PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Our 2018-2019 water year has come to an end and we now have a blank slate for the 2019-2020 water year. How did we finish? After a soggy and I mean soggy September, we were still below our average (thanks to some other months). We finished the October 1 – September 30 range at 30.62″, which was -5.41″ shy of our average. This was almost the same total from the 2017-2018 water year from the previous year. So if you think about it, we’ve missed out on nearly 10 inches of water over the last two water years.
We did have a couple water years that were pretty impressive over the last few years, if you go back to 2015-2016 and 2016-2017. We can thank some wet winter months for those.
Now this year, it wasn’t the driest on record and it definitely wasn’t the wettest year on record. You can probably recall the 1996-1997 year following the flooding. Fast forward a few more years after that and we were in store for the driest water year on record with just 22.99″.Remember to follow KOIN 6 News on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Download our free news and weather apps for the latest headlines and forecast information.