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2013-08-20 06:17:27 PM
Where the watermelon grows?
 
2013-08-20 06:19:34 PM
Next comes the earthquakes, cuz they built that city on Rock and Roll.
 
2013-08-20 06:24:03 PM
SFist?
 
2013-08-20 06:24:14 PM
It's not news, it's sfist.

/yes, I know lightning is rare in the Bay Area
 
2013-08-20 06:24:21 PM
The end is nigh!
 
2013-08-20 06:24:50 PM

Stephen_Falken: SFist?


oh boy do they ever...
 
2013-08-20 06:25:16 PM
In other news, the Louis Vuitton cup finals have been postponed because the loud noises from the thunderstorm have irreparably damaged the AC72s.
 
2013-08-20 06:25:26 PM
GAYEST LIGHTNING EVER!
 
2013-08-20 06:25:44 PM
When the lights, go out, in the citay...
 
2013-08-20 06:26:19 PM
Um why are they still playing ball in an open stadium with visible lightning in the area?
 
2013-08-20 06:27:55 PM

BigNumber12: It's not news, it's sfist.

/yes, I know lightning is rare in the Bay Area


Like a blue moon.
 
2013-08-20 06:30:46 PM

IRQ12: Um why are they still playing ball in an open stadium with visible lightning in the area?


Was at the game last night ( Go BoSox ), and the lightning was over the ocean, not near the Park.
 
2013-08-20 06:33:10 PM
May seem not-news, but cloud-to-ground lightning is pretty consequential in an area where the last rain was four months ago.

Also, 11,000+ lightning strikes in the region last night.  Luckily, the majority of them in an odd line extending 100 mi offshore Half Moon Bay, not over land.  Glad I wasn't flying out there last night.
 
jvl
2013-08-20 06:34:09 PM

IRQ12: Um why are they still playing ball in an open stadium with visible lightning in the area?


We're Californians. We have no idea how lightning works.
 
2013-08-20 06:34:57 PM
That would have been awesome to watch from my old apartment in Twin Peaks.
 
2013-08-20 06:36:25 PM
Oops, sorry about this. Damn, my power bill is going to be HUGE this month.
 
2013-08-20 06:37:39 PM
Epic lightning storm, or as we say in Atlanta: Every day between March 31 and October 31.
 
2013-08-20 06:38:16 PM

IRQ12: Um why are they still playing ball in an open stadium with visible lightning in the area?


Their Giants are in last place and they were hoping to die.
 
2013-08-20 06:40:33 PM
I've lived in San Francisco 12 years and seen or heard thunder/lightning perhaps twice. It's rarer than a blue moon. Bummed to miss it last night, but was a bit foggy where I live anyway. It's clearer today so far, hoping that if it occurs again, the wretched fog will remain at bay.
 
2013-08-20 06:41:32 PM
Is God smiting San Francisco, or is He putting on a FABULOUS light show?

Religious interpretation: How does it work?
 
2013-08-20 06:49:52 PM
Yeah. I saw that. No thunder to speak of, just lightning. I was south of the city by a couple of miles and tried counting to see how far away it was and stopped at 45. The clouds were *really* high (compared to the nasty storms I saw in central PA where they were much lower) so you could see the lightning over a great distance. All of it was south of me so Half Moon Bay probably sounds about right.
 
2013-08-20 06:51:23 PM

Devolving_Spud: Is God smiting San Francisco, or is He putting on a FABULOUS light show?

Religious interpretation: How does it work?


Since it was apparently miles offshore, light show.

/Miss big thunderstorms rolling through.
//And if it's going to be 95 and muggy all summer (Mountain View), can we get some A/C around here?  Blinds closed, windows closed, unnecessary electronics off, fans on, and it's STILL HOT.
 
2013-08-20 06:51:27 PM
There has been lots of heat lightning in the area for the past few days. The fiancee had never seen that before Saturday night. No thunder, so the strikes were not close at all.
 
2013-08-20 06:52:13 PM
Oh Whatever.

Lived in the South Bay my entire life (37years).
/Silicon Valley

We at least see lightning once a year.
If not a bit more than that.

Every so often we might have a year go by where we see nothing in the area.

The only thing strange about this system from last night was that it happened in August.
Though as you know how lightning works, warm temps, we have had a bit more humidity as of late.

This is nothing special except for the time of year.
My only gripe, damn system messed with my internet last night for a few hours.
 
2013-08-20 06:53:13 PM
Living in the Bay Area it's amazing when we actually get weather.  Our TV weather guys walk around with huge meteo-boners when there's even a slight breeze.  FIRST ALERT WEATHER TRACKER!
 
2013-08-20 06:57:23 PM

HotIgneous Intruder: When the lights, go out, in the citay...


Whoa-ooo-oooah, ooo-ooo-oooah.
 
2013-08-20 06:57:44 PM

Nothing To See Here: IRQ12: Um why are they still playing ball in an open stadium with visible lightning in the area?

Was at the game last night ( Go BoSox ), and the lightning was over the ocean, not near the Park.


Hmm I thought conventional wisdom is that if you can see it you are in danger (yes I know in Kansas you can see it from forever away).

Ohh well I guess if it was a threat they would have done something.  It just seems weird considering the amount of time it would take to empty the stadium.
 
2013-08-20 07:04:59 PM

IRQ12: Hmm I thought conventional wisdom is that if you can see it you are in danger (yes I know in Kansas you can see it from forever away).

Ohh well I guess if it was a threat they would have done something. It just seems weird considering the amount of time it would take to empty the stadium.


That stadium can actually empty out quite quickly. Getting from the exits to your next destination however is usually a different matter. Besides that the boats in McCovey Cove are more at risk that the people in the seats. If nothing else the lighting standards will act like lightning rods.
 
2013-08-20 07:10:17 PM
I'm looking out over that Golden Gate Bridge
on another gorgeous Sunny Saturday and I'm
seein' that bumper to bumper traffic,

Don't you remember ('member 'member) ...

It's your favorite radio station, in your favorite radio city,
The City by the Bay, the city that rocks, the city that never sleeps

♫ Marconi plays the mambo... ♫
 
2013-08-20 07:24:28 PM

IoSaturnalia: In other news, the Louis Vuitton cup finals have been postponed because the loud noises from the thunderstorm have irreparably damaged the AC72s.


A feather falling on the right spot could destroy those boats, it seems.

/of course, boat failure as always been a part of the America's Cup
//it just seems worse this year because of the types of failures
/oh, and death too.
 
2013-08-20 07:33:55 PM
There's nothing more frustrating than photographing lightning. Honestly, you take about 100+ pictures of failed attempts of just darkness and the occasional bit of light. But, the one photo (or two-three if you're lucky) that actually gets lightning is so good, and it makes all the effort worth it.
 
2013-08-20 07:55:56 PM
Are thunder storms rare in San Francisco or something? That's a normal occurrence when it rains here in Texas.
 
2013-08-20 08:08:03 PM

ReapTheChaos: Are thunder storms rare in San Francisco or something? That's a normal occurrence when it rains here in Texas.


VERY.  The only actual rain we (read: Valley.  SF is a giant collection of micro-climates) get is during the winter when we get ~2 inches total.

It's very, very, very rare that you can get the combination of heat, humidity, and luck to actually get a real, honest thunderstorm.
 
2013-08-20 09:18:46 PM
Big whoop, Denver.
 
2013-08-20 09:26:57 PM
Last year - Not a shop

I thought the end was nigh
 
2013-08-20 09:27:33 PM
whoa, whoa, whoa, it hasn't rained there in FOUR MONTHS ?!?!?!?!!?!

holy shiat ! 
if it didn't rain in four months up in here Canadian Prairies, e'rebody would have a sh*tfit.
 
2013-08-20 09:30:46 PM

ReapTheChaos: Are thunder storms rare in San Francisco or something? That's a normal occurrence when it rains here in Texas.


Yes. The conditions aren't really there for frequent thunderstorms, or infrequent either really. Once a year or so, sometimes not even that. 85 degrees is a heat wave (and is called Indian Summer here), frost is maybe every 2 years or so (and it's almost always a light one). The last time it snowed (four whole inches!) was in the mid 70's. Hail is rarely more than pea sized and usually smaller to where it could almost be called sleet and only happens a few times a year during winter.

There a huge heat sink just off of the coast where there's an upwelling of cold water from the bottom of the Pacific and that moderates the weather not unlike how the Gulf Stream warms up the west coast of northern Europe. It makes for a cold trip on the bay.

The rule in San Francisco is always layer your clothes because you can travel a mile and have the weather go from sweatshirt to tee shirt just like that.
 
2013-08-20 09:34:10 PM

Third_Uncle_Eno: whoa, whoa, whoa, it hasn't rained there in FOUR MONTHS ?!?!?!?!!?!

holy shiat ! 
if it didn't rain in four months up in here Canadian Prairies, e'rebody would have a sh*tfit.


It's not all that unusual. The rain comes from December to April. The rest of the time precipitation is usually a drizzle. Enough to wet the ground and get your clothes damp but that's about it.
 
2013-08-20 09:47:30 PM

Poundit Hardus: Last year - Not a shop

I thought the end was nigh


Niiiiiice!

Love me some lightning storms!  :)
 
2013-08-20 09:56:01 PM
So gay.
 
2013-08-20 10:16:35 PM
Maybe Jack Burton is back in town...
 
2013-08-20 10:33:48 PM

Third_Uncle_Eno: whoa, whoa, whoa, it hasn't rained there in FOUR MONTHS ?!?!?!?!!?!

holy shiat ! 
if it didn't rain in four months up in here Canadian Prairies, e'rebody would have a sh*tfit.


It was a very dry winter. The main reservoir down in the south bay is at 17% capacity. Hasn't been that low since the 80s, when we were in a 6 year drought.
 
2013-08-20 11:29:13 PM

Radioactive Ass: The rule in San Francisco is always layer your clothes because you can travel a mile and have the weather go from sweatshirt to tee shirt just like that.


Yeah, this really is no joke.  On the 4th of July, my friends and I went over to the city to Japan Center.  It was a nice, moderate city day.  We then drove over the Golden Gate and it was truly cold.  Then we made it through the rainbow tunnel and not a mile out the other side it felt like a farkin hair dryer was blowing in the car.  This is all within maybe about 4 miles as the crow flies.
 
2013-08-21 12:02:32 AM
What made this freak storm here last night (live in Santa Clara) was we heard this loud clap of thunder, then like 10 seconds after, it just started pouring rain. The only other time I have seen that was when I was visiting relatives in Wisconsin in the summer. There was some lightning earlier in the night, but didn't really hear any thunder. It's rare, even rarer in August. We do get some electrical storms about once or twice a year, but that's about it. Kind of sucks because I love lightning. I'm typically never disappointed when I visit friends in Denver though, and I can even remember one time that my flight leaving was delayed about two hours because it was hitting the runway and they wouldn't let any ground crews out to clean the plane until it stopped. Must have sucked for the people in the plane waiting to get off.
 
2013-08-21 12:12:49 AM

Zizzowop: What made this freak storm here last night (live in Santa Clara) was we heard this loud clap of thunder, then like 10 seconds after, it just started pouring rain. The only other time I have seen that was when I was visiting relatives in Wisconsin in the summer. There was some lightning earlier in the night, but didn't really hear any thunder. It's rare, even rarer in August. We do get some electrical storms about once or twice a year, but that's about it. Kind of sucks because I love lightning. I'm typically never disappointed when I visit friends in Denver though, and I can even remember one time that my flight leaving was delayed about two hours because it was hitting the runway and they wouldn't let any ground crews out to clean the plane until it stopped. Must have sucked for the people in the plane waiting to get off.


I waited in the terminal at Dulles (DC) waiting to pick my girlfriend up for 2 hours because of lightning on the tarmac.  They couldn't send the dude out to wave the plane the last 100 feet into the gate.
 
2013-08-21 05:57:45 AM

Poundit Hardus: Last year - Not a shop

I thought the end was nigh


That picture is great, I've been staring at it for ages.
 
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