Around 4:40pm a man approached me, holding an axe, and muttered something about “this rain is about 20 minutes early”. Then of course I remembered last night at 10pm I had mentioned the rain would start at the earliest around 5pm, latest by sunset. He was actually very friendly as we then proceeded to talk about the rain, surprise snowstorms, and an overdue windstorm. All that over potting soil and a handtruck wheel replacement while in line at a large orange home improvement store. He never raised the axe over my head (good); I think he had something to cut down (hopefully good). Then the lady checking me out was “shocked” that “the WEATHERMAN has had a chance to get out in the garden???”. As if somehow I found a few dry hours and she didn’t. Ouch…add the bike shop people looking for dry weather, Shauna Parsons looking at me like a disappointed mother looks at her kids, and it’s getting rough out there! I might start wearing a blonde wig, or some other disguise out there until we get some solid sunshine. Maybe some large sunglasses? Maybe just hunker down at home and work only.
The final proof that the rainy/cool weather has gone on too long came in an email from our own regular commenter here on the blog…Jesse Krause “EVEN I am ready for some warmer temps and sunshine at this point.” Whew, and I thought 2012 was still two years away…things are really falling apart now.
A very wet system is moving in right now; the stretched out and weak surface low moves almost directly overhead later in the night. Plenty of gusty west wind right behind the low pressure center, but no strong wind and no flooding rainfall. I’m guessing maybe .50″ here in Portland, about 1/2 of what we saw with the last system. Since it’s coming in a bit more from the southwest the rain shadow may not be as strong as with Wednesday’s system. So maybe .40″ westside to .80″ east metro this time around. Tough to get more than 2″ in the Cascades with this one due to the fast movement. It’s interesting to note the only flood warnings in our region are out in the Blue and Wallowa Mountains (Grande Ronde and Imnaha rivers). The John Day river also has a flood warning out.
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen