...I haven't written a River post in a long time.
The PacNorWest is under a heavy rain assault (wind, too, at the coast, where hurricane-force gusts are hammering the beaches).
Here's the Doppler radar synopsis at 0900:
Here are the storm totals just for THIS front, the second one in two days (the first one was only 3.4" here). Embiggenate the photo and use the right-side key to interpret the rainfall totals. We are half-way though the rain from the FIRST front, and the second one will be worse. The chart, normally accurate to within 10%, says I have 2.0-3.5" already. My rain gage says 3.6" as best as I can read it from 15 feet away inside my house:
Here are the warnings: Note the Portland area under Flood advisories. I think NOAA is behind the power curve on these:
The Coast Range and western slopes of the Cascade Mts will get 10-15" of rain from today's front and the more severe one coming tomorrow and Wednesday. Historically, highway bridges over mountain streams do NOT withstand this sort of hydro assault in these parts. Pray for our bridges. All we can do is wait. The Atmospheric River goes all the way to the Philipines...
Remember Pearl Harbor!