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La Nina winter for sure

January 21, 2011

Amazing video shot at the Sandy River near Mt. Hood.  We received 6.2 inches of rain last weekend in what seemed like an endless storm.  I’m glad we live on the ridge!

courtesy of Alexandra Erickson & Tyler Malay.

22 Comments leave one →
  1. January 21, 2011 5:42 pm

    The weather is just plain crazy…..everywhere!!

  2. January 21, 2011 5:56 pm

    whew. amazing.

    rivers in flood aren’t to be messed with. everything changes so fast – then keeps on changing. thanks for sharing this.

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  4. January 21, 2011 6:46 pm

    Really impressive! That’s scary!

  5. Valerie permalink
    January 21, 2011 7:14 pm

    Oh my! I had NO idea you lived that close to us…we are in SW Washington. We watched the news footage of the flooding, just horrible! Glad you are all safe and sound. Nice to know you are from our neck of the woods, so to speak. 🙂 Hopefully the next few days of sunshine will help up there too.

  6. Valerie permalink
    January 21, 2011 7:18 pm

    Amazing video, by the way! Stay safe!! 🙂

  7. Randall permalink
    January 21, 2011 7:54 pm

    Wow! Those are some big trees going down. So much for erosion control.

  8. January 21, 2011 8:43 pm

    Our flood that was like this was in ’96/’97. 8 inches fell on the pasture above our place. The creek went from 3 feet wide to 100 feet, and the house had a bow wave on it. The whole garden went out to the Pacific. This week the Middle Fork of the Willamette has been impressive to look at, but NOTHING like the Sandy! I’m glad you’re on the ridge, too!

  9. Bev permalink
    January 21, 2011 8:43 pm

    We live in Northern CA, not far from the Oregon border. Watched the Medford news. We hope no one got hurt. For many years we lived in Humboldt County, CA along the Mattole River. Thank goodness we were up on high ground. Every winter the river took land and trees. In Summer it was beautiful. In Winter not so much!

  10. January 21, 2011 11:37 pm

    The last 2 months have been a real challenge for me. I feel like I’ve had 2 feet of rain on my farm, and the river delivers more. Terrible time keeping the sleeping areas for animals dry.

  11. Marianne permalink
    January 22, 2011 12:33 am

    I’ve neve seen anything like this. incredible! watched it with my mouth open.

  12. boveybelle permalink
    January 22, 2011 4:46 am

    The force of nature is not something you can play with. We live on the upper slopes of a river valley and sometimes our river gets pretty mean and rises 8 or 10 feet in a few hours.

  13. Lucy permalink
    January 22, 2011 5:09 am

    We will be in for flooding in spring here in MN with our record snowfall – we have more than the average already. Not much chance of any melting soon, either, as the low yesterday was 29 below.

  14. claudia w permalink
    January 22, 2011 6:10 am

    It is just amazing what Mother Nature can come up with. Makes me feel so small!
    Thanks for sharing that amazing video.

  15. January 22, 2011 6:11 am

    Wow. Gives a different perspective on the term “raging river”. Stay safe!

  16. akaangrywhiteman permalink
    January 22, 2011 7:50 am

    It’s a good video, but I think it does a disservice by not including the deafening roar accompanied with the raging water. I live a stones throw from the Rogue and the sound is relentless during flood stage.

  17. Tami permalink
    January 22, 2011 8:40 am

    Wowza, I am glad you live on the ridge too.

  18. January 22, 2011 10:42 am

    WOW is right, just goes to show the force of Nature ! I worry( a bit) every Spring, when high water comes to our river. In the 8 yrs we’ve lived here it’s not come over the banks, but it’s been darn close. On our side of the river there are 12 to 16 ft banks and I’ve seen it up, within 6-7 inches of spilling over. Our home is NOT in the 100 yr flood plane, for whatever that is worth. It’s a chance you take living on a waterway,if you live in a forest, you risk fire, on the plains tornadoes, by the oceans, hurricanes and tsunami, etc…..

    Makes me appreciate the fact that a disaster has not happened to me and also makes me truly feel and want to help those who have suffered.


  19. January 22, 2011 1:22 pm

    Wow, really amazing. I’m glad you are safe my friend.

  20. January 22, 2011 3:02 pm

    I have to say we are in a safe spot as far as flooding goes. The ridge we live on drains to the south to the watershed in the video and to the north the water goes to the waterfalls in Columbia River Gorge. When we get storms like this we go down to the river to watch it in awe – it takes your breath away, to see the rushing water in places it normally doesn’t reach, and the speed of the trees going by. To leave the farm and go to west towards town, we have to cross this river somewhere, and each choice offers a spectacular view now of all the dammed up storm debris. As bad as this was, it didn’t compare to the flood of ’64 or ’96.

    Now if Mt. Hood blows or we have a forest fire that would be a different story…

  21. January 25, 2011 8:01 am

    We are sure having a crazy year everywhere. I’m glad you are safe!


  22. February 1, 2011 6:33 pm

    i live in brisbane, australia, the other side of the world. La nina sure likes to throw a tantrum over here too.
    we’ve had drought (El nino) for so long, my 8 year old son has grown up in a completely different climate than i did. The yearly weather disaster for the last few years has always been a fire. Now we are having floods and cyclones (hurricanes).
    We had floods last month, and now TC Yasi is going to hit, tonight, 900 miles north of us. My Mum lives there but she isn’t evac’d because she is essential medical personnel.

    She’s tough tho. 🙂 She’s going to sit and watch it with a glass of scotch in hand. Personally, I’m a bit scared of her, so I feel a bit worried for the poor cyclone if it even touches her house.

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