The news media is reporting emergency warnings being issued all over the Portland area and beyond due to our current typhoon-like weather. Rivers are overflowing, buildings are being swept off their foundations, and cars are hydroplaning all over the place. Weatherman Bruce Sussman says:
"Today's storm is an incredible mix: part of the rain we'll have is what's left of Typhoon Cimaron, which hammered the Phillipines last week. Thousands of miles later, here comes rain from that thing, headed right at us"
"And this series of systems has also tapped into warm, moist air down near Hawaii. It's kind of like there's this invisible fire hose in the sky that stretches from the islands to Oregon. And right now, we're at the end where all the water comes out."
That description is quite good. But I'd like to suggest that adding to the river alerts we include basement flooding alerts. Do you know how many coworkers I spoke with today who are battling water in the basement? I currently have the dehumidifier running on high in the basement of our 1911 house, keeping fingers crossed that the wee little trickle will disappear shortly. We had our basement finished this summer and it's like a nice big modern apartment down there complete with nice lighting and carpet, paint, and all new walls. It was a huge undertaking and a hefty investment. Every day this past week we've gone downstairs warily to take it in and make sure it's still nice and dry. Today? There's that wee darn trickle.
Sidenote: Did you know that after traveling for years in their leather clothes, the explorers Lewis and Clark found that their clothes actually rotted on them here in the Northwest because of the chronic and relentless rain? I know that's romantic. Here's a taste of rain from my back door this afternoon...
So here's my weather alert for Portlanders: WARNING ISSUED FOR ALL OLDER HOME OWNERS: YOUR BASEMENTS WILL SOON HAVE WATER IN THEM. RAISE ALL CARDBOARD BOXES OFF THE GROUND AND BEGIN DEHUMIDIFYING IMMEDIATELY******ALSO, ADDITIONAL ALERTS ARE BEING ISSUED FOR BAD HAIR. YOUR HAIR WILL GET WET TODAY YOU WILL HAVE BAD HAIR. GUARANTEED. FORGET THE UMBRELLAS BECAUSE WE ARE ALSO HAVING WIND******