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Did You See Lightning Last Night?

Lightning strikes were reported throughout the Bay Area Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, including in San Mateo County.

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 Wednesday 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.

On Wednesday, isolated thunderstorms were possible throughout the Bay Area, including in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties, Henderson said.

-- Bay City News

 

Did you see lightning in San Mateo or Foster City? If you captured a picture, upload to our album on Patch.

Even if you didn't get a picture, tell us in the comments where and when you saw lightning!

SpeedR510 October 11, 2012 at 12:36 AM
I saw the lightning in san leandro @ 3a.
Nancy Harmon October 11, 2012 at 03:16 PM
No, didn't see them but LOVED hearing the big rumblers all around and then listening to the brief rainfall...what is it about a thunderstorm that makes sleeping so much better, anyway? Any one out there who can explain if thunder and lightening have an aftereffect on the atmosphere? Or maybe it's just relaxing to me because it reminds me of all the great storms we had when I was growing up in NC...

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