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.  


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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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

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.

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 :)

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.

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 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 08:10 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.

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 08:55 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 -


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