Before the Deluge: Prescott Park 21-Oct-2021

After the hottest and perhaps one of the driest summers in Oregon’s history, we are apparently going to be swamped for days by a veritable river of moisture. A Class 5 atmospheric event! Buckets of magical sky water! This will certainly take the edge off the drought 🙂 even if it might trigger floods in the burn scars left by this summer’s wildfires.😟 The color scheme in the GOES 17 water vapor image above seems to capture the intensity of what’s coming our way.

So, in anticipation of being stuck inside for a few days, we did a quick hike around Roxy Ann Peak in nearby Prescott Park. What caught our attention – when we weren’t being shoved around by the howling wind – were the clouds scudding in ahead of the storms. Winds aloft were also twisting contrails into artful shapes. Clearly mighty forces were at work up there. Forces we would soon experience down here on the dirt. 🌨☂

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2 comments

  1. Thanks! Yes, a huge swing in the weather in only a few days. The rain is most welcome but the possibility of flash floods and debris flows is not. It’s going to be a wild next few days…

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