Seattle sets record for wettest March, Eugene still a long way off

Seattle sets record for wettest March, Eugene still a long way off
A soggy day at the Seattle's Space Needle. (Photo courtesy: Brendan Ramsey)

EUGENE, Ore. -- While the rainfall might be setting records across the the Pacific Northwest, Eugene still has a ways to go before we set any records.

Friday's rain was enough to set the record for the all-time wettest March in Seattle's history. Seattle sat at 8.60 inches of rain for the month at 4 p.m. Friday, breaking the old Sea-Tac record of 8.40 inches in 1950.

Portland also set a record with 1.3 inches of rain by 4:30 p.m., shattering the previous record of 1.25 inches set in 1943.

Eugene saw .71 inches by around the same time on Friday, well below where the rain guage peaked in 1974 - at 1.32 inches.

As for the month-to-date numbers, the weather monitoring system at the Eugene Airport has seen 5.16 inches fall in March. That's still a long way from the all-time record for March of 12.46 inches (that's over a foot!) of rain recorded in 1974.

Eugene has seen about three-quarters of an inch of rainfall more than usually falls through the month of March, making for two consecutive months (February and March) of above-average precipitation levels.

February 2014 also stands as the wettest month on-record since March of 2012.

The long range forecasts for next week hint at a couple of dry days, but no prolonged dry period is foreseen yet.  |  Full forecast