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By: cws6196, 5:27 PM GMT on May 31, 2013
This weekend we will continue the pattern of above normal temps and plenty of sunshine. Just pretend this weekend is Memorial Day weekend.
As a reminder, tomorrow is the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season. Long-range forecasting is not my forte and as such I have no scientific opinion about the severity of the upcoming season. I will only post weather updates about tropical systems with the potential of impacting MD. I will post updates on the other tropical systems on my twitter page. If you don't subscribe to twitter you can still see my posts (no registration needed) by going to this website: www.twitter.com/wxmanmd
The severe weather being experienced in the mid section of the nation is heading toward us. We have the potential for strong storms later Sunday into Monday. I will have more details over the weekend, but plan accordingly and keep an eye on the sky come early Sunday evening.
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By: cws6196, 4:17 AM GMT on May 28, 2013
I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday weekend, even though it was cold and windy. To put it in perspective, yesterday's temps in Baltimore were equal to the temps of Fairbanks, AK. If you don't like that stat, keep in mind that places in New England and upstate NY received over 2 feet of snow. So I guess it wasn't that bad here.
But, the heat and humidity make a return to the area this week. A warm front is moving up through VA as I write this, and a Bermuda High is setting up in it's wake. The High will usher in the warm humid air for the remainder of the week. Storms could form along the front on Tuesday (details below). Also, this Saturday, June 1, is the official start of hurricane season and the one year anniversary of the tornado outbreak here in MD. Neither tornadoes nor hurricanes are in the forecast for us this Saturday. As a reminder, I only forecast hurricanes if there is a potential for them to impact MD. Otherwise I will only be posting tidbits of info on the weather twitter feed, but not here.
TIMING: Scattered rain is possible all day, starting Tuesday morning through Wednesday morning. The bulk of the storms will hold off until later afternoon into the evening.
THREATS: The main threats from these storms is gusty wind and hail. No tornadic activity is anticipated. The bulk of the storms impact areas west and north of Baltimore, although we cant rule out storms in S MD.
If watches or warnings are issued I will do my best to let you know, but I recommend everyone to purchase a weather radio and keep it turned on. Follow me daily on Twitter (@wxmanmd) for weather tidbits and updates.
By: cws6196, 2:08 PM GMT on May 25, 2013
Weather update: Cold! Yes it is Memorial Day weekend but this morning the inside of our house dropped to 62 degrees while the wind chill here in "Southern" MD is 43 right now. The current temp in my favorite northern Alaska city is 40 (they are 4 hours behind time-wise) and the Catskills of NY are getting snow right now. The day will get a bit warmer, but will feel cool with this wind. The rest of the weekend will be below normal temps, but should warm up each day. When the winds shift the temps will rise.
I will spend some time today looking over climatology data, but I have the feeling this summer will be on the cool side. More on that later.
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By: cws6196, 4:10 AM GMT on May 23, 2013
The heat we have been having, temps above normal these past couple days, is now coming to an end. A cold front movesthrough late Thursday bringing us weekend temps about 10 degrees below normal for this time of the year. The temps will be in the upper 60s to low 70s all weekend. The arrival of the cold front also brings us a good chance for storms forming ahead of the front.
TIMING: Rain will occur most of the entire day, with the bulk of the storms happening late morning and late afternoon. The activity should be out of the area late evening.
THREATS: the two main threats are hail and gusty, damaging wind. Tornado threat is low and I dont expect to see any formation.
I am assuming there will be a thunderstorm watch issued as the day progresses, but at the moment nothing is issued. Follow me daily on Twitter (@wxmanmd) for weather tidbits and information.
By: cws6196, 12:39 PM GMT on May 21, 2013
The tornado tragedy in Oklahoma deeply saddens me, especially for the loss of life of those young children. My desire to forecast and study storms was borne out of fear; but used now to help save lives so that we don't have repeats of last night.
How can we cope with the news of such a tragedy? On my Facebook page I have posted a reflection on this tragedy. Please share your thoughts with us on that page: www.facebook.com/lifesjourneyblog
By: cws6196, 2:11 PM GMT on May 12, 2013
Happy Mother's Day!!
Yesterday's storms were a bit more scattered and localized, but strong nonetheless. Below are some of the official storm reports from the local NWS. Harford Co received the brunt of the storm with a confirmed micro-burst resulting in property damage, and a trained weather spotter noted a funnel cloud (it's not classified a tornado until the funnel makes contact with the ground) in Baltimore City. PG, Montgomery and AA counties all were under severe thunderstorm warnings at times yesterday.
The weather today will be calmer, although cooler than yesterday with temps well below normal for this time of the year. Actually, that will be the trend for most of this coming week.
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NWUS51 KLWX 112316
PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
716 PM EDT SAT MAY 11 2013
..TIME... ...EVENT... ...CITY LOCATION... ...LAT.LON...
..DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
0457 PM DOWNBURST 2 NNE CHURCHVILLE 39.58N 76.23W
05/11/2013 E85 MPH HARFORD MD COUNTY OFFICIAL
SEVERAL DOZEN HARDWOOD AND SOFTWOOD TREES UPROOTED AND
SNAPPED LYING IN SAME DIRECTION ALONG A 200 YARD PATH.
0448 PM TSTM WND DMG 1 NNE BEL AIR 39.55N 76.34W
05/11/2013 HARFORD MD PUBLIC
LARGE TREE INTO HOUSE.
0459 PM HAIL 2 NNE CHURCHVILLE 39.59N 76.23W
05/11/2013 E0.75 INCH HARFORD MD TRAINED SPOTTER
10 PLUS TREES DOWN
0459 PM TSTM WND DMG 2 NNE CHURCHVILLE 39.59N 76.23W
05/11/2013 HARFORD MD TRAINED SPOTTER
10 PLUS TREES DOWN
0424 PM FUNNEL CLOUD 2 SSW TOWSON 39.37N 76.63W
05/11/2013 BALTIMORE CITY MD TRAINED SPOTTER
FUNNEL CLOUD SIGHTED NEAR ROLAND PARK
By: cws6196, 3:46 PM GMT on May 11, 2013
As the temps climb this morning our chances for strong storms later in the day increase. We have a cold front in WV which will cross MD later this afternoon. The front, combined with the heat and humidity, add up to our storm chance. Those east of I-95 are at the greatest risk for severe weather, but the rest of us in central and S MD are not immune.
As the cold front moves through the area the temps will again drop well below normal for this time of the year. A number of days ago I posted a model map showing snow this Monday. Not that I ever thought it would happen, but ... our overnight temps Sunday-Monday will drop to the low 40s and even 30s, coupled with a light wind, areas N of Baltimore into PA could see frost. Yup, frost in MD in May. I would not be surprised to see the local NWS issue frost advisories later Sunday.
TIMING: Storms should begin after 1:00pm although some rain could start earlier with the strongest storms around 4:00 or 5:00 lasting into the evening.
THREATS: The greatest threats are strong damaging wind gusts and hail. Tornado risk is zero.
Thus far there are no advisories, watches or warnings issued, but that will likely change. Turn on your weather radios. Follow me on Twitter (@wxmanmd) for weather tidbits and storm updates.