Lightning and rain in the Northwest, Red Flag Warning in five states

lightning precipitation August 9
Lightning and precipitation for the 24-hour period ending at 6 a.m. MDT August 10, 2019. Scroll down to see a map showing precipitation for the 48-hour period ending at 5:15 a.m. PDT August 10, 2019.

Thunderstorms were prevalent in the Northwest United States on Friday with many areas receiving rain ranging from a trace to about half an inch in some locations in Northwest California and Southwest Oregon.

Thunderstorms apparently affected the route of Air Tanker 911, a DC-10, as it ferried from Moses Lake, Washington to Sacramento McClellan Friday night, lengthening the planned 600-mile flight to 749 miles.

Tanker 911 MWH to MCC
During a ferry flight from Moses Lake, Washington to Sacramento McClellan, Air Tanker 911, a DC-10, apparently had to divert around thunderstorms in Oregon, increasing the planned 600-mile flight to 749 miles, arriving at MCC at 9:27 p.m. PDT August 9, 2019. Flightaware map.
precipitation 48 hours August 10, 2019
Precipitation during the 48-hour period ending at 5:15 a.m. PDT August 10, 2019.

Some rain will continue on Saturday across Washington, Montana, and Northern Idaho.

Precipitation forecast Northwest US
Precipitation forecast for the Northwest US at 11 a.m. PDT August 10, 2019.

The threat of thunderstorms, lightning, gusty winds, or dry fuels have triggered Red Flag Warnings across six states

Red Flag Warnings
Red Flag Warnings in effect at 5 a.m. PDT August 10, 2019. Red Flag Warnings can be modified throughout the day as NWS offices around the country update and their forecasts.

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. Google+

3 thoughts on “Lightning and rain in the Northwest, Red Flag Warning in five states”

  1. Did a quick inspection of forest near the house.

    top leaves wet, sand/gravel/clay underneath, dry as could be.

    Took a poll in the Locker room at the Y, among Oregon Old-timers.

    3 days of sun for top leaf surface to return to previous dry condition, was the consensus.

    In any case it was super welcome. Though if you live in rural Oregon waking up to the sound of rain with the thought, “OH NO, I forgot to put a tarp over that” seems to be a fairly common occurrence.

  2. Hey there, I work as a wildfire fighter in British Columbia. I was wondering what a “red flag warning is” and what warrants one? Here in BC we don’t have these warnings as far as I am aware.

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