The mountain west and central PA have had a massive storm this week with lots of snow and wind. That’s put us on the warm side of the storm with the warm front finally making it through we’ve had a high in the 70s today with the last patches of snow in shade being gone by noon. It was a nice day for sure. We tried to enjoy some time on the patio but the fucking mosquitoes were already out.
This storm did produce a tornado in York County. When it got here you could definitely see that it was rotating. Well actually it more less just skirted my house but it was cool looking. Here’s what it looked like as it moved away to the north east. It was a really impressive looking storm for around here let alone in winter.
That was a pretty good line of storms for this time in the day and year. I don’t think it approached severe criteria in my back yard but still we had a nice very heavy wind driven rain. It got as dark as it would be about 8:30 pm as the storms moved in. Just before the rain started I noticed low level clouds racing across the sky from west to east.
We were away geocaching last week in four states and stayed over in Maryland. We had a blast with it too. Sunday morning there were already thunderstorms developing over Delaware. I could see the dark clouds out the hotel window. They had severe thunderstorm warnings. We went to do a fun multi and then decided to head towards home. As we headed north we could see a nasty looking storm to the north.
About 2:00 am I woke up to thunder so of course I had to get up and go watch. It looked very promising for a good storm with a constant flashing in the distance with fairly frequent flashes close by. It looked like it had already rained a bit. It was actually nice outside on the porch.. Cool but humid but I’m adjusted to the humidity now. Things calmed down.. with still lots of lightning in the distance.
Well I guess our storm shield has ended. We ended up having a pretty nice storm yesterday. Not severe but had some nice wind and heavy rain of course. The rain was not nearly as heavy as last week though. I only measured a quick .3 inches of rainfall. It did feature lots of cloud to ground lightning. Unfortunately for me most of the lightning was in a direction I couldn’t see from the porch but heard lots of fire calls on the scanner for lightning strikes.
Yesterday was a very humid day and pretty warm too. It featured small thunderstorms popping up all day long but completely missing us. Most of the day they seemed to be focused along the Susquehanna river. They were pretty much stationary but drifting slightly with a south to north component. They almost seemed to be forming along the hills on the river. By suppertime I had written off any rain for us because the last i had looked at the radar they were weakening.
Today will be the last day of the heatwave affecting central Pennsylvania among other places. It’s been hot here but not record breaking with highs in the low to mid 90’s each day. The humidity hasn’t seemed to be as bad as it could have been either but that’s not really a bad thing. My mom who lives near northeast Philadelphia said her car thermometer read 108. That seems a bit high but that area always seemed to run hotter in the summer.
Wow.. What an awesome line of storms that was that went through on Wednesday. There were lots of reports of damage from the winds. What was even more surprising was the fact that a second strong line of storms went through a few hours later. There were even some reports of tornadoes. We didn’t get a whole lot here even though SPC had us in a moderate risk area for severe weather.
Last night was a pretty interesting night for weather. We had a couple of thunderstorms before I went to bed. Nothing major or anything but a surprising amount of lightning for this time of the year. I guess a high in the low 70’s will help with that. It did seem as though the storms may have been strengthening as they moved east. When that was over i went to sleep and got woken up 4:30 am by thunder again.
Last weekends storm didn’t give us as much rain as promised but it did rain some. Saturday afternoon the low seemed to start to intensify more rapidly just as it crossed central Pa. We’d gone to eat at Red Robin’s in Hershey and when we came out it was sunny and clear except for a line of clouds to the south west. By the time we got home the clouds were moving in.
We had two thunderstorms yesterday. One in the afternoon which was racing across the area. That one only gave us a little rain and a couple cracks of thunder. I was happy with that for February. Later on between 10 and 11pm we had a more impressive storm complete with a severe thunderstorm warning. It was pretty cool to be out on the porch watching lightning off to the north and west at 10pm with no jacket in February.
Large hail at Dante, SD, Tuesday evening – Pictures added I can’t even begin to imagine what this size hail would do or the sounds it would make but the NWS says it left 10 inch by 12 inch craters in the ground and punched holes in almost every roof in town. That’s not something you see every day.
We had near misses yesterday and last night with some awesome thunderstorms. Yesterday afternoon we had one that pretty much formed over the next town east of here. There was lots of lightning a mile or two off to the east and then a heavy shower formed right over us. Then it ended with storms still hanging to our south and west. When I went to bed there were thunderstorms that looked good on radar along the Maryland and Pennsylvania border.
I was hoping for some good thunderstorms today but we never ended up getting much of anything. Most of the day we were stuck under clouds from left over thunderstorms to our west last night so it didn’t allow much heating to destabilize the atmosphere. It did clear up late in the afternoon but I guess that was too little too late. We did so well with thunderstorms earlier in the year.
Yesterday was hot and humid. I know I’ve seen many days that were much worse but yesterday seemed pretty rough. I guess I’m just not used to this. When I lived near Philly there were days where it was around 100 and dew point in the 70s or even close to 80. In the afternoon we were missed to the north and to the south by thunderstorms that prompted server thunderstorm warnings.
Yesterday was one of the best storm days we’ve had in a while. It didn’t seem like things would work out for us to have good storms when the first line weakened as it approached. I was pretty disappointed because before I shut down the computer and went outside to watch they looked great. For a minute or two it even seemed like the sky wanted to turn green. They weakened when they hit the river.
Today could be a fun day. There’s a slight risk of severe thunderstorms in the area with the main threat being damaging hail and strong wind. It should be a fun afternoon. I am hoping for some good storms in my backyard. They’ve been missing us here this year.
Earlier this afternoon it was looking good for strong thunderstorms to move in. A nice line had developed to our west but we ran out of daylight and heating by the time they got here. Just some rain and not even any lightning or thunder. Well actually there was a bit of thunder and it seemed like a storm was going to move in but then the thunder stopped and the sky brightened.