NEVADA CITY, Calif. August 2, 2017 – Lightning activity started early afternoon on Monday for the Tahoe National Forest. A total of 22 lightning strikes were recorded between 2:09 pm and 6:00 pm.
Ten strikes were recorded for the Truckee Ranger District, three for the Sierraville Ranger District and nine for the Yuba River Ranger District. One of the strikes sparked a 0.15-acre fire near Huysink Lake, south of Cisco Grove.
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Additional lightning activity is expected throughout the week, according to the National Weather Service in Sacramento: “Weak upper level southeast flow will continue to bring sub-tropical moisture northward into the region which in turn will bring a threat of afternoon and evening thunderstorms to parts of the higher terrain. Pinpointing where the afternoon thunderstorm activity will occur will be as difficult as always but stability proggs do indicate a threat of afternoon thunderstorms over both the Sierra Cascade crest and parts of the coast range crest as well today. With such high precipitable moisture values it is likely the most thunderstorms will contain at least light rain with some producing heavier rainfall.”