Portland metro now in ‘moderate drought’

The entire state of Oregon is in some level of drought

Oregon is in various stages of drought, July 9, 2015 (KOIN)
Oregon is in various stages of drought, July 9, 2015 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — It’s been really hot and really dry. Now, Portland is officially in a moderate drought.

The entire state of Oregon is in some level of drought, officials with the National Drought Mitigation Center said. All of the Portland metro area is in a moderate drought.

A graphic showing the lack of rain as of July 9, 2015 (KOIN)
A graphic showing the lack of rain as of July 9, 2015 (KOIN)

A larger swath of the state is in a severe drought, and the southeast section of Oregon is classified as in an extreme drought.

FACTOID:  July 9 is the 36th day straight without measurable rain (more than a trace) at PDX.  We’ve only had 8 days with rain since April 28th.

The Drought Center said Idaho, Utah, Washington, Oregon, and California all had their warmest June ever – covering 121 years of data. The Drought Center added Nevada had their second warmest, Wyoming their fourth warmest, and Montana their fifth warmest.

The extreme heat may dissipate over the next few days. The KOIN 6 Weather team said thunderstorms are likely in central and eastern Oregon and over the Cascades Thursday afternoon and evening, with showers or storms rolling off of the Cascades and into the valley Thursday night.

There’s a chance of spotty showers Sunday and Monday.

Stay with the KOIN 6 Weather Team for all the latest information. Dowload the PDX Weather App for updated information whenever you want it.

A graphic showing rain totals through July 9, 2015 (KOIN)
A graphic showing rain totals through July 9, 2015 (KOIN)

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