Anomalous lightning STORM: Nearly 1,500 pulses of lightning recorded off Southern California coast in 5 minutes as ATMOSPHERIC RIVER engulfs the state

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In one five-minute stretch alone, shortly after 8 p.m., the National Weather Service recorded 1,489 pulses of lightning off the coast, 231 over Santa Barbara County and 40 in Los Angeles County. IT’S A LOT. YOU USUALLY DON’T GET THAT!

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A spectacular display of lightning illuminated the night sky over California Tuesday night, March 5, 2019. Picture by Mike Eliason / Santa Barbara Fire Department

A band of thunderstorms that stretched from southern Kern County past the Channel Islands was producing a dramatic lightning show Tuesday night in the Southern California sky.

At one point, the National Weather Service (NWS) recorded 1,489 pulses of lightning in just five minutes off the California coast.

Lightning in atmospheric river approaching California
Lightning is seen flickering in the atmospheric river approaching California. (Image/NOAA’s GOES-17 satellite/CIRA/RAMMB)

Lightning also knocked out power briefly at three terminals at Los Angeles International Airport and also struck a plane. No one on the plane was injured and the Delta flight to Seattle returned to the airport, where passengers later boarded a different plane.

The rain inundating parts of California on Tuesday evening and Wednesday was part of a weather system fueled by another atmospheric river.

Animated CA storm satellite
Via Satellite/NOAA

The view from outer space was nothing short of breathtaking and so was the view from the ground in Southern California as lightning seemingly crashed everywhere.

That was a pretty intense system, indicating the strength of the storm that was coming on shore from the Pacific Ocean. And of course WEATHER MANIPULATION!

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[LA Times, FoxNews, AccuWeather]

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