Quick Storm Wrap

October 22, 2017

9:30pm Sunday

Now THAT was a soaker!  If models keep doing this well I’ll be out of a job in the next 5-10 years.  We ended up with around 2-3″ in just about all of the lowland elevations in the metro area from when the rain started Friday night to this morning when the rain stopped in most areas.

and those 8-10″ rainfall did end up panning out over the wettest parts of the Coast Range and Cascades

The usual extremely wet gauges didn’t disappoint.  Lees Camp along Highway 6 in the Coast Range along with North Fork SNOTEL south of Dodson saw over 10″.

Wind was a bit lighter than expected for much of the coastline…only a couple spots even made it over 60 mph at the lower elevations.  That was Gleneden Beach and Lincoln City

Here in the metro area almost all gusts remained at/below 40 mph (as expected), PDX officially hit 37 mph.  Not a windstorm by any means yet a loud reminder that stormy season is almost here.  Even those relatively weak gusts caused lots of trouble for power companies.   It appears there were LOTS of small outages and some of you are still out of juice after almost 24 hours.  That’s due to all the leaves still on trees which makes for plenty of wind resistance compared to the bare limbs of winter.

With the weekend rain, we’re now above normal for rainfall in Portland this month…that was easy to do.  3″ is the average and we’re well above 4″.  That makes 2017 our 4th consecutive wet October.  But that should be just about it as we go into another relatively long dry period.  I see very little rain from now to Halloween.