Record Setting March Weather Continues Across Pacific Northwest
Record setting weather continues to unfold in the closing hours of March across the Pacific Northwest. Mother nature intends to cap off March off with an exclamation point in the form of record setting rainfall and localized flooding. This comes on the heels of record setting coastal and valley snowfalls earlier in the month. March of 2012 will be remembered as the month that saw as much as 8″ of record setting snowfall along the Oregon coastline, followed by a second storm that brought record setting Willamette Valley snowfall from Vancouver, WA. south to Eugene, OR. As much as 9″ of snow fell near Eugene, OR. Both of these snow events challenged or broke all-time March snowfall records at several locations west of the Cascades, including the coast. Portland recorded its latest measurable snowfall in history at the airport on March 22nd. Records date back to 1940 at the Portland airport.
Next up — record setting rainfall will close out the month along with flood watches and warnings posted. As of 12 PM PDT, the Portland International Airport has recorded 7.27″ of rainfall for the month of March. This is currently the second wettest March in Portland airport history. Records date back to 1940 at the airport. The all-time wettest March at the Portland International Airport is 7.52″ set back in 1957. The latest computer forecast model guidance suggests that rainfall will increase again later today and overnight tonight. The Portland International Airport is all but certain to set a new all-time wettest March on record before the month ends Saturday night. Even more impressive is the record that has already been set at Spokane, WA. As of 12 PM PDT the Spokane Airport has picked up 4.26″ of precipitation which eclipses the previous record of 3.81″ set back in 1995. Records date back to 1881 in Spokane which makes this the wettest March in Spokane in at least 130 years. All of this comes with more than 36 hours to go in the month and more rainfall on the way.
Here is a look at some of the records being set across the Pacific Northwest as of 12 PM PDT Friday —
RECORD DAILY MAXIMUM RAINFALL SET AT YAKIMA WA. ON THURSDAY.
A RECORD RAINFALL OF 0.28 INCH(ES) WAS SET AT YAKIMA WASHINGTON
YESTERDAY. THIS TIES THE OLD RECORD OF 0.28 SET IN 1983.
RECORD DAILY MAXIMUM RAINFALL TOTALS AT ASTORIA OR AND VANCOUVER WA. THURSDAY
ASTORIA = 2.54 INCHES. OLD RECORD WAS 1.26 INCHES (SET IN 1983). VANCOUVER = 1.26 INCHES. OLD RECORD WAS 1.12 INCHES (SET IN 1963)
A NEW ALL-TIME RECORD RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH WAS SET AT SPOKANE.
THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 3.81 INCHES SET IN 1995. TOTAL PRECIP THROUGH 12 PM PDT = 4.26″ RECORDS HAVE BEEN KEPT AT SPOKANE SINCE 1881.
RECORD DAILY MAXIMUM RAINFALL SET AT SEATTLE-TACOMA WA AIRPORT.
A RECORD RAINFALL OF 1.08 INCHES WAS SET AT SEATTLE-TACOMA WA
AIRPORT YESTERDAY. THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF 0.92 SET IN 2010.
RECORD DAILY MAXIMUM RAINFALL SET AT OLYMPIA WA AIRPORT.
A RECORD RAINFALL OF 1.98 INCHES WAS SET AT OLYMPIA WA AIRPORT
YESTERDAY. THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF 1.38 SET IN 2010.
RECORD DAILY MAXIMUM RAINFALL SET AT QUILLAYUTE WA AIRPORT.
A RECORD RAINFALL OF 1.8 INCHES WAS SET AT QUILLAYUTE WA AIRPORT
YESTERDAY. THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF 1.37 SET IN 2011.
RECORD DAILY MAXIMUM RAINFALL SET AT EPHRATA WA AIRPORT.
A RECORD RAINFALL OF 0.40 INCHES WAS SET AT THE EPHRATA AIRPORT
YESTERDAY. THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF 0.33 SET IN 1983.
Reminder — The Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) will co-host a two hour meeting at Portland State University’s Grand Ballroom with Oregon Climatologist Dr. Phil Mote on Tuesday, April 10th from 7-9pm. This free public meeting will explore humans role in global climate change. It is being billed as, “The Scientific Case for Human Influence on Global Climate: What We Learn From Analyzing ALL The Evidence.” If you would like complete details about this meeting, including a PSU campus map and driving directions, please see: http://www.ametsoc.org/chapters/oregon. Joining Dr. Mote will be Andreas Schmittner, Oregon State University Professor of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences and Dr. Christina Hulbe, Professor of Geology at Portland State University. The panel plans to give a single joint presentation that will educate attendees on the influence humans have on climate, as backed by scientific evidence. The panel may also raise counterpoints to data presented at a similar Oregon AMS meeting last January. In that meeting, the Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) hosted a panel of scientists that asked the question, “Is Human Caused Global Warming the Greatest Scientific Myth of Our Generation?” For a recap of the January meeting click: http://tinyurl.com/6vk27km.
Steve Pierce, President
Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS)
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