Is it La Niña time again? Landslide halted Amtrak service near Tacoma

Landslide near Pe Ell
Nationally, landslides like this one near Pe Ell, Washington, in 2007, cause more than $2 billion in property losses and several deaths each year. Photo: DNR.

It’s still early October but the landslide season may be upon us. A slide in the early hours of October 4 briefly blocked railroad tracks near Tacoma. The slide disrupted Amtrak passenger service between Seattle and Portland, reports The Columbian.

We could be in for another La Niña weather pattern, reports NOAA. If so, that means colder and wetter weather in the Northwest, pretty much like last winter, which also was influenced by La Niña conditions. The agency even has a Q&A webpage to help you sort out the difference between La Niña and El Niño — both of which influence weather throughout the world.

The increased amounts of rain that a La Niña brings in winter can mean more landslides. DNR keeps track of landslides for a database that helps planners, builders, homeowners, public safety officials and local governments understand future risks. So, if you see a landslide please file a report with DNR online — after reporting it to highway and safety officials as needed. Even the smaller ones on private property are useful for this database.

Here’s how to report a landslide to DNR

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