More heat, more storms, more sweat
What? All those Severe Thunderstorm Watches late yesterday and your place got zilch? Yeah, me too. A little thunder, a few flashes of lightning, and not a drop of rain on the WeatherDeck in Cockeysville. We were watering the grass again this morning.
But rest assured there were some serious storms last evening. CoCoRaHS Network observers report Deale, in Anne Arundel County, got more than 1.5 inches of rain. Over in Queenstown, in Queen Anne's County on the Eastern Shore, they reported more than an inch. Columbia, Easton and St. Michaels all saw more than a half-inch of rain in storms.
Even Hamilton, in Northeast Baltimore managed more than a third of an inch.
BGE crews went to work and restored nearly 45,000 customers who lost power as a major storm crossed the central portion of ithe utility's service area. BGE expects they'll all be back online by this evening. And then repair crews can tackle whatever the next round of storms brings.
Forecasters expect a 60 percent chance of more storms Saturday, slipping to 40 percent Sunday, with highs in the mid-80s.
Thursday night's storms put on quite a show in some places. William " Bear" Stifler, in Hampden, shot this great image of lightning over Baltimore. He may get more chances today. The National Weather Service says there's a 30 percent chance that "scattered" showers and storms will pop up again late this afternoon.
Thursday's 100-degree readings at BWI (it was 103 at the Inner Harbor) took their toll on the region's most vulnerable citizens. The Baltimore Health Department reported at least 14 patients were taken to emergency rooms Thursday, including six cases of heat exhaustion.
The department's spokesman, Brian Schleter also noted that area emergency rooms saw a spike in asthma-related admissions on Wednesday. Forty-one were reported, about 14 more than normal. "Poor air quality is the likely culprit," he said. A Code Orange Air Quality Alert is posted again Friday for Central Maryland. That means breathing the air outdoors may be unhealthy for vulnerable groups.
The city also recorded 480 visits to cooling centers at the city's senior centers on Wednesday, when the high was 99 at BWI.
In the meantime, while it may not feel quite as hot today (Friday) as it was yesterday, the high temperature at BWI-Marshall Airport is headed back into the 90s this afternoon. The official forecast high is 92 degrees, well short of the record of 97 degrees, set in 1964. But then again, the NWS almost always undershoots the mark on summer highs in Baltimore...
Dew points remain high, too, so it will continue to feel sticky and stuffy. But, as my sainted mother always assured me, "It will be better Monday."
(PHOTO: WIlliam "Bear" Stifler, Hamilton. Used with permission.)