We only had one lightning strike today…near Crown Point, but at least we got a rain record out of the evening downpours! As of 9pm it’s the wettest December-February (meteorological winter) on record at PDX.
As you see, the records go back 78 years. What a soaker and of course we still have another 12 days to go. So we’ll go well beyond that record.
Speaking of rain; very good news up in the Willamette River watershed. The reservoirs are filling right on time this year.
The whole system is at 26% of it’s full “summer level”. Sounds low right? But that’s normal because the Army Corps of Engineers keeps reservoirs low in the winter. Then around February 1st, as peak flood season passes, they start holding back water the last part of winter and capture the spring snowmelt too. They started a little early at Detroit Lake in mid January; in the past 30 days the level has risen 45 feet! It took until early April last year to get to this level…big improvement. And this year we have a bunch of snow in the Cascades so there WILL be a healthy spring melt. BIG PICTURE: WATER ACTIVITIES ON THESE RESERVOIRS SHOULD BE IN GOOD SHAPE THIS COMING SUMMER.
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen