A month's rain in a day
We may be tempted to write Tropical Storm Hanna off as a "fizzle." But for many Marylanders, yesterday's tropical storm delivered a formidible punch in the form of heavy rain and high winds.
Portions of Montgomery and Frederick counties reported well over 5 inches of rain. Fifteen stations reported rains over 4 inches. Areas of Harford, Howard, Carroll and Cecil recorded more than 3 inches before the day was over. That was easily a month's rain in one day for many locations, and well within the forecasts we were seeing on Friday.
And while the sustained winds rarely topped tropical storm force (39 mph), the gusts often did, even in Baltimore City and its surrounding suburbs. Ocean City saw winds gusting to more than 60 mph during the storm.
Here are some of the MOST IMPRESSIVE RAINFALL READINGS, provided by WeatherBug.
The Bullis School, Potomac: 6.11 nches
Montgomery County Schools Transp. Dept.: Rockville: 5.95 inches
Diamond Elementary School, Gaithersburg: 5.18 inches
North East High School, (Cecil): 4.5 inches
Earth and Space Lab, Frederick: 4.3 inches
Mt. Airy Middle School, (Carroll): 4.13 inches
Nanjemoy Creek Env. Ctr (Charles): 3.71 inches
Manchester Elem. School (Carroll): 3.09 inches
Darlington Elem. School, Sykesville (Carroll): 3.01 inches
Folly Quarter Middle School (Howard): 2.99 inches
Shady Side Elem. School (Arundel): 2.77 inches
Wilde Lake HS, Columbia: 2.57 inches
Here are some MORE READINGS FROM CoCoRaHS, a network of volunteer weather observers.
WIND GUST DATA FROM WEATHERBUG this morning includes the following highlights:
Ocean City: 63.1 mph
Crisfield Fire Dept.: 55.9 mph
UMES, Princess Anne: 50.6 mph
MEMA Emergency Operations Center, Reisterstown: 44.5 mph
Oriole Park Camden Yards, Baltimore: 44.5 mph
Thurgood Marshall HS, Baltimore: 44.1 mph
Hamstead Hill Academy, Baltimore: 43.8 mph
Here is a compilation of wind and rain data from the National Weather Service. You can also view lists of storm damage reported to the National Weather Service by clicking HERE. Be sure to click through the many "Version" numbers at the top of the NWS page for more a comprehensive look at the reports.
Ike is next. While not headed for the East Coast, this dangerous storm (top winds at 135 mph, 18-foot storm surge possible) will be a worry for many in the Bahamas, South Florida, all of Cuba (including the U.S. base at Guantanamo), and the northern Gulf Coast, including Louisiana and Texas. Here's the discussion from the National Hurricane Center.