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...STRONG THUNDERSTORMS EXPECTED OVER THE CASCADES AND FOOTHILLS WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING... Thunderstorms are expected to develop over the Oregon Cascades Wednesday afternoon and then spread into the South Washington Foothills and Cascades later in the afternoon and evening. These storms will produce frequent lightning and localized heavy downpours which could exceed one inch in spots. The storms may also produce large hail and strong gusty winds. If you are in an area affected by last summer`s fires you should monitor weather conditions, forecasts and potential warnings closely. Those planning travel or recreation to the Cascades or Foothills should be prepared for bad weather and thunderstorm hazards.
ABOVE - Cloud to ground Lightning Strikes for 6/17/18 - Cascades OR/s.WA
I posted this because many of the areas that received lightning yesterday, are in very dense forests that smoldering holdover fires can hide undetcted. These holdover fires have the potential to explode a month or two from now. More lightning is in the forecast for these areas as well. Recent lightning data can be found using this great website (or click on the picture above): Lightningmaps.org
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