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July 14, 2014 at 11:30 AM

6,000 lightning bolts start many small Oregon fires

The Associated Press PORTLAND  — Lightning struck Oregon more than 6,000 times Sunday and Monday, touching off small fires by the dozens. Such a barrage can be expected to cause numerous “sleeper” or holdover fires in coming days. Northwest fire spokeswoman Robin DeMario says lightning spread from Oregon’s coast between Tillamook and Newport into a fan shape that…


Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: lightning, Oregon, wildfire

July 13, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Weather a concern in battling Central Wash. wildfires

The next 24 hours could prove crucial for containment of the Mills Canyon fire in Central Washington, which has already burned nearly 22,000 acres. More than 750 firefighters from across the region made solid progress keeping the blaze from populated areas on Saturday, according to U.S. Forest Service Fire Information Service Spokesman Daniel O’Connor. Using hotshot crews,…


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March 30, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Sunday Memo: Thunder & lightning … Kurt Cobain … Sounders lose

Thunder and lightning: A lightning strike during yesterday’s thunderstorm punched a hole in the chapel at Bethany Community Church in the Green Lake neighborhood. Three people were inside but none were injured.  The strike didn’t cause a fire, thank goodness. Speaking of weather, all that rain yesterday helped make March the…


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September 25, 2013 at 6:47 AM

Plane returns to Portland after lightning strike

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…


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September 6, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Lightning-struck motorcyclist discharged from hospital

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…


Comments | More in General news, Health, The Blotter, Traffic & Transit | Topics: Harborview Medical Center, lightning, motorcycle

September 6, 2013 at 7:10 AM

Friday Memo: A nice weekend … Rider zapped … Landline poll

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…


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September 6, 2013 at 6:06 AM

A break from the rain this morning, but showers will continue this afternoon

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…


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July 31, 2013 at 7:32 PM

Scattered thunderstorms visit Northwest

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…


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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…


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