Thursday July 29 2021
Severe storms were forecast in our region today, and they lived up to expectation. A Tornado Watch was issued for much of the region, and a few storm cells prompted Tornado Warnings in central Maryland.
Video of this funnel cloud is in the report below.
The peak of the storms rolled through metro areas between 4 PM and 6 PM. Here’s recap of the radar loop during that time.
This wide view map shows the clusters of storm reports. But I wanted to start with the two funnel clouds.
Tower Shores, north of Bethany Beach
This one is up close and amazing!
Robbie Commodari shared this with my on Twitter, taken by his sister. It was confirmed by The National Weather Service that there was a funnel cloud offshore at that time. It does not look like it touched down.
Incredible footage from my sister around Tower Shores north of Bethany Beach, Delaware…no confirmation on if the funnel officially touched down @NWS_MountHolly @TonyPannWBAL @JustinWeather @MatthewCappucci @WeatherErik pic.twitter.com/kGyiWPuszX
— Robbie Commodari (@robcomm5) July 29, 2021
Choptank River, Maryland’s Eastern Shore
This was reported at 10:52 AM. Yes, in the morning! It looks like a waterspout, which tend to be weaker than tornados and remain over the water.
The video confirmation was from my friend Nicki Nueweller, shared on Facebook at 11 AM.
Side-note, Nicki’s husband Josh took me across the Bay during the first few years of my Maryland Trek. They are proud salt of the earth crabbers and water-‘people’ that I am glad to be friend’s with. That said, you might want to turn the volume down if kids are watching with you.
Location: South of St. Michaels and west of Cambridge.
Lightning In Ellicott City
From Laurie Pells George
Top Wind of 62 mph was recorded at BWI Airport.
A few clusters of storm damage reports are evident on the map. One between Baltimore and Washington. Primarily tree damage in Howard, Montgomery, and Prince Georges Counties in Maryland.
Storm Damage In Howard County
HCDFRS is on scene in the 9000 block of Snowden River Pkwy, Columbia. | Exterior facade damage, no structural damage reported. | Building has been evacuated as a precaution and is closed at this time. County Inspections, Licenses & Permits dept will assess structural integrity. pic.twitter.com/V0GiEUKQo3
— Howard Co Fire & EMS (@HCDFRS) July 29, 2021
Storm Plotting Snapshots —> slider
Despite the Tornado Warnings, it looks like the central Maryland cell kept the rotation up in the clouds.
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