Thunderstorms Developing…2pm

Looks like temps warmed plenty for convection to pop up in the "perfect pattern" for thunderstorms (see last night’s blog).  Several lightning strikes already at 2pm near Mill City and Sweet Home.  Unfortunately, the PDX-RTX radar is out of comission for at least 2 more days!  These showers will move either due north or slightly north-northwest, which puts them over the metro area by commute time.  Could get interesting for a few hours…Here is a link to "another" radar in this time of weather geek desperation.  Of course it’s not nearly as powerful as the other WSR-88D radars, but it’s better than nothing right?  Mark

http://www.kgw.com/live/radar/max.gif

42 Responses to Thunderstorms Developing…2pm

  1. Derek Hodges says:

    On the upside if either tomorrow or especially Thursday if we get many sunbreaks another t-storm will be possible. So we are not out of the woods yet. Also the last time I checked next monday and tuesday possibly another deep trough moving in for another shot at some storms.

  2. Travis says:

    Nothing much to say here except for today was quite a letdown. Maybe another day.

  3. Josh"The Snowman" says:

    Wow, you guys are staying mild down there. Must be the cloud cover. Already 37 here.

  4. alex says:

    hi,todays high was 64.5 wow warmest temp so far right now 58.0 its kinda foggy

  5. Camas Mom says:

    It got cloudy here, but no rain. 🙂 Not even windy. In fact, most of the day was gorgeous!

  6. Camas Mom says:

    It got cloudy here, but no rain. 🙂 Not even windy. In fact, most of the day was gorgeous!

  7. Derek Hodges says:

    Where ya been all day? It was very close to being a stormy day but you can read my last post for why it wasn’t.

  8. Camas Mom says:

    Hi guys! I didn’t see any rain or thunder….nuthin’. 🙂 How are you all?

  9. Derek Hodges says:

    I think the real problem was not that, although I’m not denying it being part of it, but rather than the flow was so easterly. It was ESE, not South. So anything that formed, rather than moving towards us, went toward the ocean. Thus leaving us dry while those down in SW Oregon got hammered. To reference in what you discussed had it been 75 or 85 instead of 65 we probably would have seen some action even with the ESE flow.

  10. Justin says:

    We were close, but it was still a late winter/early spring atmosphere, not always very conductive for thunderstorm development. Tonight it may get to the mid 30’s at my house, not thunderstorm weather.

  11. Derek Hodges says:

    Well we were close. Probably just have to wait a month or so until things could warm up more so we could get the storms too.

  12. Justin says:

    The dewpoints are way too low, all the moisture support is down in California.

  13. Derek Hodges says:

    its about 60 or so here. We may see a shower still lol

  14. Josh"The Snowman" says:

    things aren’t blowing up here like I thought they might. Not enough heating, only 50 here right now, need about 10 more degrees for anything major.

  15. Derek Hodges says:

    Just think what would happen if it were July or August. lol I’m still hoping.

  16. Derek Hodges says:

    Just think what would happen if it were July or August. lol I’m still hoping.

  17. Justin says:

    Well I don’t think TOO much more will flare up, maybe a few more cells but it may be a little dry here to support much of anything.

  18. Derek Hodges says:

    Last cell went to my south west. It looks like things are calming actually but the cell that is in eastern oregon may impact us later. Lets watch that one.

  19. B Rein says:

    I live in north clackamas heard some thunder to my southwest… didnt see any lightning when i was outside for 5 minutes. heard about 3 rumbes in all.

  20. Justin says:

    This cell is now looking fairly impressive, heading into or just east of Oregon City, anybody down there?

  21. Justin says:

    Looking at the SPC storm reports, large hail has been reported as far north as Klamath County, so an isolated severe cell is not out of the question I guess.

  22. Derek Hodges says:

    I will check back in later. Keep up the discussion.

  23. Josh"The Snowman" says:

    Right now looking to the east I see some impressive cumulus clouds building. Off to the west I see cirrus with bright sunshine filtering through. Above me is a pretty patchy mix of the 2 with plenty of sunshine to aid in heating the ground. Like I said before our best chance is for these cells to move in from the east/southeast. Good day for pics of rainbows.

  24. Josh"The Snowman" says:

    Right now looking to the east I see some impressive cumulus clouds building. Off to the west I see cirrus with bright sunshine filtering through. Above me is a pretty patchy mix of the 2 with plenty of sunshine to aid in heating the ground. Like I said before our best chance is for these cells to move in from the east/southeast. Good day for pics of rainbows.

  25. Derek Hodges says:

    Actually I’m not expecting it but I see it as a remote possibility for a severe cell. This is the best pattern for storms.

  26. Derek Hodges says:

    I would expect sometime between 5-7PM will be the bulls-eye for us. Something else could pop up but that will be the optimal time. Maybe some small hail and a good lightning show seem to be in order. I wouldn’t be surprised if you got something up there Josh either. Its cloudy here but the sky has a “charge” to it lol

  27. Justin says:

    Its been almost five years since I’ve had a severe cell at my house, hoping for that to change this eyar {I know some of you must think I’m crazy}, but these weather patterns are great.

  28. Josh"The Snowman" says:

    Ya, wait a couple of hours guys at least. Some of the best ones I’ve seen here have been just after dark. Which right now is 7 to 7:30. BTW, sun is poking out here and the surface is feeling pretty warm, I’m expecting some to pop up out of thin air pretty soon.

  29. HAnson says:

    Very Nicely

  30. Derek Hodges says:

    And nevermind on the running I can do it tomorrow I can’t tear myself away from you guys and this blog lol. Things are still firing up nicely.

  31. Derek Hodges says:

    And nevermind on the running I can do it tomorrow I can’t tear myself away from you guys and this blog lol. Things are still firing up nicely.

  32. Derek Hodges says:

    Also remember storms are JUST getting going. Within a few hours things will really get active. I have the weather bug and although its not entirely current there are a lot of strikes just now coming down and just south of the radar that mark showed. Those will arive later.

  33. Justin says:

    Looking at the KGW radar, bright yellow just exploded outside of Madras, Some more colors just outside of Silverton.

  34. Travis says:

    I’ve been looking outside and I can see clouds. If this is big enough it might hit you Josh. I think its certain now. There will be thunder and lightning and rain!

  35. Justin says:

    There’s a very fat, dark cell sitting over Madras, any lightning out of that one?

  36. Ben Monjay says:

    VERY Black to the SSE from here in Hillsboro. No lightning seen yet.

  37. Derek Hodges says:

    Yeah lightning is beginning to hit on our side of the mountains, one strike near salem. I got to go run before it hits but I will be back to discuss. Yes this is what I wanted!! lol But good luck to you Josh I hope you get one too.

  38. Derek Hodges says:

    Yeah lightning is beginning to hit on our side of the mountains, one strike near salem. I got to go run before it hits but I will be back to discuss. Yes this is what I wanted!! lol But good luck to you Josh I hope you get one too.

  39. Justin says:

    My bad, there’s already been what looks like a thunderstorm in the Salem area, another cell is just to the E of that one moving NW.

  40. Justin says:

    If we lived in the midwest with this type of pattern, then things could get ugly. As of now I’m still saying that at least one of us will see a thunderstorm, hopefully all of us. Temp is 66.3 here, sky is darkening to my south as well. If there’s already lightning in the central valley, then I would expect some t-storms in the south metro in the next hour, maybe a little longer.

  41. Josh"The Snowman" says:

    Looks like Portland is gonna get it in a couple of hours. Up here in Seattle/Everett I’m thinking more around 7 or 8 if at all. Looks like the plume of clouds is really blowing up though over the cascades, just as I suspected,,ha ha. Should be some sneaking over like I mentioned earlier today, should be fun…………………for some of us.

  42. Debbie T says:

    Just came back from the Woodburn area- the sky was really getting dark to the south and east of there. Quite windy as well. Bring on some thunderstorms!

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