Returning to the wet dogs season!

We most certainly need the rain but …..

Pharaoh playing in Bummer Creek after Autumn rains in 2013.
Pharaoh playing in Bummer Creek after Autumn rains in 2013.

The weather forecast for the next few days is ‘interesting’!

From Grants Pass Weather:

Thursday Rain. High near 68. East wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
Thursday Night Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. Low around 51. South southeast wind 10 to 18 mph becoming southwest in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.
Friday Rain before 11am, then showers after 11am. High near 65. South southwest wind around 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Friday Night A chance of showers before 11pm, then rain likely after 11pm. Cloudy, with a low around 53. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Saturday Rain. High near 65. Chance of precipitation is 100%.
Saturday Night Rain. Cloudy, with a low around 51.

The hydrologic report from the National Weather Service even more interesting (my emphasis and we are in Josephine County about 80 miles inland from the coast):

333 PM PDT TUE OCT 11 2016

Hydrologic Outlook for significant rises on rivers and streams in
Sisikyou and Modoc counties in California and Coos, Curry, Douglas,
Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Lake counties in Oregon.

A series of storms will move through the region beginning Thursday.
A strong jet stream stretching across the Pacific Ocean will bring
a steady stream of moisture into the Pacific Northwest with these
storms. This will result in heavy rainfall across the region. The
heaviest rainfall will be with the storm on Saturday as the remnants
of Typhoon Songda are pulled into the stream. Rainfall amounts of
over 6 inches at the coast and western Siskiyou county,to over
thirteen inches on the extreme southern coast can be expected
through Monday. Three to six inches can be expected inland to the
Cascades with one to two inches east of the Cascades from Thursday
to Monday. These forecast totals across the region are equal to or
higher than the totals normally seen through the entire month of

While main stem rivers will experience significant rises due to
these storms, they are not expected to flood. Small streams and
urban areas could experience high water or even flooding where there
is poor drainage. As this is the first large storm of the rainy
season, there is the potential for debris to clog storm drains,
ditches and culverts resulting in flooding.

Another concern is the heavy rain falling on recent burn scars. If
you live downstream of a recent burn scar, or if you are just
driving through a burn scar, stay alert as there is a high risk of
flash flooding and debris flows in and below burned areas.

The exact scenario for flooding and high water remains uncertain.

These forecast totals across the region are equal to or higher than the totals normally seen through the entire month of October.”

As I said in the beginning, we most certainly need the rain, and with rain comes …

486b759b1c97151a9be677ed3974aaeaThank goodness we have nine dogs! 😉

12 thoughts on “Returning to the wet dogs season!

  1. The rain did start shortly after 5am here in Merlin, Oregon. At the time of writing this (07:30) 0.06 in has fallen according to the weather unit we have here at home.

    And, at 10:30 over a 1/4 in had fallen here.

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  2. Should you be building an ark, Paul? 😉 Is it early for the rainy season? On the east coast, some people are still getting over the effects of Hurricane Matthew. Stay safe!


    1. Thanks Susan. In terms of timing, no, this is not an unusual time for the rains to start. What has been unusual is the absence of rain for something like the previous four months. Locals are hoping that this will be a more normal winter than the last two drier ones. Normal translating to rain and snow! Now where did I bury my rain coat? 😉

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  3. Well at least you are getting rain. The pic of Pharaoh is a good one. And it’s true about a wet dog being a happy dog. I am one that appreciates getting rain but gee I hate those muddy paw prints on the tile floor. I don’t try to be a perfect housekeeper since my dogs get to go outdoors 5-6 times each day and to also play in the yard if they want to be outdoors for a while.


  4. Yes we all need rain, until it drops it’s month worth all in one night.. 🙂 loved the pictures Paul, and I remember well a wet dog charging full pelt at me in my new fawn coloured walking coat some years ago, with an anxious owner whistling for him to stop, It was a golden Labrador and I am sure he had poor eyesight and mistook me for his long lost mate.. 🙂 haha… He about bowled me over but who could be cross with a Labrador who was wagging his tail at you like you were his long lost friend and licking you all over..
    His owner was very cross, I told him not to be.. And that I had enjoyed our encounter of the muddy kind lol.. ❤ 🙂


      1. My hubby always remembers this incident, and often reminds me when we see a Dog heading full pelt at me with muddy paws.. lol, For some reason Dogs gravitate towards me. and this is not the first time.. lol.. I just said to the owner coats wash its not a problem…. I can still see it happening now.. Like slow motion.. haha.. 🙂


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