above average for wet weather
Klamath Falls became an
above-average city Sunday - as far as precipitation
goes, at least.
For the past several months the cumulative
precipitation recorded at the Klamath Falls Airport
lagged well behind normal. By mid-April the city was
more than 2 1/2 inches below average for the water
year, which started Oct. 1.
Then the rains came. Enough
rain fell in the latter half of April to erase half
of the precipitation deficit.
The wet trend continued over the past two weeks, and
the clincher came Sunday when .30 of an inch of rain
fell at the airport. The weekend's showers brought
the water year total to 10.57 inches of
precipitation, compared to the 30-year average of
10.40 for this time of year.
"This is what we should have gotten back in January
and February," said Rick Holtz, a forecaster at the
National Weather Service office in Medford.
Klamath Basin residents can expect at least one more
good shot of rain this week before a drying trend
takes hold, Holtz said.
"We're keeping a close eye on a developing storm
that's out over the eastern Pacific," Holtz said.
"We have an unusually strong westerly jet stream
that's going to be spreading across the Pacific, and
is really pretty much aimed right at Oregon."
The approaching storm has the potential for wind and
heavy rain that's not usually seen at this time of
year, Holtz said.
"It's more of a winter-type
system. It looks like it's going to be a pretty good
rain producer," he said.
The storm will probably hit
the Klamath Basin Wednesday night.
More typical weather should occur by the weekend,
Holtz said, with a ridge of high pressure expected
to bring mostly sunny skies to the Klamath Basin by
Weather records show Klamath Falls can expect just
under an inch of rain to fall during May, although
the city has already doubled that. The wettest May
on record came in 1998, when 3.65 inches fell.