Big Storms

May 19, 2006

Cooldown today west of the Cascades a bit overshadowed by what appeared to be a supercell storm that developed near Maupin and moved northeast this afternoon.  The storm dropped large hail and brought wind gusts over 80 mph in a few spots.  As it was over the Boardman Bombing Range, the cell showed rotation and a tornado formed.  It was spotted near I-84 and also on the Umatilla Army Depot.  After that point the only damage was wind and large hail once again.

Back in the western valleys this weekend should be pretty quiet until Sunday afternoon.  Looks like a nice round of convection (thunderstorms) later Sunday afternoon as another wave moves north.

All of next week we will be dominated by a cold upper-level low.  The Rose Festival must be close at hand!