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Miss the Northwest rain? This video will help

Miss the Northwest rain? This video will help

It's been a whopping 27 days since it last rained in Portland as of Thursday, and aside from some isolated thunderstorms Saturday, the forecasts don't hold out much hope for any kind of widespread rain still for several more days.

Instead, sunshine and 95-100 degree heat beat down on the Willamette Valley and I'll bet many longtime Northwesterners might find themselves missing our gentle rains a bit. I know I sure do.

If so, I've got 5 minutes and 48 seconds of bliss:

This is video shot by YouTube contributor MclaughlinTV of the rains that fell up in Seattle on July 3, 2012

I'm not sure what it is about the rain that is so soothing to many, including me, but I for one can watch this video over and over...

But if living in past isn't your thing and you need to reconnect to the gray, check out this relatively new site from the National Weather Service. (Note: as of Thursday, the cameras seem to have not updated since Aug. 13)

Its official intention is to show the current conditions along the bars on the ocean beaches, but for those of us who aren't bar pilots, it provides a live peek in on the coast, which is commonly gray and cloudy even when the sun's out here.

It can also be a great resource if you're planning a trip out there to see if you'll find sunshine there as well.

Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go watch that rain video again...