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51-day dry streak ends as rain dots PDX

51-day dry streak ends as rain dots PDX
Weather observations show 0.04" of rain at Portland International Airport in the early Monday morning hours, ending our dry streak at 51 days.

PORTLAND, Ore. -- It's been over 7 weeks since rain last fell in Portland, but our 51-day streak is no more.

A paltry 0.04" fell at PDX early Monday morning, the first measurable rain since July 21.

The streak will end in 8th place but just a few days' short of making it into the top 3. We were nowhere near the record set in 1967 when essentially the entire summer went dry-- 71 straight dry days between June 23 through Sept. 1.

Our friends to the north in Seattle also had their long dry-streak snapped at 48 days -- their second longest, but they were much, much closer to their all-time record of 51 days.  It was just 0.01" of rain at Sea-Tac Airport right before midnight -- barely enough to wet the ground but enough to count.

 BELOW ARE THE TOP 10 DRY STREAKS AT PORTLAND AIRPORT...
 
            NUMBER
           OF DAYS     YEAR          DATES
    ==========================================           
      1.   71 DAYS     1967     JUN 23 - SEP  1
      2.   62 DAYS     1984     JUN 30 - AUG 30
      3.   55 DAYS     1960     JUN 20 - AUG 13
      3.   55 DAYS     1952     JUN 30 - AUG 23
      5.   53 DAYS     1980     JUL  5 - AUG 26
      6.   52 DAYS     1951     JUL  7 - AUG 27
      6.   52 DAYS     1985     JUN  8 - JUL 29
 ***  8.   51 DAYS     2012     JUL 21 - SEP  9  ***
      9.   47 DAYS     1998     AUG  1 - SEP 16
      9.   47 DAYS     1981     JUL 13 - AUG 28