The stormy pattern continues in the Northwest. The strongest storm has been occurring in the last 12 to 18 hours as it has moved in off the Pacific bringing heavy rain and mountain snow (generally above 4,500 to 5,500 feet in the Cascades), along with strong and gusty winds. There have been some pretty impressive 24-hour rainfall amounts. Below are maps from Washington and Oregon showing what had fallen in the previous 24 hours as of 1 p.m. Pacific Time.
So far the rain has not created widespread flooding on major creeks or streams though there have been warnings for some of the small creeks and streams. Here are the stages as of 1 p.m. on various river gauges.
The current storm will give way to another one late tonight into tomorrow then another one late tomorrow night and Wednesday. Additional rain is likely to continue to raise river levels and cause more flooding problems. Also, the chance of landslides will increase as well.
Snow levels in the Cascades will be lower with the next two storms, lowering to around 3,000 feet in the north to 4,000 to 4,500 feet in the central Oregon Cascades. Another 2 to 4 feet of snow can fall above 5,000 feet the next two days.
As of the end of June there had been no named storms in the Eastern Pacific basin.
This is some serious and dangerous heat. Outdoor activity is just not at all recommended during the daytime.
A strong ridge of high pressure in the West brings the highest heat of the season so far to a large area.
Combine the cold with the wind and some precipitation and there is a real danger of hypothermia.
Any shower and thunderstorm can contain heavy downpours, heavy enough to cause temporary, low-lying ponding.
According to all long-range models, the warmest area in North America compared to average will be over the Northwest.