Colorado Lightning Strikes Kill 2

(CNN) – Lightning strikes killed two people in two days in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, said Kyle Patterson, public information officer at the park. Both strikes hit the people on trails off Trail Ridge Road at elevations of 10,829 and 11,400 feet, Patterson said. On Saturday afternoon, lightning hit four people near Rainbow Curve … Continue reading »

Thunderstorm Threat Increases

WEATHER DISCUSSION The pattern seems to be continuing with the mild overnight temperatures before transitioning to hot afternoon temperatures. Today is set up almost exactly like yesterday, and the day before. However, there is one key difference. A low pressure system sitting off the coast of Northern California is pushing in moisture out of the … Continue reading »

Lightning Hits Tree in Philomath

PHILOMATH, Ore. — A Philomath family had a frightening front row seat for a lightning strike that hit a tree in their yard. The Kersts say they were on the front porch watching the storm and counting the time between lightning flashes and thunder. At one point there was no delay. Then they heard a … Continue reading »

Lightning Kills Oregon Man

MADRAS, Ore. – Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a medical emergency on Highway 97 Sunday afternoon. Deputies say Connie Hemenway, 49, and Bret Hemenway, 50, both of Madras, were on a two-day motorcycle ride and were returning home when they got caught in a thunderstorm. Investigators say the pair stopped at the rest area … Continue reading »

Summer Storms Spark Wildfires

EUGENE, Ore. – Summer storms sparked new wildfires across Oregon Tuesday and Wednesday. From 8 a.m. Tuesday to 8 a.m. Wednesday there were 862 lightning strikes in Oregon, most in northeast corner of the state. Firefighters were dispatched to 16 potential fires in northeast Oregon. Fires are often not found and reported within the first … Continue reading »