Wednesday December 11, 2013
Intense Winds, Feet of Rain, Snow Slam WestSalem-News.com
Torrential rain has also fallen in parts of Oregon and Washington...
(STATE COLLEGE,, PA Accuweathter.com) - AccuWeather.com reports since Nov. 27, a series of powerhouse storms have pummeled the Northwest. The storms have left behind flooded rivers, creeks and streams. Winds have knocked down trees and led to scattered power outages. There has even been the risk for avalanches and mudslides in higher elevations.
The hardest-hit area is across northern California, but the impacts are far-reaching, and stretch from San Francisco to Seattle.
Some of the heaviest rainfall totals in California include 17.50 inches in Petrolia, 15.16 inches at Oak Mountain, and 12.55 inches at Secret Town.
Torrential rain has also fallen in parts of Oregon and Washington, with a total of 12.35 inches at O’Brien, Ore., and 9.03 inches at Wynoochee Lake, Wash.
According to Western Weather Expert Ken Clark, "Parts of northern Shasta County, Calif., have received between 18 and 23 inches of rain the last seven days."
Clark added that some of the foothills of the Sacramento Valley have received between 10 and 15 inches of rain with the North Bay Mountains receiving between 10 and 20 inches and several places in the Santa Cruz Mountains picking up over a foot.
"Generous rainfall has also fallen on the central Sacramento Valley with most amounts ranging between 4 and 8 inches," Clark said, "Many areas in the northern San Joaquin Valley have received between 2 and 4 inches."
Intense winds have also been reported during this series of storms. Mammoth Mountain in California gusted to 150 mph at one point. That is the same strength as a strong Category 4 hurricane.
A 95-mph wind gust was reported just south of Reno, Nev., and wind gusts to 74 mph were measured in Newport, Ore.
In addition to intense wind, higher elevations of California into Oregon and Washington have also received heavy snow.
Kirkwood Ski Resort in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California has seen 22 inches. Sierra at Tahoe Ski Resort follows with a total of 19 inches in the last five days.
Other heavy snow totals have included 25.4 inches at Ketchum, Idaho, and 23 inches at Mount Rose Ski Resort in Nevada.
A hose of Pacific moisture will continue to aim at the Northwest over the next several days.
The story "New Storm Northern California to British Columbia" has the details on storm hitting the coastal Northwest during the first part of this week.
By Anthony Sagliani, Meteorologist for AccuWeather.com
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