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2022 Oregon rainfall by the numbers

Karen Richards

Oregon's rainfall totals for 2022 show some areas exceeding average numbers and others falling well below normal.

According to the National Weather Service, in the Eugene area, 31.28 inches of rain fell in 2022 which is more than 9 inches below the normal 40.83 inches. The year’s total was also below the 36.10 inches the area received in 2021.

The Redmond area received 7.45 inches in 2022 which is 1.01 inches below normal.

Rainfall totals in Roseburg and Salem were also below average. Roseburg was 4.08 inches below normal with a total of 27.99 inches. Salem had 39 inches, 1.08 inches below normal.

Portland and some coastal areas were above normal. Portland accumulated just over 40.2 inches of recorded rain. That’s more than 3 inches above normal.

On the coast, Astoria recorded more than 72.10 inches of rain which was 1.84 inches more than average.

In Southern Oregon, Medford was just over 4 inches below normal with 14.41 inches falling in 2022.

In Eastern Oregon, Pendleton saw 15.91 inches of rain, which is more than 3 inches above normal.

Forecasters say the 2022-2023 winter season is looking to be a "La Niña” weather event, meaning it will be cold and wet through February for much of Oregon.

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Love Cross joined KLCC in 2017. She began her public radio career as a graduate student, serving as Morning Edition Host for Boise State Public Radio in the late 1990s. She earned her undergraduate degree in Rhetoric and Communication from University of California at Davis, and her Master’s Degree from Boise State University. In addition to her work in public radio, Love teaches college-level courses in Communication and Public Speaking.
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