Gulf Of Alaska Churns Up Bomb Cyclone, Series Of Fall Storms For Pacific Northwest
El Nino Will Serve Up A Strong Winter Along The West Coast. Are You Prepared For Heavy Snow, Rain And Power Outages?
A strong, low-pressure system is churning over the Pacific Ocean and helping usher in early season rainfall to much of the Pacific Northwest and Northern California, according to the National Weather Service. High winds and up to eight inches of rain are predicted as a “Bomb Cyclone” and “Atmospheric River” are teaming up to hammer the region.
Brian La Rue
| 9/26/2023 11:30:45 AM
“Moderate to locally heavy rainfall is spreading inland along a cold front that is expected to impact areas of Oregon and Washington, the same areas, that have been experiencing drought conditions,” according to NOAA reports. Flooding and debris in runoff are both big concerns. Add in red flag warnings with high winds and you have the chance for flooding, downed trees, and power outages.
Another round of locally heavy rain embedded within continuous rounds of scattered showers is forecast to enter the region late Tuesday night into Wednesday. One area where too much rain could lead to localized flooding concerns is across Southwest Oregon and Northern California. This is due to recent burn scars in the area that are unable to retain heavy rainfall, potentially leading to debris flows.
“We've got significant rain to come, I mean, easily 3 to 5 inches, up to 8 inches in higher elevations," FOX Weather meteorologist Jane Minar said.
"We're not going to say the s-word this go around,” added Minar. “It's just a bit too warm. "We do expect that it's going to be all rain even up into the higher elevations of the Cascades. It is more of a rain event that it is a snow event.
The meteorologist also added, this low-pressure system will open the door and begin to send a series of storms into the region, bringing multiple rounds of rain this week. Red flag warnings with strong winds will add to the storms.
For West Coasters, this series of storms looks like something you get during an El Nino year. And yes, El Nino is affected by warmer ocean temperatures which typically results in extra wet winters in Washington, Oregon and California.
El Nino is anticipated to continue through the Northern Hemisphere winter, with greater than a 95% chance of the condition continuing through January and into March 2024, according to the NWS’s Climate Prediction Center (Sept. 14, 2023).
In looking at the long-range forecast, the Pacific Northwest is predicted to see three rounds of rain in the next 14 days. Be prepared for a long winter and prepare your business for the worse case scenario. For standby power for your business click here.
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