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Weather Station Zapped By Lightning

The weather has no respect. The huge storm that battered Northern California knocked out a National Weather Service radar station in the Santa Cruz Mountains yesterday. The equipment took a direct hit from a lightning bolt.

The failure left forecasters in the weather service office in Monterey without one of their main tools. Repair crews are working to fix the station and hope to have it up and running later Tuesday.

Forecaster Bob Benjamin said the agency is using radar stations around the state to monitor the storms, but can’t get as detailed a view without the fried facility.