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Parts of Pacific NW see one of the wettest water years on the record books

PORTLAND, Ore. – It’s not your imagination – there’s been more rain than usual over the past year.

Parts of the Pacific Northwest saw one of the wettest water years on record, the National Weather Service said Sunday.

A water year measures all of the precipitation between October 1 of the previous year and September 30 of the current year.

Salem set its second rainiest water year with 59.1 inches of rainfall in the 2016-17 season. That’s nearly 20 inches above average.

Portland and Vancouver both saw the fourth wettest water year on the record books, reaching 51.45 inches and 51.54 inches of rain, respectively.

On average, Portland sees about 36 inches of rain through a water year. Forecasters said the city had surpassed that mark by March 2017.

The top two wettest years for the Rose City were 1995-96 and 1996-97, which coincided with the historic flood.

Source: http://katu.com/news/local/pacific-nw-sees-one-of-the-wettest-water-years-on-the-record-books

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