Tuesday rainfall sets Vancouver, Portland records

By Eric Florip, Columbian transportation & environment reporter

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The strong blast of rain that soaked much of the Northwest on Tuesday proved record-setting, according to the National Weather Service.

Vancouver recorded total rainfall of 2.37 inches, the weather service reported. The Portland airport saw 2.35 inches of rain. Both amounts set new records for that date.

In Portland, Tuesday was the ninth-wettest day in the history of the airport dating back to 1940, according to Steve Pierce, president of the Oregon chapter of the American Meteorological Society.

Vancouver’s Tuesday rain alone accounted for nearly half of the entire month’s total to that point — 5.04 inches.

Tuesday’s high temperature of 59 degrees at the Portland airport also set a new record for the date, according to the weather service. Vancouver’s temperature topped out at 61 degrees on Tuesday.

Wednesday saw continued rain for much of the day, but nothing near the totals that caused localized flooding throughout Clark County a day before. Strong winds also whipped trees around and knocked out power to hundreds of Clark Public Utilities customers.

Wet conditions are expected to continue into this weekend, including a rainy Thanksgiving Day. Moisture should taper to a slight chance of rain by Saturday, then return Sunday, according to the weather service.

Forecasters expect high temperatures in Vancouver should hover mostly in the 40s during the next week.

Eric Florip: 360-735-4541; http://twitter.com/col_enviro;eric.florip@columbian.com.