PORTLAND — "Heavy September rains are soaking the Pacific Northwest today as the remnants of typhoon Pabuk dumps its moisture on the region. This is a very significant and in some cases historical rainfall event for the month of September," according to Steve Pierce, president of the Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS.

"The Portland International Airport has surpassed its wettest September on record with more than 4.38" as of 12 noon PT. The previous September record was 4.30" set back in 1986. The period of record is 1940-Current at the airport.

"An even more amazing stat is coming out of Astoria today. Astoria is closing in on nearly 10" of rainfall for the month, which shatters the old record. Records at Astoria date back to 1890, or more than 123 years! More than 5 inches of Astoria's total for the entire month of September has fallen since just Friday. Daily rainfall records were also set on Saturday at Vancouver, WA. Hillsboro, McMinnville, Troutdale, Redmond and Salem.

"Winds have gusted to near hurricane force along the Oregon coast this weekend and power has been out at many locations. Storm drains are clogged, causing localized flooding.

"What's up next? A third and very potent September storm will cross the area today and tonight, bringing with it more heavy rain, strong coastal winds and more localized flooding. Trees are susceptible to coming down with the combination of wind, saturated soils and still having their leaves attached which adds more drag to the tree itself. 

"A very special thanks to the Portland office of the National Weather Service for their great stats. Here is the list of the latest Record Event Reports for Oregon as of 12 noon PT:

RECORD EVENT REPORT

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PORTLAND OREGON

1125 AM PDT SUN SEP 29 2013

...HISTORIC SEPTEMBER RAINFALL OCCURRING IN ASTORIA...

AS OF 11 AM THIS MORNING...OVER 5 INCHES OF RAIN HAVE FALLEN ON

ASTORIA AIRPORT THIS WEEKEND. THIS RAINFALL HAS SHATTERED NUMEROUS  SEPTEMBER RECORDS...REMARKABLE CONSIDERING THAT RECORDS HAVE BEEN  KEPT IN ASTORIA SINCE 1890.

RAINFALL RECORDS BROKEN IN ASTORIA

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1. ALL-TIME WETTEST SEPTEMBER ON RECORD...

   1. SEP 2013......... 9.70 INCHES AND COUNTING.

   2. SEP 1906......... 8.66 INCHES.

   3. SEP 1920......... 8.55 INCHES.

   4. SEP 1905......... 7.38 INCHES.

2. WETTEST SEPTEMBER DAY ON RECORD...

   1. SEP 28 2013...... 3.56 INCHES.

   2. SEP 16 1997...... 2.67 INCHES.

   3. SEP 30 1953...... 2.41 INCHES.

   4. SEP 13 1935...... 2.27 INCHES.

3. WETTEST 2-DAY TOTAL FOR SEPTEMBER...TOP 2 NOW SET IN 2013.

   1. SEP 28-29 2013... 5.16 INCHES AND COUNTING.

   2. SEP 27-28 2013... 4.55 INCHES.

   3. SEP 3-4 1913..... 3.46 INCHES.

   4. SEP 16-17 1997... 3.42 INCHES.

4. WETTEST 3-DAY TOTAL FOR SEPTEMBER...

   1. SEP 27-29 2013... 6.15 INCHES AND COUNTING.

   2. SEP 2-4 1913..... 4.31 INCHES.

   3. SEP 15-17 1997... 4.16 INCHES.

RECORD DAILY MAXIMUM RAINFALL SET AT NUMEROUS LOCATIONS ACROSS  SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON AND NORTHWEST OREGON YESTERDAY.

AN EARLY FALL STORM BROUGHT ABUNDANT RAINFALL SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 28, BREAKING SEVERAL PRECIPITATION RECORDS FOR THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:

LOCATION         NEW RAINFALL      PREVIOUS

                 RECORD (INCHES)   RECORD (INCHES)  

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ASTORIA OR          3.56         1.15 SET IN 1893

HILLSBORO OR        1.73         1.06 SET IN 1962

MCMINNVILLE OR      1.40         1.25 SET IN 1962

VANCOUVER WA        1.36         1.00 SET IN 1962

SALEM OR            1.33         0.94 SET IN 1962

PORTLAND AIRPORT    1.25         1.08 SET IN 2007

TROUTDALE OR        1.16         0.79 SET IN 1962

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