Storms Break Heat Wave … Sort Of

A line of strong thunderstorms has broken the worst of the most recent heat wave. The line of storms moved eastward at up to 60 mph, generating wind gusts in the 60 and 70 mph range. There was considerable damage to trees and power lines. Because of the storm’s rapid forward speed, rain totals were relatively low at less than an inch recorded in most areas.

Temperatures dropped sharply as the storms passed through. A record 100 degrees was hit at BWI-Marshall Airport at 2:23pm. In little more than an hour readings had fallen into the 70s west of the Bay.

The air mass behind the front will bring temperatures down to a more normal range for the season. Humidity levels will be much lower and it should be more comfortable.

Statistics from this summer’s exceptional heat are impressive to date and are listed below.

John Collins

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