2015-06-04 / Front Page

Tropical moisture invades state

A band of moisture moving up from Mexico generated this interesting weather radar image today. (National Weather Service | CONTRIBUTED)A band of moisture moving up from Mexico generated this interesting weather radar image today. (National Weather Service | CONTRIBUTED)Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 12 noon - A plume of moisture generated by tropical storms Andres and Blanca was pushing into Central California today, and is expected to generate some rain, thunder and lightning through Wednesday.

The system could generate significant rainfall across the region, with "minor street flooding" possible, the National Weather Service said today.

Anyone caught in the open during a lightning event is advised to immediately get to lower ground. While they might seem to offer shelter, cliffs, caves, trees and overhangs actually increase the risk, experts say.

For firefighters, this week's weather will mean a closer watch for lightning-generated fires. Lightning last weekend sparked six small fires in Yosemite, Park offcials said.

Following the passage of the main band of rain, "plenty of unsettled (weather)" is then expected through Friday--when hot and sunny conditions are expected to return to the area.

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