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San Francisco Lightning Show

Sidney Drabkin

Posted on September 13, 2017 06:33

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Many strikes hit the San Francisco Bay Area and started several wildfires.

On Monday night, September 11,2017, I went outside and sat on my porch, opened my kindle, and started to read a story about Thomas Jefferson. The sky lit up for several seconds and then a loud bang, which almost knock me off my chair.

After the noise in my ears cleared up - it only took a few seconds - I realized that it was a lightning strike close by. A few seconds  later, there was another bang, which was some distance away. The sky lit up again, but this time you could see the lightning strike coming from the sky. A few seconds later, or so it seemed, hail came down in buckets full, which lasted about five to ten minutes, and covered the ground like it snowed.

I sat and watch the lightning show, which was off and on for several hours. Between each strike, I read several pages in my kindle. This display of nature was very beautiful to watch from a safe place, but it can also be very dangerous and scary.

Watching the news on Tuesday, the weather report was that the San Francisco Bay Area had a big lightning display, which happens, maybe, once a year.

Many times these lightning storms come from the Sierra Nevada Mountains and reach the Bay Area, but this storm worked its way up from South California, according to several local radio and TV station weather reports.

By the way, if you ever get caught in a lightning storm, try to get as low as you can to the ground - lower then the tallest item in your area.

And if you are in a car, do not touch any metal. Just sit, without any movements, in the middle of your seat. Your car is grounded and the lightning should not affect you, but the noise could give you a scary moment.

Sidney Drabkin

Posted on September 13, 2017 06:33

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