What’s driving this strange weather pattern?Meteorologists called this phenomenon the Atmospheric River, where the jet stream is coming further south and pushing an abundant amount of moisture into the area, Kaplan said.
But this strange event, is just another weird weather occurrence this winter — the area last month had a dusting of snow along the coastline in areas including Malibu. “For Southern California, its unusual,” Kaplan told CNN. Lightning typically hits the area in the deserts during the summer monsoonal season.View this post on Instagram
Thunderstorms moved over much of Southern California Tuesday night, including Los Angeles and Santa Barbara counties. ⚡️ These photos show lightning light up the skies above Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara. 📸: Santa Barbara County Fire PIO Mike Eliason @eliasonphotos #cawx #santabarbara #lightning