Thunder Possible This Afternoon

June 17, 2013

10:30am Monday…


We appear to be setup for scattered thunderstorms to break out this afternoon over evening just about anywhere in the FOX12 viewing area.

The Ingredients:

  • Ample sunshine this morning to warm us up nicely
  • A deep upper-level low offshore giving us a moist south/southwest flow aloft
  • A weak disturbance moving northward in that flow later this afternoon for a trigger
  • Nice area of CAPE (Convective energy)
  • Zero or below lifted index (for lifting)

This doesn’t appear to be a big bad thunderstorm outbreak pattern (probably won’t look like the above pic!), but any thunderstorm action is exciting around here since we rarely see them.

Storm movement this afternoon will be from the SSW to NNE, so look to the southwest to see what’s coming during the afternoon hours and you can always find the radar at this link:

Lightning strikes are here:


As the upper level low moves closer Tuesday and then right over us Wednesday we’ll see more action and chillier temps.  More funnel clouds at some point?  Maybe.

I’m still on vacation today, but back at home catching up on the weeds and emails/bills.  I’ll write about the fun vacation week, and why I never want to see the Lochsa River from a car again, tomorrow.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen