Sunday T-storms dot area with lightning, bring hail, flash flooding | SierraSun.com

Sunday T-storms dot area with lightning, bring hail, flash flooding

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun
Courtesy mapThis map from the U.S. Forest Service shows where the 238 lightning strikes occurred Sunday in the region.
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TAHOE/TRUCKEE and#8212; Slow moving thunderstorms brought lightning to the region again this weekend, sparking at least one fire Sunday near Boca Reservoir.

Tahoe National Forest recorded 238 lightning strikes compared to 992 statewide on Sunday. But the weak winds meant each storm brought a lot of moisture too, according to the National Weather Service in Reno, which reported street flooding and up to 1 inch diameter hail in South Lake Tahoe.

and#8220;We had some pretty good rainfall and#8212; up to half an inch in some areas around Tahoe,and#8221; said Brian Oand#8217;Hara, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

He said the slow-moving storms, due to high pressure and light winds even at high altitudes, created flash flooding Sunday in Virginia City.

North of Truckee, near Boca Reservoir, the U.S. Forest Service has confirmed one fire caused by lightning, and spotted possible smoke elsewhere, according to a press release from Ann Westling, public affairs officer for Tahoe National Forest. According to the release, a plane was set to go up Monday to look for additional smokes.

Check back as more information becomes available on any fires started by Sundayand#8217;s storms.