Smell of Petrichor in the Air

Ah petrichor, the scent of freshly fallen rain after a long, dry absence. The past few days have been brutal, dealing with unhealthy air quality and irritation from wildfire smoke. Finally, we get a break as a west breeze moves in and the rain begins falling. I am done with summer, the heat, the smoke, and the ash.

A little trivial stuff from data collected from the National Weather Service office in Portland (readings at Portland Airport):

  • 92 consecutive days with a high temperature of 70°F or higher (June 17, 2017 – Sept. 16, 2017).
  • 84 consecutive days without measurable rain of 0.01 inch or greater (June 17, 2017 – Sept. 8, 2017).
  • 17 days of smoke in the Portland area between Aug. 2, 2017 and Sept. 16, 2017.
  • 24 days of temperatures above 90°F or more between May 22, 2017 and Sept. 11, 2017.