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Lightning is the primary cause of fire in the forested regions of the Pacific Northwest, especially when it occurs without significant precipitation at the surface. Using thunderstorm occurrence and precipitation observations for the period 1948-77, along with automated lightning strike data for the period 1986-96, it was possible to classify convective days as either "dry" or "wet" for several stations in the Pacific Northwest. Based on the classification, a discriminant analysis was performeddoi:10.1175/1520-0450(1999)038<1565:colawf>2.0.co;2 fatcat:bkelvj3ejnfglbg7hnnoupfxru