Thursday July 29 2021

A Tornado Watch has been issued until 9 PM for most of our region. This follows with our Enhanced Risk for severe storms today.

A Mesoscale Convective Complex (MCC) has been tracked from the Great Lakes since yesterday, and it will be crossing our region with peak heating today. The timing appears to be arriving faster and with more coverage than the short range models (shown below) indicate.

Tornado Watch

In addition to tornados, supercell storms may contain hail over 1 inch in diameter, winds to 70 mph, flash flooding, and dangerous lightning.


The Watch includes:

  • Southern Pennsylvania 
  • Central Maryland
  • Northern Virginia
  • Delaware
  • (Beaches)


A Watch  means severe storms are likely but not promised. This will heighten the anticipation of watch for the rough weather to form.

A few Warnings may be issued. That will be when a storm with those conditions has formed. This will be tracked through specific towns in a smaller county location.  That is when you need to seek shelter.



Radar Loop

1:15 PM t0 3:35 PM

This first push is arriving earlier than the models suggest. Metro areas should prepared for the prime time between 4 PM and 6 PM, a little later on Delmarva and Southern Maryland.

While the ‘Offical’ Tornado Watch ends at 9 PM, this will likely be cancelled sooner after the main threat passes.




Radar Simulation Snapshot 

Here is the NAM 3 Km plot for 6 PM. This product has missed a lot of activity recently, so this may be underselling the coverage for event.

I added the animation below the radar at the bottom of this post. 




Severe Storm Parameters

These maps may tell the story better than the radar simulation (below). I’ve used the snapshot of 7 PM, which is when the models showed the peak activity for central Maryland. I think the parameters still apply, but 1 to 2 hours earlier.


Supercell Storms: 

These are rotating cells that can produce the most severe weather with destructive winds and large hail. The storms themselves rotate, which can produce a tornado, but does not promise that.




Significant Tornado Parameter

This is the likelihood that an actual funnel cloud may form and reach the ground.






Live Radar and Lightning Widget

Compare  to the Simulation Animation below.


Radar Simulation: NAM 3 Km Model

Reminder, this is underselling the coverage for the event.



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