Lightning, rain, and Red Flag Warnings in parts of California

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Lightning during the 24-hour period ending at 7 a.m. PDT August 24, 2020. The yellow strikes are the most recent.

So far the thunderstorms that Californians were worried about that could ignite even more wildfires did not have much effect in the Bay Area overnight. But lightning strikes were detected in the Sierras along with rain — none, or less than 0.05 inch generally, but some locations received more, as is the nature of thunderstorms.

In the Bay Area there is still a chance of thunderstorms Monday morning, with decreasing chances in the afternoon.

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Precipitation during the 24-hour period ending at 7 a.m. PDT August 24, 2020.
Red Flag Warnings for August 24, 2020 fire
Red Flag Warnings for August 24, 2020.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

6 thoughts on “Lightning, rain, and Red Flag Warnings in parts of California”

  1. Dena Vu to Aygust 29, 1987: lightning strikes from Sonora to Roseburg, Oregon. Remember the Silver and Hog fires?

  2. We’re seeing some solid lightning strikes from some of the T-cells moving through our four corners region today. The smoke is a big health concern for us now compared to a couple days ago. Probably because of the big burn out operations going on with the northern flanks of the Medio Fire just 5 miles north of the Santa Fe ski Basin.
    Our normal monsoon season pattern has fizzled out completely for the second season in a row.
    I sure hope that turns around soon, but we’re running out of time with that hope. They (monsoons) are usually finished by early to mid September.
    I’ve never seen a month of August be as hot and as dry as this one has been here in the southern Rockies.
    With the bulk of the country’s Interagency fire aviation resources already committed to large wildfires in California, we are certainly worried about any new fire starts in the forests around us.
    We just might not have an adequate initial attack from the air if we do see some fire from these lightning strikes and consequently we could have a large destructive fire on our hands here easily.
    All eyes turn to Northern California now, as the most significant wildfire event that I have ever seen or heard of, is still playing out in those steep rugged populated lower ranges.
    The damage to the ancient forest redwoods is already just so vast and incredible, I’m afraid.

    1. Hi Jamie it was reported that the Redwoods actually survived the fire as crazy as that sounds. The Redwoods are very strong, and robust and as they have reported and is well known these trees with as long as they have been around, they have scars from previous fires and some being 2000 years old, that’s the best part even when they fall, they provide the ground with seeds to regrow new Redwoods. They truly are amazing.

  3. This was in south Reno around 5:00 am Monday morning. A huge thunderbolt struck right over my house in Wyndgate Village and it was so strong we thought it was an earthquake. We got .26” of rain through out the night. Very scary, seemed to hit all the roofs of people I have talked to in south Reno.


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