August 11, 2022

Monsoon Thunderstorms Across the Region

The movement of moist, unstable Southwest Monsoon air into the Northwest did not disappoint: as shown by the 24h lightning map ending 1 AM this morning, many hundreds of lightning strokes were observed over the region.

There were several bands of thunderstorms and lightning.  One was along the coast and another moved up eastern Oregon and really hit hard around Walla Walla and far SE Washington.   A narrow band of boomers crossed Tacoma into Vashon Island.

The monsoon moisture plume...directed from the desert southwest..was evident in the water vapor satellite image from yesterday morning (5 AM Wednesday)

The dew points...a good measure of atmospheric water vapor content--were very high over eastern Washington, getting up into the mid-60s in portions of eastern WA, eastern Oregon, and Idaho (see below for noon on Wednesday).  That's unusually high for the normally dry region. 

Today the moisture plume has slowly shifted eastward (see satellite image from tonight).

As a result, the only thunderstorms this afternoon in our area were located over the far eastern side of Washington and Oregon (see radar image from tonight).   Some of them had heavy rain or hail (red colors).

According to the latest model run, the monsoon moisture and associated thunderstorms will move even farther eastward tomorrow, with the forecast for 5 PM Friday showing the thunderstorms over Idaho and eastern Monday (see below)

A dry weekend is ahead with warming temperatures!

1 comment:

  1. Many of those Monsoonal T - storms have been the cause of numerous fires in Oregon, specifically around the southern portions of the state. Still so far a normal fire season, but the real verdict will come later in September.


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