A “Bolt From the Blue” In Gresham


That cluster of thunderstorms continues moving up through the far east side with heavy rain, some hail, and frequent lightning strikes.  Boring, Sandy, and now Corbett getting a good show.

But check this out just 5 minutes ago…a strike well outside the thunderstorm very close to Centennial High School, just east of 181st ave.

This proves the point that lightning can leap well outside of the thunderstorm, in this case 5-7 miles west of the center of the storm!

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

23 Responses to A “Bolt From the Blue” In Gresham

  1. poolsidemike says:

    Interesting! Some of you who have been around for a long time (i.e. since 1995) might remember when two kids were struck by lightning on the football field at Centennial Middle School during a very similar storm….the storm itself was quite a ways away, and the bolt came out of nowhere. Luckily they both lived.

    • atmosphericwrath says:

      Funny you mention that. I watched that storm off my front porch. That one was real active with numerous lightning strikes. I don’t know how anyone could have thought it came out of nowhere as there were a dozen strikes I bet before it just to the west. I remember how vivid the bolt was and I said out loud “someone may have been hit by lightning!” The thunder was very loud. This is yet another reason why I earlier posted that random strike today was an error.

    • bgb41 says:

      I walked to the exact spot where that kid was struck at Centennial during football practice the day afterward. There were two holes near the end zone where he stood. Just amazing that he lived. I asked someone recently and they said that person still is having some physical problems. I remember seeing the potential lightning bolt from my front yard. I lived 2 miles west of that field at the time.

    • W7ENK says:

      I remember that! I remember hearing that all the silkscreened plastic stars on the boy’s soccer jersey were blown off.

      Lightning does some weird stuff…

    • Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:

      Error strike…. errors do sometimes happen..

      Technology does some weird stuff…

  2. W7ENK says:

    It happens… Usually an anvil-to-ground stroke, which are relatively rare.

  3. Hal in Aims says:

    Pretty good thunder shower. Kind of makes up for all the stuff turning right the other evening and going pffft. Couple of pretty close ones. Downpour. Has dropped from 67 to 58.

  4. atmosphericwrath says:

    Nah, that is not correct. I have been outside watching flashes to my southeast and this particular CG would have been right overhead of me nearly and I would have heard loud thunder. I have yet to hear anything besides very distant thunder. It’s an error.

  5. karlbonner1982 says:

    That is scary, and it raises plenty of questions regarding safety procedures for filming thunderstorms. Let’s talk about it!

  6. pappoose in scappoose says:

  7. weathercrazy82 says:

    That makes it easier to tell people how dangerous lightning can be.

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