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Posted at 8:05 PM ET, 05/14/2010

PM Update: Severe weather winding down

By Capital Weather Gang

Mostly nice weekend before rain chances return

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8:00 PM: The severe weather of earlier has moved off to the east, but some strong storms continue to push through the D.C. metro (also on their way east). It is possible one of these storms could reach severe levels, though it will be increasingly less likely as we head past sunset. Around the immediate area, the most significant impact appears to be large hail up to around 2" in diameter, as shown in an image by CWG visitor brucebogtrotter, taken in Mclean, Va. Funnel clouds were also reported in southern Md.

See previous updates on severe weather after the jump.

Through Tonight: Isolated to scattered thunderstorms look to be a threat through around midnight, with a 40% chance of any given location getting wet. Watch out for damaging winds (gusts to near 80 mph) and possibly large hail with any storms. Drier air and clearing skies try to work their way in toward morning as lows fall mainly to the low-to-mid 60s.

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Tomorrow (Saturday): This is how weekends should start. Partly to mostly sunny skies and temperatures rising to afternoon highs in the upper 70s. The only negative might be an occasionally gusty breeze, sustained around 10-15 mph from the northwest. But otherwise -- enjoy!!

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Earlier updates

7:35 PM: A Tornado Warning has been issued for portions of southern Md. as a powerful storm moves through eastern Charles county. Much of the worst activity is moving out of the area, but additional (probably sub-severe) storms are possible and occurring.

7:05 PM: Severe thunderstorms continue to rapidly push east and warnings are now up south and east of D.C. The potential for some damaging wind and large hail continues with the storms, and the one hugging the Prince Georges/Charles county line is particularly dangerous looking. Several reports of large hail have come in thus far, with up to 2" in diameter stones reported in Vienna, Va.

6:20 PM: A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect until 7 p.m. for most of the immediate metro area as a storm capable of large hail and damaging winds near and over 60 mph will move from west to east across the area, impacting many spots inside the Beltway over the next hour.

2:45 PM: A work week marked by see-sawing temperatures has finished on the upside today. Highs in the 80s, ample humidity and an approaching cold front has turned into a recipe for isolated to scattered and potentially severe thunderstorms into this evening. Then, our rocky weather pattern settles down for a partly sunny and mostly pleasant weekend, though there's some question about the latter part of Sunday.

By Capital Weather Gang  | May 14, 2010; 8:05 PM ET
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Comments

I have tickets to see the Bowie Baysox tonight.....What are the chances that game will get hit with a storm? I have two small children who want to go but I don't want them to get scared with severe thunderstorms. Thanks for your thoughts!

Posted by: jcmcgrath1969 | May 14, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Excuse me....."near 80 mph" wind gusts possible?!?
I assume these storms will "pop" this afternoon & evening, cuz I see nothing on radar right now.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | May 14, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

@FIREDRAGON47

Yep, any storms that develop have the potential for gusts near 80 mph. But it's more a question of how many storms there will be, which leads to...

@jcmcgrath1969

Don't have a great answer for you at this point other than what's in our forecast above, which is the possibility for isolated to scattered strong t'storms with about a 40% chance at any given location. With nothing on the radar yet, I'd still plan to go but you'll want to keep an eye on things.

-Dan, CWG

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | May 14, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

90? Anybody? 90?

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | May 14, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse


80mph is an eye-popping figure!

Have e-mailed friends to batten down the hatches if they hear thunder rumbling.

Posted by: DagnyT | May 14, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

I like powerful, sustained winds every so often, because it can be fun (I remember when I was a kid in a TS, and I opened the house door in 60+ knot winds. The door flew open, and I had to lay all of my body weight into it just to close it again lol). We're talking about Hurricane strength wind possibilities here though (Albeit brief, and isolated in form), and I'd hate to see trees toppling over.

BTW, the AM radio just began popping, so the storms are definitely beginning to pop-up out West.

Posted by: TheAnalyst | May 14, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Centreville VA Distant thunder booms.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | May 14, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Getting hail in Chantilly now...

Posted by: DB1975 | May 14, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Centreviile VA Monster raindrops & a very little bit of BB sized hail....hardly any wind though & the sun is trying to break out.
Raining HARD!!!

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | May 14, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

The clouds baring down on the district look pretty menacing!

Posted by: rubysoccer | May 14, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

As quickly as it started, it finished just as quickly.

Last one in my office and I started hearing some pinging on my building's roof. Looked out the window and saw the begining of a hail storm. Before you knew it, marble sized pieces of hail came down, along with sheets of rain. Ten minutes later teh rain is gone.

Posted by: DB1975 | May 14, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Centreville VA Rain is over & the sun is out. That was a quick one & very tame (here at least) despite the fearsome radar colors.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | May 14, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Dime to nickel size hail in Franklin Farm (between Chantilly and Herndon). Hail lasted about 2 minutes. The sun is shining now.

Posted by: dmorack | May 14, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

marble and dime size hail in Old Town Manassas. About 10 minutes now, and torrents of rain.

Posted by: weathergrrl | May 14, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Marble-sized hail on the Bethesda/DC border.

Posted by: JedinBethesda | May 14, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Small hail here in Upper NW.

Posted by: noahmamis | May 14, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse


A friend just e-mailed from McLean that they were getting golf ball sized hail.

Says she's never seen anything like it and she's lived here for 40 years.

Posted by: DagnyT | May 14, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Light rain and low, growly thunder in Merrifield VA; no torrents or hail. Yet...?

Posted by: --sg | May 14, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Peanut sized hail in Bailey's Crossroads. Fat raindrops and a lot of them.

Posted by: jochpo | May 14, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

looks like a split is forming around 66. big hail to the north, big hail to the south, but right on 66 (aka, Merrfield, orange line arlington, etc) might just see brief bursts of rain

Those a little north and south of the district look ok right now.

What is everone else seeing? Any reports from friends? Have them post them here.

Posted by: JJones-CapitalWeatherGang | May 14, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

@ 1842 - Small hail and heavy rain in Ballston.
@ 1844 - End of hail
@ 1846 - Rain tapered off to a mist, wind reduced significantly
@ 1847 - First audible thunder

Posted by: JoeThePhotographer | May 14, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Sky got very ominous here in Silver Spring, a second later the rain/small hail started... windy got gusty, heard one crack of thunder, and then the storm stopped. What a tease! Took about 2-3 minutes total. Please tell me we'll get another one tonight?!

Posted by: CuseFan07 | May 14, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse


Follow-up quote from my friend in McLean:

"That was the wildest thing ever. It stopped now but it came down in a torrent. The sounds of the hail hitting the house was terrifying - and I don't scare easy. I'm going to walk through the house to see if any windows got cracked -- it was that bad.

Posted by: DagnyT | May 14, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Golf ball sized hail, with some bigger, just passed through our part of Vienna. Every car outside the garage got dinged up...one of ours has a fractured windshield. Very little rain came with this storm.

Posted by: rocotten | May 14, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Around 6:27, Mclean was hit. I'd say the hail here is a little smaller than ping pong balls. Maybe 30mm in diameter?

Posted by: brucebogtrotter | May 14, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

My mother just drove through Great Falls, VA, (On her way home from McLean, VA). She ran into golf-ball sized hail, and it was bad enough that she had to pull the 4Runner off to the side of the road. She initially thought that someone was throwing rocks at her SUV, it was that bad. Other vehicles also had to pull over on side streets, and after it passed, the sides of the road were covered in ice. Here in Reston, VA, we've been spared so far *Crosses fingers*.

Posted by: TheAnalyst | May 14, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Centreville VA More thunder & dark storm clouds coming in from the west. Yikes....round #2 approaches!

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | May 14, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Shocker... At 7:22, NWS radar shows a tornado signature approaching La Plata, MD.

Posted by: spammy2 | May 14, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

I see the tornado signature near La Plata, but the warning is for the smaller cell to the north...

Posted by: CM_in_Fairfax | May 14, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Who cares!!! My boyfriend thinks the same with me. He is eight years older than me, lol. We met online at Agelessmatch.com, a nice place for Younger Women and Older Men, or Older Women and Younger Men, to interact with each other. Maybe you wanna check out or tell your friends.

Posted by: jane_fark | May 14, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Who cares!!! My boyfriend thinks the same with me. He is eight years older than me, lol. We met online at Agelessmatch .com, a nice place for Younger Women and Older Men, or Older Women and Younger Men, to interact with each other. Maybe you wanna check out or tell your friends.

Posted by: jane_fark | May 14, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Driving through Chevy Chase to Silver Spring was fun, about 45 minutes ago. Hail the shape and size of grapes and cumquats was falling all around, along with heavy rain. After the storm passed by, I could see a towering cloud not too far in front of me. The I had driven through was off to my left, and that one looked like it could have an anvil.

I really hope that La Plata is not going to get hit by a tornado...

Posted by: Murre | May 14, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

My mother stated that on the radio, they were talking about a funnel cloud report in Herndon, VA earlier. Is there any confirmation of this?

Posted by: TheAnalyst | May 14, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

The Charles cell really has a classic supercell look to it. "Flying eagle" radar signature, something of a hook an at least a bit of rotation. A lot better looking than the Anne Arundel cell that was briefly torn warned. It is east of La Plata now.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | May 14, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Some of the hail from the 6:27 storm in Mclean: http://imgur.com/HO5wa.png

Sorry for the terrible image quality!

Posted by: brucebogtrotter | May 14, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Finally.. NWS puts up a tornado warning on that cell. Funnel clouds reported in Waldorf, Md.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | May 14, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Brucebogtrotter, the quality is good enough!

Posted by: Murre | May 14, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Centreville VA Pouring rain & much more electrical activity with this storm cell than previous. Crackling thunder.
Shutting down PC...good luck everyone!

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | May 14, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Sporadic thunder that may not be too distant... in southern Silver Spring.

Posted by: Murre | May 14, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

WTOP radio is reporting on the *possibility* of tennis ball sized hail near Prince Frederick associated with the tornado warning storm. Funnel clouds confirmed near Waldorf, and reported further east.

Posted by: Murre | May 14, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Hail in Tysons Corner 7:50 am husband says size is marble size.

Posted by: alcw1 | May 14, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

7:50 pm that is!!!

Posted by: alcw1 | May 14, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

The skies just opened up here in Woodley Park. The thunder and lightning are starting to pick up a bit, but nothing serious on that front yet.

Posted by: spacecadetkid | May 14, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Pea to marble-sized hail for 3-5 minutes in Columbia Heights West, Arlington, just east of Baileys Crossroads, 6:45 PM. Intermittent thunderstorm activity more recently. Not much rain since 7 PM.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | May 14, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

So far, only some distant rumbles of thunder and a few sprinkles in the mountains east of Front Royal... 70F

If interested, I took a picture of a foggy view on Wednesday morning.

Posted by: spgass1 | May 14, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Hail and heavy rain/wind in Lake Ridge about 2 hrs ago.

Posted by: ZmanVA | May 14, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

We're not the only ones with weather, Nats game in Denver tonight postponed. The cold rain they played in last night didn't look like fun.

Posted by: marathoner | May 14, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Nothing here in Dumfries. We put down some grass seed a couple of weeks ago and could sure use some rain. Saw a bit of lightening in the distance about 5 min ago, but nothing else. Kept getting text messages this evening saying severe weather was coming, but nothing. My sister in Bristow said she got marble sized hail and torrential rain for about 5-10 min about 6:30, but it stopped as fast as it started.

Posted by: southbridgemom | May 14, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Took some photos of our storms from my balcony here in Ballston -

http://www.flickr.com/photos/josephdangelo/sets/72157623938275131/detail/

Posted by: JoeThePhotographer | May 14, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Nice hail in Bethesda... Here's some video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtxmJcvl20o

Posted by: elondon1 | May 14, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

I had 1/2" to 3/4" hail with heavy rain in my part of Vienna (almost no lightning, and no wind), but I understand the hail was much larger close by.

Posted by: MMCarhelp | May 14, 2010 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Hi Capital Weather Gang!

While watching the news around 7:45 tonight, they were talking about a funnel cloud in the Charles/St.Mary's/Calvert county area. I thought I heard the guy say something about a "tornado alley" in the DC area.

I've lived in Montgomery County my whole life, and it seems like every summer, almost all of the tornado warnings we get in the DC area are either in Northern Virginia or Southern Maryland. Is that where the DC "tornado alley" is? What is the meteorological reasoning for that?

Posted by: slwapo | May 14, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Tornadoes always stay south of DC, thus affecting NOVA and Southern Maryland. It's because even a tornado doesn't want to have to compete with the massive amount of hot air blowing out of DC on a regular basis.

Posted by: taffastrophe | May 15, 2010 1:40 AM | Report abuse

As usual, weather forecasters showed themselves to be morons who don't know jack.

Posted by: FridayKnight | May 15, 2010 7:23 AM | Report abuse

As usual, weather forecasters showed themselves to be morons who don't know jack.

Posted by: FridayKnight | May 15, 2010 7:23 AM

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If that's the case, why are you on this weather site? Go be miserable somewhere else.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | May 15, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

BTW - Neither a drop of rain nor a gust of wind at the 301 Bridge last night :(

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | May 15, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

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