The First Spring Storm

The first thunderstorms of the spring season rolled across the region Sunday. After a day and a half of drizzle and fog, the sun broke through Sunday afternoon and drove temperatures into the 70s. The warm temperatures combined with an approaching cold front helped develop a couple of lines of thunderstorms, some of which became severe with strong wind gusts and small hail. The heaviest storm activity was in Pennsylvania.

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The NASA satellite image above shows the storm activity at 5:15 Sunday afternoon with thunderstorm cells over north central Maryland and eastern Pennsylvania. The center of the storm circulation is shown over Lake Erie.

This is the same storm that produced over two feet of snow in parts of Kansas Thursday and Friday and then went on the generate a half foot of snow west and north of Chicago early in the weekend.

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Graphic Courtesy: National Weather Service

A new storm is developing out west. As it moves east it is expected to dump around a foot of snow in the Fargo, North Dakota area, adding to their flooding woes. The storm will eventually bring more rain to the Mid Atlantic region by the middle and end of the week.

John Collins

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