Tuesday night’s rowdy storm brought dazzling rain and lightning to San Diego County

A Pacific storm that was expected to largely bypass San Diego County brought modest but needed rain Tuesday night while producing 10 lightning strikes and pea-sized hail that briefly blanketed parts of Mt. Soledad in Fallbrook.

The system also kicked up towering columns of dust in and around Borrego Springs and shook hangars at Naval Air Station North Island and lashed Moonlight State Beach in Encinitas. Tiny amounts of snow fell on Mount Laguna, according to the National Weather Service.

The storm affected much of Southern California and lit up Twitter as people started posting photos of Pasadena’s Rose Bowl, which was so covered in hail it looked like a snow bowl.

Just three days earlier, the temperature had soared to 91 in San Diego, producing the hottest February day in the city’s history. It came during a five-day heat wave that ended on Sunday.

Here is a sample of the rainfall recorded across the county Tuesday evening:

Mountain Otay, 0.78 inches
Santa Ysabel, 0.75 inches
Mount Woodson, 0.68 inches
Montgomery Field, 0.57 inches;
Palomar mountain, 0.55 inches
Ramona Airport, 0.56 inches
brown field,
Alpine, 0.48 inch
Campo, 0.47 inches
Lake Cuyamaca, 0.46 inches
Descanso, 0.44 inch
Barona, 0.43 inches
Julien, 0.43 inches
Henshaw bracing, 0.37 inches
Santee, 0.30 inches
Escondido, 0.26 inches
Miramar, 0.24 inch
Valley center, 0.24 inches
Miramar Lake, 0.23 inches
San Diego International Airport, 0.22 inch
National City, 0.20 inch
Rancho Bernardo, 0.19 inches
El Cajon, 0.17 inch
The Mesa, 0.17 inches
Fashion Valley, 0.14 inch

Maximum gusts of wind:
Mount Volcano, 100 km/h
Borrego Springs, 58 mph
Harrison Park, 80 km/h
Mount Palomar, 82 km/h
Mount Laguna, 81 km/h
Julian, 46 km/h
Crestwood, 40 mph
North Island, 39 mph
Moonlight Beach, 38 mph
Ranchita, 40 mph
Lake Cuyamaca, 37 mph

Source: NWS

Robert M. Larson