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March Ends With Record Rainfall In Northwest Oregon

March brought enough rain to Northwest Oregon to get it out of the orange.
March brought enough rain to Northwest Oregon to get it out of the orange.

Northwest Oregon is out of the drought danger zone after a record wet month — KGW reports it was the third soggiest March since record-keeping began, with 7.16 inches of rainfall.

Friday’s rainfall alone broke Portland’s daily record with 1.69 inches of rain.

Portland's wettest March on record was in 2012, when 7.89 inches fell on the Rose City's airport weather station. Average rainfall for the month is 3.68 inches.

Extra rain across the Northwest last weekend saturated already soaked soils and increased the risk for landslides.

While March was a relief for Northwest Oregon, the rest of the state remains below normal rainfall levels and is still experiencing moderate to severe drought conditions. Harney, Klamath, Lake and Malheur counties declared a drought emergency in February and haven’t received enough precipitation to recover.

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