The year and the "Rain Year."

Eugene, Oregon
March 27, 2017 10:46am CST
The year started in January (rainy day, as I recall), but the "Rain Year" starts in October. I am not sure why, but that is what the National Weather Service says. Anyway you look at it, Oregon has a rainy year going. Since that Rain year started in October, we have had 37.65 inches of rain, snow, etc. Since January 1, we have seen 20 of those inches, nearly 5 this month. The funny thing is that for the rain year, we are only 2 inches ahead of normal. Since we suffered a few years of extreme drought, all this wet stuff is a good thing. This is the way Oregon was when I moved here in 1969. I got used to it. It looks like I had better get used to it again. This is the most we have seen since 2008. It's almost time for April showers too!
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@andriaperry (46326)
• United States
27 Mar 17
I know the water tables are down around here but I do not wish for to much rain, It will flood here. I think the reason for the October thing is that is when the rainy season would start around here and go through the winter, before the heat so that it can be measured before it has time to evaporate.
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• Eugene, Oregon
27 Mar 17
That could well be. I did not look up the origin of the rain year.
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27 Mar 17
Rain is such a beautiful thing to see!
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• Eugene, Oregon
27 Mar 17
And then the sun comes out for a bit and it is great! There have been many double rainbows too.
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28 Mar 17
@JamesHxstatic Rainbows are nice to see too, don't you think?
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• Eugene, Oregon
28 Mar 17
@TheInvisibleMan Definitely!
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@celticeagle (117169)
• Boise, Idaho
27 Mar 17
We get less than half of that here. I love the rain unless it lasts for days on then and that is seldom. I like the smell after a rain and the occasional rainbow. We had a double out over the parking lot here one year.
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• Eugene, Oregon
28 Mar 17
It does not usually bother me too much, but it has been a lot this year.
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@celticeagle (117169)
• Boise, Idaho
28 Mar 17
@JamesHxstatic ......It's been more than normal here. I enjoy the rhythm of the rain coming down. Too much of anything can be bothersome.
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• Eugene, Oregon
28 Mar 17
@celticeagle That is for certain.
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@teamfreak16 (40502)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
28 Mar 17
We got some rain a couple days ago, but nothing like that.
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• Eugene, Oregon
28 Mar 17
It's just as well.
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@teamfreak16 (40502)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
28 Mar 17
@JamesHxstatic - We do need it, though. It's only March and we're already under a burn/outdoor smoking ban.
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@LadyDuck (147312)
• Switzerland
27 Mar 17
October is not a rainy month, but November and April are the two months with more rainy days here. As per the quantity of rain, we can get very heavy rain in August during the thunderstorms.
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• Eugene, Oregon
27 Mar 17
We rarely have thunder showers in western Oregon.
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@LadyDuck (147312)
• Switzerland
28 Mar 17
@JamesHxstatic We have thunder showers usually in July and August.
• Otis Orchards, Washington
27 Mar 17
Spokane had something like 60 of snow this last winter. The average snowfall is 55 inches. The record for rainfall in March is around 4.5 inches and we have received a little over 3.5 inches. Since there is rain in the forecast for all week we may tie or break that record.
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• Eugene, Oregon
27 Mar 17
It is definitely a year for drought relief.
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@RasmaSandra (16566)
• Riga, Latvia
27 Mar 17
Well I hope you get to see plenty of sun in the summertime.
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• Eugene, Oregon
27 Mar 17
Thank you! I hope so too, but June can be very wet occasionally as well.
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@FayeHazel (16506)
• United States
27 Mar 17
I didn't know about the "rain year" thanks for sharing.
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• Eugene, Oregon
27 Mar 17
I ran across that when I was looking up totals. I had heard of it, but did not know how it worked.
27 Mar 17
Oregon is one of the most beautiful states I've ever visited. Portland is my bucket list to live for a while.
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• Eugene, Oregon
27 Mar 17
Portland is a great city. I love going there and it is only 100 miles north. My daughter lives and works there.
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29 Mar 17
we've had a lot of april showers the last few days here
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@JESSY3236 (6071)
• United States
28 Mar 17
It rained here last night, but it's pretty today. I think we are in a drought.
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@Jessicalynnt (47790)
• Centralia, Missouri
28 Mar 17
Prob best to upgrade the umbrella and be sure shoes are water proof and one has wiper fluid, lol
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@Tampa_girl7 (24907)
• United States
28 Mar 17
We got rain last night.
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• Banks, Oregon
28 Mar 17
Having lived in a very rural area of Oregon all my life i am very used to snow, and definitley rain it never seems like it goes long without rain.
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