Dry lightning and excessive heat could be responsible for the development of wildfires starting Sunday evening, according to a report and forecast from the National Weather Service. Even though flash flooding is affecting other parts of the United States, Northern California remains in a long term drought, and vegetaton is unusually dry.
This risk, coupled with the threat of dry lightning starting this evening, is placing fire crews and first responders on high alert. The National Weather Service says that the "threat of dry lightning over central and northern California today could spark new wildfires."
Why? The NWS says that "Monsoonal moisture entering parts of California and the Sierra Nevada today may fuel isolated showers and thunderstorms." That sounds good on paper, as rain is needed amid a historic drought.
The concern, though, is that in the Bay Area, many of those storms are expected to be "dry", leading to lightning strikes but not associated rain. Winds could increase during the storms, too. This combination led to wildfires last season, and there are concerns that the same dynamics could spark fires again today and into the evening.
Residents of the East Bay should stay tuned to official news sources and keep an eye on the weather today. If you noticed lightening and thunder, be especially wary of the threat of wildfires, and be sure to report any stike-associated brush fires you notice forming in your area.
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