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September 25, 2013 at 6:47 AM
PORTLAND (AP) — Lightning struck a Spokane-bound Alaska Airlines flight Tuesday evening, soon after leaving Portland International Airport.
Spokeswoman Nancy Trott told The Oregonian the turboprop continued to function normally but returned to Portland as a precaution.
The plane’s 66 passengers and four crew members got on another plane and left for Spokane about an hour later.
September 6, 2013 at 1:43 PM
A Tenino motorcyclist who was struck by lightning on Interstate 5 during a rainstorm Thursday morning was released from Harborview Medical Center today, hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg says.
The 59-year-old man, who has not been identified, was riding along the freeway near Chehalis when he was hit by the bolt of lightning.
Martin Zapalac and his wife were driving behind the motorcyclist and saw the lightning strike. Zapalac said that they saw the man drive onto the shoulder and collapse. When the motorcyclist pulled off his helmet, the hair on the right side of his head was singed and his ear appeared blackened.
The motorcyclist was in the intensive-care unit at the Seattle trauma center this morning, Gregg said.
September 6, 2013 at 7:10 AM
Hey, did you notice there was thunder and lightning last night? Ha! Some of the lightning was spectacular. It’s going to rain again this afternoon, but lightly, say forecasters, but things are going to get better tomorrow, as in partly sunny. Really. Sunday, too. The temperature tomorrow could hit 73 and on Sunday it could go to 76. Thank goodness.
How about the motorcyclist who survived the lightning strike? What a story. We’d love to have a talk with him, although he apparently doesn’t remember what happened.
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September 6, 2013 at 6:06 AM
After all the rain and lightning overnight, the Seattle area will dry out for a few hours, according to the National Weather Service.
“We’re kind of in a little break here in the metro area, but there’s another batch coming down from the north. The amount of rain this afternoon is not going to cause any problems,” said meterologist Dana Felton.
Felton said that light showers will continue tomorrow. A stretch of warm weather will kick off Sunday, with temperatures in the Seattle building into the low-80s by the middle of next week.
At Sea-Tac, 1.73 inches of rain fell between 5 a.m Thursday and 5 a.m. Friday – breaking the record of 1.5 inches, Felton said.
KING5 is reporting that a street buckled in Burien at South 96th Street and Eighth Avenue South. The street sank about six feet and the hole was about 30 feet long and 12 feet wide.
Tomorrow, we’re looking at just a 30 percent chance of showers and then some sun later in the day and a high of 73 degrees.
Sunday looks even better: mostly sunny and a high of 76.
July 31, 2013 at 7:32 PM
Washington state residents east of Interstate 5 are seeing thunderstorms tonight as a “vigorous weather disturbance” works north up the Cascades, according to the National Weather Service.
“There is an upper-level low off the coast of Washington that is causing some instability in the atmosphere over Western Washington,” said meteorologist Chris Burke, with the weather service in Seattle.
There is also a Red Flag Warning issued until 11 p.m. Wednesday, meaning scattered thunderstorms and dry conditions could lead a fire, if sparked, to rapidly spread.
Forecasters call July 2013 one of the driest on record for Western Washington, with only trace amounts of precipitation recorded at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and other locations.
Summer thunderstorms are infrequent in the Seattle area, although there are a few every year.
“This is our day,” Burke said. The weather should dry out after sunset Wednesday.
This is the region’s second bout of thunderstorms since July 17, he said.
Few thunderstorms are forecast after this week. The Cascades and Puget Sound lowlands can expect thunderstorms Thursday afternoon and evening. There is a chance of thunderstorms in the north and central Cascades on Friday afternoon and evening.
July 17, 2013 at 6:38 AM
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.
July 13, 2012 at 1:23 PM
KING5: A bald eagle was killed this morning near Lake Stevens when a tree it was sitting in was destroyed by lightning.
It was the TV station’s own photographer who discovered the bird in the tree’s debris.
July 13, 2012 at 12:00 PM
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.
July 9, 2012 at 7:02 AM
The Associated Press
YAKIMA — A thunderstorm that rolled into Washington state on Sunday has left two burnt houses in the Yakima Valley.
The Yakima Herald-Republic reports that firefighters say lightning caused two house fires in Selah.
Strong winds also downed power lines, caused pole fires and power outages in the Yakima Valley where temperatures reached 104 degrees on Sunday, breaking a high of 100 degrees recorded in 1985.
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