This afternoon we had about as strong of a lightning storm as I've seen in the twenty years that we've been here. The weather was coming from the SE, which is somewhat unusual, and it may be that we saw what Eastern Oregon [the other side of the mountains] normally sees. I'm not sure what time the lightning started, but it ran almost continuously for quite long time; I would say at least an hour of intense activity. I was trying to conference call but couldn't hear the conversation at times because of the non-stop noise. :grumpy: I saw where a kid was hit by lightning in Portland. Apparently he will be okay but was in serious condition. They are saying that Portland has had at least several hundred strikes.