Is this Oregon? Is this December? You wouldn’t know it by looking outside! Brookings has made it into the 60s five of the last six days, Coos Bay has only seen .04″ of rain and Eugene only .15″.
Typically Eugene gets about 8.61 inches of rainfall in December. The record driest December was in 1976 when we only got 1.24 inches of rain the whole month.
So if Eugene does not get 1.09 inches of rain in the next 9 days, 2011 will go down in the record books as the driest December on record. The records go back to 1890.
It’s going to be close.
Today we had the first storm to make it through the high pressure in over a week. Most of this warm front was chewed up before it got here, we did see the extra clouds and a few sprinkles though.
Saturday the ridge will re-form and we’ll be back to mild weather.
At this point we’ll be down to just 7 days left in December, but this last week will most likely be the most active of the month.
The first storm to potentially bring rain and mountain snow will move in Christmas day. The freezing level will drop to about 5,500 feet and we should see rain in the valley for the first half of the day with snow in the higher peaks.
Monday is looking pretty mild, but Tuesday through Friday are looking very active. So we have a good shot at making it, but either way this will go down as one of the driest Decembers recorded.
Meteorologist Melissa Frey