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Thurston’s severe thunderstorms Monday caused no damage,
An upper level low with a record high of 92 contributed!

A lightning flash can be seen over Rainier early Tuesday morning. Credit: Steve Bloom, The Olympian.

Kapow! Severe thunderstorm materialized over Thurston County late Monday. Here’s why

Excerpt from The Olympian via Yahoo! News:

A rare, isolated thunder and lightning storm rattled Thurston County Monday night and early Tuesday, but did not result in any major damage, officials said.

The National Weather Service issued a severe weather alert for the area south of Yelm about 6 p.m. Monday, but the alert lasted only about 20 minutes, said meteorologist Kayla Mazurkiewicz.

However, about 1 a.m. many here were awakened by flashes of light and explosive thunder.

Mazurkiewicz said an upper level low, including moisture, moved over the area and then came into contact with the hot air that settled over the Olympia area on Monday. That hot air caused Olympia to set a new record high for the day at 92 degrees, smashing the old record of 85 degrees set in 1958.

“It’s a great environment for the storms to grow,” she said.


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Posted by Steve on May 16, 2023 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

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