Dry period in mid-valley is historic, expert says

2013-07-18T12:00:00Z Dry period in mid-valley is historic, expert saysAlbany Democrat-Herald Corvallis Gazette Times
July 18, 2013 12:00 pm  • 

Noticing there's been hardly any rain lately?

That’s because the mid-valley is experiencing the third driest six months from January through June since records were kept starting in 1889, said George Taylor of Applied Climate Service in Corvallis.

“It wasn’t particularly warm this spring but it definitely was dry,” he said. “But look at it this way. The year 2012 was a very wet year and in two of the last three years precipitation has been well above average.”

According to weather data kept at the Hyslop Weather Station on Highway 20 between Albany and Corvallis, the monthly precipitation totals are 1.99 inches for April, 2.27 inches for May and 1.28 inches for June.

So far, there has been no measurable rain in July. No rain is forecast through Sunday, and temperatures will be in the low 90s Friday through Sunday.

The total rainfall in the mid-valley since Jan. 1 is 11.5 inches. Last year to date the rainfall was 36.49 inches, and the average to date is 22.49 inches.

Taylor said he is not “alarmed by the lack of rain because the most significant water shortages tend to happen when we have a number of consecutive dry years.”

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