There was a nasty looking line to our west earlier that seemed to be weakening a bit as it approached us. There was continuous lightning for a while then the cells split. It seemed we were going to get missed or just brushed by the norther edge of it. Here were were in a nice moderate rain then out of nowhere a blinding near whiteout of rain along with very strong winds with shit blowing everywhere here in Mount Joy.
I was sleeping pretty good last night when I got woken up by unexpected thunder. Earlier in the evening there had been a cluster of storms that looked pretty potent on radar but they were missing well to the north up towards Harrisburg. I got up when I got woken up and got dressed to go watch the light show. Decently frequent bright lightning and loud thunder from the first storm.
As I had hoped we had a couple of thunderstorms here this evening. The radar during the afternoon, well even the morning was looking promising but I didn’t want to get my hopes up too much. Yesterday we were on the outside looking in at the storms that popped up and sat for hours to our south. It really seemed as if I was seeing towers off to the south from lunchtime on through sunset yesterday.
This summer has certainly been the year for storminess back in Bucks County where I grew up. A few weeks ago they had the hundred year flash flooding where there was a lot of damage. Some of the pictures I saw online were of areas familiar to me that I didn’t think that the Poquessing Creek would be able to reach if it flooded. During that flash flooding my mom’s apartment buildings got flooded.
We got pretty decent thunderstorms two days in a row. It’s a nice change of pace from the heat and the second year in a row now that storms have been pretty lackluster at best. Yesterday’s storms were well out ahead of tropical storm Elsa so there was plenty of moisture to work with. Lots of fuel with the slightly higher dew points too. While we didn’t get a direct hit from the one cluster that one feature lots of lightning.
Yesterday was a hot and humid day. There was at least a decent breeze though but it was still just unpleasantly humid. We didn’t get much from the first batch of storms that looked really great on radar until they got closer to us. Of course the line slip before it got to us and we were in the hole. Another cluster formed behind that but that sort of weakened as it got near us with strong cells to our north again.
I wasn’t expecting them really as it was cloudy most of the morning but then the sun popped out a bit. Later it mostly cleared up and the temperature shot up into the low 70s after remaining in the 60s for most of the day. Even with that the radar looked like only a few isolated showers and thunderstorms. It certainly was nice to relax outside in the hot sun this afternoon though, especially after my somewhat disappointing day in the gym.
I saw the pretty impressive squall line of thunderstorms moving through Ohio on the radar this morning and thought it would be cool if they made it over the mountains. They never do though in the fall I wasn’t expecting it. Fast forward to this evening they’re a county away with severe thunderstorm warning flying here. I still thought they would collapse as the approached like what seems to happen most of the time with these lines of storms.
This summer’s weather for the most part has been about the heat and humidity. It hasn’t been record breaking heat but it’s been pretty consistent save a few couple day periods of cool downs. Today was no exception to the norms of this summer’s weather. Another humid day with temperature in the 90s after a bit of a foggy morning. In the afternoon I noticed some clouds were building. Around 4 PM or near that time we had some light rain with some occasional distant rumbles of thunder.
These past few days have been brutally hot with highs in the upper 90s again. We had a weak cold front move through yesterday but no thunderstorms or rain here. It did knock the humidity back a bit last night but came back as a warm front today so back to the nasty stuff again. Thankfully we had a nice thunderstorm form just to our west after others popped up and petered out or just missed us.
Today was yet another hot day. Temperatures reached the mid nineties again but we had the added bonus of a dew point that was bit higher than it has been. Up around 70. The humidity at this level is where it starts to feel like I can’t cool off enough. I sweat but it just drips or sits on me. In the morning when I woke up and came out of the air conditioned bedroom the whole house was hot.
It’s been a hot and very humid couple of days. Each day has featured thunderstorms and showers popping up but they have for the most part kept missing us. That’s a far cry from the past couple of years where if storms fired up it was over us or just before moving over us hence the flooding and nearly constant flash flood watches. This year they haven’t lined up with us.
The bow started in Northwest Pennsylvania around eight in the morning with some warnings. It looked like they may be on a trajectory to hit us. We did get a decent thunderstorm here. Some moderate wind gusts and heavy rain with constant distant thunder were produced. Berks county and east of here is where the serious business was. We were on the southern edge of the line below the bow echo
Not something you see too often At 1050 AM EDT, severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from near Catawissa to near Shamokin to Rebuck to Port Trevorton, moving east at 100 mph. Here in Mount Joy the storms were really nothing all that special. We were on the weakening southern end of the line. I just read that Reading recorded a 83 mph wind gust and a 76 mph gust in Montgomery County and a 75 mph gust in Chester County.
Incoming gust frontImpressive looking thunderstorm for April. While we didn’t get directly under the cell we did get the edge of it and it packed a lot of wind and plenty of thunder and lightning along with it. I wonder what it was like under that cell. We just got the tail end of it and gust front that was off to the south of it. There was a constant strong wind sound as it raced over us.
I got woken up a bit before 3 AM this morning but what I thought was thunder. I laid there in bed for a bit until I heard it again. I decided to get out of bed and go sit on the front porch to enjoy our first of hopefully many middle of the night thunderstorms, I got outside and it was actually still pretty mild. I would guess the temperature was in the mid to upper 50s with a steady wind from the west as the storms were approaching from the northwest.
We’ve had off and off heavy if not torrential showers all day today but until the past few minutes I haven’t noticed any lightning or heard any thunder. I though I heard a few rumbles when I was getting a shower but I wouldn’t count that because it could have been a car or something. Western Pennsylvania has had sever thunderstorm warnings and even a tornado warning today but here in Central PA the convection has been more elevated.
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. Departing thunderstorm showing rotationThis is a photo of a departing thunderstorm showing rotation.
File this under things I’ve never gotten the opportunity to see or at least that I can remember seeing. There was a pretty good thunderstorm that moved over Hershey and Lebanon county which is maybe 10 miles from here by air. I saw the clouds building as the sun was setting and was hoping we’d get something out of it but we did not. Although we didn’t get directly hit by the storm it sure did give me a nice lightning show.
Today is going to be a good day. 7:40 in the morning and there appears to be some pretty strong thunderstorms moving towards us. Not bad for September. The other nice thing about these storms is it seems like a pretty solid area of storms so I don’t expect to be just missed by them like my area was all summer. Some counties west of here have already had severe thunderstorm warnings due to the storms.
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.
An active severe season continues. SPC has us in central PA, well actually the south eastern two thirds of PA, in a moderate risk for severe thunderstorms. Maybe we’ll actually get something in my back yard this time. It seems this year that storms are going severe just after they pass over here and here we’re not getting much more than a little rain and some distant thunder. It really doesn’t have that feel of a day with strong storms.
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 Saturday we ended up not getting any good thunderstorms here but during the day we had been under a moderate risk. I think our chances got killed by thunderstorm remnants moving through keeping it cloudy during the the day with the best dynamics. All we ended up with was some thunder and moderate rain in the morning.. The storm was pretty breezy too though. When the sun finally came out it was too late.
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 added1 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. edited post to remove dead link. ↩︎
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.
We had a nice storm come through this afternoon. I wasn’t expecting much today with all the clouds in the morning and with yesterday’s disappointment still fresh in my mind. Seems like every time we get a tornado watch nothing really happens in the area. The one in 2003 that was a PDS tornado watch still sticks in my mind because hardly a storm developed that day. At least we managed to get some sun today.
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.
It looks like there’s some nice thunderstorms out in western Pennsylvania. I’ve been watching them move south east today but the first batch missed me by a couple of counties. Maybe more can for or something before the cold front moves through. I’ve been feeling the humidity creep up after a nice cool night last night and not much humidity this morning. I was hoping that would help cause some storms.
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.
This has been an interesting week in weather. Maybe even a bit unusual. Tuesday and Wednesday we had thunderstorms in the area. They were moving from northeast to southwest. Don’t really see that all that often. Right out our house on Tuesday we had one with some pretty nasty lightning. I think we were on the edge of it though. We had heavy rain for a half an hour then the rain let up.
We had some pretty good thunderstorms in the area yesterday afternoon and evening. Lots of vivid lightning and loud thunder. What was interesting is that the storms were pretty much stationary in the afternoon so we had wind and lightning but no rain for at least 45 minutes before a new storm developed over us. At least that’s what seemed to have happened. Some areas had lots of rain and I’m sure some flooding and I heard quite a few trees down on the scanner.
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.
Looks like there is at least a chance of strong to severe thunderstorms tomorrow in this area. I have not looked at the weather myself that much lately but I caught it on the news this morning. That would be cool to have some great storms Friday. Last year we had some awesome storms in the area and I hope that happens this year too! We actually had more hail than I could remember seeing in 2006 and plenty of wind, I don’t really like seeing peoples homes get damaged and stuff like that but I do enjoy seeing the powerful storms.
I just talked to my mom and she told me that the neighbor’s tree fell on her roof. Must have been pretty severe thunderstorms in Bensalem