Portland is experiencing its second wettest water year on record, while Eugene is only in its 24th wettest year in history. It has, however, broken a record for the longest number of days of measurable precipitation at 143 days since October 1st.
Officials are forecasting a rise in air pollution levels in the region through the weekend. Residents of the South Willamette Valley and the Bend area are asked not to burn wood until conditions improve.
The series of storms hitting the Northwest this month are bringing heavy rain, snow and strong winds. This is causing flooding, landslides, road closures and power outages. A Portland hydrologist says the short-term trouble brings long-term benefits.