That was an interesting (and busy) evening. Just before our 5pm broadcast storms popped up over the southwest side of the metro area and then gradually worked their way to the southwest and into Yamhill county. A few other isolated showers developed near Aurora and in Clackamas county, but that was it. The vast majority of us didn’t have rain today…too bad for my garden.
I see a MADIS station had .70″ in Sherwood, another near Yamhill had .80″ and still another near Yamhill received 1.79″! Wow, that’s a huge soaker like what we saw last June in the West Slope area. About 10,000 PGE customers lost power and a couple of spots likely saw .50″ hail…near King City and east of Yamhill. That’s according to radar.
The storms didn’t produce much lightning until they pushed southwest and then suddenly spit out 50-80 strikes in just 1/2 hour!
It’s all quiet at 11pm with just a few showers moving west across the east side of the Willamette Valley. The main action shifts east of the mountains tomorrow with the west side under a solid marine layer. The upper-level flow will still be light easterly. It IS possible to get thunderstorms over the top of the marine inversion (I’ve seen that happen), but not likely.
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen