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7:48 AM: Holy cow, how about that thunder and lightning this morning? One moment I’m dreaming I’m helping Angel catch baby alligators in a crowded sports bar, next thing you know it’s BOOM then CRACK. Strangely, the pets, who complain about everything, did not seem to notice (did yours?).

So what’s going on? The National Weather Service released a “Hazardous Weather Outlook Short Term Forecast” this morning, warning that their Doppler radar and “spotter” reports “Indicated numerous thunderstorms from the South Bay northward to Napa and Sonoma Counties. Some of these storms have small hail and frequent cloud to ground lightning. Expect additional showers and thunderstorms through 8 AM.”

It’s been suggested by some that some of this lightning was responsible for knocking out power to over 34,000 SF PG&E customers this morning, but we haven’t received confirmation that that’s the case.

Cal Fire has already responded to several lightning-caused grass fires in the Bay Area this morning, and the National Weather Service is also saying that the possibility of lightning strikes in northern Bay Area counties will remain until at least 5 p.m. today.

So why is this weird weather happening? Because if this is the rapture, we suspect we’re shit out of luck. However, God-hating meteorologists dispute the end of days theory, instead saying that Hurricane Linda, as she became a tropical storm, “broke apart” and sent a hefty dose of moisture our way, which when combined with current conditions here caused the thunder, lightning, and hail we saw (or, mostly, heard) this morning.

While we’re expected to dry out somewhat as the day progresses, forecasters warn that we could have these extreme (for San Francisco) storms strike again tomorrow.

9:04 AM: Bay City News is reporting that “Cal Fire crews are battling between 15 and 20 fires,” all said the be the result of lightning (hey, LibertyHiller, they misspelled it “lightening” too! It’s an epidemic!).

These fires are spread out through the central area of the Diablo Mountain Range, between Interstate Highway 580 and state Highway 152. Meteorologists are saying that these types of fires are unlikely to strike San Francisco. The person I was able to reach at the NWS said that “since San Francisco is not as dry as these outlying areas, conditions aren’t supportive of those types of incidents.”

pge.jpg9:56 AM: PG&E’s got their hands full, too: no sooner did they restore power from one outage rumored to be caused by this morning’s lightning, A tipster tells us that, “Lightning struck this transformer at like 8:30 this morning. It is at the corner of Grove and Octavia. It shook my house at Fulton and Lyon.”

This tipster also says that the PG&E representative to whom they spoke said “when the transformer got hit, it tripped a circuit wide transformer” continuing “they expect to have the transformer replaced by noon” He says he was told that the power feed for this afternoon’s Power to the Peaceful festival is based off this transformer, and that until it’s replaced, the concert will be on hold.

Bay City News also notes a power outage in the “Pacific Heights and Cow Hollow neighborhoods, caused when lightning struck a transformer near California and Broderick streets. That outage affected about 4,060 residents at its peak, Ehlers said. As of 8:30 a.m., 500 homes remained without power.”

the author

Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • LibertyHiller

    Eve, you need some coffee, stat. “Lightning” is that flashy stuff in the sky. “Lightening” is what someone needs to do to your workload.

  • LibertyHiller

    Eve, you need some coffee, stat. “Lightning” is that flashy stuff in the sky. “Lightening” is what someone needs to do to your workload.

  • PatriciaA

    Just call it what it is….earthquake predictor weather…I say we’ll have a nice 4.5 or 5.2 roll thru here in 3…2…http://quake.usgs.gov/recenteqs/latest.htm

    there was some interesting stuff on the San Andreas yesterday….

    if I am right (about the earthquake), I will win the $26 million dollar lottery jackpot tonite too..

  • PatriciaA

    Just call it what it is….earthquake predictor weather…I say we’ll have a nice 4.5 or 5.2 roll thru here in 3…2…http://quake.usgs.gov/recenteqs/latest.htm

    there was some interesting stuff on the San Andreas yesterday….

    if I am right (about the earthquake), I will win the $26 million dollar lottery jackpot tonite too..

  • Eve Batey

    I am totally sending your comment to my spouse, as I have been hoping he’d bring me coffee for like two hours now.* And thanks for the fix, that’s one of those words I have been unable to get right for about 35 years, now.

    *What? I already recounted the dream I was having this morning, what’s a little domestic crap in the comments?

  • Eve Batey

    I am totally sending your comment to my spouse, as I have been hoping he’d bring me coffee for like two hours now.* And thanks for the fix, that’s one of those words I have been unable to get right for about 35 years, now.

    *What? I already recounted the dream I was having this morning, what’s a little domestic crap in the comments?

  • LibertyHiller

    Well I admit that Angel, baby alligators and a sports bar sounds like a helluva dream. I was in the middle of a cyberpunk/PI fantasy, as the clueless white person in a group of gorgeous multi-ethnic geniuses. They were just about to explain why I’d been tapped to join the team, then the storm woke me and I spent the next two hours pondering fractals, fog and palm trees.

  • LibertyHiller

    Well I admit that Angel, baby alligators and a sports bar sounds like a helluva dream. I was in the middle of a cyberpunk/PI fantasy, as the clueless white person in a group of gorgeous multi-ethnic geniuses. They were just about to explain why I’d been tapped to join the team, then the storm woke me and I spent the next two hours pondering fractals, fog and palm trees.

  • Muni Diaries

    Gida, my 8-year-old, 12-pound Boston terrier, has found all sorts of new places to sit there and stare at me this morning. She’s lying in a perfectly straight line on the bed now, amazingly not shaking, but this is certainly highly unusual. She’s usually curled up in a tiny black-and-white ball right now. Oh, well. I grew up in Texas, and seriously love thunderstorms. After barbeque, it’s what I miss the most about “home.”

    I advise coffee and comforting music to ride this nuttiness out.

  • Muni Diaries

    Gida, my 8-year-old, 12-pound Boston terrier, has found all sorts of new places to sit there and stare at me this morning. She’s lying in a perfectly straight line on the bed now, amazingly not shaking, but this is certainly highly unusual. She’s usually curled up in a tiny black-and-white ball right now. Oh, well. I grew up in Texas, and seriously love thunderstorms. After barbeque, it’s what I miss the most about “home.”

    I advise coffee and comforting music to ride this nuttiness out.

  • kl2real

    Eve, it’s like being somewhere positively awful, like Indianapolis or Kansas City, huh?

  • kl2real

    Eve, it’s like being somewhere positively awful, like Indianapolis or Kansas City, huh?

  • Eve Batey

    I know, right? I keep thinking that if any of my friends/family from Indy read this story, all their worst suspicions about how soft one gets when they move to California will be confirmed. As if they have not been every Christmas I fly into Weir Cook, step outside, have a cold-related heart attack, and die.

  • Eve Batey

    I know, right? I keep thinking that if any of my friends/family from Indy read this story, all their worst suspicions about how soft one gets when they move to California will be confirmed. As if they have not been every Christmas I fly into Weir Cook, step outside, have a cold-related heart attack, and die.

  • RadarGal

    I am having my coffee now and will work diligently to spell things correctly.

    The thunder and lightening interrupted our REMs. Thats it. My 14 lb cat Tigre (the Lion King really) woke up first. He simply walked over to my chest and plopped himself down with no glares or stares. It did not effect him in the least bit but wake him up from dreaming about his ultimate fantasy. Chasing all dogs out of the neighborhood. (I love dogs, he does not). I also love this weather. We do not see this type of weather often in San Francisco. Embrace it people. Stay in today. Snuggle up in a blanket, drink your coffee, and read that dusty book you have had. Slurrp.

  • RadarGal

    I am having my coffee now and will work diligently to spell things correctly.

    The thunder and lightening interrupted our REMs. Thats it. My 14 lb cat Tigre (the Lion King really) woke up first. He simply walked over to my chest and plopped himself down with no glares or stares. It did not effect him in the least bit but wake him up from dreaming about his ultimate fantasy. Chasing all dogs out of the neighborhood. (I love dogs, he does not). I also love this weather. We do not see this type of weather often in San Francisco. Embrace it people. Stay in today. Snuggle up in a blanket, drink your coffee, and read that dusty book you have had. Slurrp.

  • RadarGal

    “but IT did wake” (I corrected myself, hehe)

  • RadarGal

    “but IT did wake” (I corrected myself, hehe)

  • be_devine

    This was the first place I came for my crazy weather news updates. And I’m glad I did. “God-hating meteorologists dispute the end of days theory” made my day.

    Oh, and anyone who read my Facebook update can attest that I too spell that crackly electrical stuff in the sky “lightening.”

  • be_devine

    This was the first place I came for my crazy weather news updates. And I’m glad I did. “God-hating meteorologists dispute the end of days theory” made my day.

    Oh, and anyone who read my Facebook update can attest that I too spell that crackly electrical stuff in the sky “lightening.”

  • joebianchi

    We had a lightning strike very close to us on Mt Davidson and lost power for about an hour. Anyone have confirmed strike locations?

  • joebianchi

    We had a lightning strike very close to us on Mt Davidson and lost power for about an hour. Anyone have confirmed strike locations?

  • miz_ginevra

    dude, I had southern thunderstorms for the first 21 years of my life, and this morning’s loudness still scared the crap out of me. For about 5 seconds, I was certain a building had blown up or Jesus was on his way.

  • miz_ginevra

    dude, I had southern thunderstorms for the first 21 years of my life, and this morning’s loudness still scared the crap out of me. For about 5 seconds, I was certain a building had blown up or Jesus was on his way.