Thunderstorms In Valley Tonight

11:45pm Thursday

Our 12 day hot spell is ending this evening with a few flashes & bangs.  Thunderstorms over the Cascades are slipping westward into the Valley so you MIGHT see a flash the next few hours or wake up to thunder.  Of course as always it’s spotty and some spots will see it; some won’t

Here’s the latest chart showing cloud to ground strikes


So far nothing in the Portland metro area but that COULD change the next few hours…we’ll see.  It would be nice to see nighttime lightning at least once this summer!

Today was our 12th day with a high of 88+ in Portland and 13th at/above 90 in Salem.  But a thicker marine layer means many of us west of the Cascades will wake up to low clouds Friday AM.  This will keep highs below 90.

Fire smoke should start to dissipate tomorrow and be mainly gone Saturday as the airflow turns westerly at the surface and higher up as well.  It’s likely we’ll have our first measurable rain in almost 2 months Sunday as well.  Not a soaking, but at least enough to measure and turn streets wet at some point.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

20 Responses to Thunderstorms In Valley Tonight

  1. .03″ in the gauge this morning. Not much, but the first measurable rain in nearly 2 months. Raining again presently.

  2. Jason Hougak says:

    It’s been raining steady here since about 2 this morning. This weather is making me start to get eager for hunting season!

  3. Boydo3 N. Albany says:

    The chorus of crickets has begun. A bit early for fall??

  4. Paul D says:

    Rain after sundown?!? Really?? Won’t that be something!

  5. Feels like a warm mid-September day out this afternoon.

  6. Jason Hougak says:

    Feels Ahhhmazing outside and the wind is refreshing

  7. There were a few light showers here overnight but the big development is WIND! Wind from the south and southwest! The marine push is here, and the smoky air is gone, gone, gone!

  8. Roland Derksen says:

    I don’t want a thunderstorm here. Just a day long rainfall (fairly light but steady) . Thunderstorms are dangerous, especially with these dry conditons

  9. Erika says:

    Heat heat go away never ever come back again!! Yay for rain and cloudy days!! I want a thunderstorm so bad! Can’t wait for fall and winter!!

  10. W7ENK says:

    Saw/heard nothing in The Dome. If there was any, I must’ve slept through it.

    Still 60+ degrees, still muggy and still smoky when I left the house this morning, so I’m guessing we got nothing overnight.

  11. Paul D says:

    Below normal temperatures! 🙂

  12. Marc (Brush Prairie WA) says:

    What’s most impressive is we’ve had marine layer every morning until about 10 or so and still manage to make it to 90.

  13. Jason Hougak says:

    Bring it!!!

  14. JERAT416 says:

    Bring on the rain, cool, clouds, and clear skies!

  15. Andy says:

    Some lightning and light rain here in Albany.

  16. Ken in Sheridan says:

    Light rain in Sheridan(..Surprise,Surprise!!….) It smells wonderful …

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