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In one five-minute stretch alone, shortly after 8 p.m., the National Weather Service recorded 1,489 pulses of lightning off the coast, 231 over Santa Barbara County and 40 in Los Angeles County, said Kathy Hoxsie, a meteorologist with the weather service in Oxnard.
“It’s a lot,” she said. “We usually don’t get that.”
Meteorologists called this phenomenon the Atmospheric River, where the jet stream is coming further south and pushing an abundant amount of moisture into the area, Kaplan said.
"For Southern California, its unusual," Kaplan told CNN. Lightning typically hits the area in the deserts during the summer monsoonal season.
originally posted by: Thecakeisalie
a reply to: LookingAtMars
I love lighting, it's natures fireworks.
Imagine the amount of strikes recorded in ten minutes, I wonder if anyone caught a glimpse of the elusive ball lightning if it occurred.