The last two days have certainly been wet enough, but it could have been much worse. Portland received .29 inches of rain Thursday, bringing the November total to 7.69 inches of rain, which is 2.27 inches above normal for the month. Compare our total to what has fallen over Northern California the last 24 to 36 hours. Reports of more than 7.50 inches of rain over Sonoma county and 1-3 inches of rain throughout the bay area have left thousands without power. The high Sierra could see up to 16 inches of snow today, with more over the weekend.
The reason for the California deluge is a so-called "River Of Rain" aimed at the bay area, courtesy of strong jet stream winds. Notice the radar photo above. You can clearly see the rain bulls-eye over California. Oregon & Washington are seeing occasional showers in a southerly flow on the north end of the large storm system. When large rain bulls-eye areas develop, areas surrounding the storm center are often starved of moisture. This time around, the Northwest came up on the drier side. The south wind flow has kept snow levels above 4,000 feet on Mt. Hood. Skibowl has barren grass, while Meadows and Timberline have lost roughly a foot of snow from the Thanksgiving opening. Lower snow levels and hopes for powder are in the weekend forecast for the Cascades. Forecast charts show rainfall may be closer to normal the next two weeks, which would be a drier pace.
KGW Meteorologist, Rod Hill, follow me @