All Of The Indications Say It’s Coming.

Snow Storm
February 2014 Snowstorm | photo by Tim Chuey

If you have been paying any attention to our recent weather you already know about it. We have seriously entered the Autumn start of our rainy season as is evidenced by the 10.19 inches of rain measured near Eugene’s Mahlon Sweet Airport for the month of October which is the second wettest October for the period from 1892 until this year 2016. The all-time rainfall record for the month of October for the Eugene Airport is 12.66 inches set in 1950. The 10.19 inches of rain for this October is 6.94 inches above what is considered to be normal for the month. The leaves are changing rather rapidly into the beautiful seasonal color pallet. What does all of this indicate? That’s simple. Winter is on the way. The official beginning of Winter is the Winter Solstice which this year occurs on December 21st at precisely 2:44 AM PST.

It is the time of the year when those of us who toil in the weather business like to remind everyone of the dangers of a Pacific Northwest Winter and how to be prepared well before the potential danger is upon us. The National Weather Service has deemed this to be Winter Weather Awareness Week. According to the Weather Service “Each year, dozens of Americans die due prolonged exposure to the cold. Major storms can last several days, and be accompanied by strong winds, freezing rain or sleet, heavy snowfall, cold temperatures, and various forms of flooding.”

You can follow the daily information on the current day of the week or click on any day you wish. Just click on the link and choose the day you want. The links start with Monday October 31st and continue through Saturday November 5th, but you can watch them all at once right now if you choose to do so, or you can click on each link and pick the day of the week you want to see, starting with the Introduction to Winter Weather Awareness.

Monday’s link Winter Weather Safety and Terminology discusses the various types of serious Winter weather and what you you need to do to stay safe and warm.

The link for Tuesday is called Watch, Warning, or Advisory? What do they mean? points out the various watches, warnings, and advisories that can be issued during the Winter months.

Winter Snowstorm
Winter Snowstorm In Eugene | photo by Tim Chuey

Wednesday’s link is called The Many Faces of Winter Storms which matches up the watch, warning, and advisory categories to the kind of weather conditions and hazards you can expect when each one is issued.

Willamette River Flooding | Photo by

The link for Thursday lists all you need to know about Floods and Flash Floods and some weather history.

Tree Blown Down
My Neighbor’s Tree Blown Down 3/28/12| Photo by Tim Chuey

Friday’s topic is Windstorms. As you already know we do see some of them each year. Check out the windy link for the details.

Saturday’s link has more information you need to know including contact details for the various Weather Service offices in the Pacific Northwest and their social media addresses.

Please take a good look at these links and make sure you abide by the rules they explain. The preparedness information will help keep you safe during our often unpredictable Winter weather in the Pacific Northwest.

Leaves And Gutter
Leaves In The Street With Water In Gutter | photo by Tim Chuey

A special note: The Leaf Collection Schedule is set for the City of Eugene so go to Leaf Collection Schedule map to see when the pickup takes place in your neighborhood. For those who live in Springfield here is the link to the Springfield Leaf Pickup Schedule so you will know when to have them ready and exactly what to do. Remember to keep checking the schedule. Collection could be behind or ahead of schedule so you need to monitor any changes so you don’t get caught unaware.

Let me know what you would like me to talk about or explain. You can comment below or email me at: [email protected].

Tim Chuey is a Member of the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association and has been Awarded Seals of Approval for television weathercasting from both organizations.

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