August 18, 2012

Escaping the Lightning Bullet

The convective band is now passing through the region, and the strongest thunderstorms and most of the lightning passed offshore.  Little lightning over the Cascades and thus only a minor threat of lightning induced fires...some good news for those dealing with wildfires.

Here is a recent can see where the showers are:

The next issue will be the return of the northwesterly winds to Cle-Elum/Ellensburg.  Take a look at the 4/3 km high resolution UW forecasts for tomorrow AM and tomorrow night.  These are sustained winds..not gusts. The last figure is for 8 PM Sunday night...and the winds will be really cranking by then, with sustained winds of 20 knots in places.

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Extraordinary Halos over the Region Tuesday Night

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