Monday, July 16, 2012

Needed Rains, Not Needed Damage

Last night's thunderstorms brought some badly needed rainfall to parts of the region as they moved through during the 9 and 10 PM hours.  Thunderstorms brought between a quarter inch of rain to nearly one and a half inches of rain to the Delaware Valley, along with frequent lightning and gusty winds in spots.  Lightning may have been the cause of a four alarm fire at an apartment complex in Langhorne, Bucks County.

Rainfall amounts were heaviest from Northeast Philadelphia back along the PA Turnpike and northwest along 422 to Pottstown, with a second axis of heavy rainfall along I-78 in Berks County to near the Bear Creek ski resort where radar estimates suggested over an inch of rain fell as well.  While not everyone cashed in on the inch plus rainfall, most locations did get at least a decent rainfall that makes up for a very dry start to July.  The exception in the rainfall department was South Jersey across to Central Delaware -- Atlantic City picked up 0.03" and Dover picked up nothing yesterday.

Most of the damage reports last night, outside of the possible lightning-caused fire in Bucks, were due to gusty winds in thunderstorms.  Winds gusted to 60 miles per hour last night in Ocean County with thunderstorms moving through just before 11 PM.

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