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July 13, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Thunder, rain, hail and lightning rock Seattle

Many people were caught in an unexpected cloud burst with lots of rain, thunder and lightning as were these visitors to the Pike Place Market at Stewart Street at Pike Place Friday morning. (Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

Rain, hail, thunder and lightning swept across Seattle this morning as part of a weather pattern not often seen in the region.

Along with the thunder and lightning wasa good deal of rain, which came down heavily in some places.

“The thunderstorms contain quick bursts of rainfall and can consist of hail and, of course, lightning,” said Andy Haner, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

“We have had this kind of pattern this time of year, but we see it every three or four years. Certainly, Western Washington is historically one of the most lightning sparse parts of the country. To get this much lightning in one day is rare.”

The weather we saw in Seattle this morning followed thunderstorms last night in the northern Olympic Peninsula and San Juan Islands.

 

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