It’s Just Not Normal!
By Tim Whitcomb
For those snickering at the continuing deluge in the Pacific Northwest and offering platitudes like “Welcome to Portland!,” I offer this: the average annual rainfall in Portland, Ore. is about 36 inches per year (statistics for Boston give about 42.5 inches), which means that the warm November rain that has fallen there to the tune of almost 8.5 inches so far this month is over 6 inches above normal. Almost 10% of the average annual rainfall fell in 24 hours (on Nov. 6 and 7)! This is not traditional Northwest climate — but the Northeast has received some anomalies of its own. While nighttime temperatures have yet to break over 55 F, daily maxima have been above 65 F twice this month and the mean monthly temperature is 2 degrees Fahrenheit above normal.
We will continue to see unsettled weather over the next few days, with some possible heavy rainfall in some locations - perhaps even some flooding if the rain lands in certain locations.
Today: Cloudy with some showers. Moderately gusty winds. High 58 F (14 C).
Tonight: Cloudy. Low 49 F (9 C).
Tomorrow: Some clouds, no rain. High 62 F (17 C).
Tomorrow night: Rain late, light winds. Low 50 F (10 C).
Thursday: More clouds, perhaps rain. High 63 F (17 C).