baltimoresun.com

« Heat, sunshine depress air quality | Main | One wet July »

July 31, 2008

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:

Jeff Gouger photo

"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.
Posted by Frank Roylance at 10:39 AM | | Comments (4)
        

Comments

We live close to the Springdale location mentioned and had at least 4 trees uprooted with countless large branches down. The wind was blowing so loud you couldn't hear anything, we also had a brief period of hail.

I also live in Springdale and can tell you that people had deck tables picked up and moved two houses away. The storm was brief, but unlike anything I've ever seen. It was white outside and raining sideways so that you couldn't see across the street for a few minutes. I also heard that a neighbor watched the funnel cloud linger between two houses near Stillway Garth, sheer off the top of one tree and pick up again. Shocking that there wasn't more damage. We're very blessed.

FR: Here's another report from the Springdale area:

"I live on Sherwood Hill 1/2 mile or so west of your Springdale shots.
Our power was knocked out for most of our road from approx 5PM yesterday to 2PM today, B,G&E finally admitted that two poles on our road "snapped" in storm, I had a weighted umbrella moved about 20ft and several large limbs still remain on ground, visibility during this brief yet violent storm was near zero due to heavy misting effect of rains and pools of water remained after on my normally well-drained hillside lot.
I've been here since before Isabel and worried about giant poplars coming down, but fortunately my lot was spared, One up the road appeaed to have sheared vertically and took out the aforementioned poles. Don't know why your rain gauge showed empty unless it blew over." - Joseph Moore, Cockeysville

FR: And here's a comment from Chris Strong, the NWS warning coordination meteorologist out at Sterling:

Great. Thanks for that info, Jeff. Based on the pics, your report, info from the county, and radar data from our radar, as well as BWI's radar (which has an exceptional view of that storm), it looks as if the storm put down a very strong downburst right over the area just east of Cockeysville center (which is the area you describe). There is good radar evidence to support a microburst of about 70-80 mph which would do the damage described, but nothing to support a tornado (no rotation in the storm). As always, if you ever witness a damaging storm, feel free to call our spotter hotline at (800) 253-7091. That goes direct to the warning forecasters and helps refine warnings while they are ongoing. Again, thanks for the info." - CS

Post a comment

All comments must be approved by the blog author. Please do not resubmit comments if they do not immediately appear. You are not required to use your full name when posting, but you should use a real e-mail address. Comments may be republished in print, but we will not publish your e-mail address. Our full Terms of Service are available here.

Verification (needed to reduce spam):

About Frank Roylance
This site is the Maryland Weather archive. The current Maryland Weather blog can be found here.
Frank Roylance is a reporter for The Baltimore Sun. He came to Baltimore from New Bedford, Mass. in 1980 to join the old Evening Sun. He moved to the morning Sun when the papers merged in 1992, and has spent most of his time since covering science, including astronomy and the weather. One of The Baltimore Sun's first online Web logs, the Weather Blog debuted in October 2004. In June 2006 Frank also began writing comments on local weather and stargazing for The Baltimore Sun's print Weather Page. Frank also answers readers’ weather queries for the newspaper and the blog. Frank Roylance retired in October 2011. Maryland Weather is now being updated by members of The Baltimore Sun staff
-- ADVERTISEMENT --

Sign up for FREE weather alerts*
Get free Baltimore Sun mobile alerts
Sign up for weather text alerts
SKY NOTES WEATHER

Returning user? Update preferences.
Sign up for more Sun text alerts
*Standard message and data rates apply. Click here for Frequently Asked Questions.
Maryland Weather Center


Area Weather Stations
Resources and Sun coverage
• Weather news

• Readers' photos

• Data from the The Sun's weather station

• 2011 stargazers' calendar

• Become a backyard astronomer in five simple steps

• Baltimore Weather Archive
Daily airport weather data for Baltimore from 1948 to today

• National Weather Service:
Sterling Forecast Office

• Capital Weather Gang:
Washington Post weather blog

• CoCoRaHS:
Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network. Local observations by volunteers

• Weather Bug:
Webcams across the state

• National Data Buoy Center:
Weather and ocean data from bay and ocean buoys

• U.S. Drought Monitor:
Weekly maps of drought conditions in the U.S.

• USGS Earthquake Hazards Program:
Real-time data on earthquakes

• Water data:
From the USGS, Maryland

• National Hurricane Center

• Air Now:
Government site for air quality information

• NWS Climate Prediction Center:
Long-term and seasonal forecasts

• U.S. Climate at a Glance:
NOAA interactive site for past climate data, national, state and city

• Clear Sky Clock:
Clear sky alerts for stargazers

• NASA TV:
Watch NASA TV

• Hubblesite:
Home page for Hubble Space Telescope

• Heavens Above:
Everything for the backyard stargazer, tailored to your location

• NASA Eclipse Home Page:
Centuries of eclipse predictions

• Cruise Critic: Hurricane Zone:
Check to see how hurricanes may affect your cruise schedule

• Warming World:
NASA explains the science of climate change with articles, videos, “data visualizations,” and space-based imagery.

• What on Earth:
NASA blog on current research at the space agency.
Most Recent Comments
Blog updates
Recent updates to baltimoresun.com news blogs
 Subscribe to this feed
Charm City Current
Stay connected