Thunder and lightning storm debriefJuly 9th, 2012 by Matthew Leach
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,
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