A deluge of rain tomorrow, followed by clearing

A frightening satellite picture of Hurricane Sandy racing across the Atlantic, heading right for the eastern seaboard
A frightening satellite picture of Hurricane Sandy taken two days ago, racing across the Atlantic heading right for the eastern seaboard

Good afternoon everyone! I am grateful nothing more came of the tsunami warnings this weekend and I hope those that were warned ahead of time took necessary precautions. You never know when something seemingly insignificant can turn into a full blown natural disaster. Such is the case on the east coast this Monday afternoon, and I hope you will keep all those affected by Hurricane Sandy in your thoughts and prayers. This historically severe storm should make landfall on the coast of southern New Jersey within the next 3-5 hours.

Nothing on our side of the country will compare to the devastation expected for those living in the hurricane’s path, although we do have a few personal headlines to cover for your convenience!

The National Weather Service has issued a Hydrologic Outlook for potential flooding of area rivers Tuesday and Wednesday as a strong Pacific storm blows through, dumping potentially 1.50”-2.00” of rain on the majority of the Kitsap Peninsula. Look at the latest 24 hour rainfall totals ending Wednesday morning:

Sorry, folks, this isn’t much of a trick OR treat, but luckily after this deluge of rain we will be seeing light at the end of the tunnel.

This is particularly good news considering a few days ago I couldn’t see ANY break in the rain activity whatsoever. So, as it stands, Tuesday and the first part of Wednesday will feature periods of heavy rain with some flooding possible in and around area rivers, but it’s not looking too severe at the moment. Showers and sunbreaks dominate the latter part of the week with highs remaining in the mid 50s, then clouds and showers return for the weekend.

The good news is, Monday looks dry for now with highs in the upper 40s and low 50s, so if you’ve been longing for some more of that exceptionally dry weather, I’m sure we can make a deal with Mother Nature to give us at least one perfectly dry day within the next seven :)

Have a great day everyone,

Matthew Leach

Forecasting Kitsap

Questions? Comments? E-mail me at: forecastingkitsap@live.com

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