Friday, October 19, 2012

Squall-Like Line Approaching From West

Over the last three hours, the line of showers that was down near DC has developed a fair bit further.  While the line overall is not severe, one component has been -- a storm cell that has tracked from near DC north and northeast through Lancaster County and now into Berks County, where a tornado warning is out until 9:30 near Reading and Birdsboro.  This storm leveled a mobile home in Lancaster County earlier this evening as well.

The rest of the line varies in intensity -- ranging from showers in some spots to heavier downpours in others -- but as of now, the Berks cell is the only severe portion of the line.

A warm October evening in place at the moment as we are still in the lower 70's in the Delaware Valley.  The cool front is still out to our west and in an unstable airmass lines of showers continue to fire up and push northeast.  One such batch of showers exists from near York south to Baltimore and is working northeast towards Lancaster and Berks Counties over the next hour or so.

There is some slight potential for a quick-dropping gust of wind within these showers and perhaps even a funnel cloud.  A tornado warning is out for parts of Northern Maryland as of 7 PM with the strongest of the showers as it has had a history of funnel clouds, cloud rotation, and some gusty winds.  Once these showers finish working through...should they hold together as they pass to our west...that should be it for the night and the weekend ahead should be good.

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