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Calmer Weather in Southland Forecast for Thursday After Volatile – and Tragic – Storms

Published on Thursday, June 23, 2022 | 5:50 am
 

Pasadena Engine Company 32 shown assisting the Angeles National Forest and LA County Fire on a lightning strike blaze above Henniger Flats called “Eaton Fire” on June 22, 2022. [Photo courtesy Pasadena Fire Dept.]
Calmer weather was in the forecast for the Southland Thursday – one day after thunderstorms and lightning strikes buffeted the region, killing a woman and her two dogs by a strike in Pico Rivera and leading to tree and brush fires and scattered power outages in Pasadena.

Mostly sunny skies were expected Thursday with the warm weather continuing, reaching a high of 93.

Friday and Saturday are shaping up to feature what the NWS labeled “benign” conditions, with increased onshore flow bringing a thicker marine layer. A slight cooling trend along the coasts and in the valleys was expected, while inland areas were expected to warm up.

The Friday/Saturday outlook called for temperatures in the lower to mid 90’s.
All that follows Wednesday’s volatile weather, which took a tragic turn around 8:50 a.m. in Pico Rivera as a woman and her two dogs were fatally struck by lightning as they walked along the San Gabriel River. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said all three died at the scene.

“There’s a one-in-a-million chance of something like this happening, and it happened,” sheriff’s Sgt. Patrick Morey told the Los Angeles Times.

Wednesday morning was also peppered by scattered thunderstorms that made for a damp commute in some areas, sparked at least one small brush fire and caused lighting strikes that caused multiple power outages in Pasadena.

The Pasadena Fire Department reported several “lightning-related palm tree fires” Wednesday morning, and by mid-morning was responding to a blaze above Eaton Canyon.

The weather service reported lightning strikes and thunderstorms Wednesday morning over Mount Wilson, with the system moving northwest over Monrovia, Angeles Crest Highway between Mount Wilson and Mount Waterman, Sierra Madre, Arcadia and Duarte. The NWS recorded wind gusts reaching 51 mph on Mount Wilson.

According to the NWS, the main storm front over Los Angeles County stretched from Long Beach through the Antelope Valley, with isolated storm cells developing and dissipating along the front, dropping roughly a quarter-inch of rain at a time and even some small hail. One area in the San Gabriel Mountains received just under an inch of rain.

Here is a detailed forecast for Pasadena from the National Weather Service:

Today: Sunny, with a high near 93. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 64. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming east northeast after midnight.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 91. Light south southwest wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.

Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 64. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming east after midnight.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 92. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.

Saturday Night: Clear, with a low around 67.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 94.

Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 68.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 94.

Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 71.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 93.

Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 66.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 91.

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