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Soggy Start to the Week

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What a weekend! Three storms in three days brought pounding rain and winds, setting new records across western Oregon.

The average rainfall in Eugene in September is 1.23″. Last year we only got 0.01″. This year, we’re now up to 6.16″ and still counting. This beat out the old record of 5.21″ set in 1927, and those records go back to the late 1800s. We also smashed the daily record on September 29th! We picked up 1.90 Sunday which is over three times the record of 0.62″ which was set in 1994.

The last time we saw this much rain in one day was back on January 18th, 2012. These three storms brought a total of 2.97″ to Eugene Friday night – Sunday  night. This series of storms also packed in the strong winds. We saw wind gusts as high as 85 mph at Mary’s Peak, 72 mph at Lincoln City and 36 mph in Eugene.

Most of that storm is past, but the clean-up for many continues today and its going to stay soggy for the first half of the week.

The jet stream is still shooting right into western Oregon. This will keep the showers going off and on Monday and Tuesday. Highs will stay in the low 60s with lows in the mid to upper 40s. The coast is under a High Surf Advisory through 11 a.m. Monday for dangerous waves and a high surf. Central Oregon is still under a high wind advisory through 11 p.m. tonight for wind gusts up to 50 mph.

Another storm is tracking to move across western Oregon Wednesday. This cold front would bring in another round of rain showers and keep our highs in the upper 50s and low 60s.

By Thursday we dry out and with high pressure in place, we should stay that way through Saturday. We’ll also start to warm up with highs returning to the upper 60s and low 70s by Saturday.

Have a great start to the week!
~Meteorologist Melissa Frey

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