Yesterday and into last night, we saw thunderstorms in northern California and the Klamath Basin, extending up into Douglas County as the night progressed. In fact, the National Weather Service reported 1,500 lightning strikes Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.
This afternoon, it was this same area that saw another round of thunder and lightning. Some thunderstorms were even severe, with warnings issued for storms capable of producing hail one inch in diameter for Siskiyou and Klamath counties. Lightning strikes with these storms have been frequent, but that is not part of the criteria for a severe thunderstorm warning. In order for the National Weather Service to issue a severe thunderstorm warning, the storm must produce one-inch hail and/or winds in excess of 58 mph. Although the thunderstorm risk continues for tonight, by Thursday we will be dry with mostly sunny skies.
The hot, dry weather continues for the next several days. Another strong high pressure ridge builds in towards the end of the weekend and start of next week, allowing temperatures to climb near the century mark. We could be close to breaking records once again by Monday.
Chief Meteorologist Kate McKenna