Whoa, looks like a thunderstorm was occurring just to our northeast, possibly over Stockton! Me and my family were on the way to the Dameron Hospital in Stockton, CA to visit Lola… However, while along the way, the weather quickly turned from sunny to stormy… in June?! Pic taken from around Pleasanton, CA.
Weather scenario this day:
A rare, winter-like June storm had hit NorCal this day of Sunday, June 11, 2017, bringing chilly temps, heavy rain, hail, frequent lightning, and even snow in the high elevations… The National Weather Service in Sacramento had also issued a special weather statement at 4:19 p.m. stating Doppler radar was tracking a strong t-storm between Lodi & Stockton moving east at 5 mph. Dime-size hail & winds in excess of 30 mph were likely occurring with the storm. Frequent CG lightning was also occurring & even KCRA tweeted video of a funnel cloud in north Stockton! This bipolar, unusual weather pattern was all thanks to an unusual low pressure trough/system slowly drifting over NorCal at this time. Hail, frequent lightning & gusty winds were likely with storms that do develop over the region. Certainly, this rare bout of late-spring weather had occurred across parts of the Bay Area & the Central Valley this day, pushed along by a low-pressure system that was also bringing snow to the Sierras… While we were heading to see Lola this afternoon, we saw dark skies to our north and even saw a few lightning strikes in the distance while around French Camp, CA. It’s been a while since I’ve witnessed lightning in person. Gotta love this unsettled weather…in June! Drive safe out there, fellas!
(Sunday late afternoon, June 11, 2017; 4:57 p.m.)