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  • 27 Mar 2015

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Summer heat record a few days short

Photo Credit: KOIN 6 NEWS - Summer officially ends Monday.This is it. The last full day of Summer 2014 in Sunday, Sept. 21.

If you think it’s been hot, you’re right. There have been 21 days in Portland where the temperature has been 90 or more — possibly another one today — coming close to the record of 24 set in 2009.

The average date of the last 90-degree day in Portland is September 8. But the latest it’s been 90 or more in Portland was October 5, which happened in 1980.

It’s also been very dry. The few drops of rain we had on Thursday was the most in the area since July 23.

Since summer began on June 21, Portland has had around 2.6 inches of rain — and more than half of that fell in the last week of June. There was only one-one hundredth of an inch of rain in August. That’s right. One-one hundredth.

So far in this water year (which begins in October) we’re running about 5.3 inches behind average rainfall totals.

But don’t worry — the rain is coming, and likely by the middle of this week. Autumn begins at 7:29 p.m. Monday.

The hot temperatures and dry conditions helped fuel wildfires throughout Oregon this season, including the 36 Pit Fire and the Scoggins Creek Fire.

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