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Expanded California Fire Weather Threats; Unsettled Across the West

A storm system will impact the western third of the U.S.. Strong, gusty winds will increase Fire Weather threats across much of western and central California. Rain and mountain snows can be expected across the Pacific Northwest and Northern Rockies, with wintry conditions in the Great Basin and High Plains. Accumulating snows will also continue across the Upper Midwest to the Northeast. Read More >

Expect a chilly night across the region with lows in the 30s areawide. Clear skies today will lead to partly cloudy skies overnight, with a southerly wind between 5 to 10 mph.
Maybe you've heard a rumor about wintry weather before Christmas? It's true, some of the forecast data does suggest a weather pattern favorable for winter weather. However it's such a long way out, weather forecasters have to deal with probabilities. Here's a chart that shows the highest probability of a certain type of weather December 21st through December 25th. Cold weather looks like a certainty by Friday morning. However the precipitation forecast is more uncertain. A cold rain remains the highest likelihood, but probabilities have increased since yesterday for ice or snow in the region...particularly on December 23rd and 24th.
There are different solutions for the late part of next week. This image shows four different weather model forecasts which would have four different outcomes for our area. Only thing we area confident in is that late next week will turn colder.
Another cold front will move into the region this evening and overnight. This front will result in a north wind shift, but gusty winds are not expected until Thursday. Low temperatures tonight and Thursday morning will be in the 30s for most locations.

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Lightning...The Underrated Killer

Lightning Intro
Did you Know
Lightning Safety
Myths vs. Facts

Did You Know?

10 miles

Lightning can strike you even 10 miles away from its parent thunderstorm!

It's estimated that 100 flashes of lightning per minute are occurring around the globe!

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Lightning Cartoon

Lightning has an electric potential of some 100 million volts.

Lightning starts some 10,000 forest fires each year.

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The air near a lightning strike is heated to around 50,000 degrees F - Hotter than the surface of the sun!

The average flash could light a 100-watt light bulb for more than 3 months.

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Lightning is usually associated with thunderstorms, but it can occur in emissions from volcanoes and dust storms.