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August 3, 2011

Showers and storms, highs in 80s

Thunderstorms overnight were hit-and-miss, but a few areas were hit pretty hard, with toppled trees and downed power lines for some. The shot below was taken this morning in Original Northwood, and sent in by Sun reporter Gus Sentementes:

"This tree on Eastview Road was lopped by the storm last night. I drove along Loch Raven [Boulevard] today and noticed lots of trees with clipped branches. Were we hit by microbursts overnight?" he asked.

I forwarded his question to the NWS forecast office in Sterling, Va. Chris Strong, the Warning Coordination  Meteorologist there, replaied, "I took a look at radar. It was pretty conclusive that a small downburst hit northern Baltimore City." 

Tree damage Aug. 3, 2011There are more showers on tap for mid-day, and increasing risks for more showers and thunderstorms later this afternoon and into the evening. Some, especially in Southern Maryland, could be come severe, with damaging winds and perhaps some isolated tornadoes in the cards, forecasters said.


UPDATE, 2:55 p.m.: BGE says it has restored power to nearly 13,000 customers in the wake of overnight storms. But the company warns that the potential for lightning and gusts to 50 mph in this evening's storms could mean more outages to come later today. "BGE thanks its customers for their patience and understanding," they said. 


Earlier post resumes below.

The overnight storms missed the WeatherDeck in Cockeysville entirely. The largest accumulations were in Baltimore City, Baltimore, Harford and Howard counties. There were some significant totals from Wicomico, too, where it is badly needed.

Here are some totals from the CoCoRaHS Network:

Hamilton (Baltimore City): 0.98 inch

Gwynn Oak,:  0.32 inch

Marriottsville:  0.31 inch

Kingsville:  0.22 inch

Towson:  0.22 inch

The overnight storms knocked out power for more than 14,000 BGE customers. The company website said electric service had been restored for more than 12,000 by 11 a.m.

The rainstorms are part of an approaching low pressure and frontal system. By early Thursday the low will have moved offshore, opening the door to high pressure, clearing skies, seasonable temperatures and drier air through Friday.

But then things will warm into the low 90s again for the weekend, with increasing humidity as the next cold front approaches, higher risks for showers and storms. By Monday, the front will have cleared the region, and we'll be in line for more sunny and hot weather early next week.

(SUN PHOTO: Gus Sentementes)

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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

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