Rain, cooler temperatures expected for October

Temperatures typically drop significantly starting October 1

A pedestrian heads towards his car in rain and high winds, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
A pedestrian heads towards his car in rain and high winds, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The month of October brings Portland fall leaves, cooler temperatures, and rain. As we transition further into fall, temperatures start to significantly drop from October 1st to through 31st. The average for the first day of the month is 70 degrees and by the end of the month, the highs drop to an average of 58 degrees.

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Average rainfall totals for the month also increase significantly from the month of September to October. September typically averages around 1.5” of rain and this September we actually received 2.13”. On average, October typically sees about 3” of rain and according to the PDX Airport the recorded for wettest October was 1994 with almost 8.5” and the driest was 1988 with only 0.19” of rain. Typically October does not see any snow, but back in 1955, there were trace amounts.

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October is not the wettest month of the year in Portland; November typically sees the most rain with an average of 5.63” and December comes in second with 5.49”. So overall, expect more clouds, dropping temperatures and rainfall.

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Now is the time to prepare your home and vehicles for the fall/winter season.

Tips to be rain ready:
• Remove leaves and debris from gutters
• Clear your storm drains and drainage areas of any debris or trash
• Get your car ready (new windshield wipers and appropriate tires)

The City of Portland also has an annual Leaf Day Pickup Service which starts in November. Get more information here.