The worst is over now and lightning has ceased over the region....but precipitation is not over as bands of light to moderate rain circle around the low center position over central Washington.
First, the latest (7:34 AM) radar images shows modest precipitation bands over western Washington, with the heaviest amounts over the sodden SW portion of the state. Actually dry in Seattle and in much of eastern WA.
Seattle Rainwatch also documented the storm over central Puget Sound, with 1-2 inches over the city and far higher amounts south of Tacoma. Olympia and eastward got 3-5 inches.
This event was an extraordinary success for weather modeling technology and particularly for the NOAA High Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR) system, which provided extraordinarily useful 0-15 hr predictions. A frustration for many of us is that HRRR is not operational or always available because of lack of computer power in the National Weather Service. Hopefully, when the big new computer becomes available in a year things will change.
Announcement: My Public Lecture Series on NW Weather
I am giving a five-lecture evening short course: "Reading the Northwest Sky: Understanding Our Weather and Climate"
October 1, October 22, November 5, November 26, December 3
Kane Hall: University of Washington
Co-Presented by University of Washington Alumni Association and Seattle Public Lectures.
If anyone is interested, more information here.