July 17, 2013 at 6:38 AM
Thunderstorms giving way to sunny skies
Rumbling thunder and more than 100 lightning strikes in Western Washington woke up many Puget Sound area residents in the early hours today, but by 6 a.m., the action was all but over.
Meanwhile, in the Cascade Mountains and Eastern Washington, thousands of lightning strikes overnight and today have forest managers and firefighters warily watching for signs of fires set by the storm.
A chance of thunderstorms in the Puget Sound area remains in the forecast for the next few hours. But as of 6 a.m., Art Gaebel, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said the only active thunderstorm in the area was a small storm cell east of Tacoma.
“When this gets out of our hair, around noon or so, the rest of today shapes up pretty good . . . and all the way through the middle of next week looks pretty nice,” Gaebel said.
The forecast calls for a high of 77 at Seattle-Tacoma today, followed by highs in the 80s Thursday through Tuesday.
A note for trivia buffs: Despite the rain you may have heard last night, or dampness you saw on your sidewalk this morning, the Seattle area’s string of dry days continued – at least through the early hours today.
How so? It’s because the area’s official readings are taken at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, which recorded just a trace of rain before midnight last night, and a trace again this morning as of 8 a.m.
Measurable amounts of rain did fall in numerous locations around the area, including 0.03 inches at the Weather Service’s offices at Sand Point, said Chris Burke, National Weather Service meteorologist. Other spots inside the city reported up to .12 inches of rain.
But SeaTac, with no measurable rain, will mark 20 dry days if that holds through the day, as forecasts indicate.
As dry streaks go, that’s modest. Last summer, SeaTac went 48 days without measurable precipitation, the second-longest dry streak on record there.
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