Thunderstorms May Come to the Bay Area Sunday, With Chances of Dry Lightning

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Thunderstorms with chances of adust lightning mightiness marque their mode to the Bay Area connected Sunday and Monday, according to the National Weather Service. 

As mid-level moisture makes its mode crossed the Central Coast and Bay Area, upper-level disturbance from British Columbia volition origin a lobe of vigor to deed the portion from the northwest, the upwind work said Thursday. This mightiness bring thunderstorms and chances of adust lightning. 

The chances of adust lightning are low, but it tin beryllium a interest for starting wildfires if it strikes adjacent adust brushwood passim the region. The upwind work does not expect that the conditions volition bring astir a occurrence akin to the Lightning Complex fires that struck the Bay Area successful August 2020.

This imagery gives an thought of the sum and absorption of the elevated moisture Sunday afternoon.

The moisture is expected to rotate successful from the SE implicit Big Sur and rotate retired to the NE implicit the San Francisco Bay Area done the event, perchance impacting a broader area.

— NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) July 15, 2021

The 2 events should not beryllium compared successful presumption of expected impacts.

Monsoonal surges specified astatine the 1 forecast for this play are cyclical 2-3yr events, portion the 2020 lawsuit was a unsocial acceptable of circumstances.

— NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) July 16, 2021

It is besides worthy noting that the 2020 lightning lawsuit was preceded by an highly blistery and adust aerial wide that acceptable the signifier for assertive wildfire behavior.

This event, the seashore has been seeing regular overnight drizzle and we are forecasting beneath mean temperatures for most

— NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) July 16, 2021

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