Portland almost breaks a record for one-hour rain total

Portland almost breaks a record for one-hour rain total

PORTLAND, Ore. - We almost broke a weather record here in the Portland area after torrential rains, thunder and lightning swept through our area Saturday evening.

An incredible downpour that lasted about an hour sent folks running for shelter. The Timbers game at Jeld-Wen field was also delayed when the rain hit.

According to KATU Meteorologist Joe Raineri, the Portland metro area got 1.02 inches of rain in just an hour, which came close to breaking a record. Back on September 7, 2010, we got 1.03 inches of rain in one hour.

All the rain we got prompted the city to issue a 'combined sewer overflow' advisory for the Lower Willamette River and Columbia Slough.

The Bureau of Environmental Services reports that two outfall pipes overflowed - one on the Willamette River just south of the St. Johns Bridge and one on the Columbia Slough at North Oswego Avenue (about a half mile west of North Portland Road near the Smith and Bybee Wetlands).

The city is advising folks to avoid contact with the water at those locations through Monday.

The weather should be a whole lot calmer in the coming days. A weak system will be bringing in some some clouds and cooler temperatures, but not nearly as much rain as we got on Saturday.