I've lived in California my whole life and never experienced an August anything like what we had last week. A week of 100 plus degree weather and suddenly two days of thunder and lightning.
There wasn't much sleeping going on with 10,000 lightning strikes followed by thunder. When the lightning was a safe distance away, I took out my iPhone and started videoing what was going on. Once the lightning passed, the next few days were filled with smoke from the 350 fires that started. From Napa to Vacaville and the ocean hills just south of Half Moon Bay to Santa Cruz, the fires have burned thousands of acres. The resulting smoke had us barricade indoors since the air was not breathable.
The heat was still over a hundred with houses holding more heat in to keep the bad air out. Of course, in the Bay Area, we hardly ever get that kind of heat so air conditioning was not an option. Plus, we were under a possible blackout advisory from running the electrical companies to near capacity of use.
Today the weather is cool, the smoke is cleared, my friends are safe.