Wow, what a difference just a few days makes!
It was rather pleasant temperatures, but you could feel it starting to turn toward fall then those northwest rains, persistent rain started.
Then it turned to relentless rainfall this weekend as we got hit with the remnants of Typhoon Pabuk which dumped record breaking moisture on the region. Enough to eclipse many long standing records!
The Portland International Airport surpassed its wettest September on record with more than 4.38″ as of 12 noon today. The previous September record was 4.30″ set back in 1986.
The winds have gusted to near hurricane force along the Oregon coast and in the valley, we’ve had high-wind warnings and thousands of people have lost electricity throughout the state, as emergency crews work to restore power.
In all the years that I have been riding a motorcycle, I can honestly say that I don’t remember one biker who loves riding in the rain. You deal with it when it happens, but no one prefer’s riding in it.
But, not this guy in the photo… the rain can’t extinguish his fiery spirit!
I was departing my neighborhood, as the wipers on full speed barely kept up and I snapped this semi-fuzzy photo of this dude powering on the throttle. He must have looked out the window and observed the sideways downpour and said, “ohhh great, it’s raining, I’ve got to go for a ride!”
Well, I suppose if you have to ride in the rain, riding in the remnants of a typhoon means you’ve got a good story to tell all your buddies.
And it’s not even winter yet!
Photos taken by author.