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Southern Oregon faces unusually dry forecast

The last measurable rainfall in the Rogue Valley was Oct. 19, and the dry weather has continued into November — historically the second-wettest month of the year for the area.

“It’s very unusual, but it’s not record setting,” National Weather Service meteorologist Ryan Sandler said. “But it is very unusual to be this dry this late into the season.”

Medford received no rain from Oct. 20 to Nov. 8, and the only other time that has been recorded was in 1993, Weather Service data show.

October wasn’t entirely bone dry — 0.65 inches of rain fell during the month, making it the 34th driest month in the past 109 years.

“November is where it becomes unusual,” Sandler said.

If the dry trend continues for another week, it would be the first time on record that Medford saw no rain for the first half of the month. The driest years on record for this stretch were 1978 and 2018, when only a trace amount — less than one-hundredth of an inch — fell.

Medford has never seen a completely dry November, but it got close in 1936 when only one-hundredth of an inch fell.

“We haven’t seen that in a while,” Sandler said.

There’s a slight chance for some rain next Thursday and Friday, Sandler said.

“The 8- to 14-day outlook is for drier than normal conditions,” Sandler said. “We’re certainly looking like the first half of November will get nothing.”

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