There has been massive amounts of lightning during the past six hours, literally thousands of strikes throughout the Northwest. Here is a sample of lightning strikes for the 1/2 hrs ending at 9 PM and 4 PM today (Thursday). Massive amounts for our region.
And take a look at the 12h rainfall totals ending at 10 PM (graphic). 1-2 inches in the southern Cascades and 1.61 inch in Shelton, where an intense thunderstorm hit earlier today. The Willamette Valley, hit by strong thunderstorms, had several locations with 1-2 inches. Much more is coming.
The 10 PM radar shows a massive shield of heavy rain (yellow and reds)
It is going to be a wet night. Some urban flooding and power outages have already occurred over SW Washington. The models have done extraordinarily well for this event...in a future blog I will tell you why I think this is so.