For awhile things were getting exciting in the weather center with 3 different severe thunderstorm warnings for storms over the Cascades. That was in the 4:30-6pm timeframe. We saw large hail and then Hans Wipper from Skibowl sent us the best video of the day showing unusually large hail bringing traffic to a halt on U.S. 26 in the construction area west of Govy.
It appears the main lifting has moved north as we head towards 10pm. So we are probably done with the storms, for sure if we don’t see something in the next 2 hours. Here’s a chart showing all the cloud to ground strikes:
Everything was on the far east side of the metro area and then up into the Cascades. Now I know almost everyone heard thunder and/or saw lightning strikes. I know for a fact that our transmission tower was struck in the West Hills (engineer saw it), so it’s obvious lightning detection isn’t perfect. Most likely there was plenty of cloud to cloud action too. Hope you all enjoyed a little taste of the warm season. We’ll have some short videos on our 10pm show as well. Here’s a great pic from Happy Valley. I love the play of the clouds obscuring Mt. Hood, the trees, the strike, and the scotch broom blooming. Very nice. Pic by Nathan Zaremskiy
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen