Tornado Anniversary

An interesting coincidence on Monday. The Baltimore region falls withing the “Slight Risk” area for severe thunderstorm activity as determined by the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center.

Baltimore is on the northern edge of the “Risk” area and conditions are marginal for severe storm development but it is a situation that should be monitored.

The coincidence is that Monday is the anniversary of the La Plata tornado of 2002. This was an unusually strong storm for the Mid Atlantic region. Below is a NASA satellite picture that clearly shows a portion of the debris path of the storm along with a few statistics.

The storm touched down on the western edge of Charles County and over the period of an hour and a half moved eastward, across the Chesapeake Bay and dissipated on the Eastern Shore. A complete report with pictures and graphics is available at: ttp://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/lwx/Historic_Events/apr28-2002/laplata.htm

John Collins

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