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No wonder we're sick of it

The rain expected to pelt window panes Thursday morning will ring in the dubious distinction that Medford residents have had far more rainy days than dry ones this water year.

If the forecast holds true as expected, Thursday will be the 100th day of measured precipitation at the Medford airport in the 180 days since the official water year here began Oct. 1, according to the National Weather Service.

Those 100 wet ones are days that the weather service measured at least 1/100th of an inch of rain, so it doesn't even count those drippy days that didn't register on the rain gauge.

"Needless to say, we've been very wet this season," said meteorologist Sven Nelaimischkies, from the weather service in Medford.

This latest affronting storm front that moved atop the Rogue Valley on Wednesday is expected to dump up to a half-inch of rain before it peters out Thursday afternoon, according to the weather service.

That would push March's rainfall total to 2 inches at the airport, which is one of the driest parts of the valley, according to the weather service.

That will add to the 22.28 inches of rain that has been measured through Tuesday at the airport since the water year began. That's 8.64 inches above the normal rainfall to-date of 13.64 inches, according to the weather service.

And a good chunk of that has come since Jan. 1. The weather service has measured 10.59 inches of rain since then, which is 4.59 inches above normal over that same time period.

But literally on the bright side is this: Friday, the last day of March, is forecast to be sunny and rain-less.

"It looks like we get a little break," Nelaimischkies said.

But the emphasis is on "little."

There's rain again Saturday. Even heavier Sunday.

Insert wet-and-weary emoji here.

— Reach Mail Tribune reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470 or mfreeman@mailtfribune.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MTwriterFreeman.

A pedestrian walks through the rain in front of the Medford library Wednesday. [Mail Tribune / Jamie Lusch]