Did you hear the thunder Monday night, Sacramento?
Rain, lightning and thunder spread across most of the capital region, said National Weather Service meteorologist Hannah Chandler-Cooley.
Residents were quick to post snippets of Sacramento’s rare weather event on the r/Sacramento Reddit forum.
A Reddit user posted a 15-second video of rain showers in downtown Sacramento. The post had 946 upvotes and nearly 80 comments.
Another Reddit user posted a four-second clip of a lightning strike in West Sacramento, warning people to stay safe. The post had 60 “upvotes” and five comments.
Lightning also struck Sunday night, knocking out a traffic light in East Sacramento, city officials said.
Those who missed a glimpse of Sacramento’s unusual weather will have to wait until the next storm to see a light show.
Chandler-Cooley said while rain showers and thunderstorms are expected to hit Sacramento after 11 a.m. Tuesday through Wednesday, the chances of seeing more lightning are unlikely.
There is a 15% chance of thunderstorms and a 40% chance of rain Tuesday in the Sacramento area. The chance of rain on Wednesday climbs to 50%, according to the National Weather Service.
“Anything forming in the Valley today,” Chandler-Cooley said, “will be much more isolated and dispersed.”
Humidity and fog
Some areas received scattered fog on Tuesday, a holdover from the moisture and humidity brought by the storm.
“When we have enough wet ground and it’s really wet,” Chandler-Cooley said, “it can cause fog, especially at night and early in the morning.”
Humidity levels in the Capital Region typically range between 20% and 30% on a typical summer day in Sacramento. The region’s most recent weather event pushed humidity levels well above 80%.
Weather forecast for Sacramento
Here’s a look at Sacramento’s forecast for Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Service. For up-to-date forecasts, check weather.gov again:
Tuesday | High nearly 76 degrees
Partly sunny with 40% chance of rain showers with possible thunderstorms after 11 a.m. Scattered fog before 10 a.m.
Tuesday evening | 60 degree bottom
Mostly cloudy with 30% chance of rain showers and thunderstorms.
Wednesday | High nearly 76 degrees
Partly sunny with 50% chance of rain showers.
Wednesday evening | Minimum of 57 degrees
Thursday | High nearly 80 degrees
thursday evening | Minimum of 57 degrees
Friday | High near 84 degrees
Friday night | Minimum of 58 degrees
Saturday | High near 88 degrees
Saturday night | Minimum of 59 degrees
Sunday | High nearly 90 degrees
Sunday night | Minimum of 61 degrees
Monday | High near 89 degrees
This story was originally published September 20, 2022 10:59 a.m.