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By: cws6196, 3:42 PM GMT on June 28, 2010
I almost hate to report this, but it looks like strong storms could effect the area. My hesitation in saying this is based on history: it seems the most recent times I have said this the storms have either passed us to the North or to the South, leaving us with nothing. But, forecast this I must.
The heating of the day, with heat indices in the hundreds, will make today as unbearable as yesterday. Into this hot and humid mix we add an approaching cold front from the Great Lakes, hence the threat of storms.
Expect storms to impact our area later in the afternoon into the evening. The main threat from these storms is heavy rainfall and string wind. Some areas could see hail.
I will keep you posted here, by text (for those subscribed) and by the Weather Phone. Feel free to leave storm reports and damage on the Weather Phone (443-470-9804).
By: cws6196, 2:52 PM GMT on June 22, 2010
Update Thursday morning
As I previously mentioned, this first week of Summer should be interesting. The other day some of you experienced the quick build up of storms, some of which produced hail and damaging winds. Today's storm potential is greater as the storms will not only be produced as a result of the heating of the day, but also by a cold front moving into the area later this afternoon.
We can expect lines of thunderstorms to develop from the West and move East later in the afternoon, most likely after 4:00 pm or so. The biggest threat will be the wind and downdrafts in the storm. Prior to any storms forming, we can expect wind gusts to increase earlier this afternoon.
Here is a statement from the local NWS office: "...SO THREAT OF DAMAGING WINDS APPEARS GREATEST ACRS MD BTWN THE BLUE RIDGE AND I-95...WHERE ORGANIZED CELL CLUSTERS WITH ROTATING UPDRAFTS APPEAR MOST LIKELY." In other words, those West and North of Baltimore are at greatest risk for these storms with damaging winds. Southern MD is not out of the woods, but with less of a chance for severe weather.
I will keep the Weather Phone updated.
Welcome to Summer in Maryland!! Summer officially began yesterday, and we are definitely feeling it's effect this week. For today and the remainder of this week the forecast is the same: hot and humid with a chance for afternoon storms.
Storms which do develop will be scattered yet intense. The biggest threat from these storms is heavy rain and strong wind. Keep an eye on the sky for any development in your area.
I will keep you posted here and the Weather Phone. Thus far there are no watches or warnings issued. If you see storms in your area, feel free leave me a message on the Weather Phone.
Updated: 1:24 PM GMT on June 24, 2010
By: cws6196, 2:06 PM GMT on June 20, 2010
Wishing all the Dad's a very happy and Blessed Father's Day!! The weather will be perfect for us all today!
By: cws6196, 1:38 PM GMT on June 16, 2010
Looks like today could shape up to be an interesting weather day. The warm moist air we are now experiencing will be hit with a cold front from the NW later this afternoon. As the cold air pushes into this warm moist air we will see plenty of lift and instability in the atmosphere.
Unlike previous day's storms which were scattered in nature, these storms should produce lines of thunderstorms. The main threat from these storms is heavy rain, hail and wind. The NWS (Storm Prediction Center), has placed our area in a 5% chance for an isolated tornado.
Timing looks to be later afternoon into the early evening. Throughout the day there will be scattered rain cells.
I expect later in the day to have at least a thunderstorm watch issued if not also a tornado watch. I will keep you posted and will keep the Weather Phone ( 443-470-9804 ) updated. Feel free to leave me messages on the phone as to any severe weather or damage you experience.
By: cws6196, 4:25 PM GMT on June 11, 2010
Sunday morning update
Well, yesterday turned out as I figured; widely scattered, non-severe storms around the area. This afternoon is similar, although the storms could be a bit stronger for those who experience them. It will be another hot and humid day, with low pressure in the area, thus creating the conditions possible for storms. For those who see these storms we can expect their arrival in the mid-afternoon, after 2:00 pm lasting into the evening. If you experience a storm, the main factors will be heavy rain and wind.
I do not anticipate warnings for these storms, although a generalized thunderstorm watch could be issued. I will keep the Weather Phone updated.
Did everyone enjoy the touch of Fall the last few days and evenings? I loved it! But, alas, back to MD Summer weather. This Saturday morning we have a warm front moving in from the South which will inch temps into the 90s and raise the humidity level (you will be longing for Fall). Of course the combo of warm temps, humid moist air, and the approaching low pressure from the West later in the day, will all work together to trigger thunderstorms across MD. At this time I feel most of us will experience these storms late afternoon, early evening. We can still enjoy the outdoors Saturday, and then enjoy Mother Nature's light show in the evening. These storms should not be severe and I do not anticipate widespread warnings being issued (maybe some local warnings). The storms could linger into Sunday, so Sunday is an iffy outdoors day, but let's see how Saturday plays out before we get too bummed about Sunday.
As always I will keep you posted and will keep my Weather Phone updated ( 443-470-9804 ).
Updated: 2:47 PM GMT on June 13, 2010
By: cws6196, 2:09 PM GMT on June 01, 2010
It is June 1st, the beginning of hurricane season and the first day of meteorologic summer. In "commemoration" of the latter, this week's weather will definitely reflect a Maryland summer. We can expect high temps, humidity and a chance for an afternoon shower or thunderstorm each day this week. These storms will be scattered and just pop up. Those who do experience these storms could find damaging winds and possible hail. Keep your eyes on the skies for building clouds.
I will keep the Weather Phone updated.