Several hundred cloud-to-ground lightning strikes were reported from last night in our viewing area, and while thunderstorms have died out this morning, the threat is not over. This afternoon thunderstorms will return more scattered than yesterday and overnight. The storm threat exists for the entire region, with a slight chance at the coast. There is a Red Flag Warning in effect for all inland areas today due to abundant lightning and gusty winds in thunderstorms and of course the dry fuels we’ve been dealing with. Thunderstorms through the week will be dropping heavier rain with most activity expected for Thursday through Saturday with more numerous thunderstorms along and east of the Cascades as well as the Siskiyou’s.
Thunderstorms that produce heavy rain over already burned areas can lead to flash flooding and lightning can spark new fires while gusty winds can spread new and existing fires quickly. Be prepared for rapidly changing conditions and prepare yourself and your home for possible fires.
The good news is humidities will be higher and temperatures will be lower, both benefits for the fire fight. Rain should help with the fires if storms form over current fires.