Just some afternoon storms to dodge

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Main Threats

No major threats to speak of.

Summary

We’re basically in a very summer-like pattern, with isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the heat of the afternoon/evening. Just be aware that any storm that develops in this environment this week could become strong (perhaps briefly severe), with gusty winds, small hail, heavy rainfall, and frequent lightning. It’s basically what you’d except with a hot and humid August pattern.

Yesterday, it looked like our rain chances might be higher on Tuesday. Today, the models want to take those higher chances to Wednesday. I’ll keep an eye on this and monitor future model trends before I raise rain chances for that time period.

Discussion

There’s not much weather to go more into discussion with. I will say that there continues to be no indication of widespread severe weather or flooding issues for our area for this coming week. With that being said, that doesn’t mean there couldn’t be some isolated, localized issues with any stronger storm that forms.

Tropics

While things are quite active on the Pacific side, things are still rather quite on the Atlantic side. We do have the same system I mentioned yesterday just spinning out in the Atlantic. It’s chances are now 40% for becoming a named tropical system. The system continues to be absolutely no threat to the U.S. and there are no indications that it ever will be.

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Now, if you want some tropical action you need to head over to the eastern Pacific! Wow! Things are getting crazy over there. That’s often the way it goes, though. When things are active in the Pacific, they are often quite in the Atlantic (and vice versa). Hurricane Hector may become a threat to Hawaii later this week. I’ll keep you posted on that. Hurricanes in Hawaii are rare, but not impossible.

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Records

If you look on today’s weather map you’ll see a large swath of the Midwest outlined in the risk for severe weather. That threat was with them on this day in 1989, as well. In fact, storms moved into Iowa at sunrise with extremely high winds and large hail. By the time the storms moved out of the area, an estimated 10 million dollars worth of crop damage had been done. There were over 200 reports of wind and hail damage. One anemometer clocked a wind gust of 102 mph!

This next record takes us way back in time to 1843. During that afternoon, a thunderstorm produced a cloudburst. A cloudburst is a sudden, violent rainstorm. The term “cloudburst” comes from the idea that clouds are like balloons and could burst, releasing a torrent of rainfall. That’s not how this comes about but that’s where the term comes from.  The cloudburst we’re talking about today occurred near Philadelphia. As much as 16 inches of rain fell in three hours! That’s over 5 inches of rain per hour! Flooding was catastrophic and claimed 19 lives. To make matters worse, a tornado associated with the storm sank more than 30 barges on the Schuylkill River! That was one heck of a stormy day for these folks!

Weather News

The National Weather Service has confirmed that at least two tornadoes struck Massachusetts yesterday. Tornadoes in this area are relatively rare but they certainly do happen from time to time. Saturday’s tornadoes were weak, but they still did quite a bit of damage. The most powerful tornado to ever strike Massachusetts hit Worcester in 1953. The F-5 tornado claimed nearly 100 lives.

 

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