Storm swells streams,
A pickup truck sits in a flooded ditch
near Oregon Institute of Technology this
morning after its driver ignored a road
block during the night and ended up in
deep water. More than 1.5 inches of rain
fell in Klamath Falls over the past two
By DYLAN DARLING
Heavy rain soaked
the Klamath Basin for a second straight day
Tuesday, bringing streams and rivers to life
and sending runoff spreading across roadways
in the city of Klamath Falls.
at the Klamath Falls Airport recorded .81 of
an inch of rain Tuesday. That, combined with
Monday's .62 of an inch, created a two-day
total of 1.43 inches, or more than 10 percent
of the city's average precipitation of 13.05
inches for the entire year.
Another 12 inches
of new snow fell Tuesday and overnight at
Crater Lake National Park, bringing the
on-ground total to 147 inches. The snow
included the equivalent of 1.36 inches of
through 7 a.m. today ranged from .02 of an
inch in Lakeview and .14 in Alturas to .63 in
Tulelake, .92 in Keno, 1.27 in Chemult and
1.62 at Howard Prairie.
A plugged drain
beside Industrial Park Drive near Oregon
Institute of Technology caused water to back
up and create a temporary pond across the
street. A pickup became stuck in the ditch
after its driver tried to drive through the
pond and ended up off the roadway.
In the Lower
Klamath Basin, the rain was even heavier.
Happy Camp got 5.2 inches between 8 a.m.
Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday. The downpour caused
the swelling of many of the streams and rivers
that feed the mainstem of the Klamath.
Larry Jacobs, a
technician at the National Weather Service's
Medford office, said the storm system that
caused the rain has now moved to the east.
system should be rolling in Friday, but it
shouldn't pack the wet punch that the last one
"That one came up
from the south-southwest, so it had a lot of
moisture in it," he said.
snowpack in the Upper Klamath Basin climbed
today to 138 percent of average. It had been
125 percent on Monday.
The flow of water
in the Williamson River at Chiloquin was
measured at 10 a.m. today at 1,030 cubic feet
per second, up from 811 cfs on Monday.
With the storm
system now past, puddles around the Basin
should be shrinking over the next several
days. But that doesn't mean rain and snow has
completely gone away.
Service is calling for rain and snow showers
throughout the rest of the week.
This week's wet
weather nearly erased a precipitation deficit
Klamath Falls had as recently as Sunday, when
cumulative rainfall lagged well below the
average for the water year.
The city has
received 3.32 inches of precipitation since
Jan. 1, a half-inch over the average of 2.88
for the period. The total for the water year,
which began Oct. 1, is 7.4 inches, close to
the average of 7.93 inches.
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