2013 on pace to be driest year in Eugene history

EUGENE, Ore. - Keep this number in mind: 2.22.

That's how many inches separate the rainfall in 2013 from 1944, the driest year on record for Eugene.

Only 23.26 inches of rain fell that year at the Eugene Airport.

With two weeks left in the year, 2013 has only seen 21.04 inches of rain all year, despite a record-setting soggy September.

The year 2012 finished with 50.16 inches of rain, the 18th wettest on record. Normal annual rainfall for Eugene is 42.59 inches of rain.

There are chances of rain - or even snow - in the forecast between now and December 31.

Unless the sky opens up and really turns on the faucet, however, 2013 will likely go down as the driest year in history for Eugene.