Santa Monica Treated to Rare Thunder and Lightning Display
The day grew dark very quickly, and no rain had been predicted by the National Weather Service as late as 2 pm
October 8, 2021
10/4 Santa Monica was treated to a rare thunder and lightning display on Monday afternoon around the 5 PM hour. Men walking dogs and women with baby strollers scrambled to get out of the sudden rain in my neighborhood.
Southern California is, of course, in a drought situation. Less than 6.5 inches of precipitation have fallen over the region, which receives 14.25 inches of rain in a typical year.
The day grew dark very quickly, and no rain had been predicted by the National Weather Service as late as 2 pm. The rain continued for over an hour after the 4:30 pm start. Thunder and lightning continued well into the evening hours.
The City issued an alert for thunderstorms at 4:30 pm. "Lightning Alert: A thunderstorm with lightning has been reported in #SantaMonica. Please evacuate all ocean and beach/sand areas. If on the beach or on the Santa Monica Pier, seek shelter indoors until the storm has ended. #SMAlert"