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Severe Storm Chances in the Pacific Northwest

A low pressure off the coast of the Pacific shores continue to bring in some moisture and intensifying jet stream wind to aid the severe weather chances for this afternoon. All areas shaded in the light green could see thunderstorms but the severity increases in the marginal outlined area. The storms could contain small hail and strong wind.


This is where the dry thunderstorm risk becomes a factor in the forecast. The rain may evaporate before it reaches the ground while cloud-to-ground lightning occurs. This could create a wildfire risk throughout Organ.

Storms for fire up during the afternoon and evening hours. Storms look to linger into the overnight hours but the severe threats are minimal overnight.

Temperatures are still forecast to be hot this afternoon so the rain may evaporate in some locations.

Where the storms become more potent, the damaging wind threat picks up along with the small hail potential.

Just enough lift and Pacific moisture has worked in to create the scattered storm threat.

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Chelsea is from Indianapolis, Indiana. Although it may be the Hoosier state, she attended Purdue University and is a diehard Boilermaker fan. She has a BS in atmospheric science and a MS in environmental policy and management with a concentration in energy and sustainability from the University of Denver. Chelsea loves the ever-changing patterns of the atmosphere which led her to participate in ex... Load Moretensive severe weather research for the Red Cross during her undergrad years. Before coming to WeatherNation, Chelsea worked in West Virginia at WSAZ and in West Tennessee at WBBJ where she did it all from reporting to sports but her passion is weather.