The Lodi sky lit up with lighting and rocked window panes with thunder during a freak storm Sunday night. Rainfaill was minimal, but over 1000 lightning strikes were recorded in an area ranging from Merced to Modesto and Lodi. It was strangely localized, too, with Sacramento and Stockton seeing almost nothing of the storm.
Ken Clark, a senior meteorologist for Accuweather.com, a private forecasting service, said the light show was a result of a combination of factors coming together just right.
A weak upper level temperature disturbance and monsoon winds coming in from the southwest made for a unique circumstance.
“It was just the right time and the right place for a couple of thunderstorms,” said Clark.
Some damage was reported. Lighting strikes caused scattered fires in the Georgetown ranger district.
Today, the city is hot and humid, as though a giant lid were set over Lodi. This afternoon could see more thunder and lightning, but no rain is anticipated.
Today’s temperatures will reach into the upper 90s, and drop into the middle and lower 90s through the week.
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