Lightning Strikes and a Little Rainfall

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As expected, Wednesday brought another round of afternoon storms in northern California and the Klamath Basin.  We saw frequent lightning strikes and even measurable rainfall in Klamath Falls and Alturas.  The Rogue Valley stayed mainly dry, with a few lightning strikes reported in south Jackson County near Ashland.

Temperatures were also much warmer than yesterday, depending on location.  Places that saw an afternoon downpour cooled down substantially compared to those that stayed clear and dry.  Highs tomorrow will be back above average, and isolated storms are in the forecast, but they will be much less numerous.  Storms are possible in northern California, as well as along and east of the Cascades tomorrow afternoon.

The best chance for rain and thunder comes Friday, when all locations will see the threat of a thunderstorm.  Another system swinging through the area provides the energy for thunderstorms throughout southern Oregon and northern California.  The weekend looks to shape up nicely, however.  The basin may see a shower Saturday morning, but otherwise will be clearing out through the day.  On Sunday, highs will be back near 100 degrees.

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Chief Meteorologist Kate McKenna