Monday’s severe thunderstorm that rumbled over northeast Oregon and prompted flash flood warnings across the region set a record for rainfall and helped to shatter the monthly average for June precipitation, according to the National Weather Service.
The storm dumped 1.1 inches of rain in a single afternoon around Pendleton, raising the total precipitation for the month to 2.15 inches. That’s exactly 1 inch more than the area usually experiences for the entire month of June.
Janet Koch, who lives on a ranch near Rieth, said the storm made a mess of their property, knocking down tree branches and throwing patio furniture all the way across the street. It took multiple trips with a loaded 14-foot trailer to finish clearing out the mess.
Fortunately, Koch said they did not sustain any property damage or vehicle damage.
“This is a wind funnel through here anyway, all the time, but this was something different,” Koch said.
With wheat harvest just around the corner, it does not appear the storm produced any widespread crop damage.
“If anything did happen, it’s probably pretty localized,” said Don Wysocki, extension soil scientist for Oregon State University Extension Service. “Certainly, there’s no widespread effect.”
July and August are typically the driest months of the year for Pendleton, with just a half-inch of precipitation for both months combined on average.