Updated 2:49 pm PST, Monday, February 25, 2019 Bobby Roberts walks under tree that fell on a house on North 6th Street in Creswell, Ore., Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, after a heavy snow blanketed the Willamette Valley. He and a group of other volunteers were helping to remove the tree for the owner who was out of town when the storm hit. (Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard via AP) less Bobby Roberts walks under tree that fell on a house on North 6th Street in Creswell, Ore., Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, after a heavy snow blanketed the Willamette Valley. He and a group of other volunteers were ... more Photo: Chris Pietsch, AP Photo: Chris Pietsch, AP Image 1 of / 15 Caption Close Image 1 of 15 Bobby Roberts walks under tree that fell on a house on North 6th Street in Creswell, Ore., … [Read more...] about Oregon winter storm cancels school, closes roads, cuts power
Facts about rain storms
Hurricane Florence fast facts: Florence has been downgraded to a Category 2 hurricane as it approaches the U.S. East Coast Storm is forecast to be "an extremely dangerous major hurricane when it nears the U.S. coast late Thursday and Friday," the National Hurricane Center (NHC) says As of 11 p.m. ET, the NHC says Florence was centered about 280 miles east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, and about 325 miles east-southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It's moving at about 17 mph with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph Storm's center will "approach the coast of North Carolina or South Carolina in the hurricane warning area Thursday and Friday, and move slowly near the coastline through Saturday," the NHC says The track has shifted somewhat south and west, throwing Georgia into peril as Florence moves inland More than 10 million residents in North and South Carolina and Virginia are under a storm watch or warning; 5.25 million people are under hurricane … [Read more...] about Hurricane Florence weakens to Category 2 storm as it heads toward East Coast
MADISON, Wis. — A lot of rain — but maybe not as much as you think — fell Aug. 20 on the shallow, 281-square-mile basin of land that drains into Madison's lakes Mendota and Monona. Most of the 12- to 15-inch deluge that drenched parts of western Dane County flowed away from Madison toward the Wisconsin River. Only about 4 inches fell across the lakes' watershed, according to the National Weather Service. Every year, there's a 1-in-10 chance of a similar rain. But that 4 inches swelled Madison's lakes enough to flood streets and homes, and to prompt worries of a dam break that could have been devastating for the densely populated Isthmus and areas around Lake Monona, the Wisconsin State Journal reported. How could 4 inches of rain cause so much trouble? The answer lies in a decades-old dispute — now being revived — about how much water Lake Mendota should hold and how much higher than the Isthmus the big lake's water level should be maintained. The Tenney … [Read more...] about How could 4 inches of rain cause so much Wisconsin flooding?
Jason Samenow, The Washington Post Published 10:56 am PDT, Monday, August 27, 2018 Hurricane Lane, which collapsed in spectacular fashion as it drew close to Hawaiian Islands, could have been much worse. Had it held together and edged slightly farther north, severe rain, wind, and surf would have bombarded Oahu and Maui. Instead, those islands were grazed. Even so, bands of torrential rain repeatedly slammed into the Big Island's eastern half over a period of five days. The total amount of rain, measured in feet, soared to historic levels: 51.53 inches were measured on Mountain View, about 15 miles southwest of Hilo. This preliminary total ranks as the third highest for a tropical storm or hurricane in the U.S. since records began in 1950, according to the National Weather Service office based in Honolulu. Hurricane Harvey, which engulfed Southeast Texas a year ago with a maximum rainfall of 60.58 inches, and Hurricane Hiki, which unloaded up to 52 inches on Kauai in … [Read more...] about Hawaii’s rain from Hurricane Lane, topping 50 inches, is among most extreme in US records
Hurricane Lane secured its place in the history books before it quickly dissipated into a tropical storm and moved off from Hawaii. The storm caused damage, mostly on the Big Island, where rivers raged near Hilo and nearly 40 people had to be rescued from homes. There were no deaths from the storm, which had the potential to cause much more destruction. Here's a look at the storm and its impact on Hawaii. RAIN MAKER Lane Dumps Over 30 Inches on Rain on Hawaii Marco Garcia/AP The storm named Lane was barreling toward the Hawaiian Islands as a powerful Category 5 hurricane in the middle of the week. But then it slowed down, moving as slow as 2 mph at times. As it lingered, the storm's outer bands were already over the Big Island, allowing Lane to drop 45.8 inches (116 centimeters) of rain, according to preliminary figures, National Weather Service meteorologist Brooke Bingaman said. That puts it in fourth place for the most rain from a storm in the United States since 1950. … [Read more...] about Lane Brought Record Rain to Hawaii, But Lost its Wallop