Saturday, July 28, 2012

Scatterings of Heavy Thunder

Today's storms have been scattered throughout the region -- hit and miss, not everyone cashing in and some places cashing in with over two inches of rainfall.  The "winners" today are in Bucks County (Newtown area), as well as near Toms River, and in the Pennsburg/Quakertown area across Upper Montgomery and Bucks Counties.  Places that generally avoided any significant thunder appear to have included Chester County and parts of the city...although Northeast Philly did get over a half an inch of rain.

As you can tell, the region so far has not had consistent rainfall.  Pottstown and Philly both picked up a trace through 8 PM although in between over two inches fell in parts of Upper Montgomery County.  Millville in South Jersey picked up over a half inch but Atlantic City picked up nearly two inches.

As of 9:30 PM, the worst of tonight's storms are in two batches -- one across Central Jersey and the other working through the Delaware Beaches and towards Cape May.  In these batches of storms, winds can gust to over 60 miles per hour and frequent lightning is likely.   The cell near Trenton dropped a wind gust to 63 miles per hour just after 9 PM at the Trenton Airport.  The rains in these storms were rather heavy, particularly in the strongest storms in New Jersey.   Another batch of storms was over the city and moving shouldn't last terribly long in Philadelphia but could bring additional heavy rain and lightning.