2.69″ rain so far today at PDX. That’s the wettest December day you’ve lived through! It’s also ties for the wettest day ANY month of the year:
In case you are thinking…”wait a minute…I’ve seen it wetter than this!“. Yes, you are right; it has definitely been wetter in a 24 hour period but not by much! Two other times in the past 20 years we’ve seen more than the 3.22” we’ve seen in the past 24 hours.
This will go down as the 3rd wettest 24 hour period.
Notice I said PDX. Official Portland records have been taken at the airport since 1940…so about 75 years. There are older records from various locations downtown, but that area tends to be wetter than PDX (by 15-20% in the wet season) so we’d be comparing apples/oranges. Plus, we only get observations from that location once per day, no hourly info, and no calendar day info. That’s why we always talk about PDX.
Here are the other totals from today in the metro area and the rest of the FOX12 viewing area.
Surprising numbers at Hood River and The Dalles! Good news for you folks. A soaking is always welcome out there.
The big issues today were mudslides and small creeks. All sort of sliding and high water. Johnson Creek hit its highest level ever this afternoon at 15.33′ That even beat out the 1996 flood. That’s due to the intensity of the rain, definitely not the duration. Here’s a mudslide just off I-84 on Corbett Hill Road…precarious position to be in!
What happens the next few days?
One more warm/wet system tomorrow night, then more typical “colder systems” for the end of the week and the weekend.
I DO NOT expect a repeat of the 2-3″ totals tomorrow night. More like 1.00″ to 1.50″ as this time it moves through pretty quickly. Here’s the RPM forecast, which tends to be too wet often.
More wind too, although not too crazy. Should be similar to this afternoon’s wind.
We’re still looking for a huge snow dumping in the Cascades as those colder storms arrive starting Thursday. I think the real ski season begins this weekend and early next week. That should include the lower elevation resorts too. Not bad for mid-December!
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen