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by Chris Scragg
Puget Sound Weather Geek
For the last few days, thunderstorms have dotted western Washington; stunning photographers, weather enthusiasts, and commuters. Lightning, heavy rain, and a blanket of hail struck the I-5 corridor on Tuesday (3-31) and Wednesday (4-1).
These storms were fueled by an upper level system that contained very cold air in the upper atmosphere. The storms were then sparked by a convergence zone that developed on each day.
Most weather enthusiasts will recognize the tortuous dilemma: you’re stuck in one place, while exciting weather occurs in another, then you go to where the weather is, and it switches place with where you just were! I’ve been in Phoenix, AZ while following the recent storms in Washington.
This morning (April 3rd), a strong frontal system brought heavy rain onshore. The air mass associated with this system will have the potential to produce a couple thunderstorms.
The unstable atmosphere this afternoon combined with the likely development of a convergence zone will spark storms around Seattle and Everett.
Strong showers with the possibility of thunder mixed with sun breaks will continue to dominate the forecast through the weekend. Showers will continue into Monday, but a break in the rain is expected by the middle of next week.
I’ll be returning to Seattle on Saturday, and I’ll be able to update on the weather more frequently for the weekend! Stay tuned!
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