Soggiest September in a century sets new records in Oregon
EUGENE, Ore. - Records that stood for a century or longer fell Sunday as September rains drained the sky over Oregon.
Eugene got more rain Sunday - 1.9 inches - than it normally does in the entire month of September.
That record-setting rainfall pushed the monthly total past the previous record of 5.21, set in 1927.
By daybreak September 30, more than 6 inches of rain had fallen in Eugene this month - and counting.
The largest city Portland and the state capital Salem both set new records for total September rainfall, with most of the moisture coming in the last few days.
The remnants of a typhoon hitched a ride ashore on the "atmosphermic river" - what meteorologists formerly called a "pineapple express" for the tropical origins of the warm, wet weather system.
Astoria hasn't been wetter since 1906. The city at the mouth of the Columbia River was the first to beat the record books, besting the 8.66 set a century ago.
Then it kept raining: the wettest September day ever in Astoria on Saturday helped set a new record for the month and pushed the total over 10 inches.
In a typical year, just over 2 inches of rain fall in September in Astoria.
Both Astoria and Eugene's records go back to 1890.
The city of Hillsboro west of Portland set a new record, pushing past the mark set in 1945.
At the Portland airport, where record keeping started in 1940, 2013 now stands as the wettest September on record.
Rain gauges in downtown Portland set a new record, too. Those records had stood since 1927, the same year Eugene set a recod that stood until this storm event.