Record heat in the west may be followed by dry lightning

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Lightning near Hot Springs, South Dakota, July 23, 2012. Photo by Bill Gabbert.

(UPDATED at 3:46 p.m. MT, June 24, 2015)

Isolated Thunderstorms

Isolated dry thunderstorms (with little or no rain) are predicted for some areas in northeastern California, western Nevada, and central Oregon Friday and into early Saturday morning. Land managers are worried about the possibility of new lightning-caused wildfires.


(Originally published at 9:59 a.m. MT, June 24, 2015)

Forecasters with the National Weather Service have published Special Weather Statements with warnings about extreme heat and lightning predicted for northern California, Oregon, and Washington beginning Thursday and through the weekend.

This interesting period will start with near-record, and record-setting heat on Thursday and Friday with high temperatures of 100 to 112 degrees in the valleys. Thunderstorms will be thrown into the equation starting on Friday, initially with little rainfall, raising the possibility for dry lightning. Later in the weekend there will be more moisture with the storms.


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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

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