Holy crap!

It's only three days after the end of summer!

HYDROLOGIC OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA
316 PM PDT WED SEP 25 2013

...HEAVY RAIN AT TIMES OVER THE OLYMPIC MOUNTAINS AND THE NORTH
AND CENTRAL CASCADES THIS WEEKEND COULD LEAD TO SOME MINOR RIVER
FLOODING BY EARLY NEXT WEEK.

A SERIES OF INCREASINGLY WET WEATHER SYSTEMS WILL MOVE THROUGH THE
AREA FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT. THE FIRST SYSTEM WILL MOVE
THROUGH ON FRIDAY. WHILE THIS FRONT WILL NOT BE ESPECIALLY
WET...IT WILL PRIME AREA RIVERS FOR WETTER SYSTEMS OVER THE WEEKEND.

TOTAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 4 TO 8 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE OVER THE
OLYMPIC MOUNTAINS AND NORTH CASCADES FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH
SUNDAY NIGHT. 3 TO 6 INCHES OF RAIN IS POSSIBLE OVER THE CENTRAL
CASCADES DURING THIS SAME TIME.


AT THE SAME TIME...SNOW LEVELS WILL RISE TO 7000 TO 8000 FEET
FRIDAY AND REMAIN HIGH UNTIL EARLY NEXT WEEK.

WHILE THIS IS NOT A CLASSIC ATMOSPHERIC RIVER PATTERN...THE
CUMULATIVE EFFECT OF THESE WET FRONTS COULD CAUSE SOME RIVERS TO
REACH FLOOD STAGE. THE SKOKOMISH RIVER IN MASON COUNTY WOULD BE
THE FIRST RIVER WITH A FLOOD THREAT...POSSIBLY REACHING FLOOD
STAGE AS EARLY AS SATURDAY NIGHT. OTHER RIVERS FLOWING OFF THE
OLYMPICS AND CASCADES COULD ALSO APPROACH OR REACH FLOOD STAGE BY
SUNDAY NIGHT OR MONDAY.

Here we go again... Back into the tunnel until next July...



Update of broken link from last year's final post:
Video of landslide derailing freight train just north of Seattle in December, 2012.
(Note the beautifully articulated clinical observation by the photographer at 1:28.)

Ken