Thursday Nov 4 Weather Update: Wind gusts up to 30 or 35 mph still remain possible into the afternoon; 40-50 mph gusts now looking less likely. See images, it's a complex process for strong winds overhead to "push down" to the surface (makes valley/foothill wind forecasts challenging). Up to another 1/3" of additional rainfall today. Isolated showers tonight, then rain develops again before dawn on Friday with winds 15mph or less. Periods of rain/showers Sat-Sun, wind gusts up to 25 mph on Saturday.
Wednesday evening, most models, such as the one below, were predicting 40-50 mph wind gusts across the area.
To put into perspective how severe our drought was, today's release of the Drought Monitor still has 98% of Oregon in a drought with little to no change of the severity over the past month. You'd think that the 5.30" of rain that we've had since the start of the new water year on October 1st (as of 10:00am Nov 4) would have made a big dent. Nope! Check out the Drought Monitor and Percent of Normal Precipitation: