Category Archives: Weather Matters

Record-Setting Rain/Thunderstorm

Yesterday (Sept. 5) we experienced the most significant thunderstorm I have seen in the mid-Valley since moving here in 1989. Lots of thunder, for hours; cloud-to-ground lightning; and heavy rain occurred. The total rainfall at Corvallis Hyslop weather station was … Continue reading

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Columbus Day Storm — a Look Back

Last week we celebrated Columbus Day. The national holiday was Monday the 8th, but the traditional date is October 12. That was also the date of the deadly “Columbus Day Storm” of 1962. Among significant wind storms in Oregon, the … Continue reading

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Fall-Winter Forecast 2012-13

September 17, 2012 It’s been quite a year! Summer began late but seems to be persisting. But let me break the news to you: winter is coming soon! Below is my forecast for “home” — the Willamette Valley. But overall … Continue reading

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Spring 2012 — wettest all-time in Corvallis

As our wet, cool spring draws to a close, it’s interesting to look back and compare our perceptions of what occurred with what DID occur. Start with rain: it seemed really wet, right? It was. In fact, we just finished … Continue reading

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Wild and Crazy Month of March

As April arrives, we can look back on a wild-and-crazy month of March. Truly it had just about everything – except warmth! Coastal storm (described by Steve Pierce) Many residents along the coastline of Oregon awoke March 13 to no power, downed trees, … Continue reading

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Thunderstorms without Thunder?

Just in time for spring, and Daylight Savings Time, our first thunderstorm of the year passed through the mid-Valley last week. There was heavy rain, gusty winds, and ice pellets (small hail). But no thunder. So how could it have … Continue reading

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January Flooding and a Look Ahead

January was a remarkable month in what has been a very unusual winter. This year we have seen a pattern consisting of extended dry spells punctuated by intense rainfall. Case in point: December was on its way to being the … Continue reading

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