Friday Oct 13: Annular Eclipse tomorrow (Saturday) - see last paragraph for details. A little less than predicted rainfall fell in Cottage Grove with the storms earlier this week. Total rainfall across the area from these storms ranged from 0.80" at KNND to 1.80" near Cottage Grove Lake. Today through Tuesday morning, a couple of storm systems will affect the area then Tuesday afternoon through the end of next week looks dry with night/morning fog.
The first storm, today and Saturday, will cause periods of light rain and showers (around 1/10" total). Sunday looks dry, then rain & showers develop after 4:00am Monday and end by 7:00am Tuesday. Total rainfall from the Monday system looks to be about 1/2". Winds will be light, so no concerns there. Snow levels 7500-9500'.
So far for October we've recorded 1.07" of rain at the KNND weather station in downtown Cottage Grove. Normal for the entire month is 3.67". After Tuesday morning, it's looking more dry than wet through around Oct 25-29, so on Oct 31 we'll probably close the month out with below normal precipitation. Certainly not set in stone, but rather how the west coast weather pattern is looking to unfold right now.
Annular Eclipse Saturday morning: Skies are expected to be cloudy or could get lucky with some breaks in the clouds (but still mostly cloudy). Either way, you can still have a great eclipse experience by being outdoors and listening to what the birds and insects do when it goes mostly dark at about 9:16am for 4 minutes. Remember to NEVER look at the sun without special certified eclipse glasses.