Chance of dry lightning triggers fire weather watch for most of Sonoma County, North Bay

9 September 2021

A year after lightning sparked the 55,209-acre Walbridge fire, Sonoma County is again on the verge of being hit by a dry lightning storm that, though smaller, could trigger more fires due to the North Bay’s ever-expanding withered landscape.

Concerns that dry lightning may develop across the North Bay Thursday evening, prompted the National Weather Service to issue a fire weather watch which will take effect at 5 p.m. Thursday until 11 a.m. Friday.

Dry lightning is lightning that develops whenever storms don’t produce rain. This week’s conditions are expected to be “more dry than wet,” according to the weather service.

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