Oh, how a well-timed thunderstorm can save the day.
Like the rest of Puget Sound, Mount Rainier has been feeling the heat. At noon on Wednesday, the temperature reached 80 degrees at Paradise – that’s at 5,400 feet of elevation.
That’s when a thunderstorm rolled in.
The .12 inches of rain that fell in about two hours helped drop the temperature 15 degrees in the same span. It only warmed back up to 70 by 6 p.m.
But lightning caused some issues, including a strike that damaged some of the phone and electrical systems at the Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center. Park staff were still assessing the damage this morning.