Thunderstorms popped up all over the place this afternoon and evening, with numerous severe thunderstorm warnings issued by Portland/Seattle/Medford NWS offices. In our area Vernonia saw 1″ hail, 1.3″ hail fell near Carson, and two tornado warnings were issued around Crater Lake. No tornado was actually seen, just indicated as a possibility on radar.
The far westside of the metro area saw hundreds of lightning strikes around 6pm as a cluster of storms moved north there. In the central Gorge a severe storm moved through and sure looked dramatic in a pic from Julie Vance:
That led to some flash flooding and mudslide in the Dodson area…as if the 2″ of damaging ice wasn’t enough in January…
Yet we seemed to have a “dome” over the metro area. Check out the lightning strikes today (cloud to ground only):
Apparently Yamhill and Carlton were the places to be if you wanted to see a light show? I suppose Government Camp would have worked as well.
There is a new batch of weaker thunderstorms moving up the Cascades right now and we’re seeing lots of flashing from the metro area…enjoy the light show!
Check out the hot temps in parts of Oregon today:
Things will gradually die down overnight and we’re back to typical cool showers tomorrow. It should be a refreshing day compared to today.
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen