Thunderstorms and lightning strikes scattered the landscape Tuesday, and after a very active afternoon and evening, southern Oregon and northern California will see a much quieter day Wednesday. While a few embedded rumbles of thunder are possible, most locations will see scattered to isolated showers with the passage of a cold front.
Along with Tuesday evening’s thunderstorms, a few locations reported small hail and heavy rain. One viewer near Wagner Butte recorded nearly half an inch of rainfall in less than half an hour. In Phoenix and Talent, residents saw some small hail. There were several severe thunderstorm warnings issued, and in Siskiyou County, hail reached severe limits. Ten miles southeast of Somes Bar, hail one inch in diameter was reported by a trained weather spotter.
On Wednesday, the thunderstorm threat will be greatly diminished, but a few isolated storms are possible. The upper level energy that created the outbreak Tuesday afternoon will be out of our area, so severe storms aren’t expected. Temperatures will be cooler as well, with highs in the 70’s and 80’s for most locations. After the front passes, gusty winds are also likely east of the Cascades. Enjoy the cool down, though…temperatures will be back in the triple digits in the Valley and northern California by the end of the weekend.
Chief Meteorologist Kate McKenna