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Posted at 1:45 PM ET, 07/27/2008

Update: Strong Storms Over Region

By Jason Samenow

*Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect until 8 p.m. for metro area.*

1:45 p.m. update: The line of strong storms that earlier affected the north and west suburbs is now entering the District and will impact the eastern suburbs including Prince George's and Charles County in the next hour. Torrential rain and gusty winds will accompany these storms.

12:55 p.m. update: Strong to severe thunderstorms have developed and are now affecting portions of the north and west suburbs. Storms currently in Loudoun and western Fairfax County at 1 p.m. will move east towards the Beltway and I-95 in the next one to two hours. Heavy rain, gusty winds and some small hail are possible with these storms.

By Jason Samenow  | July 27, 2008; 1:45 PM ET
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Comments

Strong winds, heavy rain and some hail in Centreville just after 1:00PM

Posted by: firedragon47 | July 27, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

What is the thinking regarding whether this will be a performance in several acts? I notice the STW is up till 8, but we've got storms in the western suburbs now. If we get hit at 2, that leaves 6 hours. My sense is we'll only get one round out of this, but I tend to be bearish on thunderstorm watches in general.

Posted by: Max | July 27, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Very dark clouds moving in just west of the mixing bowl right now...

Posted by: Mark | July 27, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Like whoah in Centreville!

Posted by: BerkeleyGuy | July 27, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, this is actually a bit worse than the recent tornado producing storm from earlier in the week. Winds blowing rain practically sideways, lots of lightning, and pea-sized hail mixed in - here in Centreville. Satellite is still out, and this is a bit longer than normal with summer storms. Usually it would be back up by now.

Posted by: boboman | July 27, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

quick hit of rain and now sunny in Leesburg.

Posted by: greg | July 27, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Skies are already dark with the distant sound of thunder in Arlington.

Posted by: Asterix | July 27, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Alot of hard rain thunder & lightning just moved through western Fairfax/Clifton/Cville area....

Posted by: fxmp | July 27, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

The rain just started, along with thunder and a few flashes of lightning.

Posted by: Jed in Bethesda | July 27, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Bombocast: Current and past, Cumulonimbus to NW. 90F, 29.87, falling. altocumulus and cumulus congestus earlier.

Forecast: This afternoon and evening, thunderstorms, slowly clearing overnight. High 91, low 69. Tomorrow. Clear, high 87.

Posted by: El Bombo | July 27, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Temperatures just dropped dramatically as the rain's now picking up in force.

Posted by: Mark | July 27, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Sun just went away, and loud clap of thunder here in Southbridge area of easter PWC. Conditions have changed here rather quickly.

Posted by: southbridgemom | July 27, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Heavy, heavy rain in Chevy Chase DC. Just coming straight down.

Posted by: Jamie C from Chevy Chase DC | July 27, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Conditions have changed here quickly. Numerous claps of thunder, no lightening or rain yet. The thunder is rattling the floors here at home. We were going to travel to my parent's home in Annandale, but will stay here for a while until this storm passes.
*Sorry for the previous post and the spelling error!

Posted by: southbridgemom | July 27, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Heavy rainfall here in Bethesda-visibility is extremely low.

Posted by: Jed in Bethesda | July 27, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Biblical rain in downtown Bethesda. Deciding if a cup of coffee is worth potential loss of life. Prob'ly not...

Posted by: MarylandMom | July 27, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Unbelievable here in 20901. Heavy rain, some wind gusts, and lots of thunders.

Posted by: Julie T. | July 27, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Biblical rain in downtown Bethesda. Deciding if a cup of coffee is worth potential loss of life. Prob'ly not...

Posted by: MarylandMom | July 27, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Can't we just have a rainy day anymore instead of these ridiculous thunderstorms all the time? What's up with that?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 27, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Can hear distant thunder to the north & west here in College Park, but no rain yet aside from drizzles...

Posted by: Dave | July 27, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Whoa this one angry looking radar loop.

Nice quiet drencher going on here right now, but lots of thunderclaps approaching.

Posted by: Georgetwoner | July 27, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Storm's subsiding here in Spring Valley, DC

Posted by: Bibby | July 27, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

We never have rainy days in the summer. That's more of a spring/fall thing.

Posted by: Scooby-Doo | July 27, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

All Gone in Sterling no big deal

Posted by: Keith | July 27, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

WOW! First time in my life I've actually seen lightning stike a tree, a mear 100 feet away!

Posted by: Chris in Bailey's Crossroads | July 27, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Not a thing in Lake Ridge except for thunder. . .my ivy is parched

Posted by: sparky | July 27, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Very heavy rain here, with lots of wind. Driving conditions on the roads are probably poor at best right now.

Posted by: southbridgemom | July 27, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

A little thunder, a little lightning, a little rain, and it's over here in G'town. Definitely nothing fancy.

Posted by: Max | July 27, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

2:04p.m. Dark and thunder in Annapolis. No rain yet.

Posted by: Dan | July 27, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

I had 1/4-1/2" hail briefly, but it's back to a heavy downpour. (SW Springfield area)

Posted by: Bob S. | July 27, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Strong-to-severe storm in Vienna, 45-50 MPH gusts estimated., no hail, moved E; radar shows it merged with other cells into a single squall line. Classic anvil tuck-under and mammatus visible, lightning more intense as it moves E.

Posted by: Mike from Vienna | July 27, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Marylandmom -- Invoking the Bible are we ... now that must be some serious storm!

Posted by: Dan, Capital Weather Gang | July 27, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Thunder, Lightening and hard rain in Bowie, Maryland

Posted by: Sandra | July 27, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

QUOTE:
Can't we just have a rainy day anymore instead of these ridiculous thunderstorms all the time? What's up with that?

Posted by: | July 27, 2008 1:53 PM


To whoever posted this: Stratus-type, stable, day-long precipitation (typical of the North/West side of low-pressure systems)is not common here in the summertime, though it is not unheard of. That usually passes north of us from May-September. As the Westerlies drop south again with the autumn season, we well start to see that again about October or so.

Posted by: Mike from Vienna | July 27, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

I LOVE mammatus! Unfortunately, the rain & hail were too fierce for me to risk looking skyward!

:-D

Posted by: Bob S. | July 27, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

I understand that they're disruptive, but I LIKE a good thunderstorm. I spent over a decade in places (Sacramento, CA & the southeast of England) which essentially never have them.

Posted by: Bob S. | July 27, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

West Springfield (Accotink Lk/Mixing Bowl): Storm total as of 2:35pm = 0.96"
15 minutes of pea (and large pea) sized hail 1:50 - 2:05p

Posted by: Bikerjohn | July 27, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Word Rain is associated with Peace, Song 7 Dance. India has entire tribe of Rain People. We Need Rain. North American Natives use Name Rain. If It Where Only Raining dollars.

Signed:PHYSICIAN THOMAS STEWART VON DRASHEK M.D.

Posted by: thomasxstewart | July 27, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Still some thunder, not much if any rain anymore, in Huntington. On the way back up Route 1 from Fountainhead Park, skies to the west got more and more threatening. Skies opened up while I was in Target, but I only saw one flash of lightning on the way home. At least this immediate area where I live didn't get hit too badly but I don't think we're done with t-storm activity either.

Posted by: Jeff from Huntington | July 27, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Ex-Greenbelter here in Phoenix (AZ), reading your weather updates, sounds like what is happening here. Thunderstorms predicted almost everyday and storms like what is described. Only diff is, our storms are in patches, one can hit 3 different type storms driving 10 miles. I assume its the mountains, heat, and valley thing. And of course I can see the storms, the lightnings, and even the very heavy rain all around me, but nary a drop for my Cacti since February.

Posted by: frank | July 27, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Just some rumbles and slight drizzle in Rockville, nothing exciting. :(

Posted by: Dar | July 27, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I am reading this from Dakar Senegal where we need a good strong thunderstorm (I love the theater of it) and lots of rain. Stay safe, but enjoy.

Posted by: larraine | July 27, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

In florida, where t'storms have been common; missing home, 20906, and thanks to all for play-by-plays!

Posted by: elleng | July 27, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

We got the dark sky just after noon here in Herndon, accompanied by the rumbly 'bowling alley' sort of thunder, but only a few sprinkles of rain.

Posted by: RobinD | July 27, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

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