Storms spotty across the region
Showers and thunderstorms popped up around the state yesterday, but they were by no means commonplace. The heaviest rains seem to have fallen out in Allegany County, where Cumberland reported more than an inch. Half-an-inch fell in Jacksonville and even in the Hamilton section of Baltimore City, according to volunteer reports from CoCoRaHS.
Talbot, Wicomico and parts of Arundel also reported a tenth of an inch or more. But we recorded exactly no rain here on The Sun's instruments at Calvert & Centre streets. Also no rain in the gauge on the WeatherDeck in Cockeysville, although there were a few drops on the deck furniture.
Some of the storms produced damaging winds. Jeff Gouger sent me some photos of tree damage in Cockeysville:
"We had substantial damage yesterday in the Springdale neighborhood and a neighbor claimed to see a tornado," Jeff said this morning.
"This would be in the vicinity of Gateridge and Stillway Court. Many trees and damaged and destroyed with a lot of debris. These pictures are where it seemed to “bounce” off the ground. It doesn’t look like straight line winds as some many of the trees are going in different directions."
Jeff said he recorded about an inch of rain. "My neighbors were saying that a lot of the rain was horizontal, and judging by the debris on the outside of the second floor of my house, I would agree."
I'm not so sure this damage was caused by a tornado, but I've forwarded Jeff's photos to Chris Strong at the NWS in Sterling. Anyone else have some storm tales/photos to share?We may well see more scattered showers and storms today as a new disturbance tracks through to our south, and that cold front gets closer to the region. Once again, they could contain strong wind gusts and hail.Beyond that, we're looking at continued highs near 90 degrees well into next week. Showers are possible Saturday and Saturday evening, but otherwise we're in the clear after today.