September brings improvements to our drought conditions


A surplus of rain has helped us with drought conditions, but we're not out of the woods yet

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – “Improvements”: that’s the theme of September, with multiple rainy, wet days to bring us a surplus of moisture.

As of right now, Portland has accumulated 3.22″ of water, when we typically are sitting just under an inch at this point of the month. This has been helpful, of course, because we’ve been battling drought conditions this summer.

From June to July, the drought conditions heightened from “Dry” to a “Moderate” drought and those conditions slowly stretched to the south by the time August came around. You’ll notice that there wasn’t much of a change west of the Cascades from July 1 to Sept. 1.

But then Sept. 5 showed up, and although it didn’t bring anything more than a trace of rain, it was the start of our rainy stretch that brought 14 of 17 days of some sort of rain. Eight days were .10″ or above with two days above .50″ and 1 day above 1.00″. This was enough to help improve our drought conditions one step at a time.

You can see by Sept. 10, The Willamette Valley and southwest Washington were improving. The most noticeable gap closer would be from Sept. 10-23, where most locations south of Yamhill County have been removed from drought conditions. However, we are still behind for the water year, which comes to a conclusion on Sept. 30.

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