250+ Cloud to Ground Strikes In Metro Area

Here’s the final lightning map for this evening…

If you take a line from about St. Helens over to Amboy, then count all the strikes from there south to about a Newberg-Canby line, you get a bit over 250 lightning strikes this evening; quite impressive.

More interesting is the location…almost all strikes were west of I-5 & Hwy. 217 in Oregon and north of I-84.  Downtown Portland and areas straight south and east didn’t see any strikes.

24 Responses to 250+ Cloud to Ground Strikes In Metro Area

  1. David in Otis says:

    At my gmas at mall205 got some great video of the storm rolling in, had some good rotation in ares and gusty winds.

  2. Phil says:

    How can these forecasts be so wrong? A guy sitting on the coast with a pair of binoculars could do better

    • Mark Nelsen says:

      We said (the last two days) that we could see an afternoon shower or thunderstorm. Last night at 10 & 11pm I said they would likely only be on the far eastside of the metro area…that part was wrong. But we definitely knew showers/thunderstorms could develop again. Communicating that is probably a far bigger issue than the actual forecast itself.

    • snodaze says:

      They aren’t wrong… Sometimes that’s exactly what it takes…

      Days ‘like’ these… The GOLU model is the undisputed, undefeated champion of weather forecasting. lol.

  3. weathercrazy82 says:

    Water coming UP from a manhole has lifted the cover off!

  4. weathercrazy82 says:

    Picked up a quick 0.25″ from that storm. My parents are up to 0.40″ there in Vancouver. Pretty storm structure today as well as some decent lightning!

  5. Hal in Aims says:

    almost constant thunder to the n-nw……pretty dark also……

  6. One of the most impressive t-storms I’ve ever had here….Constant lightning, strong winds, and very heavy rain….

    • J in N Hazel Dell, WA says:

      Up here in north Hazel Dell, too. Much better than yesterday’s. Still hearing thunder and see blue sky just to the north.

  7. runrain says:

    I’m hearing lightning static on the AM radio listening to the Mariner game.

  8. pappoose in scappoose says:

    When Thunder Roars, Head Indoors!
    Not me. When I heard thunder yesterday, I went outside pronto. Hahaah!

    http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/FXC/make_img.php?wfo=pqr&iname=Active_Screen1L&size=1&force=no

    • Benjamin (West Salem) says:

      I was also outside as soon as the first strike of lightning came into view.

  9. Jbpdx says:

    SUN? SUN? Where? Oh, they meant Las Vegas…

  10. Garron near Washington Square says:

    Unbelievable I can sleep through anything!!! I even had my windows open a crack, an I heard nodda! The price of working 3rd shift, I always seem to sleep through the good stuff.

  11. Phumus says:

    Yesterday my house was rocking, I was heading for the kitchen to closes a window, looking out the window I saw a white hot flash in shape of a sphere, between the house and shed, almost instantly the concussion wave blew the curtain in as I was reaching to close the window. After that, nothing, no wind with a profound silence. It was surreal. A slight breeze picked up 2 house later.

  12. Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:

    No storms in southern Oregon… been waiting for my chance at something like this soon. 🙂

    • Benjamin (West Salem) says:

      yes, I’m sure you’ll get some storms this summer. Come June and July you’ll probably get more then us up here in the valley.

  13. bgb41 says:

    5/25/2012 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    Warmest:
    High:77 at CW9982 Oregon Ci( 246 ft)
    Low: 53 at Castle(283 ft) & John Day River B(305 ft) & Rufus(185 ft)

    Coldest:
    High:34 at CW7477 Lostine(7002 ft) & MT. HOWARD(7910 ft) & CALIMUS(6629 ft)
    Low: 25 at HOWARD Mt Howard (8150 ft ) & ALAKES Haines (7979 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 32 degrees
    CW9822 Dallas (73/41 ) (459 ft )

    Heaviest Rainfall:
    0.95″ at TROUT CREEK(2320ft)

  14. I heard some faint rumbles one time otherwise all quiet.

  15. weathercrazy82 says:

    Very impressive storms today! I’m surprised at all of the lightning they produced. Sometimes they just don’t produce much lightning.

    With all of the cold air aloft, the hail wasn’t a surprise, but the size was decent for sure!

    0.78″ of rain today which makes it the wettest day of the month and brings my total up to 3.62″.

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