Saturday, December 11, 2010
Put away the eggnog. Get out the pina colada. The Pineapple Express is on the way. As stated in the Seattle Times this morning, "A gigantic river of warm, moisture-rich tropical air will bring torrents of rain this weekend." It's named the Pineapple Express because it travels from Hawaii to the Puget Sound. The warm, moist air hits our chilly air and releases the moisture, and we get very, very wet. For some of us it's just an inconvenience. But for others it may bring flooding. We just had a huge snow dump in the mountains. When the temperature rises to the mid-fifties and brings rain to the mountains, it will cause a dramatic snow melt to add to the rain runoff. The rivers will fill suddenly and in many cases overflow. Sandbags are at the ready. We can only hope the the predictions are worse that the actual event. In any case, it's gonna' rain! It has already begun.