Strong Thunderstorms Possible Thursday Afternoon

World War II Memorial, Washington, D.C. photo credit

Steady rain should begin to taper off during the Wednesday morning rush hour with some peaks of sun breaking through the clouds shortly after and continuing through the early to mid afternoon hours.

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Timing the Potential for Strong to Severe Thunderstorms Friday Afternoon

A warm front will slide northward out of central Virginia on Friday placing a portion of the DC region in the unstable “warm sector”.  Just how far north the front is able to make it will determine how many of us will be under the gun for some strong thunderstorms.  Thunderstorms could contain hail and damaging wind gusts.

Thunderstorm over the skies of Washington, photo credit Amjeev

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Update on Saturday’s Squall Line

Want to cool off from the February heat wave? Head to the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay (Annapolis).

Image below (courtesy WxBell) shows today’s high temperatures (according to the latest high-resolution-rapid-refresh HRRR model):

  • Mid to upper 70s likely at Dulles while Annapolis holds near 60 when the Chesapeake Bay breeze kicks in! Pretty cool to visually see the local effects of the colder Chesapeake Bay waters and how convection currents work (rising warm air over land, with cooler air over water replacing it). 

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Moving on to Saturday’s Storm potential:

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