11:00pm…150+ Strikes in Metro Area So Far

Lightning detection estimates about 150 or so lightning strikes in a box from La Center south to Woodburn and the Coast Range over to the Cascade foothills.  Seems to be a heavy concentration along the Columbia River and then the south metro:

Still active storms at 11pm over east Vancouvre, Mt. Hood, & Central Columbia River Gorge.  These are lifting northwest.  The next closest storms (right now) are down around Eugene.

I expect more action through the night…enjoy!

77 Responses to 11:00pm…150+ Strikes in Metro Area So Far

  1. weathercrazy82 says:

    Here are pictures from last night’s storms over Vancouver.

    Note the caption on the photos:

    1-14 are from the Vancouver waterfront looking east and southeast.

    15 is the storms over I-5

    16-17 are in Minnehaha (my 11 year old nephew actually “took” these photos)

    18-30 are from Brush Prairie looking east and southeast.

  2. David B says:

    No thunder and lightning yesterday in Seattle, but I got a 6:30 AM wake-up from a thunderstorm this morning. Only so-so in terms of total lightning, but sure gave us a good soaking.

  3. W7ENK says:

    Some nice Cumulonimbular action going on SW of Downtown Portland this morning… 🙂

  4. W7ENK says:

    Good morning folks!

    A quick check of the satellite loops, I see the ULL just sort of hanging out right over the coastline just N of Newport… not really going anywhere, but pushing straight toward Portland, slowly. Lots of activity blowing up over Wn Washington, but everything S of the Columbia River is drying up.


    Aside from a few fat raindrops (just enough to make everything smell wet) and some good flashes/boobs off to my SE–>W, then ESE –>E–>NE–>N early on, my area was largely missed. Nothing of consequence passed overhead, and nothing formed overnight. So, after all the hype and all the tease, this event left me rather disappointed.

  5. Chris says:

    Does anyone know how much longer the thunderstorms will last around puyallup/Tacoma area thanks

  6. PeterB (1170' Bellevue) says:

    Big plume of moisture headed this way, with some embedded Tstms. Does not look like July. More like Jarch.

  7. AlohaWeather says:

    Just heard some loud thunder in Aloha!

  8. Totally off-topic, but prayers and thoughts go out to the people in Aurora, Colorado and their Friends/Families after that horrific shooting that took place. I know this is a Weather Blog, but this IS newsworthy and it’s just awful.

    I woke up and saw this numerous times on my News feed and well our society has become so violent, so out of control, and at times evil to where you just become desensitized by things, things do not shock you as often, but I have to say this one did. This one really bothered me. This one upsets me a lot. It shook me and … it’s unthinkable and I can’t find the words. To say this is “tragic” is not nearly enough. I don’t know what else to say….

    • Farmer Steve says:

      May God bless

    • W7ENK says:

      Oh Lord! This is the first I’ve heard of it… how terrible. 😦

      This is why I firmly believe that EVERYONE deemed mentally competent should carry. If even just one person in that theater was armed, they could have stopped this before it got so bad.

      God be with those families who lost loved ones.

    • Yep…. One well trained civilian ends this MUCH sooner. I heard concealed weapons aren’t allowed due to the Columbine shooting.

    • Pete says:


      “A permit to carry a concealed weapon may be obtained through the Sheriff of the county in which you live. You must meet certain requirements to qualify for the permit. [C.R.S. 18-12-203] Consult your local Sheriff’s Department for more information obtaining a permit. The permit and a valid photo identification must be carried with the handgun at all times. A permit is not required and a handgun is not considered concealed when a person is in a private automobile or other private transportation. [C.R.S. 18-12-105 (2)]”

      Criteria for obtaining permit here: http://bit.ly/Q9Odgi

    • W7ENK says:

      Hmm… I hadn’t heard that. Perhaps, but I would question the constitutionality of such a restriction. I’ll have to look into it.

    • W7ENK says:

      Oh, well there you go! Refresh works wonders… o_O

      Thanks Pete. 🙂

    • Thanks for the info, Pete.

  9. Possible t-storm near Silverton, so I guess Mother Nature is still trying to spark off some storms.

  10. Yeah no sooner after I typed that analysis a bit ago when lightning became very active over Gresham/Boring. Very vivid and with the sun rising it was brilliant looking.

  11. GeekyMominCamas says:

    We’ve had lightening and thunder here for about half hour now. First few claps of thunder were loud enough to wake me up. I’m counting most out to be half to 2 miles away. Cat is freaked out and cuddling on my pillow now. 🙂

  12. Doppler Dave (NE Portland) says:

    Getting several decent rumbles of thunder this morning here in NE Portland. Current temp is 62 degrees, dewpoint 58, humidity 87%.

  13. Josh Smith south Salem Elev 500 ft says:

    Big bust for Salem area. Should’ve had the wife keep the dog home cause no storms at all fired up here. Oh well. Bring on the sun 🙂

  14. *BoringOregon* says:

    Good morning woke up to lightning hitting some thing right next door to me !!!

  15. Up to check on things and immediately see that we’re done with storms aside from maybe Clark, Skamania County, then around Boring, Sandy, Estacada, and Cascade Foothills and I know why. The Upper Level Low did not behave as modeled. Nope. It was shoved northeast far more abruptly and has moved inland around southern Coos County. This is way off from forecast track which took it N-NE up the Oregon Coast.

    WV Loop shows this.
    You can see the energy in the Pacific caught up in the ULL and that’s because of how it stalled last night off Cape Blanco instead of continuing to move northward. This shoved all the best dynamics, instability, and shear well to the N-NE. Well that certainly sucks and means I was wrong, Mark, and probably every other meteorologist who expected another round during the early morning hours. When every computer model showed it you think you can be confident in forecasting that, but nope.

    • Sorry for those who were really expecting round 2-3, especially I-5 Corridor and places not hit earlier(West of I-5)

    • runrain says:

      Getting a pretty good storm, here, right now in Happy Valley. Mainly Damascus/Boring, actually.

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      Was fun to get some action! Seems like its been a REALLY long time.
      With such a unusual set-up, I think the models were confused (so what’s new). Is surprising they all agreed…but isn’t that what makes it so much fun? Anything can happen and probably will!

  16. Garron near Washington Square says:

    I, like Cliff Mass, feel that while both parties for and against human caused global warming have very valid point. They also have a lil too much wind in their sails to prove a point, and go way above and beyond to discredit one another, or leave valuable variables out of their equations to make their point the only one that counts. But, after the miss read I just heard on the Weather Channel, don’t be surprised if the group FOR human caused G/W runs with this statement. While watching TWC, I distinctly heard the comment made that something like” 90 % of the country is in a drought.” Ok, so far… But then he went on to say that this is a ” twenty–one-CENTURY drought!!!!” I think what he meant to say was that this was the worst drought of the 21st century??? anyway, just bored and looking at the radar, I’m gonna stay that way, so off to sleep and hoping I don’t miss the big storm of the night.

    Down to a chilly 67.2, and D/P of 62 at 2AM!

  17. Tom Hill says:

    Muggy here in Lake Oswego. Humidity above 70%. Great lightning out to east.

  18. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro, OR) says:

    Here’s a video I took earlier this evening! Enjoy!!

  19. Well not sleeping much yet. Looked at WV Loop and Mesoscale Analysis. Shows MUCAPE now up to 250-500J/kg and most importantly Effective shear has really increased upwards of 40-50kts from PDX to Eugene, 0-6KM 40-45kts, and 0-8KM 50-65kts. Stronger lift still remains to the south, but every model says that along with the strong nose of shear will move north up the Willamette Valley along with 500mb temps -16c. IF Mesoscale Analysis is correct I’d look for storms to fire in Douglass, Lane, and Linn Counties before 2-3 AM. As I look at WV Loop I notice the ULL has kind of stalled off of Cape Blanco. http://sat.wrh.noaa.gov/satellite/loopsat.php?wfo=pqr&area=nw&type=wv&size=4 It’s supposed to be moving north at this time according to previous model runs.

    69.3, DP 67, so with this unusually muggy, moist, unstable air mass, something has to give and I think it will 3-6 AM. Cya then.

    • Mr Data says:

      Nothing here except a few flashes an hour ago.

      Last update unless something major happens.

    • Mr Data says:

      Oh. I am in Silverton too. Surprised Andrew from Silver Falls Park hasn’t chimed in since he is closer to the excitement then I am.

    • Josh Gardner says:

      Keep in mind NAM had a strong band of showers moving up 2-3AM

  20. W7ENK says:

    Anyone else notice what appears to be a CZ set up trailing from the leeward side of Mt. Hood up to about Aberdeen? You can clearly see it on radar…

    Almost looks like another one running from Mt. Adams up to Olympia?

    Never seen anything like it outside of the Olympics.

  21. Garron near Washington Square says:

    My personal best dew point to start a day off with. I got 70.1 D/F and a dewpoint of 66 @ midnight….Very cool, and hoping this was just the beginning of the fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What amazingly bright lightning that was from where I was watching out in SE Portland off 160th and Powell. I wonder what made those cells of lightning SEEM so much brighter than other storms I’ve watched recently?


  22. hope this works, a pic of a bolt of lightning over kelso taken with my iOS app “Lightning Cam” pretty sweet app. just point it, and when theres a flash of lightning, it snaps a pic. also does Video mode where you just film, and it snaps a photo while still recording. pretty sweet app.

  23. bgb41 says:

    7/19/2012 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:103 at Rye Valley(I-84(2230 ft)
    Low: 78 at Rye Valley(I-84(2230 ft)

    High:58 at Port Orford (US(90 ft)
    Low: 34 at Sand Creek (US 9 (4525 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 43 degrees
    COLGATE (88/45 ) (3231 ft )
    TOKETEE (87/44) (3360 ft)

    Heaviest Rainfall:
    0.51″ at SEVEN MILE CREEK(438ft)
    0.49″ at CW5099 Hood Rive(466ft)

  24. flurball says:

    2 days ago the ULL was too far east in the forecast, then it looked liked it moved to more faveroble west and now is it too far west for PDX before the onshore flow?

  25. pappoose in scappoose says:

    Hahaah! Keep on keeping on!

    National Weather Service Portland or
    856 PM PDT Thursday Jul 19 2012

    A look at NAM bufr and rapid refresh model soundings for pdx suggest surface-based convection will be tough to come by late this evening due to the excessively high convective temperature…large amount of
    convective inhibition to overcome and a solid middle-level cap.
    However…conditions become a bit more favorable just before midnight as the upper low off the south Oregon coast migrates north to northeast. Best shear profile for pdx appears to be from about 06z to 11z…then flow becomes unidirectional. No change to weather grids as all areas have a threat of thunderstorms through the night and into Friday morning. Best chance of thunder for the Willamette Valley may actually be late tonight and early Friday morning as the upper low moves
    overhead…providing good middle and upper level dynamics and steeper middle-level lapse rates. However…once the low moves into SW Washington…around 18z Friday per the 00z NAM…onshore low-level flow quickly
    follows and puts an end to the instability. Should see a fairly
    strong marine push Friday afternoon with breezy to windy conditons developing in The Gorge east of kczk.

  26. Seeing a strong vort max on 2KM WV Loop rotating into SW Oregon now. We’ll need to keep an eye on Mesoscale Analysis. Okay going to try to get a few hours sleep before the “show” cya later.

  27. Emily Waldman says:

    My cats are not happy to be sure! I’m on the porch under cover watching the show! The last roll of thunder was right over the house! I’d better go in & check on them! Intense rain! Enjoy all!

  28. W7ENK says:

    I’m going to try to catch a little sleep before the next round, work tomorrow is going to suck! 😦

  29. So far all quiet in my area this evening.

  30. Emily Waldman says:

    Got us a good summer t-storm up in Longview! Mark you called it! So happy 

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      Still see flashes to the North! The Stray Albino Donkey train is now pointing at Longview!

  31. bgb41 says:

    Still just a trace of precip up at BG Lake. A couple of strikes hit about 2 miles west of me but most of the lightning was 6-10 miles south along the river.

  32. Zoomed Radar – Eugene area

    Big storm. Intensifying as better lift along with cooling 500mb temps nudge northward.

  33. SEDrools says:

    Tell us some more!

  34. Temp check

    69.5 / DP 65 = YUCK, but makes storms 🙂

    • Emily Waldman says:

       me likey! I feel like a kid with out the fear of t-storms as I was as kid! Ages 2-4 I lived in Lansing, MI storms terrorified me! Then that carried on to Spokane & its summer storms!

  35. Sifton says:


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