Early Wednesday Morning Update: one more round of heavy rain and gusty winds needs to pass through western Oregon & Washington. This should happen commute time or a bit later this morning. After the cold front passes through, winds die off and we should quickly dry out. We’re almost there!
6:45PM Update: We’ll see rain, heay at times this evening. We’ll keep adding to Portland’s record rain total: 2.03″ today and counting!
During my original post on this storm over the weekend, I mentioned that wherever the ‘bulls-eye’ of rain sets up, that’s where the greatest flood risk will usually be.
Even though I call it a bulls-eye, it’s really an area where winds in the storm are energizing that part of the storm and increasing the rain we get from it.
This area was forecast to lift north into Washington today by every single computer forecasting tool out there. And yet, here’s the 10AM radar image from KOIN Local 6. The heaviest rain stretches from about Lincoln City and across the Coast Range to Salem and the Portland-Vancouver metro area. That’s your bulls-eye right now!
Rain Totals Since Midnight, Under The Bulls-eye
- 1.18″ Lincoln City
- 1.20″ Portland Airport (PDX)
- 1.25″ Hillsboro
- 1.27″ Northeast Portland
- 4.44″ Mt. Hebo – Coast Range (this site also had an incredible gust to 97mph today!)
The question is–what does the storm do next? It’s starting a slow northward move right now. All we can do in a situation like this is watch it–and see how far north it goes. But guess what? The more north it goes, the stronger the winds are likely to be. We still have not had our 40-50mph gusts in the valley & metro area. They become more likely if the heaviest rain lifts into Washington.
Morning and Noon Meteorologist Matt Brode is staying late and I’m coming in early so we have everything always covered for you on KOIN Local 6.
It’s going to be an interesting rest of the day, for sure!