Lots of Lightning East Metro & Western Gorge

August 19, 2012

If you were up from 1am-3am, you likely saw lots of flashing on the east side of the metro area.  You probably slept through it if you live west of I-205.  But it was the best nighttime lightning show of the summer in the far east metro area. There were dozens (if not hundreds) of lightning strikes from the Boring area up into the Southwest Washington foothills.  You can see a concentration of action from Cape Horn up to Yacolt and other points into the forest.  Luckily this whole area is covered by a cool marine layer right now, so hopefully no fires of signficance show up.

It was interesting to see the lightning flashing ABOVE the low clouds, at least that was the case when I looked out around 1:30am.

The storms have moved on, but we’re left with a thick marine layer; back to the morning cloud and afternoon sun routine.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen