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August 28, 2011

Irene's winds topped 70 mph on Western Shore

The National Weather Service's forecast office in Sterling, Va. has posted top wind gusts during Irene's passage across its coverage area west of the Chesapeake. Looks like Calvert County recorded some of the worst conditions on our side of the bay:

Top sustained winds:  56 mph, Calvert Cliffs.

Top wind gusts:  73 mph, Cobb Island buoy; 72 mph, Calvert Cliffs, Chesapeake Beach, Gaithersburg

Top rain total:  12.96 inches, West Plum Point, Calvert County; 12 inches, Perry Hall

OTHER WIND DATA: SUSTAINED WINDS

Point Lookout: 43 mph

Middle River:  42 mph

Solomons:  41 mph

GUSTS:

Bay Ridge:  69 mph

Highland Beach:  68 mph

Solomons:  68 mph

Patuxent River:  64 mph 

North Beach:  64 mph

Posted by Frank Roylance at 4:03 PM | | Comments (1)
Categories: By the numbers, Hurricanes
        

Comments

FR: Stands to reason, doesn't it? The hurricane warning was posted for the Chesapeake Bay South of Drum Point, meaning that hurricane conditions were expected throughout that area and, if I'm not mistaken, except for Gaithersburg, Perry Hall, and Middle River, all of the locations you listed - certainly those where the highest numbers were observed - lay within the zone of the hurricane warning, right?

FR REPLIES: Not really. North Beach, Bay Ridge and Highland Beach are all well north of Drum Point, closer to Annapolis. Solomons and the Patuxent River station are very close to Drum Point, which is at the mouth of the Patuxent River. Even so, they were all closer to the Hurricane Warning zone than most of the forecast area. And, I suspect their proximity to the Bay and exposure to the east winds off the bay also may have been a big factor.

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