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Posted at 5:00 PM ET, 06/ 3/2009

Strong to Severe Storms Firing Up Again

By Ian Livingston

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Plenty of sun today boosted temperatures into the 80s, which in turn destabilized the atmosphere nicely. Unlike yesterday, which saw numerous hail reports for the far southern suburbs, much of the area stands a risk of getting hit through the evening. Thunderstorms will be capable of heavy rain, isolated damaging winds and some large hail. Additional storms are possible later.

By Ian Livingston  | June 3, 2009; 5:00 PM ET
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Current temp. in Burke: 83.1 with partly sunny skies.

What is the difference between a strong thunderstorm and a severe thunderstorm? Thanks!

Posted by: Yellowboy | June 3, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

In case people are like me and tend to read only the top post comments, I just wanted to mention what I just posted below...

Current observations: Thunder heard in the Blue Ridge east of Front Royal. Storm may be forming just to my east.

Posted by: spgass1 | June 3, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Yellowboy, there are specific criteria for a severe storm -- winds of 58 mph or greater and/or hail larger than 3/4". The hail part will be changing to 1" in the future here and already has in other places.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | June 3, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

New SPC discussion. Storms still expected to fire up across the area though it's been slow so far.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | June 3, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Quick pop-up storm over Franklin Square. Enough rain to wet the ground, but otherwise uneventful. Might the brief rain and resulting temp drop stabilize our local atmosphere somewhat? Either way, as CWG has said, the set up at this point doesn't look ripe for the an outbreak even close to the scale of what we saw 366 days ago. For those who missed the June 4,2008 derecho, my picture of it blasting across the tidal basin is Photo # 45 in CWG's "You Weather Photos." Certainly a day I'll always remember.

End shameless self-promotion.

Posted by: ParkerGP | June 3, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: clintonportis17 | June 3, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

OK! I'm safely home from work. Now bring on the severe weather!

Oh, um, if you all want it to wait until you get home, I'm down with that. But hurry up and get home...I'm too excited to wait much longer!

Posted by: LaurainNWDC | June 3, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

So what time do you think the storm will hit upper MoCo?

Posted by: Post43 | June 3, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Centreville VA - Raining with sunshine/bright overcast here in western Fairfax county.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | June 3, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Here we go again....getting slammed by a heavy thunderstorm.

From last night's storm, we received an inch of water.

Posted by: david_in_stafford | June 3, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Southeast Montgomery County: sun is out, no sign of rain.

Posted by: Murre | June 3, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Storm building from the southern beltway north towards the city. First rumbles of in Arlington.

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Posted by: JJones-CapitalWeatherGang | June 3, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Hey Gang: your map is not showing the warnings for the tidal Potomac or for southern Stafford and points south. This latter warning goes until 7 pm.

Posted by: Murre | June 3, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse

@Murre... Special Marine Warnings are there for me. Maybe a refresh issue?

Posted by: JJones-CapitalWeatherGang | June 3, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Gang: now your map is showing the warnings.

Posted by: Murre | June 3, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

There's a new entry up. See you there.

Posted by: Murre | June 3, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Peace... Back to the top entry.

Posted by: JJones-CapitalWeatherGang | June 3, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

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