Wednesday, May 30, 2012

First Big Lightning Day

The thunder season has gotten off to an early, but otherwise slow start. Up until Tuesday, there had not yet been a day with even 100 strikes state-wide. That changed big-time Tuesday as a strong trough aloft touched off more than 700 strikes, most of them in an arc from Old Crow, YT southwest to the Nulato Hills. The trough passed through Fairbanks-land mid-AM, too early to touch off thunder. There were very few early afternoon in the uplands north of the Steese Highway. This is the latest date for the first 100 strike day since 2001.

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