NEVADA CITY, Calif. September 13, 2013 - The automatic lightning detection system recorded 124 strikes within the state, 106 strikes within the R5 forests for the past 24 hours. 58 strikes were recorded within the Tahoe – 6 for American River Ranger District, 3 for Sierraville Ranger District, 33 for Truckee Ranger District, and 16 for Yuba River Ranger District. All these strikes occurred between 6 pm and 7:35 pm late afternoon yesterday.
Firefighters are on the lookout for any possible ignitions from these lightning strikes. Aerial reconnaissance flights will be in the air later this morning to patrol the area and detect any wisps of smoke.
The National Weather Service in Sacramento reports that a slight chance of thunderstorms continues this afternoon along the higher terrain, but that threat should end tomorrow.
The fire weather forecast, issued on Thursday, has similar reports and looks a little further in the future: "Showers and a few wet thunderstorms will move into NW NV and NE CA to the Cascade-Sierra crest today and Friday, and isolated light activity may even reach NW CA during this time. The high will strengthen on Saturday and push the precipitation off to the east.
Beginning Saturday night the next Pacific low pressure system will approach the North Coast with increasing S-SW winds and clouds. As the low moves into W OR on Sunday a few showers can be expected in far NW CA, but the main effect will be gusty SW-W winds and cooler temperatures for the entire North Ops area. This pattern of cool/mild temperatures, gusty SW-W winds, and a little cloud cover and isolated light rain showers in far Northern CA will continue throug much of next week."
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