Nice Lightning Show Overnight

Check out the lightning strikes across the region last night:


Notice we didn’t have any recorded cloud to ground strikes right IN the metro area, but it was all around us:


Keep in mind that lightning detection is not perfect, and once in a while a strike could show up that wasn’t detected.

Models had shown and I mentioned at 10pm that we could see some lightning after the midnight hour and sure enough storms popped up in the wee hours of the morning.  Gabor Gardonyi caught this strike in the Gorge just before sunrise:


Like any other weather geek, I got home, opened the bedroom curtains and windows, and waited to wake up to the first flash or rumble.  I think my wife was annoyed, but so it goes being married to a meteorologist.  Of course the payback is that I’m tired now and wish I didn’t have to be up late tonight for work!

The disappointing part is that these storms didn’t drop much rain for most of us.  PDX only has .04″ of rain and I got .09″ here at home east of Corbett.  Too bad, because we need a soaking after a very dry April and May.  Here’s the radar estimate, which doesn’t do real well in our mountainous terrain.  But you get the idea:


We had quite a marine push overnight as expected too.  I remember way back on Tuesday or Wednesday while on-air I told Shauna Parsons today would be cloudy and cool and now it has arrived.  Enjoy the cool since we have unusually warm weather coming again this weekend, probably our first spell of hot weather this season.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

14 Responses to Nice Lightning Show Overnight

  1. schmit44 says:

    6/1/2015 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:87 at EW1140 Umatilla( 364 ft)
    Low: 67 at Rye Valley(I-84(2230 ft)

    High:45 at Timberline Lodge(7001 ft)
    Low: 35 at CROW FLAT (5172 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 33 degrees
    CROW FLAT (68/35 ) (5172 ft )

    Heaviest Rainfall:
    2.19″ at RED MOUND(1753ft)
    1.80″ at EW4856 Brookings(1365ft)
    1.46″ at J RIDGE(5180ft)
    1.42″ at FLYNN PRAIRIE(1543ft)
    1.26″ at QUAIL PRAIRIE LO(3183ft)
    1.23″ at DW6879 Union(2792ft)
    1.20″ at SUMMIT LAKE(5610ft)
    1.17″ at Brookings Airpor(459ft)
    1.15″ at BROOKINGS(79ft)
    1.10″ at EW6078 La Pine(4259ft)
    1.08″ at DW9630 La Pine(4256ft)

  2. Runrain says:

    This may end up being one of the hottest Rose Festival parades in history. I hope there are a lot of medical personnel on hand to assist those that may need help during the parade.

  3. Paul D says:

    Please cancel the heat wave coming this weekend, thank you.

    • tygrrlilley says:

      Ohhhh, I’m with you on that one!!

    • JJ78259 says:

      Ah come on the dry warm weather in Portland is stupendous! Embrace it as the alternative is May June 2011! Beautiful night in San Antonio 80 plus at 10:30 pm the pool feels great!

  4. Tyler Mode in Battle Ground says:

    A decent soaking here in Battle Ground. 0.32″ so far with a little more on the way. Heard some thunder early in the morning, but nothing too exciting. 83 yesterday, 62 today.

  5. Lee Wilson says:

    O.25 inch of rain, no thunderstorms.

  6. David B. says:

    I was camped in the Gorge near Willard, WA last night, and had three thunderstorms, starting at about: 11:45PM, 4:05AM, 7:00AM. The 11:45 one lasted about an hour and gave quite a bit of rain. The other two were small and wimpy.

    So I’ve had another multi-thunderstorm day, though I did have to travel away from home to experience it this time.

  7. WEATHERDAN says:

    What a difference a day makes. 87 on Sunday and then a lot of thunder and lightning from 12:30-1:30 AM. over ,50 rain as well. My lawn and flowers sure appreciated that. And now a heatwave next weekend. 90,s maybe Saturday-Monday. Summer came early this year. But then Spring started in February for all intents and purposes. 62 and cloudy now, I will take advantage of this cool spell to air out the house. Peace.

  8. Dave in South Salem (500') says:

    Wow an inch of rain for us, that sounds about right. It sure was loud. Sorry it didn’t land on Portland, my lawn is thrilled. The cells moved up the valley and seemed to intensify on the south Salem hills at least according to the radar loops.

  9. Maybe some midday rumbles queuing up. Nice cell on the east side picking up steam moving NNW.

  10. W7ENK says:

    Had about a dozen flashes and distant claps of thunder all around beginning around 1:30a, many more deep rumbles way off to the East lasting until almost 5:00a, but nothing directly over Milwaukie. Despite near constant rainfall for about 5 hours, only 0.07″ in my rain gauge this morning.

    Yet again, better luck next time…

    • W7ENK says:

      Ya know, I’m really getting sick and tired of saying that after each “close but not quite” event. Going on 3 years now, I think? 😦

  11. Larry says:

    I slept right through whatever went through Gresham.

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