Leslie Lopez Weather Discussion – Monday, July 28, 2014

It was a tragic day in Venice Beach yesterday when a rare lightning strike killed a 20-year-old man and injured 13 others.

Here in San Diego, the lightning was roaring along our coast as well, although fortunately, there were no reports of injuries. Since last week, we have been reporting a small chance of thunderstorms along the coast, yet it must be emphasized the event is a rarity. To give you a better idea, the west coast has the lowest incidence of lightning strikes in the United States.

In addition, there is a 1 in 7.5 million chance you could be hit by lightning in California whereas in Montana the chance is much higher at 1 in 250,000.

This is also the first death cause by lightning in southern California since 2009 when a woman in Fontana was walking to a bus stop.

The reason lightning at the coast in so rare in July is because most monsoonal moisture stays well to the east into our mountains and deserts. It hardly migrates as far west as our coastline. However yesterday, the high-pressure system expanded so large it surged moisture right towards the coast – another rarity.

Today we are cutting back on the subtropical moisture. Our chance of seeing thunderstorms along the coast has been reduced to a 25% chance and an even smaller chance tomorrow. The mountains along with the deserts will also see a 20% chance of thunderstorms today into tonight.

By tomorrow, a drier air mass will begin to take shape and by the end of the work week, we are looking a lot better.

Remember, the slogan goes “if the thunder roars, stay indoors.”

Today’s beautiful photo comes from Kay Wood of Gopher Canyon:

7-day outlook issued by the National Weather service as of Monday 10am:

REST OF TODAY…PARTLY CLOUDY. SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS EARLY IN THE MORNING. HIGHS 74 TO 79 NEAR THE COAST TO 81 TO 86 INLAND. LIGHT WINDS BECOMING WEST 15 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON. CHANCE OF MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION 20 PERCENT. .TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. PATCHY FOG OVERNIGHT. LOWS 64 TO 69. LIGHT WINDS.TUESDAY…PARTLY CLOUDY. PATCHY FOG IN THE MORNING. HIGHS 76 TO 81 NEAR THE COAST TO 81 TO 86 INLAND. LIGHT WINDS BECOMING WEST 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 25 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON. .TUESDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY IN THE EVENING…BECOMING MOSTLY CLOUDY. PATCHY FOG OVERNIGHT. LOWS 63 TO 68. AREAS OF WINDS WEST 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 25 MPH IN THE EVENING BECOMING LIGHT.

WEDNESDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY IN THE MORNING…BECOMING MOSTLY SUNNY. PATCHY FOG IN THE MORNING. HIGHS 73 TO 78 NEAR THE COAST TO 78 TO 83 INLAND. LIGHT WINDS. .WEDNESDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR IN THE EVENING…BECOMING MOSTLY CLOUDY. PATCHY FOG OVERNIGHT. LOWS 63 TO 68.

THURSDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY IN THE MORNING…BECOMING MOSTLY SUNNY. PATCHY FOG IN THE MORNING. HIGHS 73 TO 78 NEAR THE COAST TO 79 TO 84 INLAND. .THURSDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR IN THE EVENING…BECOMING CLOUDY. PATCHY FOG OVERNIGHT. LOWS 64 TO 69.

FRIDAY…CLOUDY IN THE MORNING…BECOMING PARTLY CLOUDY. PATCHY FOG IN THE MORNING. HIGHS 74 TO 79 NEAR THE COAST TO 79 TO 84 INLAND. .FRIDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY IN THE EVENING…BECOMING MOSTLY CLOUDY. PATCHY FOG OVERNIGHT. LOWS 63 TO 68.

SATURDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY IN THE MORNING…BECOMING MOSTLY SUNNY. PATCHY FOG IN THE MORNING. HIGHS 73 TO 78 NEAR THE COAST TO 79 TO 84 INLAND. .SATURDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR IN THE EVENING…BECOMING MOSTLY CLOUDY. PATCHY FOG OVERNIGHT. LOWS 63 TO 68.

SUNDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY IN THE MORNING…BECOMING MOSTLY SUNNY. PATCHY FOG IN THE MORNING. HIGHS 73 TO 78 NEAR THE COAST TO 79 TO 84 INLAND.

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