  2. JERAT416 says:

    This is just what the doctor ordered!

  3. Jason Hougak says:

    Feels like September, Fall is my second favorite season with winter at the #1 spot. A cold snowy day with it falling heavy and temps in the 20’s is the best next to a crackling wood fire or riding some waist deep powder… can’t wait for the snow!!!

  4. Jesse-East Vancouver says:

    The “humidity” has only been around for a week. During the week before that, when we had the very hot temperatures, humidity was relatively low.

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