Monday, July 01, 2013

Early Rains Heavy From Some, Zapped Atmosphere For Many

This morning's rainfall was rather prolific north and west of the city -- two to three inches of rain fell across Chester, Lancaster, Montgomery, and Bucks Counties.  Royersford picked up over three inches of rain today, as did Palm (which is up near the northwest tip of Montgomery County).

We mentioned today's rains will yield big totals for some -- and little for others.  Wilmington picked up just 0.08" of rain today (not that they're complaining) and Philadelphia received just over a quarter inch of rain.  Allentown's 1.16" and Mount Pocono's 2.00" of rain were daily records in both locations.

While today's rains were generally scattered, the intensity of the early morning rain and mini-squalls were enough to "zap" the atmosphere of instability to prevent little more than scattered areas of light rain from developing and tracking through the region in the midday and afternoon hours.  Some heavier showers tried to fire in Delaware during the midday and early afternoon hours but were unable to do much in New Jersey or Pennsylvania because of the lack of instability over us.  Most afternoon shower activity was scattered in nature and not as prolific a rain-maker as what fell this morning.

Through tonight, showers will be around in a few spots towards the coast, with dry weather farther inland for a time this evening...showers perhaps picking up somewhat later tonight as another disturbance tracks north from the Carolinas. Some of the higher resolution modeling indicates the possibility of another shot of heavier bands of showers moving towards the region towards daybreak tomorrow.