Heavy Rain & Lots of Lightning

August 12th, 2014 at 11:33 pm by under Weather

Talk about a light show tonight! We had some strong storms move through the Middle Peninsula, Peninsula and Eastern Shore earlier this evening. We told you the activity would be scattered and it most certainly was. Some folks got nothing while others got hammered. The strongest storm moved across the Middle Peninsula around 6 PM. It was a slow mover, so it dumped a couple inches of rain in some spots in a short amount of time.

Satellite/Radar

Satellite/Radar at 6PM

Pam, our weather watcher in Gloucester Courthouse, received 1.75″ of rain tonight. Steve in Ware Neck, in Mathews County, saw over 2 inches of rain. This same storm continued to move east over the Chesapeake Bay. The storm intensified as it moved closer to the Eastern Shore.

Satellite/Radar at 8 PM

Satellite/Radar at 8 PM

I noticed some rotation with this storm as it was over the Chesapeake Bay around 8:12 PM, so there is a possibility there was a waterspout occurring at that time. When we see the red colors and the green colors touching, that means we are seeing rotation within the storm. Luckily, the rotation weakened as it moved closer to the Eastern Shore.

Rotation Over The Bay

Rotation Over The Bay

Heavy rain was the main threat tonight due to the high moisture content in the atmosphere and the slow movement of the storms. Here is a picture of the estimated rain totals across the region. It doesn’t have any numbers because I wanted to show where the heaviest rain fell. Most areas highlighted in green received between 1-3 inches of rain, while some spots saw more.

Radar Estimates

24- Hour Radar Estimates

Here is a picture of the street flooding across the Eastern Shore tonight. Jason send these photos into reportit@wavy.com

Cape Charles Street Flooding

Cape Charles Street Flooding

Cape Charles Street Flooding

Cape Charles Street Flooding

Folks that did not see the heavy rain saw a light show tonight with that strong storm over the Chesapeake Bay. I even captured a few lightning strikes on Tower Cam 10.

Tower Cam 10

Tower Cam 10

Check out this awesome picture sent in from Dan of the lightning at Croatan Beach.

Croatan Lightning

Croatan Lightning

Scattered showers and isolated storms will continue overnight, but the severe weather threat is winding down. We may see a few showers develop along the front tomorrow morning. Once the front moves in, drier air will move into the area. It will still be warm with highs in the mid 80s. The humidity will really drop by Thursday and Friday as highs will only reach the lower 80s. Meteorologist Jeremy Wheeler will have the latest forecast coming up on WAVY News 10 starting at 4:30 AM.

-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona

 

 

 

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