Thunderstorms light up the Seattle skyline

Thunderstorms light up the Seattle skyline »Play Video
A lightning bolt strikes the top of the Space Needle during a thunderstorm May 19, 2009.
SEATTLE -- There are Convergence Zones, and then there are CONVERGENCE ZONES!

The one Tuesday night was definitely the all-caps version.

A very strong Puget Sound Convergence Zone fired up just before 7 p.m. and brought a raging thunderstorm to the greater Seattle Metro area.

Our tower camera caught several lightning strikes over the city, blowing transformers in some neighborhoods and knocking out power to 350 people. The neighborhood of Laurelhurst appeared to be the hardest hit, and Seattle City Light called in extra crews to repair the transformers.

The storms also brought small hail and heavy rain. Boeing Field reported 0.21" of rain in 11 minutes, and 0.32" in one hour.

The zone moved off into the Cascade foothills and showers tapered off elsewhere.

Wednesday will begin gray with a few spots of drizzle or mist, but we should gradually burn away to at least some sunbreaks by the afternoon -- possibly even full partly sunny status. Highs should climb to near 60.

Sunshine then returns in full force for the end of the week and next weekend -- we shouldn't even have to worry about sentence-case Convergence Zones.