Tuesday weather: Sunny and 51, but rain expected later

Forecasters expect Tuesday to be sunny throughout the mid-valley, with highs around 51. But rain is expected later Tuesday night and Wednesday, with lows Tuesday in the mid-30s and highs Wednesday in the mid-40s.

Tree Crashes onto House

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EUGENE, Ore. — Our first big fall storm of the season tested the rivers, the sewers and at times, even the homes, as several trees came down during the heavy rainfall and strong winds.

This fall storm hasn’t disappointed with rain totals topping two inches in some spots.

A perfect example of some of the storm’s rattling effects: a tree came crashing down on a Eugene home Wednesday afternoon.

As KEZI 9 News Reporter Sarah Hurwitz reports, it was a scary moment for the homeowner who says it could have been avoided.

Undefeated season is the goal as Oregon men’s club soccer begins new year

As with everything that happens in Eugene, rain began to fall during one of the Oregon men’s club soccer double day practices the week before school began.

“It’s really no big deal at all,” assistant coach Luke Connolly said as water dripped from his soaked jacket. “Rain is no problem because we’re Ducks.”

The double days serve as a perfect chance to evaluate the new players who are interested in joining the team before the official tryouts begin. With anywhere from 75-100 guys showing up, the system allows first-year player coach Alex Riley to begin the process of narrowing down to the final roster.

Last year the club soccer team was impressive. The Ducks finished first in the league, second in Regionals and ended the year with a 22-2-1 record. They had a knack for grabbing the early lead and then clamping down on defense to prevent the other team from leveling the score.

This year, the goal is to be even better.

“We have the ability to go undefeated if we put our minds to it,” Riley said.

The midfield is the strength of the team this year, with the full group returning. Back is former player coach Daley Stevens, who spent the summer playing with local Lane County semi-professional team Lane United FC. He brings with him the ability to control the ball and make the necessary passes to free up his teammates with great looks on goal.

“Daley is a purist of the game, so it is great having him out here,” team president/coordinator Joe Jackson said. “He truly loves and understands the game of soccer.”

While the midfield serves as the highlight, the coaches are quick to point out the depth of talent on the squad. Both the backline and forwards are set to have strong years, with a good mix of returning stars and talented newcomers filling the roster.

One major change that is still being decided is what formation the Ducks will use. Traditionally the team has played a 4-3-3, though that may be switched this season in favor of a more aggressive 5-3-2. The key to the new formation will be the play of the right and left-wingers in the back, who will be asked to get up field and join the attack.

“I have a couple of players in mind who would really fit those positions well,” Riley said. “I want our wingers to be aggressive, but also possess the game. If we can do that it may be the best option for us.”

The matchup to watch this season will be when the Duck’s take on the University of Portland, which always serves as the biggest game of the year. Last year the two split the series, though Oregon was able to steal both the conference and league titles from the Pilots. Both Gonzaga and Utah State promise to be tough matches as well.

Before Oregon can focus on the games, however, it still has to finish up tryouts and integrate the new players onto the team. Once that’s done, the team expects big things, including a first place finish in both their league and at Nationals.

Of course, all fans are welcome to come along for the ride.

“If you love soccer come watch us,” Jackson said.

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Partnership to Help Create Startups

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EUGENE, Ore. — Governor John Kitzhaber stopped in Eugene Wednesday to sign a declaration of cooperation that could help boost our local economy. The Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network is expected to create tech start-ups here in the Willamette Valley and keep these companies in the local area. Something business leaders say is a win-win for everyone involved.

While raindrops fell outside of the Eugene Chamber of Commerce, local and state leaders were inside celebrating a different kind of rain. “I think the rain that we’re here to celebrate today is the kind of rain that we need a lot more of here in the state of Oregon. By bringing entrepreneurs and their ideas together with the resources necessary to turn those ideas into companies this community endeavor is going to make a lasting contribution,” said Gov. John Kitzhaber.

This collaboration between the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, the cities of Eugene and Corvallis, as well as the Chamber of Commerce will give entrepreneurs the resources they need to be successful.  “When they come into the accelerator and after they’re through the accelerator they have to go somewhere. We want those companies to stay in our community. So the innovation network is working with our community to build all of the resources that they need to get companies to stay here in the Southern Willamette Valley,” said Joe Maruschak, chief startup officer Eugene RAIN.

This network is expected to bring money back into the local economy. “Provided an important vehicle for planning, sharing of best practices and resources and communicating our shared commitment to a vibrant regional economy,” said Corvallis Mayor Julie Manning.

Something these research universities are excited to be a part of.  “Produce lots of innovation, lots of creative ideas, bring lots of research to our area. Lots of extramural research dollars to our area and this project is going to help animate those dollars to create jobs, companies, ideas, evermore for the state,” said University of Oregon President Michael Gottfredson.

Not only will RAIN plant a seed for the economy in the Willamette Valley to grow, but it will also help students take the next step in their future careers. “When I head the word sprouts I was thinking of our students, so there’s a lot going on here besides building companies,” said Ron Adams, OSU Vice President of Research.

The accelerator will open at the Eugene Chamber of Commerce in about a month. Once open, entrepreneurs will take a three month class where they’ll connect with all the resources needed to build a successful company.

Corvallis Fire crew ferries woman out of flooded property

Though water has been draining almost as fast as it’s been accumulating in the mid-valley, steady rain in the past week has affected people in areas more prone to flooding — like Cindy Kent, who was ferried out of her Corvallis area property in an inflatable raft on Monday.

Kent had been cooped up in her mobile home since Thursday as rain began pooling on the long driveway leading to her house along a horseshoe bend in the Willamette River, northeast of Corvallis.

Flooding on the property off of Strawberry Lane is pretty common, said Kent, 57, and normally she stays home until the water drains off the driveway or someone in a bigger rig — like a tractor — can get her out.

But flooding was higher than usual — and her 79-year-old mother, Frankie Kent, didn’t feel comfortable allowing her daughter to wait another day. She lives about a quarter-mile down the road from her daughter on a portion of the property that doesn’t flood as easily.

“I called 911 because we couldn’t get her out,” Frankie Kent said. “I was worried about her, and I said she’s coming out because mama bear said.“

A crew from the Corvallis Fire Department crew was dispatched to 2485 N.E. Strawberry Lane at 10:58 a.m.

The emergency responder vehicles — an incident command vehicle and a large truck — could drive through a short section of the flooded road but the water was too deep to continue through the whole stretch.

With the use of an inflatable raft, the crew shuttled Cindy Kent, her bags and her two dogs through a 30-foot wide pool of water that Kent estimated was about chest deep.

“I was completely cut off so that nothing could come through except a boat like that,” she said. “They put a life jacket on me and off we went. They did a wonderful job — they were very nice and very safety conscious.“

Kent, who has lived on that part of her family’s property since 1986, said she has never asked for help from emergency crews in getting out of her house, not even in the winter of 1996, when the water was so high it seeped through the heater vents of her mobile home.

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Wow! That Sounds Like It Ought To Be A Record. Oh, It Is.


If this past month of September seemed inordinately wet you are right. I have a rain gauge in my yard and the National Weather Service has one (and other automated instruments), about a mile away from the airport runways. The best way to start off is to see what is considered to be “normal rainfall” for the month of September in Eugene.  According to the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Portland, the average (latest 30-year average) or “normal” September rainfall for Eugene is 1.29 inches.

Let’s get real and see how much rain actually fell in Eugene last month. The automated rain gauge near the airport registered 7.08 inches of rain for the month, which is 5.79 inches above average or normal.  For the month of September 2013, yes the same month I have been talking about, my rain gauge recorded only 5.27 inches of rain which is still 3.98 inches above that normal but is 1.81 inches below the record amount of rain that actually fell for the Weather Service measurement.

The best way to explain one of the reasons why my total is so much lower is to explain that rain does not fall from the clouds like water from a garden hose.

Watering The Lawn | Image Tim Chuey
Watering The Lawn | Image Tim Chuey

A hose can spray a particular area with exactly the same amount of water as an adjacent or even more distant area.  Not so with rainfall.  A particular plot of ground, for example, could have a series of clouds roll over it dropping varying amounts of rain from some of them and no rain from others, while another plot of ground receives a different amount of rainfall from those same clouds or even different clouds. Take two plots of land and separate them by miles and you can see an even more serious disparity in rainfall amounts.

Another way to see if the total for Eugene makes sense is to show how much rain fell in various locations in the area during the days of heaviest rainfall.  The two days of heaviest rainfall for the area, measured by the National Weather Service, were the 48 hours from 10:00 AM Friday September 27 through 10:00 AM Sunday September 28.

Automated Surface Observing Station | cfinotebook.net
Automated Surface Observing Station | cfinotebook.net

The National Weather Service ASOS, “Automated Surface Observing System”, (374 ft.) recorded 1.13 inches, 2 miles SW of Eugene (817 ft.) 1.91 inches, 2 miles SE of Springfield (489 ft.) 1.81 inches, Corvallis Municipal Airport 1.68 inches, and my rain gauge South Eugene (600 ft.) recorded 1.15 inches of rain for the two days Midnight to Midnight, not 10:00 AM-10:00 AM like the other readings. Those numbers show just how much the amount of rainfall, from a given event, can vary over relatively short distances.

There are other things to take into account; where the center of the storm was at the time, the elevation of each measuring station, and the direction in which each rain area was moving, to name just a few. We had a strong upper level low pressure area just offshore pumping moisture our way and then the remnants of Pacific Typhoon Pabuk added a second wave of moisture to the mix.

You might be wondering what is causing all of this rain?  It has been wetter than we’ve seen for years and as already mentioned, the greatest September rainfall total ever.  Some people have told me that they haven’t seen rain like this for 20 years.  Actually, that is about right.  It seems we are returning to a wetter cycle comparable to what we had some twenty years or so ago. Some will blame it on “Climate Change” or some other fancy term but I look at it as a return to the kind of weather Oregonians have been used to over the years past.  George Taylor, our former State Climatologist, explained to me years ago that we would be shifting back to a pattern of much wetter winters like Oregon used to have.

When looking for cause and effect I have found that too many people are willing to jump to some fantastic explanation as long as it satisfies their definition of the event.

Ockham's Razor | Image sodahead.com
Ockham’s Razor | Image sodahead.com

There is an old axiom called “Occam’s Razor” (also spelled Ockham) defined in the Free Dictionary by Farlex as “a principle in philosophy and science stating that assumptions introduced to explain a thing must not be multiplied beyond necessity, and hence the simplest of several hypotheses is always the best in accounting for unexplained facts.” Is the simple cyclical fluctuation of weather patterns from warm to cold and back (happening since the planet was born) the cause of the climate patterns we see now or a complicated man-made and man-caused explanation for our current circumstances?  I have found this question similar to my favorite definition of “faith” which is to a believer no proof is necessary and to a non believer no proof is enough.  The real answer will be found in the future.

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


December 4 – Morning Headlines


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Police say an adult man tried to grab the nine year old while she was at a water fountain, on the south side of Eugene Corridor Elementary.

Keep Current: – EDN Headline News, Sports and Weather

Tim Chuey Weather:


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Look for more rain, possibly heavy at times, today and tonight. Remember to check the storm drains on your street to make sure they are clear of debris. It could prevent street flooding.

An upper level trough of low pressure (shaded “U”shape in blue arrows) is still pushing subtropical moisture into the Pacific Northwest that is coming from Hawaii (called the “Pineapple Express”). That is why our temperatures have stayed well above normal. A frontal system, the last in this series, is bringing even more rain with it. Here is a look at a frontal system that will push in Friday. Mt. Ashland says they will open this Thursday. Hoodoo is really close to opening and Willamette Pass is still waiting for quite a bit more snow.

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High: 54
Low: 36
Forecast: Mostly cloudy with rain, heavy at times this afternoon (1.50 in. of rain possible) and in the evening, windy (wind: S 20-30 mph shifting SW 10-20 mph in the afternoon), rain (1.50 in. of rain possible) tonight, showers likely (60%) Wednesday AM, a good (50%) chance of afternoon showers, mostly cloudy with a (30%) chance of showers Wednesday night, mostly cloudy with a (40%) chance of showers Thursday AM, then showers likely (60%) in the afternoon and Thursday night highs 54-46 lows 44-36. Mostly cloudy with showers likely (60%) Friday, a good (50%) chance of showers Friday night, a mix of clouds and sun with a good (50%) chance of showers Saturday, mostly cloudy with a (30%) chance of showers at night, a mix of clouds and sun with a slight (20%) chance of showers Sunday, then mostly cloudy with a (30%) chance of showers Sunday night and Monday highs 46-42 lows 37-32 warming to 35 Sunday night. (seasonal averages high 47 low 35)

Because weather forecasting is a combination of science, intuition, and timing there can be no absolute guarantees that individual forecasts will be 100% accurate. Nature is in a constant state of flux and sudden unexpected weather events can happen.

Keep Current on the Weather: timchueyweather4u.com

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Seasonal Affective Disorder in Eugene

Sunny October weather in the Willamette Valley.

Though Eugene has been marvelously scenic these past couple of weeks, it’s sure to return to its usual downpours by the end of the Fall.

Our blue skies will turn to gray, our sunglasses will be replaced by umbrellas, and Eugenians will once again return to their old, weather weary selves.

While many people from the Northwest are able to find beauty in the regions seemingly bleak climate, others suffer from seasonal depression. Seasonal Affective Disorder (or SAD) is a specific kind of depression and is especially prevalent in northern states, where winters are darker than other regions of the United States.

SAD is most commonly experienced by people in their twenties and thirties, which means students at the University of Oregon (particularly those who come from sunnier climates) are more likely to suffer from depression. Also, women have been shown to be more susceptible to SAD than men.

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What Lane County usually looks like. (image eugenebicyclist.com)

A few symptoms of the mood disorder are weight gain, daytime fatigue, social withdrawal, increased irritability and anxiety. Other symptoms/results of Seasonal Affective Disorder are  feeling sad, loss of interest in normal pleasures, lack of initiative, and possible other symptoms of biological dysregulation like difficulty or excessive sleeping.

With an ever-increasing population, it is important that the city of Eugene becomes aware of both the symptoms and remedies regarding Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Here are a few simple steps that can help you cope with Oregon’s drastic weather.

First of all, many seem to be under the impression that any mental disorder can be easily solved with a doctor’s note and a plethora of pills. This is false. In fact, anti-depressants do little to solve the problem while also coming with a series of unwanted side effects.

University of Oregon psychology professor Don Tucker believes there are alternatives to prescription drugs when dealing with SAD.

“Drugs (like) Prozac are often effective in treating depression, but their long term effectiveness is often disappointing,” said Professor Tucker.

Dr. Tucker is interested in how cognition is regulated by emotional arousal. His research uses methods of cognitive psychology to assess the influence of specific forms of emotional arousal, such as anxiety and depression.

“SAD is a way that depression happens,” explains Tucker. “…so even though there are specific treatments, like strong light early in the morning, the best treatments would be those for depression generally. Changes in thinking and lifestyle, particularly with carefully structured cognitive therapy, or meditation, and improved exercise have been shown to have good long term effects for depression.”

Less alcohol rather than more can help combat SAD, but meeting new people can be very effective.

There are many options available for people who are dealing with SAD, including but not limited to: light therapy, yoga, running, drinking less alcoholic beverages, and seeking professional help. However, simple things like improved exercise, diet and maintaining a healthy sleep schedule can do wonders for your body and mind. Taking a vacation to a warm and sunny destination can provide you with just the right kick start for the Fall.

Of course, not all of us can spare the time or money for a cross country trip.

For those whose budgets may be constrained during this time of the year, Dr. Tucker suggests an even simpler remedy.

“If you’re feeling down as the days start getting darker, I would recommend getting light early in the morning,” said Tucker. “Daylight is much stronger than any artificial light, so even if it seems gloomy outside, spend some time outside in the AM. Go for a run or a bike ride in the morning.”

One of the most common and effective methods of dealing with depression is meeting new people.

Closing yourself off from the world can send you into a downward spiral. It’s important to establish a social life, and in the same vein, to maintain your existing relationships with family and friends.

The winter blues are real and they can be devastating, so try to find the brighter side of Eugene.

To learn more about the psychology program at the University of Oregon or to find out more information about Seasonal Affective Disorder and Professor Don Tucker, visit http://psychweb.uoregon.edu/people/tucker-don

March 21 – Evening Update


Cherry blossoms against dark clouds have a certain dramatic appeal. Here is the evenings update:

Tim Chuey weather update:
Still a chance of getting wet, but there will still be plenty of sunshine for your Tuesday.
Jury: Man not guilty in deadly robbery
As the coffee stand employee stepped outside to disarm a robber he had just shot, a second gunman raised a weapon and the gun battle continued.
Homeless registered sex offender missing in Eugene area
The Lane County Sheriff’s Office says a homeless registered sex offender with “severe mental health issues” failed to report for his scheduled parole visit on February 18. Officials say Michael Eastman, 26, may be in the Eugene area and should be considered dangerous.
UO prof interviewed for ’60 Minutes’ story on ‘The N-Word’
A University of Oregon professor appeared on “60 Minutes” Sunday as the news magazine explored the controversy over a new edition of “Huckleberry Finn” that substitutes “slave” for the N-word. — have you even seen Deadwood? -ed.
Feds propose doubling beaches protected for snowy plover
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to double the amount of West Coast beaches protected for a threatened shorebird in anticipation that sea levels will be rising due to global warming. –because waiting would make no sense. –ed.
Oregon man captured in Hawaii with teen girlfriend
Jordan Pratt, 20, and his 13-year-old teen girlfriend are tracked down at a resort in Hawaii after he helped her run away from home.
Oregon Senate votes to extend unemployment benefits
Oregon senators have unanimously approved a bill to prevent thousands of unemployed workers from losing benefits.
‘Kyron’s Law’ would require cameras at schools
A new digital petition is pushing for a law that require cameras at schools and on school buses.
Oregon pays for upkeep of prison closed to save money
Keeping a shuttered state prison in condition to reopen someday provides plenty of work for a small crew of Oregon corrections employees and inmate laborers.

March 17 – Evening Update


Here’s the wrap up of todays headlines:

Tim Chuey Weather:
Some nice sun breaks, but still plenty of rain.
Fire damages Pleasant Hill home
Fire departments from four agencies respond to house fire on Hilltop Drive.
State managers replaced after investigation
Two top state managers at the Oregon Department of Human Services will be replaced following an investigation into how more than $24 million was spent
Oregon looks at allowing strip club regulations
Oregon’s iron-clad protections for freedom of expression limit a city’s ability to impose restrictions on strip clubs
Spring cleaning time at the coast
Volunteers will set out along the state’s 362 miles of coastline looking for all the things that shouldn’t be there.
Riley “feeling good” after surgical procedures
Oregon State football coach Mike Riley said he was “feeling good” Wednesday after a difficult weekend.
Home values reach new low
The median price of houses sold in the Eugene-Springfield area dropped to $159100 in February, a depth that the area hasn’t seen since April 2004.