The Oakland A's ballpark, already afflicted by intermittent sewage problems, was cursed early this morning by lightning, which brought down power lines and caused a brief power outage.
PG&E spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian told Bay City News that lightning struck near O.co Coliseum at 4:43 a.m. Power was restored soon after that, so it likely won't affect the game tonight between the A's and the Houston Astros.
There were at least 24 lightning strikes in the Bay Area Monday night and early this morning, according to the National Weather Service. Almost as inconceivable: There was also a little rain. Thunderstorms came and went, along with showers here and there.
Most of the lightning hit the Pacific Ocean -- 18 strikes, according to the NWS, followed by four in San Mateo County, one in Marin County and one in the San Francisco Bay. Subtropical moisture and a weak area of instability accounted for the spectacular but unseasonal display.
Here's an NWS tweet with a map of where the strikes occurred:
Map showing the location of cloud-to-ground lightning strikes this morning: pic.twitter.com/OhVJpKvdjl
— NWSBayArea (@NWSBayArea) July 22, 2014
But if you missed the strikes, which most of us did, there's something even better: a real-time lightning tracker. It's called Blitzortung.org and it's for hard-core lightning fans — the meteorological equivalent of rail buffs or plane spotters.