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At great distances, the sound of thunder is dampened, so that sometimes you only see a silent, reflected flash of lightning a long distance away.
With a few chances for spotty rain showers
From the column: "The intention here is not to minimize the seriousness of straight-line windstorms but to put them into perspective. They are not unprecedented, as is often suggested in the news media."
July 5 is a day with more air pollution than a normal day in July.

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Expect plenty of sunshine Saturday with very light winds all day.
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"Growing Together" columnist Don Kinzler says measures taken on a hot, windy day can save plant lives.
Hail forms in the updraft region of a strong thunderstorm.
Expect a dry and sunny day ahead with highs reaching into the mid-70s.

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