PORTLAND -- The dry streak in Portland over the last two months has shattered the record set in 1890, according to KGW Meteorologist Nick Allard.

The normal rainfall for September is about 1.47 inches at Portland International Airport, Allard said. This September PDX only saw .04 inches. That's the fourth-driest September on record; in 1993 only a trace amount was measured, 1965 saw .01 inches and in 1991 .02 inches fell at PDX.


The trace amounts of precipitation in August add little to September's .04-inch total, which means the two-month stretch is the driest in history, Allard said. The driest August-September on record before this year was in 1890, when .23 inches fell at PDX.

Allard said since 1871 there have only been three years in which the August-September totals were less than a half-inch. The normal total is about 2.14 inches.

He said the temperatures would drop a bit over the coming week, but the dry streak should last at least through the weekend.

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