3pm Update, Crazy Lightning and Big Hail

3pm Thursday…

Quite a lightning storm in the central Willamette Valley right now:


All those strikes (219!) are within the last 30 minutes!  It’s all quiet so far today up in the metro area.

The first big and severe thunderstorms are developing east of the Cascades at this hour.  Large hail (1″) reported SW of Bend and that storm is heading north towards Redmond and Madras.

Keep a close eye on the radar here:  http://weather.cod.edu/satrad/nexrad/index.php?type=RTX-N0Q-1-6

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen


35 Responses to 3pm Update, Crazy Lightning and Big Hail

  1. Scott says:

    Cracking and popping pretty good east of Salem in the Victor Point area. Kinda nice

  2. BoringOregon says:

    Maybe it’s to to Issue a, Severe thunderstorm warning??

    • Dave in South Salem '500 says:

      None of these in the valley are severe. Spend a summer in Colorado and you’ll see what the difference is.

  3. pappoose in scappoose says:

    Are we having any fun yet!

  4. andy says:

    In Jefferson my street is flooding, incredible storm for 2013.

  5. trisha hernandez says:

    we have lighting and thunder out in turner aumsville area

  6. High Desert Mat says:

    Just chased that storm just to the west of me between Sisters and Redmond. Not quite as bad as ten days ago here but impressive nonetheless. Golf ball sized hail in core of the storm with pounding rain and about 50mph winds. Looked like if it would have went right thru the cities here there would have been lots of damage to structures and cars. Glad I don’t own a car lot lol

  7. boydo3 N Albany says:


  8. Peggy says:

    does anyone know how to find out how many lighting strikes there were last night around midnight in the La Grande-Elgin area?

  9. BoringOregon says:

    Weather channel!

  10. Dave in South Salem '500 says:

    It is insanely dark in Albany right now. Looks like 5pm in a December rainstorm

    • Dave in South Salem '500 says:

      Lots of ligthning, thunder and maybe hail going on here. Power flickering and street lights on.

  11. W7ENK says:

    Report of golf ball sized hail from the severe thunderstorm near Bend.

    Possible tornado on the ground outside Hermiston.

    Deformation band slowly approaching metro from the South, just reaching Salem. Still waiting…

  12. Quite a ride down here in Sweet Home.

  13. Rhoda Weikel says:

    I live in Lebanon and we are rockin and a rollin!! This is absolutely INCREDIBLE!! I love it!!

  14. snodaze says:

    mark or anyone else… Any chance of a warning here in the metro?

  15. Marcus the weather nut says:

    Hey Mark every time I get the link for that radar it is fine for a a while and then it turns into Illinois radar????

  16. pappoose in scappoose says:

    Tornado Warning


  17. Sandi (Wilsonville) says:

    I just now was on the phone with a business in Bend, OR and she had to go because the wind suddenly picked up and was blowing stuff all over.

  18. ThunderCloud - North Plains says:


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