1,335 lightning strikes recorded over the past 24 hours in California

Map courtesy Tahoe National Forest

NEVADA CITY, Calif. September 5, 2019 – For the 24 hr. period ending 6:00 am Thursday, WFMI BLM detected 36 strikes within the Tahoe – 6 for Truckee Ranger District and 30 for Sierraville R.D.

Throughout California, for the same period, 1,335 strikes were recorded – 959 strikes were detected within the National Forests.

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Several fires have been detected throughout the National Forest system and additional reconnaissance flights are taking place.

The largest fire is the Walker Fire on the Plumas National Forest, estimated at 850 acres.

Map courtesy Tahoe National Forest

The National Weather Service in Sacramento forecast states: Thunderstorms will develop early this afternoon over the higher Sierra, mainly south of I-80. In addition to lightning, storms could have hail, brief downpours and gusty winds. Dry conditions and below normal temperatures expected this weekend into next week.

Upper low off the coast will move north today. Some sprinkles will be possible this morning with most thunderstorm activity expected along and east of the crest in the afternoon. warm and dry on Friday, then another low pressure system will bring cooler temperatures, moderating humidity and locally breezy conditions over the weekend.