Monday, December 07, 2015

Unprecedented Rain Forecast, with Wind

Up to 12 inches of rain is forecast for the Oregon Cascade range and Coast range, from last night through Wednesday.  With high winds.

This is not your normal rainfall for Oregon.

Stranger still, its warm.  Shirt sleeve warm.

This will be a test for my yard trees.  Will they hold?  I've asked my facebook friends if anyone has a chain saw, just in case.  I need to know who I can call.

Just in case.

One tree a couple blocks away already bit the dust.  Took out a white plastic chair too.  Oh the horror.



They are lucky it didn't fall the other way, onto the apartments.

There's a huge redwood on Jackson street, trunk probably 3 to 4 feet across.  Now that would create a mess if it fell.   I hope it doesn't.  All along Jackson trees are wedged within a couple feet of power lines.  I suppose I better make sure I have batteries.

Just in case.

Here in Oregon, we LOVE a good storm.  This one is different.  A foot of rain?  Seriously?  Isn't that something that happens in the tropics?  Not here.  Not with shirt sleeve temps.  The new rain forest, I guess.

People who die in these kinds of storms usually die from driving through high water or being hit by a falling tree or tree branch.  Good to remember that.

Oh well!  The storm is here and it's awesome in a gruesome sort of way.


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  1. Good luck. I wonder if it is connected with the severe storms and flooding rain that crossed northern England a day or so ago.

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    1. Thanks Andrew. I wonder if connected. These series of storms are known here as the Pineapple Express, shooting across the Pacific from west to east and often associated with El Ninos.

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  2. Good luck. We do seem to be getting more extreme weather the world over.

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    1. Yes, lots of extremes. I think this series of heavy rainstorms may be attributed to El Nino. Not sure. It is melting the mountain snow. Too warm.

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    2. Yes, lots of extremes. I think this series of heavy rainstorms may be attributed to El Nino. Not sure. It is melting the mountain snow. Too warm.

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  3. Having lived in the Gulf coast for 15 years, I remember the excitement in the air when a storm was coming. However, that all when away if the storm came close. Then it was just scary.

    Hope you and everyone else weathers the storm okay.

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    1. I bet you saw storms there! Here, not many problems, except soggy and a few downed trees, but Portland really got hit, I see on the news.

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  4. Thought I'd replied... guess not. Anyway... that looks pretty scary to this old lady... here I thought you just worried about the cats... heck... what the weather does to you is even scarier!

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    1. I'm an old lady too now, lol, and yes, trees scare me. They can kill you or smash your car in or do all sorts of things. I love trees. they are amazing the way they can survive these the vicious lashings of the wind. They take in strays of all sorts and give them homes, from birds to squirrels to bugs, I think I really love the trees. I do not like to see them fall.

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    2. (but their might and their weight, they do scare me, should they fall)

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  5. Such a pain to clean up when they fall, even if they don't hit anything. Here's wishing your trees strength against wind and rain!

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    1. Yes, no kidding a big pain, but now I know where to take it, or even to get help should one fall---the wood lot folks, whose cats I fixed. They would come help clean up, if they could take the wood, which they could.

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