Forestry Friday… Storm Clouds Brewing

thunderstorm, lightning, wildfire, forestry

A late afternoon thunderstorm builds over the Trinity Alps.

Billowing thunderclouds built up over the Trinity Alps last Wednesday. It was an ominous teaser of desperately needed rain. Our summer thunderstorms are the double-edged sword of rain and lightning. What will it be, soothing rain for parched earth or forest fires? These storms usually cause more grief than relief. I think we’re caught between a rock and a hard place. It’s not as if we get to choose what we get anyway.

Today the monsoonal moisture has returned. We’re already hearing thunder to the south. It could be an interesting day today.

21 thoughts on “Forestry Friday… Storm Clouds Brewing

    • That’s what I’ve been afraid would happen. Today the build up is over the Northern Sierra and the Modoc Plateau. We’ll be looking over the down strike maps to see what’s going on.

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  1. It’s funny sometimes a whole large region seems to be yearning despareatly for rain. But you’re right, you can’t choose. Hope you get your rain with no lightening.

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  2. We well know that dilemma. In 2003 it was lightning strikes in mountain forests that eventually built up and in adverse weather conditions became a firestorm that killed 4 people and destroyed some 500 houses in our city of Canberra, the national capital of Australia. I never realized, until I experienced it that the reason why fire footage was always looked like it was shot ‘at night’ was that that’s what it looks like inside a firestorm.
    Hope any lightning strikes are washed out by rain.

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