Lightning Strikes in Santa Barbara County

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By Scanner Andrew
6:53 p.m., October 4, 2021

Reporting incidents across Santa Barbara County.

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By Rose & Crown

Crazy lightning storm rolled in, I had enough time to take the drone out just before it got too rainy.

By Beverly C.

I have never experienced a storm like this one in my 33.5 years in Santa Barbara, 40 % chance of rain and a quick, loud WOW storm.

Photo by John Wiley

Here's a pic to the West toward Goleta at sunset as the lightning was getting intense over SB.


Photos by Ryan Doordan

Here was the rain show as Alaska flight 2131 approached Santa Barbara this evening. This was shot with iPhone 12Pro max.  

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By an edhat reader

Rainbow downtown


By Michelle C.

Joyful photos from Monday's Storm


By MessyJessy

Lightning videos from my bedroom window in Goleta. These videos are actually in slow motion so you really get the full effect! 

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John Wiley Oct 04, 2021 08:55 PM
Lightning Strikes in Santa Barbara County

Wow, it's scary to watch that live in full-screen mode. You can see water pooling on the oily pavement, cars going too fast, hitting their brakes as the approach the accident, and wonder which one's going to hydroplane and make things even worse. If you want a front row seat (I'm closing the window), here's a link - https://cwwp2.dot.ca.gov/vm/loc/d5/us101fairviewavenue.htm

PitMix Oct 05, 2021 09:40 AM
Lightning Strikes in Santa Barbara County

We had a spectacular one last year, with a bunch of dry lightning that started some really big fires. I had that in the back of my mind as I was watching.

John Wiley Oct 04, 2021 08:10 PM
Lightning Strikes in Santa Barbara County

Quite a lightning show! Brilliant vertical bolts with window-rattling thunder, but also long jagged arcs across the sky (one along the ridge with another above it in the same strike). One neighbor just put up new roof gutters this afternoon, and is feeling powerful for causing all this. Another just returned from Ohio and says if everyone coming from elsewhere also brought rain, it would cure our drought. I got pix of the colorful sunset out West over Goleta just as the storm was starting over SB. Anyone get pix of the lightning?

Curmudgeon Oct 04, 2021 09:20 PM
Lightning Strikes in Santa Barbara County

JOHN WILEY - Yes, I got several acceptable lightning pix but not great. Hand held and from a less than ideal vantage point - a doorway obscured by roofs and trees.

John Wiley Oct 04, 2021 08:28 PM
Lightning Strikes in Santa Barbara County

We feared it would be more outages in such a powerful storm, and had shut off most stuff and unplugged a lot of it after seeing the first powerful distant strike. Here's hoping everyone's lights are back on soon.

John Wiley Oct 04, 2021 08:46 PM
Lightning Strikes in Santa Barbara County

Huntington Beach got hit hard too, judging by radar I looked at when the first strong bolt hit here. I wonder what effects the strong wind and rain had in spreading the spill farther. Probably enough white caps to spill it over the containment booms, shut down the cleanup, and make a big mess. Reminds me of our pipeline spill. :(

John Wiley Oct 04, 2021 09:43 PM
Lightning Strikes in Santa Barbara County

Biggest total rain gauge for the S.Coast looks like the Goleta Road Yard at 0.3" - not just for this storm, but for the "Season" so let's hope we get another splash later this week.

ZeroHawk Oct 05, 2021 09:06 AM
Lightning Strikes in Santa Barbara County

was at SBCC with my malinois, watched the show for two hours. saw alot of horizontal lightening and vertical bolts of course too. recorded 360 view of the show, no filters and raw. the footage i got was amazing. had my kids do some cropping and editing. have many good pics of it as well. watched two sailboats motorsailing into the harbor from the channel. i imagined being on one of those boats, puckered up, heeling and moving as quick as one can to get to shelter. Good times :)

Sun Oct 05, 2021 09:24 AM
Lightning Strikes in Santa Barbara County

@chris, great shots ....Noozhawk has some cool shots as well
https://www.noozhawk.com/article/lightning_thunder_rattle_santa_barbara_coiunty_south_coast

Sun Oct 05, 2021 11:13 AM
Lightning Strikes in Santa Barbara County

Catching lightning in a fossil – and calculating how much energy a strike contains
https://phys.org/news/2016-12-lightning-fossil-energy.html

Lightning is obviously powerful: One need only look at a tree that it's splintered down the center for proof. Lightning generates temperatures hotter than the surface of the sun, in excess of 20,000 degrees Celsius, a temperature that is otherwise unrelateable to the human experience.

sacjon Oct 05, 2021 10:20 AM
Lightning Strikes in Santa Barbara County

9:51 - How is this an example of climate change? Thunderstorms in October, while rare in SB, are pretty much normal. It's called Fall.

sacjon Oct 05, 2021 10:39 AM
Lightning Strikes in Santa Barbara County

VOICE - uhhhh..... "hurricanes?" What are you even talking about? And wow, you were quick to jump on this lol. But please, do explain to us how yesterday's weather was a "hurricane" and an example of climate change. Looking forward to this one.....

Voice of Reason Oct 05, 2021 11:05 AM
Lightning Strikes in Santa Barbara County

Well, I'm always seeing our politicians running to the site of most recent hurricane for press conferences about how climate change is going to kills us all while using the hurricane as a backdrop. But our electric storm was extreme weather but not climate change? So confusing what we can blame on climate change and not!

Sun Oct 05, 2021 11:12 AM
Lightning Strikes in Santa Barbara County

Yes you are correct A-1633452664 as Science supports your comment...
With climate change, seemingly small shifts have big consequences
https://phys.org/news/2021-08-climate-seemingly-small-shifts-big.html

Climate change has been accumulating slowly but relentlessly for decades. The changes might sound small when you hear about them—another tenth of a degree warmer, another centimeter of sea level rise—but seemingly small changes can have big effects on the world around us, especially regionally.
The problem is that while effects are small at any time, they accumulate. Those effects have now accumulated to the point where their influence is contributing to damaging heat waves, drought and rainfall extremes that can't be ignored.

MarcelK Oct 05, 2021 11:12 AM
Lightning Strikes in Santa Barbara County

Some ignorant fundamentally dishonest person doesn't understand the difference between weather and climate, or anything at all about the subject of climate science. Global warming causes climate change, which manifests in many different ways, including greater extremes of weather.

sacjon Oct 05, 2021 11:17 AM
Lightning Strikes in Santa Barbara County

VOICE - what in the heck are you babbling about? No one is talking about hurricanes. We had a thunderstorm last night. If you think what we had was comparable to a hurricane, I just can't help anymore. You're so desperate to make some "point" about whatever it is you're talking about, you've devolved to nonsense. Time to pack it in, bud.

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