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By: cws6196, 4:59 PM GMT on May 29, 2008
UPDATE Saturday 8:40am
A look at the radar indicates a line of storms in Western MD and along the MD/PA line. These storms are moving East and are ahead of the cold front which is still in OH (yet also moving East).
Expect for most of us to see storms starting around 11:00 or so this morning. The data looks good (models and the skew-T) for storms to contain strong winds and hail. For those East of I-95 and along the Bay there is a chance for rotation or tornadoes to form given the combination of strong Westerly winds combining with the Bay breezes. Those in Central MD should not have to worry.
There is a good chance for thunderstorms on Saturday. The model data runs have been inconsistent in the timing, but consistent with the passage of a cold front from the Great Lakes. At this time I would say those on the MD/PA line could see storms late Friday with the rest of us in Central MD on Saturday and throughout the day. Strong winds and possible hail are the main features of concern.
Updated: 12:43 PM GMT on May 31, 2008
By: cws6196, 3:13 PM GMT on May 26, 2008
This has been a wild last few days for tornadoes and severe weather. From Thursday through the writing of this there have been 167 reports of tornadoes and over 1,500 reports of wind and hail. This system is still active today. Attached is a graphic of the storm reports from yesterday (Sunday).
This system is moving East and tomorrow (Tuesday) will be in our backyard. The model and other data does not support us in Central MD experiencing severe weather though. This will mainly effect OH, Western PA and Western NY. Those closer to the MD/PA line have a greater chance for severe weather. As I see it, Central MD will primarily experience scattered thunderstorms. If you are traveling into Western MD you will experience more of a threat for storms.
By: cws6196, 12:29 PM GMT on May 08, 2008
Looks like we in Central MD could have an active couple days of weather. Today, Thursday, I do not see much happening but rain off and on as the day progresses. After Midnight is a greater chance for thunderstorms, but even these should be scattered. But, if you are in the scattered area and do experience a thunderstorm, there is potential for "spin" (according to the NWS). Friday looks to be a rain day, and those in Central MD into PA could receive upwards of 2 inches or more of rainfall. I would not be surprised to have flood products issued for tomorrow. This is all as a result of a cold front moving in as well as a surface low forming and moving through MD.