As we get deeper into the summer months, rain amounts will become a bit more scarce and we start to notice our lush landscape turn a bit more brown and golden.
So far, for the month of July we are bone dry with 0.0” of rainfall and little, if any, rain is expected in the near future. On average, July is Portland’s driest month coming in with average rainfall of 0.65” followed by August at .067” of rain. So far since Oct 1 Portland’s rain total is 28.91” and normal as of July 1 should be at 33.24,”
As of today, the US Drought Monitor has 94% of Oregon as “Abnormally Dry,” 72% under a “Moderate Drought,” and 14% in a ‘Severe Drought.”
Looking ahead, monsoonal moisture will continue to move over the U.S, where areas could receive thunderstorms dropping anywhere from a .10” to 1.0” of rainfall in isolated areas. The graphic below provided by the Climate Prediction Center shows ample moisture over the southwest U.S., where the Pacific Northwest is expected to receive below average precipitation in the next 8-14 days.
Since drier and warmer weather is expected through the rest of the summer, all of us need to have our guard up we start to get in the heart of fire season.