Daily Archives: July 9, 2012

VIDEO: Lightning and rumbles of thunder in Bremerton

It’s times like this where I am very grateful for local weather spotters 🙂 I didn’t have a functioning camera early this morning to capture the Kitsap spectacle that took us all by surprise, but luckily blog reader Shawn Hollis of Bremerton was able to capture some footage. Click on the link below to see some shots of the lightning:

Kitsap Lightning Storm

Thanks, Shawn! And, much to my disappointment, the storms are over for now. Thank you to all the commenters around Kitsap from Port Orchard, Bremerton, Silverdale, Poulsbo, and Suquamish. As we all know, the weather is different everywhere you go. Most of us in Silverdale remained completely dry while residents in Poulsbo and Suquamish experienced pea-sized hail, gusts of wind and heavy downpours.

Keep your eyes on the skies and e-mail any cool weather pics you have to: forecastingkitsap@live.com and I’ll be sure to share.

As for your 7 day forecast, expect more in the way of morning clouds over the next couple of days, although Wednesday through Friday looks gorgeous with morning clouds giving way to warm afternoon sun. Highs will range from the mid 70s to low 80s.

Then there’s the weekend. Confidence isn’t as great as it should be, but as of now it looks sunny, warm and…well, summer-like! So in the meantime, enjoy the calm weather, because living on the Kitsap Peninsula you never know what you’re going to get 😉

Matthew Leach

Forecasting Kitsap


Thunder and lightning storm debrief

What in the world happened last night?!

At around 12:00 am this morning I saw a bright flash of light, followed by low rumbles and the first thing that came to my mind was: fireworks! Pretty late in the game to be setting them off, but some people just can’t let it go. Of course, it wasn’t fireworks at all. Western Washington had its rare taste of summer thunderstorms, and unexpectedly at that!

So, like any weatherman would do, let’s start with the excuses as to why that happened. 🙂 Rather impressive thunderstorm activity developed over the Cascades (as expected), but thanks to some strong upper level winds those storms were carried over the mountains and through the woods right into our neighborhood. The lightning show didn’t last very long, and if you were sleeping at around midnight last night, it’s likely you didn’t even know anything out of the ordinary happened.

For those who like thunderstorms, what we just experienced was pretty lucky. It’s hard to get genuine thunderstorms here because of our typically cool, marine climate, so if we are to ever get them, it’s in the summer time. Be advised, however, that over the next 24 hours the cascade mountains are still expected to experience some pretty stormy and unsettled weather.

Also, you may notice the clouds this morning. This is due to the onshore flow, or marine influence, spoken about in the previous blog post. Don’t worry, your picnic isn’t ruined! In fact, we’ll likely dance on either end of 80 degrees today once the clouds burn away.

Marine clouds will be pesky tomorrow as well with temperatures stalling a bit in the 70s, but Wednesday skies clear and give way to upper 70s/low 80s once again.

No rain is in sight…yet. There’s always a wrinkle, so I’ll keep you updated. But as of now, we have another beautiful and warm weekend headed our way 🙂

Have a great day,

Matthew Leach

Forecasting Kitsap

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