Tue April 1, 2014
Rain has been soaking the Bay Area and it continues Tuesday. A brewing storm has been reported to send pulses of unstable weather to local residents.
KTVU meteorologist Steve Paulson said there were lightning strikes this morning at 6:20 a.m. Tuesday in Benicia, Martinez and Vallejo area. No damage has been reported.
Hours later, at 8:45 a.m. small pea-sized hail came down in the Daly City area, along the San Mateo County coast and moved north to San Francisco.
“It will be a very interesting day - crazy weather,” Paulson said.
Bay Area residents can expect upcoming periods of intense rain, strong winds and lightning, thunder and hail.
The weather has brought relief to drought-stricken regions. Mount Tamalpais in Marin County had gotten 1.28 inches of rain by dawn Tuesday. The community of Angwin, in the Napa Valley Wine Country, had received 1.75 inches, Crockett reported 1.02 inches, San Anselmo .78 of an inch, and Daly City with .80 of an inch.
At San Francisco International Airport, five planes were reported to have been struck by lightning as they flew nearby 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. Monday, said Ian Gregor, FAA spokesman in Los Angeles. Fortunately, none of the five planes were damaged and they were able to land safely.
The planes were from Alaska, Horizon, United and United Arab Emirates airlines, the agency said.
Gregor said that the planes are required to withstand “any likely lightning strikes” and continue to fly safely and land.
Airlines are also required to be inspected after any lightning strike.
This is not the first strike reported this week. On Monday, Oakland Airport officials reported that a Horizon Air jet traveling from Portland to Oakland was struck by lightning as it flew over the Bay Area
The plan was able to land after the incident. No injuries were reported.