Round Two of Lightning Hits Tonight

Tuesday is the last chance this week to photograph lightning.

(Courtesy photo)

Grab an umbrella and cover your dog’s ears — the National Weather Service is forecasting another lightning storm across the Bay Area Tuesday night.

On Monday, the Bay Area saw around 1,200 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes and about 7,000 total flashes of lightning, according to Weather Service officials. California saw 6,700 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes.

Lightning nearly struck a San Francisco International Airport worker around 9:30 p.m. Monday as well, Bay City News reports. It is also suspected to cause seven fires in an area operated by the Cal Fire San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit.

Around 2 p.m., Weather Service officials spotted lightning storms developing in the Napa Valley region and said scattered storms across the Bay Area could last until around midnight.

A low-pressure system off the coast is to blame for the moisture moving inland, which combined with heat peaking in the evening to cause lightning strikes. Since the storms are scattered across the region, San Franciscans could see bolts of lightning outside their front door or in the distance, Weather Service officials say.


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