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Why So Many Storms?

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TRI-CITIES, Wash. - For quite a few days we've hearing nightly thunder, some loud enough to wake us. There have been numerous lightning shows and heavy rains in some areas have wreaked havoc on roadways and hillsides.

According to the weather experts, it's a classic case of two systems just not getting along.

"We essentially have two pressure systems acting in conjunction," said KNDU weatherman Mike Linden. "They're doing what they normally do, but because of where they're located geographically, for us, we're right in the line of fire."

For days, our region's been hit with a nightly fireworks show put on by Mother Nature, thunder that's so loud it's set off car alarms and rains so heavy many area roads have been shut down.

The National Weather Service does track lightning strikes in the area and activity was so heavy between Ellensburg and Yakima Tuesday, Meteorologist Dennis Hull said there was a strike recorded every 30 to 45 seconds.

"There was a lot of lightning, but it was during the daylight hours so it wasn't quite as brilliant as it would have been if it would have occurred three hours later," said Hull.

Hull said these storms are sticking around longer because of increased moisture in the air, largely attributed to that low pressure system along the coast.

"I have not seen this in the 14 years I have been here," said Hull. "It's not a record amount as far as the humidity is concerned or the amount of moisture in the air but it is unusual in the fact it's lasted so long."

As far as whether or not these unusual storms are due to global warming or something else, the National Weather Service says it's the 'something else.'

As Mike Linden said, it's just an unusual place for those two systems to be sitting, putting our area right in the middle. 

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