Thunder, Lightning, Wind, Rain in Southwest Riverside County

Dry lightning flashes could be seen in the skies above Lake Elsinore, Temecula and Murrieta Saturday, In the midst of a severe thunderstorm warning and in 93-degree heat.

As the temperature hovered in the low 90s and thunderstorm warnings were issued for the county, dry lightning appeared in the skies above Southwest Riverside County.

The wind began to blow in Lake Elsinore about 2:30 p.m., just as the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Riverside County.

Thunder began shortly after 3 p.m. in Temecula, where flashes of dry lightning rent the sky.

Clouds massed as thunderclaps could be heard in the distance.

And then it began to rain in Temecula -- fat, cool drops falling to a backdrop of jagged slashes in the sky.

The NWS warned that if one can hear thunder, one is close enough to be struck by lightning.

Ron Wilkens August 11, 2012 at 10:42 PM
It's raining and the wind is blowing, heard on the news to watch out for tornados near March AF Base
James Q. August 11, 2012 at 10:50 PM
It's awesome! Too bad it's short lived. It'd be better if it lasted longer than it did. Rain only lasted 5 mins here in east murrieta.
Mike Garcia August 11, 2012 at 10:57 PM
It was hitting 108 degrees here in West Murrieta!
John Spear August 11, 2012 at 11:01 PM
weather channel missed this storm by 20 minutes no warning at all...all they said was riverside county near Marsh Air Force base and Morreno Valley You could see this by looking up...weather people need to pay attention
John Spear August 11, 2012 at 11:02 PM
going to cancel my subscription to the weather channel thought the house was going to blow away trees litter streets
Lauren Nadolson August 11, 2012 at 11:05 PM
I want to be in the part of Lake Elsinore that is only 93 degrees. Last time I looked at the thermometer outside it was about 109.
Brad August 11, 2012 at 11:20 PM
STILL hearing thunder in Harveston. The storm passed directly overhead but is a bit more distant now. Nice to have interesting weather; hope everyone is okay.
Christi August 11, 2012 at 11:41 PM
I have had the warnings from the weather channel long before the clouds moved in, around noon.
Dave August 12, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Good thing the quarry isn't built yet......the wind would have blow silica and other carcinogens all over my yard.
Constant Comment August 12, 2012 at 01:57 AM
"You won't have to put up with ads and stuff" ??? Really....ha! }~)
Diana August 12, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Just finished cleaning the debris off the patios and out of the pool, it looks really dark towards the north, are we expecting more rain and thunder, it is really still out, kind of eerie.
kristin c August 12, 2012 at 02:13 AM
We got hammered at target in menifee.. the thunder and lightning were incredible.. sounded like target was going to come down.
Teller of Truth August 12, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Sounds like Miller time!
Thetis Pressley August 12, 2012 at 05:08 AM
We were on the 15 driving through Elsinore @ 2:15, it was 111 degrees and the clouds were rolling in.
Don Lambert August 12, 2012 at 09:32 AM
That was strange! from Murrita off of California Oaks a little ways up hill from Hancock. Lots of thunder around 3 pm. I went outside to look around at 3:15. Lots of thunder, sounded like inside or above the clouds overhead. But I could SEE NO LIGHTNING. Normally whenever I hear loud thunder I see the lightning that caused I could see over Temecula too, but could see no lightning. [One time several years ago lightening did hit a house several blocks from here I htink it was first attracted to a nearby tree that was higher than the house, then jumped to the house and started a fire in the upstairs bedroom.] Anyhow today Saturday, It had cooled to about 90 by then. I decided to dig in my yard awhile. Then it started raining, I was under a larger tree, so I did not get very wet so I kept digging. Large drops, but it did not last long. Quiet for a few minutes, then thunder again, same thing, no visble lightning, Quiet again, then thunder, then rain, large drops, kept working. There were about five distinct times it rained and wet the driveway, dried off, rained again. All together there was only about 1/8 inch total at my house, well maybe there some of it evaporated before I measured it.
Jim Purpura - Redhawk Weather August 12, 2012 at 05:48 PM
John, what area are you in? The NWS had several warnings out. We are going out to look at some storm damage in the north part of Temecula. Jim Purpura Meteorologist WeatherCurrents.com
Jim Purpura - Redhawk Weather August 12, 2012 at 05:51 PM
The NWS issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Temecula yesterday for these storms. The warning mentioned a tornado was possible. There was indication of some weak rotation on Doppler Radar. We have some reports of wind damage in the north portion of Temecula. We are going to survey damage, and report. Kudos to NWS on this warning.
Brad August 12, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Always appreciate the well researched reports from weathercurrents.com. Thanks Jim.
john August 12, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Yes thats why the borders should be closed these monsters have have angered the rain gods.
Hector August 13, 2012 at 12:45 AM
There was lots of lightning/thunder in the Perris/Menifee area with a lot of rain.
PirateGirl August 13, 2012 at 12:53 AM
We live in Wildomar.....in The Farm, and did not get one drop pf rain:(
Jim Purpura - Redhawk Weather August 13, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Thanks Brad!
Jim Purpura - Redhawk Weather August 13, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Could be more of the same today (Monday). The NWS has already issued their first Flash Flood Warning of the day. Conditions are right for the Elsinore Convergence Zone...from Lake Elsinore to Hemet...to light up with thunderstorms again today. Jim Purpura weathercurrents.com
Bubba August 13, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Thanks Jim Can people get severe weather reports on their cell phones?


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