Mike Olbinski, a fantastic photographer who lives in Arizona, has spent the summer chasing the monsoon storms that wrought towering thunderclouds, vivid lightning, incredible downpours and intense dust storms.
Tuesday October 21 10:30 AM
A very wet week is ahead for the area- and perhaps the wettest storm we've seen since last winter.
Much of the afternoon is looking drier with less shower activity. Daytime highs will be in the low 60s. However, the weather pattern will begin to change again this evening.
A strong storm arrives overnight-- packing strong wind for the coast (60-70 mph) and heavy rain for the coast, valley and Cascades through at least Wednesday night. In the metro area, rain amounts will likely reach up to 2" between now and Thursday. Rain amounts near 5" or more... are likely in the higher elevations. The storm is expected to stall over the area for most of the day.
The National Weather Service has posted a High Wind Warning for the North/Central Coast later today through tonight- in anticipation of those strong wind gusts. Minor flooding or sharp rises in water levels are possible in smaller local rivers.