It’s been a stretch… It was dry yesterday, and the National Weather Service is predicting it will be dry through Tuesday. That is the longest stretch of dry weather in the Pacific Northwest since late November.
My city got 7.02 inches of precipitation in January, and had 27 of 31 days with measurable precipitation. Another 2.74 inches of rain have fallen since the beginning of February. Other places around the Pacific Northwest have had it worse. Widespread flooding has wiped out roads, bridges and homes all over Washington and Oregon. Trails are underwater. Avalanche risk is through the roof.
A mudslide closed the freeway south of town for more than a day last weekend, and there were long delays for commuters as they only had one lane open for a few more days after that. Fortunately for me, I didn’t have to head through there that day; I usually do. Friday night’s rain was so heavy I slowed down to 40 on the freeway! It’s a mess around here.
Thankfully I’m ok, as is my family, but I feel for all the people who have been displaced, and are facing huge cleanup costs to recover from the flooding. They have declared a state of emergency in many areas.
I’m grateful for the dry days coming up, so the rivers and floodwaters can recede, and the slopes can stabilize. Plus I need more days to get outside; my walk yesterday morning was beautiful!