CW3E Event Summary: 16-19 September 2021

September 21, 2021

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Atmospheric River Brings Much Needed Precipitation to the Pacific Northwest

  • A strong atmospheric river (AR) made landfall over Washington and Oregon during 17th of September
  • Portions of coastal Washington and Oregon experienced AR 3/AR 4 conditions (based on the Ralph et al. 2019 AR Scale)
  • More than 5 inches of precipitation fell in parts of the Olympic Peninsula and North Cascades
  • This precipitation fell while numerous large wildfires were burning across the Pacific Northwest and Northern California
  • While this recent rain didn’t end all current fire activity and the fire season it brought much need moisture to the fuels across the region

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Valid 0000 UTC 14 September – 1800 UTC 22 September 2021





Summary provided by C. Hecht, C. Castellano, J. Kalansky, and F. M. Ralph; 21 September 2021

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