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July 9, 2012 at 6:44 AM

Morning Memo / Monday: Thunderstorms … Missing hiker … Fire season

Weather: Summer has arrived, finally! Well, except for those thunderstorms in the area overnight. Nevertheless, we hit 80 yesterday. What’s more, temperatures are expected to be in the 80s most of the week with clear or mostly clear skies for the next six days. So, flip, flop and enjoy. (One caution though: If you’re thinking of cooling off in the rivers, many are still high, cold and risky for swimming.) The National Weather Service forecast.

Traffic: We’re not sure how much it’s going to help, but in response to commuters and the amount of traffic on the 520 bridge during rush hour, the state Department of Transportation has tweaked the hours when the bridge’s drawspan can be open to marine traffic. New rules: The drawspan can’t be opened from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays. (Old rules, no openings 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays.) The map and cams.

As we mentioned, lightning storms passed over the area, including North and West Seattle early this morning. The lightning, shown here over Wallingford, was eventually followed by rain. (Photo by Genevieve Alvarez / The Seattle Times)

Fire season is upon us: The Washington State Department of Natural Resources says the summer fire season has begun (there are two active fires in Eastern Washington as we speak). While hot, dry weather and the threat of thunderstorms contribute to wildfires, 90 percent of fires last year were caused by people. Watch what you’re doing out there. A good part of Eastern Washington, always hot and dry this time of year, is under a Red Flag Warning.

Missing hiker: Searchers were out in the Green Mountain section of Snoqualmie National Forest yesterday looking for John Wright of University Place. The area is described as treacherous terrain. Wright, who is said to be an experience hiker, was reported missing Friday.

Sounders FC goalkeeper Bryan Meredith stops a shot by Colorado during the first half. (Photo by John Lok / The Seattle Times)

Are the planets aligned or something? There’s this, Sounders snap their winless streak, and this from Saturday, Mariners finally get their bats going, beat Oakland 7-1. Oh, wait, the M’s lost yesterday

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