Thunderstorm Threat at Maximum

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Official Start of Fire Season for: Lake, Klamath, Josephine and Jackson Counties

Today had the worst threat for thunderstorms this week as instability and heat is building up cells of showers in the region. Activity is confined to the Cascades, Basin and Northern California for tonight. As of 7:00pm Monday, over 200 lightning strikes have been recorded in the region and some up to 10mi from the center of the storm itself. Still a lot of dry air at the surface which increases the chance for dry lightning. This dry lightning exponentially increases the chance to spark wild fires in the region. Other threats expected with these storms are gusty winds (up to 50 mph), marble-sized hail and locally heavy rainfall.

Shower activity should decrease after midnight and just a bit of light cloud coverage is expected overnight. Tomorrow will be much drier across Oregon. Winds will still be a factor at the coast and the marine layer will still be set up and reach as far inland as Roseburg. Models are picking up a few areas of showers to fall in Siskiyou and Modoc Counties Tuesday afternoon so this could bring the possibility of thunderstorms again to Northern California. This round, however, will me much lighter and only last a few hours or so. By Wesnesday, high pressure builds into the region and we expect to see clear sunny skies and warming temperatures through the long term.

Thanks for logging on and have a great day!

Meteorologist Seth Phillips

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Photos Submitted Today:

Herb Kennedy: Towering Cumulus

towering cumulus

Tou Velle Park

Tou Velle Park

Bill Lewis: Thunderheads Near Applegate Lake

Applegate Lake

Jamey Fisher: Clouds over the Siskiyous