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Drought headed for wet demise

You’d better enjoy the sunshine today and tomorrow. Western Oregon’s prolonged drought is about to end, according to the National Weather Service.

After three months without rain, a series of storms are expected to roll in off the Pacific Ocean, bringing rain and much cooler weather.

“The first cold front will arrive Friday, followed by progressively stronger storms every 24 hours or so,” a special statement from the NWS Portland Office indicates. “There is a lot of uncertainty in the timing and amount of rain expected, but there is fair confidence that these storms will end the current dry spell.”

Rain is forecast for Friday, Saturday and Monday, and possibly Sunday as well. Daytime temperatures are expected to drop into the low- to mid-60s.

Since the beginning of July, McMinnville has received less than a quarter of an inch of rain. That represents the second-driest three-month period since record-keeping began in 1894.

The National Weather Service also has released its three-month temperature outlook, for October through December. Temperatures are rated more likely to run normal or above than they are below normal.

Drought headed for wet demise

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