Skip to comments.7 People Possibly Struck By Lightning, Injured at Venice Beach: LAFD
Posted on 07/27/2014 4:00:02 PM PDT by rdl6989
The Los Angeles Fire Department was investigating reports that as many as seven people had been struck by lightning at Venice Beach and were injured when a rare series of thunderstorms hit the Southern California area on Sunday afternoon.
I can’t emphasize enough that we NEVER get thunderstorms in SoCal and I’ve never seen lightening here. We don’t even get rain.
Hope they are OK.
I grew up in socal and was there until the late 70’s and we had thunderstorms every year. Climate change?
Joe Bastardi mentioned something about a hurricane hitting SoCal possibly this year, but if it doesn’t happen this is just as good.
It was crazy here on the Westside a few hours ago, could hear the thunder but received no rain..some areas got heavy rain..just one of those crazy weather days..hope everyone is OK
The rain is needed.
There are occasional thunderstorms, it’s not frequent but they’re somewhat regular.
Currently we’re right in the middle of a months-long segment of blue skies, so the people likely weren’t focused on lightning as a threat.
Hope they’re ok.
I couldn’t live in southern California for that reason alone. It rains here just about every day during the summer and I like it that way.
You would think if a person was struck by lighting they would know it.
I have seen a few real storms here in California. Even by Midwest standards. One of them had enough power blow over a boxcar. One had hail that put hole in my corrugated fiberglass patio roof. You see them more often in the area where hot. Dessert air mets cooler coastal air.
Was up on the top of a mountain at Ft Irwin during one. Not fun at all feeling like a lightning rod!
They were rare near the coast, maybe recall only a half dozen over the decades I lived there.
California has a dry season, no rain, from mid-April to mid-October. Then it has a wet season, from mid-October to mid-April. It's been that way for eons.
There have been wetter and drier years.
I remember once as a kid. I was home with strep throat. It rained ENDLESSLY. I knew that the Bible spoke about 40 days and 40 nights of rain. WE HAD MORE. I got nervous because of the Bible. But, as I grew up I realized that weather pattern was normal for the West Coast.
Since our planet has been around for 4.6 BILLION YEARS we can't really get mmore that the feel for it in just these few hundred years of weather pattern...for SURE.
We need FEWER people; THAT'S what we need. We have 38 million Californians...and those don't include the scads of illegals. TOO MANY.
I grew up here when there were only 10 million folks here. We didn't need so much water then.
Is this related to the recent Russian video of swimmers and beachgoers getting pelted with golf sized hail and swimming and running for cover?
Could be a SyFy movie plot..
Global zapping and kaaa-smacking happens.
Ditto on that. In late July or August one or two storms develop west of the mountains in the San Diego area. I have seen lightning strikes on the beach and cliffs and even a waterspout near Carlsbad beach. It does not happen every year but it is not uncommon.
Weird weather here today in Orange County & super hot/humid..my hubby just said earthquake weather. Hope not!
Latest report is 14 people were struck by the lightening with 2 critical. Also one person who was playing golf on Catalina Island was struck by lightening and taken to a hospital.
Never mind, it's LAFD.
But the weather today in LA is weird. A little cooler than one would expect.
“.......Ive never seen lightening here. We dont even get rain.”
This ol’, and I mean ol’ So. Cal guy been through MANY lightning storms in So. Cal. What you mean “NEVER”?
It’s called a Mediterranean climate. Dry summers, hopefully wet winters
However, there can be a monsoon effect coming up out of Mexico this time of year, that can produce ‘tropical’ weather events.
Too bad no one studies geography any more.
LA gets some crazy storms. They are just unpredictable and infrequent.
But do you get humidity? We don’t. It’s nice and dry.
It was pretty humid here till the rain rolled through and now its down to 67 degrees.
They were taxed out of existence and God took his business elsewhere...
#1. Rare for their to be heavy rain in Southern California this time of year.
#2. Rare for there to be lightning when it rains in Southern California. Usually it only happens during hailstorms.
BUMP to this. I’ve lived my whole life in the middle of America where thunderstorms are dime a dozen. I can’t imagine a climate like SOCAL.
Tell hubby the earthquake isn’t scheduled ‘til Aug 10 — can’t remember my source, but put it on my calendar so must have had some meat to the prediction. Something to do with Full Moon and abnormally high and low tides.
” investigating reports that as many as seven people had been struck by lightning at Venice Beach”
So, uh, where were you hanging out today again?
Aug 10, good to know! thanks
I remember an El Niño from a few years back, when the waters off San Diego had tropical fish showing up. So, a Chubasco this far north may not be out of the question when the coming El Niño gets developed.
That will teach Progressives not to go out in a thunderstorm and shake their fist at God!
There was kind of a start to another El Nino, but has pretty much fizzled out. Many were touting it was going to be a super El Nino, but no dice, just as Joe Bastardi had predicted.
The “hub” will probably want to know what time the earthquake will be on 8-10-2014. Tell him to be alert between 4:45-7:55 am and pm.
Aug 10 won’t work for me. Could please reschedule.
They have upped the number to 14 struck with 2 hospitalized.
If they were on the beach when the storm came up they wouldn’t have time to get to shelter.
Whoa. That’s news to me. I was all atwitter hoping for big rain in California this winter. Still could happen, I guess.
What’s the fine for having lightening on the beach?
It’s the intro for Sharknado 2 which premieres on Wednesday!
My husband and I lived in Saudi Arabia on the Gulf for five years. This time of year it's 117 degrees, 95 degree water and 95% humidity. Makes me understand why the folks over there were a tad cranky before A.C. MISERABLE climate.
I swore I would NEVER bellyache about hot weather again. And I haven't!
GLORIOUS WEATHER here with the fog, westerly winds and no bugs. Well, I saw an earwig the other day, after decades without seeing one. So, I just sprinkle around a little "snack" for them and voila all gone.
I believe one has died. A young man of 20 years.
So, Aug 10 won’t work — then how about Sep 9 - same times - same place. That is the last of the 3 predictions he made for this year.
It astonishes me that they actually made a sequel to Sharknado.
SyFy has been showing corny shark movies all day. I know my 16 yr old son can’t wait for Wednesday. Their showing Sharknado first and Sharknado 2 after that. I got the DVR set up!
“Its called a Mediterranean climate. Dry summers, hopefully wet winters
However, there can be a monsoon effect coming up out of Mexico this time of year, that can produce tropical weather events.
Too bad no one studies geography any more.”
Today, In Torrance, it rained buckets for about 10 minutes, and then that was it. The initial Thunder sounded more like an explosion. I understand that 300 houses in Redondo Beach were without power. Perhaps I heard a transformer blow or something.
I spent a lot of time around the Gulf back in the 80’s and know exactly what you are describing. It astounds people that one can be standing on the edge of a desert and experience tropical conditions of heat and humidity.
You are correct! No wonder they’re such cranky bastards in that part of the world.
Thing is, yesterday there was no rain ... and no thunder as I understand it.
I was just a few miles away from Venice and it was dry as a bone and no storm.
No one here REALLY understands what it's like over there. The Saudis are like everyone else on the planet, trying to make a living, bring up their children and lead a decent life.
BUT, they are Arabs and their culture is so very, very different from ours. It worked on us. It took me some time to readjust to the good ole USA.
I had to STOP saying, "Well, in Saudi Arabia...." I could see their eyes glaze over when I started in with those introductory words. Living over there WAS the adventure or our lives. I'll never, ever, ever forget it.
I DO see the utter hatred of Muslims here. People loathe them here, never having lived, worked or been in that culture. I sometimes wonder if they loathe, detest and despise ALL Muslims, even American ones. Even the children, women and babies? Hard for me to understand that kind of negativity. That has to work on their souls and not in a good way.
I don't LIKE the Arab/Muslim/Saudi culture one TINY bit in any way, shape or form, but I can't bring myself to detest and despise an entire group of human beings simply because of where they happened to be born. It doesn't make any sense to me and I know it's a horribly unChristian attitude.
However, this IS the FR and they are entitled to their opinions. Too bad they excoriate me so when I express MY opinions.
El Niño is just not paying attention to climate models looks like a bust
Yeah, looks pretty bad. However, Chile is having a wet winter, and their severe drought has paralleled California. So, maybe there’s hope for rain in CA anyway.