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Flames from the Hennessey Fire are seen in the last image from a tower-mounted camera before it melted, according to AlertWildfire, on Atlas Peak northwest of Vacaville, Calif. on Aug. 18, 2020. (Photo: Alertwildfire.org/Handout via Reuters)

‘Lightning siege’ sparks wildfires across California wine country

Almost 11,000 strikes reported over 72 hours

Vacaville, California | Reuters — Lightning strikes sparked dozens of wildfires in northern California’s wine country on Wednesday, burning dozens of structures and forcing thousands to flee their homes. California was hit by nearly 11,000 lightning strikes in 72 hours, sparking 367 fires, nearly two dozen of them major, as the state suffered a record […] Read more


This map shows the total amount of precipitation that fell across Alberta during the 30-day period ending on April 11. Southern and central regions, for the most part, were very dry, with most regions seeing less than 10 millimetres. The central and northern Peace Region was also quite dry. The wet areas were in the extreme southwest along with the Northern Region, where more than 55 millimetres of precipitation were reported in some areas.

An early spring may lead to an early start to thunderstorm season

These awe-inspiring storms are associated with hot, 
humid days — but they can form under other conditions, too

Reading Time: 3 minutes With a pretty warm first half of April across Alberta I won’t be surprised if we end up seeing an early start to thunderstorm season. So I figured that maybe we should have an early start to my annual look at thunderstorms. To begin with, we’ll need to talk about one of my weather pet peeves, […] Read more