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By: cws6196, 5:03 PM GMT on April 24, 2010
Current radar image shows many storm cells in the area capable of producing hail and strong winds. Rotation is indicated in many of these cells, so stay tuned to local reports. This system will stay in the area for another couple hours and is stronger and longer-lived then expected.
Looks like we are in for some severe weather on Sunday. The components for this weather is a warm front stalling and a low pressure system moving in. Wind shear will be strong.
Here's how I see things shaping up later today into Sunday. For most of us we will see rain beginning after 6:00 today, remaining steady throughout the evening and into the morning hours. Heavier rains will be felt after 10:00 or so tonight. Come Sunday morning the rain will continue through the day, but no real threat of flooding is expected.
The severe weather will begin in the later morning hours, first in Southern MD. Actually, it appears Southern MD will experience the worst of the storms with strong winds, lightning and hail all possible. I do not expect to see tornadic activity, but at the same time, if a small one were to form it would not surprise me either. Those in Central MD and Southern PA will see storm activity in the afternoon hours. Storms will not be as severe as in Southern MD, but you can still expect to see strong wind and lightning. As the sun sets the storm activity will diminish. After Sunday the temps will cool and it will rain through Tuesday, but no storms.
I have no doubt there will be watches and warnings issued Sunday. Expect these to be for wind and thunderstorms.
It is about time for us to have storms, for a comparison to last Spring up until April 24, 2009, reveals we had 8 severe weather days.
***NOTE: unfortunately, during this stormy activity I will not have access to technology, therefore I will not be able to update you on conditions. This includes no updates to my blog or weather phone. I apologize for the inconvenience and poor timing of the storms, but it cannot be helped. Please monitor the conditions of the skies in your area tomorrow to be aware of your surroundings and thus safe. I will be back online Sunday night.
Updated: 1:06 AM GMT on April 26, 2010
By: cws6196, 12:33 PM GMT on April 16, 2010
Today and the weekend will be typical Spring days in that if you blink the weather will change. By this afternoon expect the temps to be in the 80's as a High pressure system moves off the coast. Then comes the cold front from the NW which will drop temps over the weekend into the low 60's or upper 50's.
The advancement of the cold front into the warm air will be the trigger for any storms later today. To be honest, I do not see this as a major event for us. Those in Western and Northern MD have a better chance for some thunder, but for the rest of us, any storms will be scattered. Those that experience storms could have some strong winds associated with them. For everyone though, expect rain this evening, beginning around 6:00 or so and lasting past Midnight.
If there are any watches or warnings issued I will keep you posted and will keep the weather phone updated.
By: cws6196, 3:29 AM GMT on April 06, 2010
Thursday Midnight update
Looks like today will be the first chance for some good Spring thunderstorms. The current radar image is quite impressive, showing a long line of storms well to the West of us. By the time they reach us though they will not have the same intensity as was seen in other locales on Wednesday.
For us, we can expect the rains to begin after 5:00 pm, closer to 7:00. The bulk of the rains and the intensity of the storms will be closer to 10:00pm and Midnight into the overnight hours. For us, the greatest threat is wind and possibly hail. Tornadic activity should not occur, although some isolated severe storms could pop up.
I do anticipate at least "watches" to be issued later in the day, but "warnings" will not surprise me.
The Weather Phone (443-470-9804) is updated and I will update the blog as best I can.
It appears the week could get quite interesting come Thursday and Friday. Enjoy the warm weather while we have it, for on Thursday a cold front moves through the area. Not only will it cool things down, but it could trigger some severe storms with strong winds and hail. As cold air moves into a warm environment, it is the perfect set up for storms.
It is early in the week and I will keep monitoring the situation. The Weather Phone will be updated as conditions warrant.
Historically speaking, last year MD experienced 10 tornadoes! Go to this site for details on those storms:
MD tornadoes 2009
Updated: 4:36 AM GMT on April 08, 2010