It was smack dab on top of Government Camp and Mt. Hood–snapping trees along Highway 26 with sudden gusts to at least 45mph, piling up hail 2″ deep near the intersection of Highway 35 and Highway 26 and don’t forget about the pouring rain and lightning.
This snapshot shows you 517 lightning strikes in 30 minutes. This storm was in and around Mt. Hood for more like 90 minutes and created about 2,000 lightning strikes.
Thunderstorms made it suddenly cold at Sunriver Resort near Bend–these girls braved the hail. A friend of mine tracked a temperature drop of about 20 degrees in 30 minutes. Sudden downpours can certainly do that. Thanks Julie for the picture and to weather watcher Mike for the update!
Total Lightning Strikes For Oregon On August 9, 2013: right around 12,000!! That is incredible. Certainly the state’s biggest lightning day, so far, in 2013.
And with the ‘real’ weather action missing the metro area (again…dang it!) at least we had spectacular colors to finish the day. Al caught this incredible picture of sunset above the Willamette River and downtown Portland. Nice.
I hope you have a great weekend…