Wednesday brought a widespread round of storms to much of our forecast area. There were just over 500 lightning strikes reported in Jackson County alone, and nearly 2500 region-wide. Round 3, expected today, is going to be very similar to Wednesday. Again, storms are going to be moving north, northeast through Jackson County and could stretch further west into Josephine.
Right now, it appears as though storms will be isolated in Josephine County and scattered over Jackson County. On Wednesday, storms made it as far west as the county line between the two. Today, they may push further west. Thunderstorms will be widespread over the Cascades, Basin and Northern California.
As far as timing is concerned, storms will begin firing up by early to mid afternoon east of the Cascades and in Siskiyou County. It will be a little later for the Valley — mid to late afternoon.
Lightning induced fires are already popping up all over. The National Weather Service could even see fires overnight on satellite imagery ..one of which was “getting rapidly larger and darker ..indicating a lot of heat.” This was from a fire in SW Siskiyou County. Another in SW Modoc County was producing a plume of smoke which they said was “unusual at night and is indicative of the instability still present” in our area. Smoke will likely rise from any fires pretty easily, which is what the weather service means by and unstable atmosphere. There is simply too much rising air to have super smoky skies near the ground.
Fires are expected to continue popping up throughout the day. Fire crews will be patrolling the region all morning long until be grounded by the next round of storms this afternoon. Keep it here with Newswatch 12 for the latest on storm and fire coverage.
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Meteorologist Alyssa Caroprese