Portland still ‘abnormally dry’ this year

November is typically a very rainy month in and around Portland

Two women enjoy a sunny Portland day along the Willamette River. (KOIN 6)
Two women enjoy a sunny Portland day along the Willamette River. (KOIN 6)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) – October is an important month for us because that is when we officially start a new water year, the time when we track how much precipitation the area gets.

A graphic showing the water deficit for the "water year" through Sept. 30, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
A graphic showing the water deficit for the “water year” through Sept. 30, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

This summer we faced hot and dry months and looking at the numbers, Portland was shy 5.08 inches of rain for our water year (October 1 – September 30).

A few other cities were much more parched.

The good news is that the “rainy” season is just right around the corner and I know some of you may be looking forward to getting back to a typical Northwest pattern for this time of year.

A graphic showing the average amount of rain in the Portland area during certain months, Oct. 3, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
A graphic showing the average amount of rain in the Portland area during certain months, Oct. 3, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

I have to admit, I do love the sunshine, but one thing I love about the Pacific Northwest is the rainy days it has.  As you can see Portland’s average rainfall for the month of October is right around 3 inches, but numbers almost double for the month of November.

Portland is still considered to be “abnormally dry” according to the United States Drought Monitor, whereas the southern parts of Oregon are still in an extreme drought.

Looking at the latest pattern, a strong ridge is holding its ground over the western United States and quiet and dry weather can be expected for the next 7-10 days as of now.

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