Lightning Strike Last Night

The lightning strike last night DID hit the Home Depot in Beaverton.  Our lightning data showed a strike almost directly over that spot.  Read the post earlier from “DobMom”…

My son, who works at Beaverton Home Depot, just called me and reported he was told that an antenna on top of Home Depot was hit by that mighty lightning bolt last night. The boom was extremely loud at ground zero and allegedly some metal latches on a sky light melted and some of the metal dripped into the store! Glad Home Depot was able to play lightning rod with not much harm done.

112 Responses to Lightning Strike Last Night

  1. Karl Bonner says:


    Today Troutdale had moderate east wind with scattered showers around.

    Two and a half days ago (Mon. night and Tue. morning) Troutdale had moderate east with showers.

    Most of Saturday and Sunday morning, Troutdale had east wind with showers, and the wind was strong on Sunday morning.

    Last Friday Troutdale had a light east wind with mostly cloudy but dry conditions.

    Last Wednesday Troutdale had a light east wind with showery conditions.

    On Tuesday, March 8 Troutdale had an east wind on a cloudy and showery day, with moderately strong gusts in the morning.

    On Friday the 4th and the morning of Saturday the 5th, Troutdale had rather strong east wind, and it started up at the same time the clouds moved in.

    So in the past two weeks, Troutdale has had seven bursts of east wind, and in three cases the wind picked up quite dramatically. And ALL of these easterly outbreaks occurred under mostly cloudy skies, frequenly in the middle of rain showers.


    Doesn’t sound very March-like to me.

  2. Tyler Mode in Battle Ground says:

    4.98″ so far out here in Battle Ground for March. Considering it is only the 17th and the average for the entire month is 3.78″, it’s wet!

  3. Tyler Mode in Battle Ground says:

    Tomorrow is the first day of the year when the sun is up longer than it is down 🙂

  4. bgmike says:

    Here is a picture of the rainbow today.

  5. Boydo3 500' North Albany says:

    Every time CNN shows the forecast “flow” from Japan they fail to state that it is the upper air flow. You know, 5-10 miles high. But it would take a nuclear explosion to push radioactivity that high. That can’t happen with what is going on there. Even a core melt down would not push radioactivity more than a few thousand feet high with explosive steam plumes. There is now way in hell that anything from those power plants could be carried to the west coast on low level winds. Now, back to my Guinnes Extra Stout.

  6. Ben Randall says:

    I just redesigned my blog and TURNED OFF comment moderation ..will see how this goes

  7. Tyler Mode in Battle Ground says:

    One heavy shower rolled through, now it has cleared off and it feels like a brisk fall day. There is fresh snow pretty low in the hills to the east.

    Now the next band is approaching. It is nice to see the sun make an appearance!

    • Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

      Could not agree more. This next band is flaring up fairly well stretching from Banks eastward to near Estacada. There is a bubble of very weak MUCAPE 100J/kg over PDX metro, but I would not expect any thunder with this.

  8. bgmike says:

    just had a good looking rainbow here in BG.

    • TAGinGresham says:

      My husband and daughter said they saw the brightest rainbow ever here in Gresham. Appropriate for the holiday I would say. Too bad there’s no pot of gold at the end, lol!

  9. TAGinGresham says:

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Forgive my lack of editing if I miss something, as I am typing with one finger due to my broken arm. I have been checking the blog occassionally as I recover, and can understand what seems to be two viewpoints in regards to the problems in Japan and how they are reported. We all take in and handle “things” differently, and in my opinion, our life experiences and circumstances determine how we react. I have already experienced some very difficult events in my life (loss of a child and father) and because of that, I have chosen to really appreciate and savor life, rather than let those losses affect me negatively. There are times when my optimism may not be entirely realistic, but I can accomplish much more with optimism than pessimism, so I choose to have a glass is half-full attitude. I am also a firm believer in the good old serenity prayer. In short, change what I can, and recognize what I can’t. This is kind of where my thinking is with the situation in Japan. There is absolutely nothing I can do to change it. Can I make sure now that we have an emergency kit? Sure. Can I pray and help charitably? Sure. But the nature of my personality cannot let myself get so concerned or panicked or I will become doom and gloom.

    I realize I have rattled on a bit, and if you have read thus far, thank you!

    The bottom line is, we are individuals shaped by experiences that determine our reactions to these events. We need to be respectful and understand that we aren’t going to see everything the same way, and why would we want to? So, before we label each other as optimists or pessimists or realists, ask yourself if it matters. Take the information in, and do with it what you wish, but don’t judge someone else for not reacting the same way you might. I hope I made a tiny bit of sense. We are blessed to not be experiencing something so tragic, so to see senseless disagreement on a weather blog, when there is so much sadness and hardship going on elsewhere is pretty ridiculous.

  10. Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

    SO BACK to weather.

    Just had a heavy shower and as it passed the sun has really come out now! it’s great. Chilly 46.7 but nice to see nonetheless.

  11. Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

    Nice cold looking system offshore on IR Loop.

  12. Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

    So back to weather…

    It has been nice to see some sun breaks today which boosted me temporarily over 50 degrees. I’m now at 48.4 with a light south wind.

  13. Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

    In between NCAA tourney games on TV I just flicked it to CNN and listened to a top Nuclear Physicist. He bashed western media for the handling of this especially the words used like “catastrophe”, the images used of dead bodies tying them into the nuclear issue in which he said that is absolutely false and a gross misinterpretation of the truth and shows the sensationalizing nature of the our media. He basically bashed CNN while being on CNN. Classic! He also said he believes the worst is over, although it’s still extremely serious. His latest info reported temps are dropping in the cores. IF this is all true that’s definitely encouraging news for Japan and really the entire world as a whole.

    • W7ENK says:

      First problem with this Rob, your source = CNN. They’re almost as bad as Ffff….. Umm, maybe I shouldn’t press that button on here. 😳

    • LongtimeLurker says:

      If it’s true that the worst is over, why is the US govt evacuating US diplomats? I have family over there and don’t trust what we are hearing.

    • W7ENK says:

      Oops, the AP used the words “dangerous” and “helicopters”. How irresponsible of them to insinuate that the simultaneous meltdown of at least three nuclear reactors could be a negative thing… they might hurt someone’s feelers. 😦

    • Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

      No, the source was a nuclear physicist. He would have said the same thing on Fox News or any other media outlet. Anyhow I agree with LongtimeLurker, it’s hard to know exactly what is going on and the problem is we have too many experts, too many opinions being said and the vast differences from what the Japanese Government reports compared to the U.S., IAEA, NRC, etc. So ultimately I don’t think anyone knows how truly bad things are or are not. I’d rather be hopeful, focus on that than be doom and gloom negative and pessimistic.

    • W7ENK says:

      My apologies, Rob. I didn’t realize stating facts as they are and posting articles from internationally accredited news agencies to help fill in the details and save blog space was considered negative and pessimistic, even if it is doom and gloom.

      I wish I could live in your world Rob, where “cautious optimism” makes the whole world turn into butterflies and flowers and rainbows. A place where earthquakes, tsunamis and nuclear reactor meltdowns are trivial, meaningless little things, if not altogether non-existent. Unfortunately, I live on this rock called Earth with the rest of humanity, in and amongst some real serious current events, things that should not be downplayed as a matter of respect.

      How ’bout this: instead of bashing me over on Facebook Rob, try posting links to some legitimate articles that counter the facts in the articles I’ve chosen to share… that is, if you can find any?

    • Aloha Rainshadow says:

      OR let’s not keep posting the Japan articles W7 and keep this weather related. Anyone can get on CNN, FOX, etc and read these articles about what may or may not happen. The fact is, LIFE GOES ON, if it happens it happens. I’m not going out to buy radioactive protection, I’m not going to cancel vacations, I’m not going to quit my job and move away from the ring of fire and disperse my 401k for hookers, booze and AK’s, everyone just needs to settle down, realize where you live and deal with it if/when something happens…life is too short to worry about it! I have friends in Japan and do care about what happens over there, there’s just other places to talk about it.

    • Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

      I really don’t understand why you’re literally harassing me, Erik? Why do you want to start an argument over something like this? I refuse to do so. I have never insinuated or suggested this is meaningless nor have I shown any disrespect either. Also I’m certainly not bashing you on Facebook or anyone else. You just need to be calm, level-headed, and relax. You showed tons of negativity and pessimism with other things too such as snow, cold, computer models, etc. Don’t take that as an insult or any other negative intent on my behalf, rather trying to help you because it’s simply no way to live and unhealthy for a person to put themselves through that. Now this is becoming very ridiculous, so please stop. Thank you.

    • W7ENK says:

      Weather patterns and the potential that they *could* carry radioactive isotopes across the ocean from Japan and into the PNW – this has been Rob’s main point of contention with me these past several days – how is that NOT weather related?

    • W7ENK says:

      I’m certainly not harassing you, Rob. However, when you preface something with the phrase “Not to be bashing, but…” and then go on to make disparaging remarks about one’s character, that preface doesn’t negate the fact that it indeed was an attempt at bashing my character.

      Get back to me when you finally get the sand out of your craw and decide to unblock my FB. Lifting those account restrictions resultant from your emotional meltdown the other night would be a nice gesture. Until then, I’m out. I don’t need this $#! right now.

      I hope no one dies of cancer.
      Stay out of the rain.

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      You really should be in broadcasting W7, your sensationalism ability is second to none.

      You have a WAY better chance of being struck by lightning, than you do of having some of these radioactive particles turning you into a walking/talking neon sign. I’m not heading out to purchase a umbrella.

      “I hope no one dies of cancer”…please spare me.

      Wouldn’t want to be in Japan though.

    • …I still have some cans of water somewhere that my folks had from the cuban missle crisis days…..the point being that as much as I’m freaked on radiation, if it comes, it comes, and everyone should be aware of it, and know safety rules for minimalizing exposure….
      …Sure would like to see these discussions shift to proper ways to avoid exposure, if necessary, and what to do, in logical measured thought, on what can be done to perhaps make the world a safer, less atomically paranoid place; we are all seeing the result of what happens when ratings and share drive the content of news programs…

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      Hahaah! Right boringlarry, I put in a order for a portable fallout shelter but they are obviously unable to give a time on when they can meet the demand.

  14. Jesse-Orchards says:

    Checking out sno-tel sites in Washington: and Oregon: it looks like many locations in the Cascades are now above average for SWE (snow/water equivalent). Good news!

    Click on the site you want to see then on “Current water year graph” to get a good view of this year’s SWE vs. last year’s and the average for that particular location. Pretty interesting stuff IMO.

  15. Karl Bonner says:

    Big story in The Dalles this morning was the fog/low clouds. At 8:30am there was a stratus layer about 500 ft. overhead, and it didn’t break up until almost noon. High clouds kept a lot of the sun out though, and just the past few minutes it’s looking kind of bright outside. Temps are still 44/45F downtown as of 1pm!

    Feels more like the 2nd week of February than the 3rd week of March today…

    • Jesse-Orchards says:

      “No significantly cold airmasses on the horizon”

      -You, a week or so ago.


    • Karl Bonner says:

      A week ago is a week ago. We all know how unreliable the models are if you go too far out.

  16. W7ENK says:

    Hahaha!!! Wow… just, wow! 😆

    Aired on Japanese National Television to calm the fears in children… I will reserve my personal comments, as they’re most likely NOT blog friendly. o_O

    • WeatherLurker says:

      Yea I saw that earlier. Pretty funny. It should be narrated by Troy McClure.

    • W7ENK says:

      Haha, yeah, that’s just part of what went through my head… 😆

    • Laura (West Gresham) says:

      wow. its.. almost.. cute..


    • Copper says:

      You know as funny and disgusting this public service annoucement is honestly I think it probably would be effective to calm the children’s fears so great idea I would say.

    • Karl Bonner says:

      Definitely should be nominated for the Unintentional Camp Award of the Year.

  17. william johnson says:

    OK first off from what ive been told there are like 3 HOME DEPOTS in that are alone which Home Depot is it that was struck by lightning? so i have a better idea of wich one it was. The only Home depot i know of is to the left as your driving on tv highway going into beaverton as you cross under the 217 bridge. the other two are around the same area in beaverton.

    • W7ENK says:

      W7ENK says:
      March 15, 2011 at 10:29 pm

      Rough estimate (based on reports and lightning detection map) puts the bolt near the intersection of Hwy. 10 and Hwy 217 in Beaverton.

      45° 29′ 12.00″ N
      122° 47′ 38.00″ W,-122.792687&spn=0.004889,0.008272&t=h&z=17

      I was off by ~100 yards. 😉

    • william johnson says:

      i didnt know there was a hwy 10 in beaverton i allways thought it was highway 8 as far as i knew never heard of 10 before thats a first.

    • timmy - scappoose says:

      hwy 10 is just another name for cornell, or tv hwy i beleive

    • Timmy – TV Highway/Canyon Road is Highway 8. Highway 10 marks the route along Farmington/Beaverton-Hillsdale/Capitol Hwy. Best that I know, Cornell does not correlate with any numbered highway.

    • W7ENK says:

      Heading Westbound:
      Hwy. 8 = SW Canyon Road, turns into TV Highway.
      Hwy. 10 = BH Highway, turns into Farmington.

      The two come within a block of each other just under a mile to the West of Hwy. 217 They parallel for about 1/4 mile before splitting back apart. It’s at that point where they both change names.

    • Well excuse me for offering a non-ohmygodwereallgonnadie opinion. I was a missile tech on two submarines in the Navy, so I know first-hand exactly what radiation can and cannot do. “Time, Distance, Shielding” was drilled into our heads. I operated AN/PDR 56, AN/PDR 27, etc. And until the material gets up into the jetstream, it is not going to magically show up here and kill us all.

  18. Punxsutawney (aka HIOPHIL) at work by Sunset High elev ~280' says:

    One thing with the plume forecasts is that this is assuming that the plume reaches the jetstream.

    Nothing I’ve seen from Japan indicates any explosions like Chernoble that would have directly sent particles that high into the atmosphere, yet!

    Now we all know here that there are transport mechanisms in weather that can move a parcel of air up or down in height, but I would think it would also dilute the stuff as it does so.

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      Exactly, it’s going nowhere without a blast to achieve some elevation.

    • Punxsutawney (aka HIOPHIL) at work by Sunset High elev ~280' says:

      Well it’s going to the north of the Aluetians and then to the Bearing Sea and perhaps west coast of Northern Alaska and Russia.

      Supposedly the US govt is taking air samples by plane using a magnetic spectrometer at various levels out there. That would give a better idea of transport, but will they share?

    • Punxsutawney (aka HIOPHIL) at work by Sunset High elev ~280' says:

      Last comment was mean’ for air levels under 10k.

    • Punxsutawney (aka HIOPHIL) at work by Sunset High elev ~280' says:

      *mean’t …argh!

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      Hahaah! You’ve got to be kidding Punxsutawney.

    • W7ENK says:

      Elevation? Oh, you mean like Reactor #3?

      That plume reached over 3,000 feet in a matter of minutes, FWIW.

      It’s not the initial explosions that send stuff into the air, it’s the continuous burning of fissionable materials constantly pumping out radioactive particles into the air that’s at issue here.

    • W7ENK says:

      Right Larry, because they do such a remarkable job at forecasting the weather… 🙄

    • Punxsutawney (aka HIOPHIL) at work by Sunset High elev ~280' says:

      I’m perfectly capable of looking at the weather charts and making my own forecasts. I don’t need the help of crack-u-weather. Funny but my 06z analysis was very close to the one other official forecast I read.

      Now with regards to radioactive particles, the question is at what levels of the atmosphere as it leaves Japan and at what types and concentrations. NO BODY HERE KNOWS THE ANSWER TO THAT.

      Obviously it’s going to dispese as it leaves Japan, and there’s a heck of a lot of real-estate between here and there. So don’t think I’m trying to say that we should all “PANIC” because I am definately “Not” saying that. Simply trying to discuss posibilities.

      Also Rule #1 – There is no safe amount of ionizing radiation. It is simply about the odds of, and types of celluar damage vs. exposure. So when the govt is saying it should be minimal, it doesn’t mean non existent.

    • W7ENK says:

      Exactly, thank you!

      It doesn’t matter that the levels are high near the plant, or low across the ocean – the fact still remains that ANY exposure to alpha emitters CAN BE lethal. Whether eleventy-billion tons of these particles rain down from the heavens, or just one, if you just so happen to be that one unlucky SOB that ingests that one particle, inhale it into your lung, swallow it down into your stomach, it lands in your eye, or otherwise gets introduced into your body by any other means, that particle will lodge itself and start damaging cells, which will ultimately lead to cancer and death. I’m not trying to scare anyone, that’s just the way it is – that’s how these things work – and this is fact.

    • Well excuse me for offering a non-ohmygodwereallgonnadie opinion. I was a missile tech on two submarines in the Navy, so I know first-hand exactly what radiation can and cannot do. “Time, Distance, Shielding” was drilled into our heads. I operated AN/PDR 56, AN/PDR 27, etc. And until the material gets up into the jetstream, it is not going to magically show up here and kill us all.

    • The point I’m trying to convey is, I’ve been exposed to more radiation than probably 99.9% of the population, have had two daughters that have the correct number of fingers and toes, and am still kicking 20+ years after the exposure… its being blown WAY out of proportion.

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      Right Larry, it’s lunacy to think one particle is going to survive and pop into your eye with the obvious result of slow death/melting flesh/possible neon sign like glowing.

  19. bgb41 says:

    06Z GFS @ Troutdale

    75 degrees on April 1st

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      I like the 37 on 3/27.

    • bgb41 says:

      I am sure the 37 and the 75 both wont happen.

    • Jesse-Orchards says:

      No way the 37 does. The 75 probably has a better chance.

      That’s the problem with your program, it spits out impossible numbers like 37 degree highs in the last week of March. That would be climatologically unprecedented for this area. Highs in the low-mid 40s (like yesterday) are about the coldest we can get this late in the season (aside from the stray 39 degree high in late-March 1955).

    • k5mitch says:


    • WeatherLurker says:

      April Fool’s?

    • bgb41 says:

      It’s the GFS spitting out those numbers and not the program. The program just presents the extracted data but of course you choose to word it that way on purpose.

    • Karl Bonner says:

      Yeah that 75 is within the realm of possibility. A more realistic high during a late March cold snap would be 43-45 rather than 37.

      If we did go from 40s to 70s in a matter of only 3 or 4 days, I bet that 75 would actually feel uncomfortable unless accompanied by a stiff breeze, something which is unlikely during an early spring ‘heat wave.’ At least for the east end of the Gorge; the west end might see a bit of east wind though I doubt it would be strong enough to feel refreshing, at least not in the afternoon.

  20. Boydo3 500' North Albany says:

    Like Jimi sang “rainy day, dream all day….. lay back and groove on a rainy day”

  21. Andrew Johnson says:

    Yesterday featured a high/low of 44/36 here in Silverton with 1.33″ of rain.

  22. Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:


    938 mb

  23. Garron at work says:

    Just an insane start to our spring weather the last three days. A neighbor said that was the loudest thunder and the brightest lightening they’ve seen in Oregon since they moved here from Texas! Just like the short term foprecast says; You gotta maintain cause the weather like this is going insane…insane in the membrane…Sorry got that song stuck in my head on the way to work tonight…


  24. Karl Bonner says:

    La Niña. La Niña. La Niña. Alt-164 = ñ. Maybe if I use it several times I’ll remember the code better.

    Anyway it’s a shame that an unusually late Easter is happening in a La Niña year. I’m curious as to how it would look, phenologically speaking, if late March and early April were warmer than average.

    May the weather exacerbate the disparities between an early and late Easter date in the future!

  25. yevpolo1990 says:

    In 86 I got lucky, this time it looks like i could breath some in, i know its minimal impact, but come on this elevates your risk for cancer by quite a bit actually.

    • Ben Randall says:

      I am not concerned at all

    • W7ENK says:

      “…extremely minor health consequences in the United States.”

      Guess what… That’s a statement to the affirmative. You know what that means? At least ONE unlucky bastard is going to die from cancer. I’d rather it not be me, or anyone I care about. Maybe it’s time to invest in an umbrella and avoid skin-contact with the rain?

      Despite all the nay-saying and wishcasting to the contrary, it appears that initial concerns over radioactive materials from Japan reaching the US were NOT, in fact, all that absurd. It does not matter that radiation levels will be very low, and that “health consequences” will be “extremely minor”. There should never be alpha, beta and gamma emitters falling from the sky – NEVER!!!

      “extremely minor health consequences in the United States.” = There will be health consequences in the United States.

    • Andrew Johnson says:

      You weren’t alive in 1986.

    • Yevpolo1990 says:

      Yea I wasn’t born therefore I got lucky

  26. bgb41 says:

    3/16/2011 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:55 at Heppner Jct.( 312 ft)
    Low: 43 at DW2345 Toledo( 43 ft)

    High:22 at CRATER LAKE RIM(7050 ft)
    Low: 14 at FISH CREEK (7900 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 21 degrees
    DW0460 Sisters ( 48/27 ) (3251 ft )

    Heaviest Rainfall:
    1.61″ at CW7076 Albany( 247ft)
    1.46″ at DW4442 McMinnvil( 171ft)
    1.42″ at YACHTS Yachats( 74ft)

  27. William johnson says:

    I all to well know what its like to be struck by lightning on september 10th of 2005 here in Astoria, Oregon at 4:30 pm our house had a direct strike to it . Burned half of me and my wifes bedroom as well as a lil of the attic knocked nails out of our daughters room. Blew out the meter box on the outsside as well as blowing up the transformer across the street. We where in the house but luckily in the basement at the time. It was so undescribily loud. As well as brightest flash in my life ever seen. For two week I had a ring in my head and ears for a month or two had a strange humm . In my head I mostlikely woulda been hurt criticaly or even killed I was looking out the window not 2 minutes before the strike the only thing that pulled me from the window was my wife asking me to come downstairs to see the rotation in the clouds which there was and it hailed so hard and rain poured so hard that we had 4 inches of water in our yard so we checked the basement for flooding when the strike happened the strike was on the eve right over our bedroom window the fire cheif said I woulda mostlikely been killed if I was still in the window when it hit.

  28. BrandonInNWSuburbia says:

    Like driving on 217 isn’t frightening enough!!

  29. This just in: Metal Latches half off @ Home Depot! 😉

  30. Same here Larry. The big t-storm went east of me.

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