A storm that originated on B.C.’s coast, tore its way through many Interior communities and sent more than 10,000 bolts of lightning streaking to the ground.
The summer storm barrelled across the region during the evening of Tuesday, Sept. 3, with many photos of the lightning strikes taken between 7 and 9 p.m.
Bobby Sekhon, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, said the initial lightning strikes in the Southern Interior started when the system moved off the Coast Mountains.
“Basically the case was an upper low moving through from the Coast all the way into the Interior then off into Alberta,” Sekhon said. “Basically it shot off thunderstorms along its path, especially off of the terrain.”
Kamloops experienced wind gusts of up to 70 km/h and there were approximately 1,200 lightning strikes between Kamloops and Salmon Arm. One strike is suspected to be the cause of at least one spot fire near Enderby. Sekhon said there were reports of about 13 millimetres of rainfall in two hours in Sicamous and about six millimetres in Kamloops.
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Sekhon suspects these types of high-energy storms will be less frequent as the year goes on.
“During the summer we will see these systems move through and there’s lots of heat and energy and instability but as we get into September things will settle down a bit.”
Despite the ferocity displayed across the skies, summer weather is still on the horizon for the rest of the week.
On Wednesday, Sept. 4, Salmon Arm is expected to reach a high of 26 C, on Thursday 29 C with Friday into the 30 C range. The sunny weather maintains itself through the early part of the weekend but into Saturday night clouds are expected to roll in again.