A Wet Surprise for the South Bay

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Some Bay Area residents were startled when an unusual weather system brought lightning and thunder to the region overnight.

There were reports of lightning strikes in a number of areas Tuesday night and early this morning, including off the coast of Pacifica and at San Francisco International Airport, according to the National Weather Service.

The lightning strikes in the Pacifica area were ongoing for more than half an hour beginning around 2 a.m., National Weather Service forecaster Diana Henderson said. "Lightning and thunder doesn't happen often in the Bay Area," Henderson said.

However, she added, "It was short-lived." There were light rain showers near SFO overnight, an airport duty manager said. No flights were affected, he said. It was the first time since June 4 that rainfall has been recorded at the airport, the weather service said on its Facebook page this morning.

Around 10 p.m. in Mountain View, the weather service received reports of light rainfall at Moffett Field. Today, isolated thunderstorms are possible throughout the Bay Area, including in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties, Henderson said.

--Bay City News Service

Bethany Curran October 10, 2012 at 04:51 AM
Loved that random (although short) rain shower! I always tell people that we only have 2 seasons around here: Raining and Not Raining :)
Mayra Flores de Marcotte October 10, 2012 at 04:55 AM
I love that! It's still raining in San Jose right now. Pretty crazy stuff. I didn't see anything on my weather app today about possible rain. But it does sound great outside your window ;)
Bethany Curran October 10, 2012 at 06:10 AM
Well, I'm a Midwest girl so there's nothing better than a good night time rainstorm! I must say I really miss the thunder though. That is a rare thing around here, but I guess it makes me appreciate it that much more. The weather report (and my phone app as well) didn't say anything about rain, so it was a welcome surprise.
Deb R October 10, 2012 at 09:11 PM
That was fun! Of course, I had my car washed on Sunday, but, no matter ;) And Thunder is always a bonus!


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