Fourth-wettest calendar year for Portland: 50 inches

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PORTLAND (AP) — The year is ending with more than 50 inches of rain falling in 2012 in Portland.

Andy Bryant at the National Weather Service office tells The Oregonian it will be the fourth-wettest calendar year since 1940 when they started taking measurements at Portland International Airport. The record was 63 inches in 1996.

The average rainfall in the Portland area is 39 inches.

Washington ending year with drier weather

SEATTLE (AP) — After recent rain and snow storms, forecasters say Washington will end the year with drier weather.

About the only rain today is forecast on the coast.

The National Weather Service expects only scattered rain showers in most of the state or light snow in northeast Washington on Saturday. Sunday should be a dry day with sun at times.

Cloudy skies return Monday with a chance of showers, but forecasters say the new year should start with relatively uneventful weather.

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