Tahoe County has the most lightning strikes this year

Mosquito fire doubles in size west of Lake Tahoe, sending a pyrocumulus cloud skyward that could linger into early morning Friday, according to a National Weather Service alert.

A new record for the most lightning in Tahoe County this year was shattered on Wednesday, but there were no reports of lightning strikes reported by the Weather Service Friday morning.

A series of lightning strikes in the Lake Tahoe basin has doubled over the last week to nearly 2,300 total strikes, or 0.6 percent of the month. The last time the county saw more than 1,000 lightning strikes was in August 2016. The last time there were more than 2,000 strikes was in March 2000.

The National Weather Service has a lightning map up that shows all of the counties in California where there are significant clusters of strikes.

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