Blowing into fall

At the moment of the autumnal equinox, 1:44 pm yesterday, I was standing on the summit of Marys Peak in driving rain and 44 mph wind with gusts to 65.  Fifteen minutes later I leaned into the strongest gust, 76 mph, as the first Pacific storm of the rainy season pushed through right on schedule.

It’s a bit early for a storm of this strength, though down in the valley it was merely breezy.  Combined with around 2″ of rain from a late-summer thunderstorm earlier this month, we are well above normal.  That is a very good thing given that we had a dry spring and summer, and famously green Oregon is beginning to turn green again.

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