September second-wettest on record

The torrential rainstorms that drenched the Pacific Northwest last weekend were largely responsible for producing one of the wettest Septembers on record for the Hood River area.

According to Larry Spellman, who runs local weather website hoodriverweather.info, last month was the second-wettest September since 1928. The website relies on weather records from the Hood River County OSU Extension Service, which is located on Experiment Station Drive.

Last month saw 3.64 inches of rain — just a hair off the 3.69-inch record set in 1982.

“We came really close,” Spellman noted.

Hood River receives 1.01 inches of precipitation on average for the month of September, according to the OSU Extension data. Until last weekend’s rainstorms hit, Hood River was actually on track to finish below the monthly average for measurable precipitation.

Spellman said the wet weather was caused by the “remnants of a typhoon that hit Japan” that combined with a “storm front that came down from Alaska” to produce a powerful wind and rainstorm that struck the Pacific Coast particularly hard.

Inland, Hood River saw 2.74 inches of rainfall during the four-day period of Sept. 27-30. The 1.28 inches of rain that fell Sept. 28 and the .88 inches that fell Sept. 29 both broke the previous daily rainfall records of .75 inches set in 1947 and .58 inches set in 1962, respectively.

As for this weekend, the weather is expected to be much drier than the last, with only a slight chance of light showers forecast for Sunday.

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