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Fri Apr 13, 2012, 11:06 PM

A night to remember:Thunderstorm shatters records (lightning strikes Golden Gate & Bay Bridge)- pics


Eight bolts of lightning hit the Bay Bridge during a powerful lightning storm in San Francisco on Thursday, April 12, 2012. A record number of lightning bolts struck the Bay Area during the storm.
Photo: Phil McGrew


Lightning strikes the Golden Gate Bridge on Thursday, April 12, 2012. A record number of lightning bolts struck the Bay Area.
Photo: Chris Blain / Courtesy


A lightning bolt strikes over downtown Oakland on April 12, 2012. From Damon Tighe: "Great storm over Oakland. Most of the bolts were at my back, but I was lucky to get one striking right where I was hoping it would: over downtown!"
Photo: Damon Tighe / Courtesy photo


A night to remember: Thunderstorm shatters records
Will Kane
Friday, April 13, 2012

(04-13) 17:32 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- The thunderstorm that blew through the Bay Area Thursday night was one for the books - it shattered rainfall records in four cities and produced more lightning strikes than any storm in years.

All that rain pushed local precipitation totals closer to seasonal averages, percentage-wise, than they've been since a bone-dry December. It was accompanied by 750 lightning strikes across the Bay Area between 8 p.m. and midnight, said Chris Stumpf, a National Weather Service forecaster.

"That's quite a bit more than we've almost ever had, at least in recent memory," he said. "It's nice to mix things up."

Bolts hit the Transamerica Pyramid, towers on the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge, the giant container cranes at the Port of Oakland and an airplane that had just taken off from San Francisco International Airport for London. The plane turned back without incident.


more and more pics at:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/04/13/BALB1O304I.DTL#ixzz1rypYxQrM





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Reply A night to remember:Thunderstorm shatters records (lightning strikes Golden Gate & Bay Bridge)- pics (Original post)
Kadie Apr 2012 OP
one_voice Apr 2012 #1
ailsagirl Apr 2012 #2
xiamiam Apr 2012 #3
virgogal Apr 2012 #4
burrowowl Apr 2012 #5
EFerrari Apr 2012 #6
Kadie Apr 2012 #14
AnotherDreamWeaver Apr 2012 #7
Raine Apr 2012 #8
Vehl Apr 2012 #9
left on green only Apr 2012 #10
Tesha Apr 2012 #12
FourScore Apr 2012 #11
Scuba Apr 2012 #13
countryjake Apr 2012 #15

Response to Kadie (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 11:11 PM

1. Awesome pictures!...

thanks for posting.

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Response to Kadie (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 11:28 PM

2. Wow!

I'm near the GG Bridge and I didn't even know the storm was so dramatic.

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Response to Kadie (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 11:36 PM

3. one hit the redwood tree ten feet from my house

heard a loud boom which awakened me..i didnt get up ... heard the thunder and rain and scooted further under the covers... this am there were two broken huge branches and i mean huge branches in my front yard which had fallen at least seventy five feet down and were right over my house..the branches missed the wires and my next door neighbors new car and somehow landed about fifteen feet from where they should have landed..just trashing my front fence and even broke the concrete footing under the fence. the neighbor to my right saw the lightning flash and heard the boom at the same time so he knew it struck close by..the neighbor to my left also was awakened by a loud boom..our assessment is that the tree was stuck by lightning. spooked me a bit as I've never seen lightning and thunder like that here in the monterey bay in the three plus decades i've been here..lucky it didnt fall on the house or do major damage...strange weather..and then today..torrential downpour with water like a an overflowing bathtub running off the roof..i've never seen anything like it..one hour later the sun was shining

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Response to Kadie (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 11:44 PM

4. Those pics are astonishing.

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Response to Kadie (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 11:51 PM

5. Wonderful Show!

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Response to Kadie (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 11:54 PM

6. Is it over or will we get another round?

I thought for sure we were going to lose power last night up here.

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Response to EFerrari (Reply #6)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 12:34 PM

14. Looks like it might be a nice weekend.

I think more rain coming in a few days, for the Sacramento area.

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Response to Kadie (Original post)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 02:38 AM

7. We had high wind and rain, but no lightning, Sonoma Coast.

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Response to Kadie (Original post)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 02:42 AM

8. BEAUTIFUL pictures ... THANKS

for posting them!

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Response to Kadie (Original post)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 02:45 AM

9. and I was driving through this :))

Was visiting a friend, and by the time I was returning home it was pouring. Could barely see a short distance through the windshield even with the wipers at max speed. Almost felt as if I was back in the subcontinent, experiencing the monsoon.

I loved this! there is something really amazing and soothing about huge thunderstorms .


ps: awesome pics, especially the ones of the Golden gate bridge.
K&R

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Response to Kadie (Original post)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 02:50 AM

10. Does anyone know what would happen

to a pedestrian who happened to be walking in bare feet on the Golden Gate Bridge when lightening hit, say on one of the big towers?

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Response to Kadie (Original post)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 02:53 AM

11. Wow! Awesome! n/t

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Response to Kadie (Original post)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 09:17 AM

13. Doncha know? "Global warming" is just a scheme to make Al Gore's friends rich.

Yeah, that's it.

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Response to Kadie (Original post)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 05:30 PM

15. Incredible pictures!

Thanks so much for sharing!

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