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By Genevieve Shuey

Friday's storm a freak of nature


August 14, 2019


WHERE ARE THE CATS AND DOGS?: A highly unusual summer storm hit the area Friday. Some spots saw 6,000 lightning strikes accompanied by monsoon rains, literally, brought up from Arizona.

Friday night Goldendale was transported to the desert Southwest.

The violent storm that hit Goldendale Friday night produced an estimated four to six thousand lightning strikes-the sky was alive and the ground shook from powerful thunder. There was heavy rain and even hail. It is estimated the area got up to 3 inches of rain.

Marilyn Lohmann, a hydrologist for the National Weather Service in Pendleton, said that August's weather is unusually wet for the Pacific Northwest, but only the fourth wettest August on record-so far.

The storm was caused by a low-pressure system pushing in off the coast of Oregon. Lohmann says, "Monsoon moisture was transported into the area from the southwest Unit...

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