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Summary: First Big Storm Of The Season

Jim Willhight, 12/17/2018

Wind and Rain, lots of both from the first major Pacific Storm to hit the Northwest this winter. The storm arrived yesterday (12/17/2018). Here is a rain and wind gust summary of the weather event:

Rainfall (5 PM 12/17/2019 To 11:18 AM 12/19/2018)

  • Gauge near SAHS 2.74 inches as of 11:10 am.North Albany 1.82 inches.

  • Philomath, 3.37 inches

  • Corvallis, 2.6 inches

  • North Albany 2.11 inches

  • Newport, 1.90 inches

  • Yachats, 4.29 inches

  • Falls City, 4.90 inches

  • Dallas, 3.36 inches

    Wind Storm Summary

  • Near SAHS, 29.8 MPH at 6:09 AM

  • Albany Airport, 27.5 MPH at 6:33 AM

  • Lebanon Airport 38.7 MPH at 5:04 AM

  • Cape Meares, 87 MPH, 1:40 AM

  • Cape Foulweather, 90 MPH, 3:00 AM

  • Yaquina Bay Bridge. 79 MPH, 12:47 AM

  • Newport South Jetty, 67 MPH, 1:00 AM


Flood Outlook

  • Willamette and Santaim Rivers rising but the crest projected to be well below flood stage.

  • Willamette River will remain under flood stage of 25 feet but will rise quickly increasing over 8 feet from the current (12/18/2018 6:40 pm) 4.6 feet to a peak of 12.5 at 3am on Thursday 12/20. Note this is an increase in river level of 1 foot every six hours until Thursday morning’s river crest.

  • The Santiam River will peak at 9.5 feet at 5 AM on Wednesday 12/19. The flood “action” level is 13 feet and flood level 15 feet.