An unseasonably early storm is headed to southwest Washington through northwest Oregon. The fall storm will dump plenty of rain over the area, although the brunt of the storm will be seen to the north of us.
Yes, Duck fans, this means the Oregon Ducks will have to prove how good their webfeet are, with an expected 2 to 4 inches on Saturday night. Autzen Stadium will be filled with fans as Oregon takes on the California Bears at 7:30 p.m. The rain may be a good thing for the Ducks. Oregon players are used to plenty of rainfall and the Bears may have to growl through. The game is expected to last until after 11 p.m. and the rain is due to hit Eugene right around the time it begins. I hate to say it, but it will rain in Autzen. Bring umbrellas.
The rain looks like it will fall through Sunday evening. Plenty of wind will carry the Ducks to the end zone, we can hope.
Eugene set an annual rainfall with 65.56 inches in 1995. In 1996, the record was broken with a reading of 77.17 inches. A typical monthly rainfall is 4.56 inches for the month of April. This year has delivered the driest start in recorded history.
With only 5.09 inches of rain in January, February and March combined, our “normal” wasn’t normal any more. Eugene residents were wondering if we had summer in May.
Three of the driest years in Eugene’s recorded history have hit since 2001. The year 2005 saw 6.5 inches to begin the year and this year is short on the wet stuff as well.
Earlier this year, it was announced that we may even see a drought. Eugene and drought don’t go in the same sentence. Anyone who has been in the area for a few years are well aware that rain is simply a part of Eugene. We have so much rainfall each season that the Ducks were first known as the “Webfoots” when the University first began their climb to the top in collegiate football games.
The weekend rainfall and wind will remind us who we are, what we are and that an early winter may be around the corner.
The Ducks and their fans will be fine through the storm. We all know how to swim. The Bears and the fans who attend the game had best bring their hip waders, because as we all know, it doesn’t rain in Autzen; it pours – literally.