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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published March 30 2012

Weather Talk: March exceptionally dreary in the Pacific Northwest

March is typically cool and rainy in the Pacific Northwest, but this year has been an exceptionally dreary, unforgiving time.

Day after day has been windy and rainy and cold as a month-long series of powerful Pacific storms has raked the area.

Hardest hit has been western areas of Oregon. Along the coast, from Astoria to Gold Beach, rain amounts this month have ranged from 10 to 15 inches, meaning that an inch has fallen every two to three days.

The storms have brought several days of southwest winds sweeping in off the ocean with gusts to 70 mph.

Interior areas have fared no better. From Eugene to Portland, rain amounts have ranged from 8 to 10 inches. Both Eugene and Portland set records for late season snowfall. Eugene received 7.5 inches of snow on March 21.

Farther north, Seattle got a rare inch of snowfall on March 13 and has received almost 6 inches of rain this month.

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