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09 January 2006 — Wet Wet Wet (4)
Oh, how embarrassing: all the data I've quoted in this entry is actually for Astoria, not Portland. (Except the records -- I quoted the records for Portland.) I'll post correct numbers on the 11th.

"I wonder how much rain we've had so far this year," Kris said as she climbed into bed. Just the sort of research challenge I live for.

Since January first, Portland has had 6.22 inches of rain, which is 3.34 inches above the norm of 2.88 inches. Over the same period last year, we received only 1.83 inches of rain. (And, remember, between February 15th and March 15th, we had no rain and record warmth.)

Even more remarkable is the amount of rain we've had since the cold spell ended on Decemeber 18th. Over the past twenty-two days we've had 19.35 inches of rain, which is 12.27 inches above the norm of 7.08 inches. Over the same period last year, we received only 4.02 inches of rain.

And, of course, there's more rain in the forecast.


More rain. And flooding. And, from the banging of the doors and awnings, plenty of wind tonight. Good night. Stay dry.


After I reported on our flooded cellar last week, Dave gave us some advice about extending our downspout drainage away from the house. Over the weekend we attached some sewer tubing to the end of two downspouts, so that the roof runoff drained to the lawn (which slopes away from the house) instead of next to the back porch (where it drains toward the house slightly).

Kris went down to the basement this morning to verify that our handiwork had produced the desired results. It hadn't.


"The flooding is back, and it's worse than ever," she announced. I put on my shoes and tromped down to run the sump pump. I actually don't mind the flooding (it's kind of fun) except for the horrible musty smell that accompanies it. I'm deeply concerned that this odor may be overpowering in the entire house by the time May arrives.

At least my roof patch job seems to have been effective. We don't seem to have any new leaks (though the previous leakage caused even more damage when the ceiling dried: paint cracked, stains appeared, etc.)


When I originally posted this entry last night, I forgot to mention that we're having a heavy water year. (The water year is measured from October 1st to September 30th.) According to the National Weather Service, Portland has received 40.01 inches of rain this water year, which is 10.62 inches above the norm of 29.39 inches. (Last year we had received 24.20 inches of rain by this date.)

Looking at historical water year data for Portland, it seems that we only need another 7.40 inches of rain for this year to be the firth wettest on record since the Portland International Airport opened in 1940. If we can get up to 56.48 inches, we'll be the fifth wettest on record since 1870. (I wish the above-linked page had data for 1998-1999; memory tells me that was another wet winter, though wet in a different way: misty and constant rather than full of periodic downpours.)


Comments
On 10 January 2006 (05:19 AM), Alan said:

The rain was feeling a little heavier than usual. People (non-Northwesterners) who might like at our rain in inches and think, "We get more rain per year than Portland. What are they complaining about"? What they don't realize, and I didn't understand until I moved here, is that it's CONSTANT. Even when there's no downpour, there's drizzle, and there's grey. It's incredibly depressing. But then summer makes up for it. And if you can get away to somewhere sunny in winter, that's an effective recharge -- at least for me. I'm gonna stay here, but I wasn't too sure the first few years.


On 10 January 2006 (08:56 AM), Jeff said:

*Weather Geekery Warning*

You can check the levels of various Oregon rivers at this great National Weather Service Website... Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service.


On 10 January 2006 (05:09 PM), Tiffany said:

This makes me feel better! So far the rain is not bothering me a bit, but I keep thinking, ‘give it a few months and it will be depressing’. However, if this is above average rain fall, I think I will do just fine in this wonderful state.


On 10 January 2006 (08:27 PM), J.D. said:

Well, if the stats at the National Weather Service are to be believed, we've had 2.95 inches of rain in the past twenty-four hours. I sure don't doubt it.

Things are dicey here at Rosings Park. There's still a leak in the roof. The flooding in the basement can now be measured in inches. In fact, we're getting about an inch every half hour. (Though this is only at the far end; the near end has only trace amounts.)

The wind is gusting. The rain is coming down. It's a mess.

I'm almost afraid to go to bed.