Rainfall Sets Records In Parts of Oregon

By Jim McCoy Mon 30th September Newsrain
A big storm on the last weekend of the month helped make for the wettest September on record in many parts of Oregon. The National Weather Service reports the 6.21 inches recorded through Sunday in downtown Portland was the most since record-keeping began in 1872. The previous record was 5.52 inches in September 1927. At Portland International Airport, where records have been kept since 1940, the total was 5.06 inches, beating the old record of 4.30 inches set in September 1986. In Medford, the recent rains have produced the second-wettest September on record. As of Sunday afternoon, 2.51 inches fell t=at the Medford Airport. The record for September was set in 1977 at 4.22 inches. This month's rainfall total was the highest since 1989. September records also were set in Eugene, 6.16 inches; Salem, 6.63 inches;, Astoria, 10.51 inches;, Hillsboro, 6.10 inches; and McMinnville, 7.58 inches. The totals were growing as rain continued Monday, but forecasters say the front is blowing east. A windy day is forecast in eastern Oregon.

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