Wild Tuesday

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The storm that blew through Maryland Tuesday evening produced a typical variety of March weather. From severe thunderstorms and tornadoes to ice and heavy snow, the eastern 1/3rd of the nation endured some wild weather. The map above shows the severe weather reported to the National Weather Service. There were 271 reports of damaging winds from thunderstorms, 11 reports of hail and 2 tornado touchdowns. One tornado hit 4 miles northwest of Samantha, AL in Tuscaloosa County, damaging six homes. Here in the mid Atlantic, a tornado touched down near Big Stone Gap, VA, which is in Wise County in the far southwestern corner of the state. That storm was 300 yards wide, tracked a mile and destroyed six homes, damaged fifteen others and injured two people. Here in the Baltimore/Washington area winds gusted to 74 mph at Reagan-National airport in D.C., 73 mph at White Plains in Charles County, 66 mph at Andrew’s Air Force Base in Prince George’s County and 43 mph at BWI-Marshall airport. Farther north, it was freezing rain, sleet and snow from northern Ohio to upstate New York and into New England. This latest blanket of snow brought the seasonal snow totals to 163″ at Caribou, Maine, the 2nd snowiest season ever recorded in Caribou, and 109.3″ at Burlington, Vermont, making this the 7th snowiest season on record for that city…and March is typically the snowiest month of the year in northern New England!

Tom Tasselmyer

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