Thunder & Lightning in Claycord, Again!

March 5, 2014 22:27 pm · 46 comments

For the second time in 10 days, Claycord is getting hit with thunder & lightning.

It’s also pouring rain outside!

Enjoy it, drive safely, and keep your animals safe and secure.

UPDATE, 10:58pm: About 500 people are without power in Martinez. Also, lighting hit a tree in Martinez, but we’re unsure of the exact location.

Power should be restored by 1:45am, according to PG&E.

KenInConcord March 5, 2014 at 10:32 PM

Thunderbolt and lightning-very very frightening me-
Galileo Galileo

ClayDen March 5, 2014 at 10:34 PM

Why not just say “lightning”? If there is lightning, there is always thunder, as it’s caused by the lightning. March 5, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Does it really matter?

Please! March 5, 2014 at 10:39 PM

Bring your pets inside!!!! Scared pets will bolt even if they don’t usually try to escape! Please keep them safe and secure!

By the way, if the thunder shakes my house again, my dogs are outta their crates and under the blankets with me!

eyewhen March 5, 2014 at 10:39 PM

Does anything ever really matter?

Hereinmtz March 5, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Thunder in Martinez just once VERY VERY loud like cars crashing into sheets of metal …. Then down pour of rain and one of our clocks power went out. Just one wth???

personally March 5, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Wrong #2. I have been in many storms where there is a ton of lightning and no thunder.

@ClayDen March 5, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Not always, ClayDen. I’ve lived in parts of the country that get “dry lightning”. That’s lightning with no thunder and no rain.

ClayDen March 5, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Precise use of the language matters.

Thunder March 5, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Yes! Figarooooo…..Magnifico! Beelzebub has a devil put aside for me, for me, for meeeeee….. hehehe 🙂 thunder and lightening.

Maybe March 5, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Huge explosion in Martinez near John Muir elementary. Followed by five more smaller booms, then loss of power. Possibly lighting striking a power pole? What ever it was it was LOUD!!

EdiBirsan March 5, 2014 at 10:46 PM

I always like thunder and lightning, sort of the sky’s light show.

Heard just two peels of it around 10:40PM

Tarkus March 5, 2014 at 10:46 PM

The storm seems to have disrupted some emergency services communication. I also found out that my weather station flashes “It’s raining cats and dogs” on its screen during a heavy downpour.

furian March 5, 2014 at 10:46 PM

It’s god punishing us for banning plastic bags!

Marion March 5, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Small power & phone outage in Martinez. 175 people. Strange that phones are out too. Went out right after lightning strike.

ClayDen – seriously!!!!? Sheeshus.

Kenny March 5, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Agree with post #8.

nytemuvr March 5, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Just hitting here near the Sacramento airport….

J. March 5, 2014 at 10:57 PM


Michelle March 5, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Lightening hit a house in Martinez, hope folks are ok.

Pro Fi March 5, 2014 at 10:58 PM

So you think you can stone me and spit in my eye?
So you think you can love me and leave me to die?
Oh, baby, can’t do this to me, baby,
Just gotta get out, just gotta get right outta here.


Dorothy March 5, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Didn’t see the lightning but heard a couple of rolls of thunder. Lovely rain coming down.

nytemuvr March 5, 2014 at 11:00 PM

@KenInConcord #1 & @Thunder #10
So you think you can stone me and spit in my eye?
So you think you can love me and leave me to die?

Dog dog dad March 5, 2014 at 11:03 PM

There is always thunder with lightening. You just don’t hear it if it’s too far away

VictoryMedic March 5, 2014 at 11:05 PM

Power outage in Walnut Creek too, near Northgate High school.

Marie13 March 5, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Anyone else have power out in walnut creek 94598 area?

Johnnyfootball March 5, 2014 at 11:12 PM

Yes. Northgate power outage confirmed. PG&E rolling

also March 5, 2014 at 11:15 PM

power is out in Concord,too.

Kathleen March 5, 2014 at 11:26 PM

Just got home in Clayton. Hope everything is okay.

ClayDen, the media always reports “thunder and lightening.” Like the Mayor sad, “does it really matter?”

The Mayor know what’s he doing, and he works very hard to provide our community with “all the latest.”

I hope you’re not that way with your boss. You won’t last long!

Maybe you’re really young. March 5, 2014 at 11:33 PM

Thanks, Kathleen 😉


mrdioji March 5, 2014 at 11:26 PM

@2 ClayDen – because there is thunder AND lightning in Claycord. There is a case where only lightning could be seen, but no thunder heard in Claycord. Or there is the case that the lightning is outside of Claycord, but the thunder could be heard. Then there is the case of thunder and lightning in Claycord – as stated here.
Precise use of language matters…or sometimes social conventions work just fine.

madasHamlet March 5, 2014 at 11:39 PM

The hit near John Muir Elementary was actually right behind Veale Ave–we saw the explosion from our living room window. On Vine Street between Merle and Leslie. Haven’t ventured over to the street behind to check the damage yet, but our whole house shook. Veale Ave, at least where we are, had power immediately restored; the people on the street behind were not so lucky–they’re still dark.

ClayDen March 5, 2014 at 11:52 PM


I appreciate what the Mayor does. And I’m not really young. I had a successful career of over 35 years as an aerospace engineer and engineering manager and presently teach in the school of engineering at a local university.

refinery March 6, 2014 at 2:25 AM

We were told that a contractor working saw the bolt hit between propane spheres. It sure felt and sounded like an explosion. Our units lit up like daylight.

funny man March 6, 2014 at 2:26 AM

“Precise use of the language matters.” –Internet Know-It-All

this is always true 50% off the time. but for internet trolls.

@ClayDen March 6, 2014 at 6:32 AM

You could always start your own website dedicated to lightning.

anon anon March 6, 2014 at 6:58 AM

Glad I installed a surge protector on my furnace and tankless water heater.

The Mamba March 6, 2014 at 7:53 AM

Woke up in the middle of the night to a thunderclap seemingly right over my house. Worked the dogs up into a frenzy, but thankfully the baby slept right through it.

Contra costa mom March 6, 2014 at 8:28 AM

I am on center Ave by Nob Hill and it lit up my apartment and I lost power for a few. The thunder was very very loud the lighting hit really close to my apartment. Hope everyone is ok.

dilligafman March 6, 2014 at 8:29 AM

my 140+lb rottie wanted out to “get” the thunder. every time it thunders he gets protective and runs around the yard barking like crazy!!

I'm Your Huckleberry March 6, 2014 at 8:39 AM

Dear ClayDen #2,
Before you post a snide remark, be sure and get your information correct. Lightning storms occur without Thunder many times.
Have you ever experienced what is often times referred to as a dry lightning storm? Lighting storm without any thunder and no rain.

Love USA March 6, 2014 at 8:39 AM

Love the thunder and the rain too! Even the light show! Just stay off the landline phones! Not sure about cell phones. My birds were not freaked out at all with that really loud thunder. It was really something.

Cuzzzzzzzzzzzzz March 6, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Yep #40…………had dry lighting storms all the time out in Yerington. Part of the beauty oof living in the high desert.

ClayDen March 6, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Lightning is caused by a very high voltage electric discharge between two areas that have a different electrical charge, such as between the regions of two clouds or between a cloud and the ground. The discharge produces a great deal of energy and disturbs the air, resulting in a sound pressure wave, which is what we hear as thunder (all sound is a pressure wave). Thunder is always produced when there is lightning. However, sound is attenuated by the square of the distance from the source, so if it is far away, you may not hear it, but it still happened (if a tree falls in the forest, but nobody is around to hear it…). The conditions that produce lightning are the same as those that produce rain but it’s possible for lightning to occur without rain. Also, the lightning may occur at such a high altitude that the rain may not reach the ground.

BTW, one of the most spectacular light shows I’ve ever seen was camping near Cheyenne WY when there was “sheet lightning” where the whole horizon seemed to light up at the same time. Another beautiful time was sitting in a top floor restaurant having dinner in Arlington VA (near the Pentagon) watching a major lightning storm light up Washington DC.

anon March 6, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Plastic bags in Walnut Creek, what has this city come to ! It even has parking meters. Next they will have wet garbage police. They already have rowdy night clubs. Just having fun, do they have a sense of humor in WC or has that already been outlawed?

Scott March 6, 2014 at 4:58 PM

@Contra costa mom, I’m in the complex behind Nob Hill. I was fortunate to meet Radar when he had covered the fire there. We were sleeping when the thunder clap hit. Very loud and it seemed to last for close to 10 seconds (maybe… we were in a daze). Our power had flickered off and back on. Went right back to sleep. But I was really impressed with the duration of that single clap.

DogDog Dad March 6, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Got to beat a dead horse here. There can be no lightening without thunder. according to NOAA. Thunder is a direct result of lightning. If you see lightning but don’t hear thunder, it is because the thunder is too far away. Sometimes, people refer to this as heat lightning because it most often occurs in the summer , but it is no different from regular lighting.

the Dog has spoken (and the NOAA too)

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