Thunderstorm Threat Continues

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**Update** The Red Flag Warning for east Siskiyou county has been cancelled due to the rain we saw overnight wetting the dry fuels.

The cut-off low pressure off the coast of California will continue to usher in the chance for showers this morning but they will become more isolated through the morning and early afternoon. Chance for thunderstorms again returns late this afternoon and evening and storms can produce heavy rain, gusty winds and abundant lightning. The National Weather Service has continued the Red Flag Warning for east Siskiyou county until 11 tonight for lightning with dry fuels. This morning ODF is going to Mt. Baldy to determine if any lightning strikes started fires overnight, and in Siskiyou county officials are going to evaluate fuels after all the rain overnight, this may determine if the Red Flag Warning is cancelled or continued today.

The best chance for thunderstorms will be along and east of the Cascades as the low pressure starts to shift further in that direction. While thunderstorms can produce heavy rain, it is often short-lived, and that’s what we saw yesterday because rain totals across the area were small from .01″ to 1.32″, this little rain is not going to help us with pushing off the start to fire season. Remember that lightning can strike up to 10 miles from rainfall, so even if there is a heavy downpour in a thunderstorm lightning can still spark a fire outside of the rainfall.

Thunderstorm potential will be diminishing over the next several days but will be present on the east side until tomorrow, and northern California until Thursday, then we get a break with more sunshine and substantially warmer temperatures at weeks end. This is short-lived as a cold front will bring rain and breezy conditions Sunday.