Showers and thunderstorms arriving at daybreak today created an unusual golden glow as the sun’s low-angle rays lit the underside of this morning’s cloud layer over the Spokane region.
Forecasters said the rain and thunder would continue through the commute hours before subsiding later this morning. The line of thunderstorms extended from northern Whitman County northward through Priest Lake and into Canada. Radar images showed that the storms were moving along a narrow band from south to north and moving northeastward at about 10 mph.
Spokane International Airport reported heavy rain and fog at 7 a.m. prior to skies clearing at mid-morning.
Rainfall at the airport was .38 inches of rain, which was one of the heavier amounts reported in the area.
Elsewhere, Felts Field had .19 inches; Coeur d’Alene Airport, .03 inches; and Fairchild Air Force Base, .14 inches. Pullman had only a trace of rain.
The stormy weather was expected to subside by this afternoon and the sun should reappear. A 20 percent chance of isolated thunderstorms continues, however. Highs in the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene areas may reach the middle 70s today. Light south winds are in the forecast. However, higher winds could occur near thunderstorms.
A Pacific frontal system crossed the region this morning, and was expected to be replaced by more summer-like conditions on Friday before another front crosses the region on Saturday. Sunday should be sunny and cooler with highs in the lower 70s as higher air pressure brings a new round of fair weather to the region next week.
The high at the airport on Wednesday was 91, which was 2 degrees shy of the record of 93 for the day.
Warm air remained in place early today. Temperatures at 7 a.m. were 56 at the airport, 61 in Coeur d’Alene, 63 in Sandpoint, 58 in Pullman and 55 at Deer Park.