All Weather News

Dry Thunderstorms Forecast Today. Wait, Dry Storms?

2 Jun 2021, 12:00 pm

If you’ve never come across the term, you may be wondering, “What exactly is a dry thunderstorm?” We’re glad you asked (even if you didn’t!) Fortunately I was able to whip up this short, educational video just in time for the article.

Now that we understand dry thunderstorms a little better, let’s discuss when and where we’re expecting them on Thursday, June 3rd.

The Dry Thunderstorm outlook for Fire Weather Thursday, June 3rd ranges from eastern Oregon to extreme southwestern Idaho, western Nevada and California’s Sierra Crest.

The brown shaded area you see here is for ISO DRYT. That stands for Isolated Dry Thunderstorms. Remember, that’s *less than* scattered. Whenever you hear a forecast, scattered will mean more than isolated (example scattered showers versus isolated showers). According to the demonstration above, that means that high-based clouds will develop, some may grow tall/strong enough to produce lightning and thus, dry thunderstorms. While the dry thunderstorm forecast is for parts of California and Oregon, the Desert Southwest is notorious for dry thunderstorms because of the extremely dry climate, mixed with thunderstorms that develop closer to the monsoon season.

Related Article: Monsoon Season 2020: Another Non-Soon Season

In the case of California, Oregon, Nevada, and Idaho Thursday, the fuels are incredibly dry. What we mean by “fuels” is the grass, shrubs, vegetation which have had a severe lack of water after this most-recent dry winter. A lightning strike could spark a blaze if a bolt hits one of these dry spots.

The biggest concern with dry thunderstorms is the development of new wildfires. Much of the West is experiencing drought conditions as well, which will be a story that we stay on top of throughout these warmer months.

For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Steve Glazier

About the author
Summer of 1993, New England Dragway. That's when and where Steve knew he wanted to become a meteorologist. More than 20 years later he is extremely fortunate and blessed to be able to live his childhood dream. As a lover of math and science, Steve had a consistent interest in weather in elementary, middle, and high school before discovering you can major in meteorology. He attended Lyndon State Co... Load Morellege in Vermont where he received a bachelor's in meteorology-broadcasting and associate's in television news. He has worked as a meteorologist and reporter in Winchester, VA, Burlington, VT, and most recently in West Palm Beach, FL. He's recognized by the American Meteorological Society with the Certification of Broadcast Meteorologists.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *