Well, if you wanted to see big thunderstorms here in the Portland Metro area…it didn’t happen. As the strong line of storms moved north, it weakened dramatically. There was only one lightning strike in Multnomah county and one lonely strike in Clark county.
But then look at what happened as it headed farther north into SW Washington! Crazy thunderstorms with hundreds of strikes from Kalama north…same thing from Vernonia north in the Coast Range. In fact Troutdale never even had measurable rain! On the positive side, at least that avoided a metro commute meltdown from flooding rains.
Look at Salem…almost 1.5″, and there were reports from Albany and Turner of almost 3″.
The severe thunderstorm watch for areas east of the Cascades has been dropped as the big storms moved off to the north. The largest hail size reported was “golfball” in Bend, but radar at one point showed hail as large as chicken eggs in Sherman County, south of Wasco.
For the rest of the night, it’s a mainly rain event with just a few flashes or rumbles possible. As the flow turns more westerly, rain should become heaviest on the east side of the metro area.
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen