Storm after storm seems to follow this path.
It has gone into a blocking pattern, areas of high pressure that get locked into place. There is one locked into place over the North Pacific. It's like a train wreck; nothing goes anywhere. It causes the whole circulation to stay in place. The whole hemisphere is tied into it; it explains why it is still dry in Texas.
As it goes down the mountain, it's accelerated. It results in stronger gusts of winds that you normally wouldn't have if the mountains weren't there.