Over 2,000 Lightning Strikes Hit Northern California this Week

The National Lightning Detection Network reported that it detected 2,125 strikes of lightning in the Northern California, with the most strikes detected in the areas of Shasta, Siskiyou, Lassen and Modoc Counties

Earlier this week, we reported on a beautiful and frightening lightning storm that hit Northern California on Tuesday night. Turns outs, it was just a warm up for what proved to be a week full of lightning strikes all over the area.

The National Lightning Detection Network reported that it detected 2,125 strikes of lightning in the Northern California, with the most strikes detected in the areas of Shasta, Siskiyou, Lassen and Modoc Counties. Here’s a map of the strikes:

It all began on Tuesday night when reports of lightning strikes were occurring in the area around Redding. Some people were lucky enough to get some great photos and videos:

Then, when we thought we were free and clear of the madness, more strikes hit on Wednesday:

Luckily, these storms hit in May as opposed to later in fire season. Many trees were reduced to wood chips when lightning hit, and if this were July, we’d most likely be talking about the wildfires started by the strikes. Here are some trees that didn’t make it through the storm:


Phew, what a week! Luckily we got out of the storm unscathed, with no reports of injury or property damage. Let’s hope this weather doesn’t return during fire season…

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