There has been a great deal of lightning in the western U.S. in the last 48 hours.
Below is the precipitation recorded over the last 48 hours.
It will be interesting to see how many wildfires are ignited.
Red Flag Warnings issued Thursday for areas in Oregon, Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado
Moderate amounts of lightning occurred Wednesday in Southern Oregon, Northern California and Central Nevada, while larger numbers of strikes were detected in New Mexico and Arizona. Most areas where the lightning occurred in Oregon, California, and Nevada received light rain but many locations in Arizona and New Mexico saw heavier precipitation along with the lightning.
Here is a summary from the Northwest Geographic Area Coordination Center issued Thursday at 6:57 a.m. PDT:
Thunderstorms moved north across the Pacific Northwest spreading moderate lightning from the California border to the Puget Sound. Pockets of lightning occurred in South Central Oregon, the Oregon and southern Washington Cascades, and Western Oregon and southwest Washington, with scattered light precipitation. Isolated lightning strikes in Eastern Washington and Northeast Oregon. Light initial attack occurred with the largest fire reported in Central Washington for approximately 100 acres.
Thunderstorms spark at least 8 new fires in @DesNatlForest today. @CentralORFire Largest: Tumalo Creek Fire @ 5 acres. Firefighters on scene, 4 planes working. All other fires are <1 acre. More lightning expected tonight & tomorrow. #LiveOnK2 pic.twitter.com/2DXzbUxgkV
— Chris Liedle (@chrisliedle) August 29, 2019
Dry lightning is in the forecast for most of Utah Thursday, resulting in Red Flag Warnings.
(Red Flag Warnings can be modified throughout the day as NWS offices around the country update and revise their weather forecasts.)
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.
Some rain will continue on Saturday across Washington, Montana, and Northern Idaho.
The threat of thunderstorms, lightning, gusty winds, or dry fuels have triggered Red Flag Warnings across six states