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Link to the Washington Post: Capital Weather Gang blog post. The progressive radar images montage is especially illuminating and frightening.

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Jun. 30th, 2012 10:37 pm (UTC)
Mr. hg was asking me about the nature of the storm - what kind it was, how big, etc. - I told him looking at the radar maps, it looked like something about the size and shape of the entire Blue Ridge mountain range was tearing across Va. and Md. at about 60 mph. I went out on my covered porch during the storm for a minute to try to see how big an area was without power - it was pretty frightening. It didn't feel that different than when Irene was coming through at its height - the only difference was it wasn't dumping quite the volume of rain that the hurricane did. But the winds and intensity of lightening strikes was pretty wild and wooly. And even though it was moving quickly, it lasted quite a bit longer than summer thunderstorms usually do.

One thing that was really odd was that our power flickered on and off about twelve times at least before it finally went off for good. It's never done that before. I still don't know what the story was with that. Usually it's one or two flickers, and we may or may not hear a "boom" from a transformer blowing, and that's it. (It goes out here so often!) I told the hubs this afternoon I'm willing to forgo the hardwood floors or kitchen remodel we were planning to do one or the other of this year to get an in-line generator. I've had it with this stuff!
Jul. 1st, 2012 04:37 pm (UTC)

It seemed to me that there was a buttload more electrical action than either Irene or Isabel, although most of it was cloud-to-cloud, and thus the thunder wasn't all that loud. The sky was flashing almost continuously, though - very eerie.

I think maybe big tree limbs kept getting pressed against lines by the hugely strong wind gusts - NWS said 60 to 80 mph - and that's what kept interrupting the power briefly. Yeah, we only heard one or two transformer booms.

Jul. 1st, 2012 05:40 pm (UTC)
Agreed. I went out on our sheltered front porch both last night and the previous night, and both storms (we got a doozy last night, as well, just of shorter duration) were very, very heavy with electrical activity - and a lot of it was lightning that was basically horizontal, which I don't think I've ever seen. The weather guys in Richmond were saying the cell generating the tornadoes here were extremely high - 50,000 feet - which is apparently almost unheard of - and part of why there was fewer ground strikes, but so much tornadic activity, so much lightning up higher, and such heavy winds. They also had people from our big power company down here who said it was, outage-wise, their third worst incident EVER - including hurricanes, ice storms, everything - and the total outages was over 2.5 million all together.

Apparently we are due for more of the same again tonight around 6 and again at 12. AND more 100+ temps several days this week. Oh joy.
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