Friday, August 7, 2009
Freak Summer Storms Rock Idaho
Boise--A series of thundershowers rocked the Treasure Valley Thursday - with heavy rain, lightning and high wind. The storm are coming from the south with a low pressure system expected to move across the state later today. The National Weather Service issued severe thunderstorm Warnings and a Flash Flood Warning that will extend into the weekend across much of Idaho.
The storms come right in the middle of wheat harvest across Idaho, storm damage assesments are still pending but many combines were standing idle in fields across Canyon, Ada, and Gem counties. In Boise storm drains flooded streets and a tornado warning was issued for Custer County in Central Idaho.
"It seemed like it came in all of a sudden. It was pretty quiet, and then it changed. There's some pretty gnarly lookin' clouds out there," Stanley resident Sarah Nedeau told KTVB.
The storms come after two weeks of 100-degree heat, the high temperature forecast for Friday is expected to hit the 67 degrees. 35-degrees cooler than Tuesday.
KTVB Meteorologist Larry Gebert says more showers and thunderstorms are possible into Saturday. "A fall-like weather pattern is moving in, and will bring much cooler temperatures over the area tomorrow," he said.
Boise set a daily rainfall record for August 6th - with more than .87 inches of moisture in the rain gauge at the Boise Airport. The old record of .14 inches was set in 1974.
At the Jefferson County Fair in Rigby its fair time and all the action on this day is in the livestock barn.