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Forces of Nature & Vulnerability

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All day the weather pattern in Oregon as been a bit ominous. Unusually humid, clouds rolling in and temps still high. In other parts of the country this is not that unusual. To the East, I could see the clouds stacking up and hear distant rumbles. Ultimately, a weather front combined along the west slope of Mt. Hood. Extreme downpours fell on the side of the mountain and cascaded down the valleys of Mt. Hood. One valley contains the Sandy River.

A couple hiking into Ramona Falls came upon a bridge spanning the Sandy River.. A flash flood came down the valley and swept away a bridge the man was standing upon. The wife watched the incident unfold.

Local weather channel radar showed a severe storm cell roll in shortly after noon. The unsuspecting couple and many others were likely unprepared for this powerful event. This is something you expect in November when flood water rage in this area. Other hikers were stranded from their cars after the bridge disappeared.

Be prepared to spend the night, for lightning strikes, high water, the whole sheeebang when in the wilderness. This hike, which I have done countless times, is an easy, pleasant excursion into the ‘wilderness’. Today the wilderness was truly wild.


The ‘Wash’ (Flash Floods)

photography-wash-SwittersB-Mojave DesertI was standing at the low point of the ‘wash’. You could see the terraced surface moving uphill toward the tree. At some point, the heavy downpour ensues and the water races downhill over the non-absorbant terrain. The willow tree gathers enough moisture out of this feast or famine watering. I suppose it is a rare occurrence to witness a wash rapidly filling up with waters from up the way. Excuse the gabby gal in the second vid.

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