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162 lighting strikes reported in Jackson County

In a span of 24 hours, Southern Oregon and Northern California saw more than 800 lightning strikes while the Medford area saw more than an inch of rain.

A severe thunderstorm system brought 883 lighting strikes across Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, Douglas, Coos, Lake, Siskiyou and Modoc counties between early Friday evening and late Saturday afternoon, according to meteorologist Sven Nelaimischkies of the National Weather Service in Medford.

Jackson County saw the bulk of its 162 lighting strikes late Saturday morning and into the afternoon, according to Nelaimischkies.

“Luckily it was all very wet,” Nelaimischkies said shortly before 5 p.m. Friday. “We have close to 1.2 inches of rain at the airport in Medford so far.”

Josephine County saw 69 strikes, most of which occurred early Saturday morning. Douglas got 155 strikes.

“Siskiyou got the most with 278 strikes,” Nelaimischkies said.

The storm system will clear out starting Sunday, and warmer and dryer weather is expected next week. Sunday's forecast calls for a high of 75, which will gradually increase into the mid-80s by Wednesday.

“We’re expecting warmer and dry up until possibly next weekend,” Nelaimischkies said.

Cooler temperatures are expected by the end of next week. Highs in the upper 60s are possible by next weekend.

“It will give us a break, but the amount of time before things start to really dry out probably won’t be really long,” Nelaimischkies said.

Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTCrimeBeat.

Lightning bolts light up the sky over Medford, Ore. Friday night, May 27, 2005 causing scattered power outages and showers of rain and hail. Mail Tribune file photo.