Weather Eye: Thunderstorms around region shake up lazy days of summer

By Patrick Timm, Columbian weather columnist

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At 5 p.m. Saturday as I write this column, there are some pretty dark looking clouds with lightning and thunder west of Portland heading to Clark County. A large thunderstorm was hitting Salem at that hour and we were expected to have a chance of thunderstorms all night into early this morning.

The upper-level low that had been parked all week above California is moving northward and will be in Western Washington later today. Then our risk of rain and thunderstorms will diminish. The upcoming week looks very nice with some morning clouds and highs bouncing from the upper 70s to the mid-80s. Nice.

Many locations in Clark County reported thunder and lightning late Friday night into early Saturday morning, mainly Amboy, Yacolt and Battle Ground. I had a brief shower around midnight Friday but nothing measurable.

The thunderstorms that moved through Oregon and Washington also brought large hail and heavy rain, between one-half inch and one inch, mainly over the Cascades. A funnel cloud was observed Friday in Oregon.

Seattle had a brilliant display of lightning Friday night while our skies remained rather dark. Outflow winds from some storms were reported as high as 40 to 60 mph.

I had a late dinner at a restaurant on upper Main Street and sitting outside eating the air was very calm, almost eerie. Strange shades of light in the clouds and some impressive mammatus clouds, too.

Saturday around 5 p.m., the air was still and humid — you could almost cut it with a knife.

Although it felt warmer, Vancouver's high temperature Saturday was just shy of the 80-degree mark at 79. That was representative of Western Oregon and Washington while Eastern Washington was in the low to mid-90s for the most part.

Enjoy your week and take in all you can while summer is still with us!

Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com.