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Currently in Portland — January 11th, 2022

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The weather, currently.
Tame weather into the week.
Tame weather into the week.
An atmospheric river continues to affect areas to our north— however, our immediate region will be left high and dry. Not an entirely unwelcome thing though, after the few weeks of active weather we’ve had. But this also means there’s not a whole lot to write about as inversion season kicks in— expect highs in the 40s, fog in the morning and late-night hours, and brief easterly breezes as systems head north. Have a wonderful Tuesday.
— Kavin Iyengar
What you need to know, currently.
We have just released the 2021 Annual U.S. Climate Report. Follow this thread for details, and read more online: #StateOfClimate
The year, 2021 was the fourth-warmest year on record according to the  2021 Annual U.S. Climate Report assessment, released today, Jan. 10 by NOAA NCEI. The report— referred to as the State of the Climate— is a comprehensive look at all national climate-related occurrences.
Here are some of the major findings from the assessment: 
  • The U.S. experienced 20 individual weather and climate disasters that cost a billion dollars each and caused at least 688 deaths. The total cost of disasters in 2021 was 145 billion. This is the third costliest disaster year on record. 
  • 2021 was the fourth-warmest year on record. 
  • A cold outbreak in mid-February released cold across the US resulting in the coldest event in the lower 48 in over 30 years. 
  • Record warmth in June resulted in the heatwave in the PNW as well as almost 15% of the U.S. experiencing the warmest June on record. 
  • The 2021 contiguous U.S. precipitation total was 30.48 inches, which is slightly above average.
  • The year was marked by several extreme rainfall events such as atmospheric rivers along the West Coast and extensive drought. 
  • 21 named storms formed in the North Atlantic Basin. This is the third most-active Atlantic hurricane season on record.
  • Hurricane Ida was the most costly event of the year and ranks among the top five most costly hurricanes on record, since 1980.
  • Wildfires consumed 7.1 million acres of land. 
  • The Dixie Fire was the second-largest fire in California history.
  • U.S. tornado count was 1,376 tornadoes. This is above average. 
  • In December, there were 193 tornadoes. This is by far the greatest number of tornadoes for any December, in fact, it almost doubles the previous record of 97 from 2002.
The full report will release this Thursday, Jan. 13. The global version of the State of the Climate is set to release soon
That's it! Be sure to follow Currently on Twitter:
Currently weather alert: Unusually cold weather is expected across the Northeast on Tue & Wed. This will be the coldest air in ~2yrs.

Prepare today: Leave a faucet running at a drip to prevent water lines from freezing. Know where your main water shutoff valve is, just in case.
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