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* Consec days 90+: 12; Total 90+: 42 (Apr: 2; May: 3; Jun: 18; Jul: 19) *
What a day: record or near-record heat and then violent thunderstorms. Wind gusts between 50-70 mph were common and the storms dropped generally a quick quarter to half an inch of rain. Thankfully, the thunderstorms and associated front bring cooler air in overnight -- but not sufficiently cool to assist the thousands without power. Lows will be 70-75 inside the beltway, with some upper 60s in the cooler suburbs. Tomorrow, we see full sunshine but much lower humidity as highs head up to around 90. That certainly beats 100.
Storm damage: The National Weather Service has documented extensive reports of downed trees, power lines and even some structural damage across the area. Here's a sampling:
*TWO HEAVY WOODEN BENCHES BLOWN INTO PARKING LOT (PG County)
*CONCRETE GROUNDED FENCE BLOWN DOWN ON FENTON STREET BETWEEN WAYNE AVE AND BONIFANT STREET. (Silver Spring, Md.)
*ROOF COLLAPSE ON PARKING GARAGE ON FOUNTAIN DRIVE (Reston, Va.)
*LARGE GAZEBO BLOWN ACROSS YARD. (Bowie, Md.)
Thanks to readers and Tweeters for sending in their storm reports and photos earlier. Speaking of which, here are some recent contributions:
@raisininvasion: tree down in street Friendship Heights DC
@dprats21: According the the wind meter (Wunderground weather station) at the golf course, we got a 64 mph wind gust, and I believe it. (Laytonsville, Md.)
@BinaBallerina1: Just as the storm was beginning, there was what looked to be an electrical explosion just behind the fire station at 18th St S and S Hayes St. (Crystal City)
@Hawaiiexpat: This tree blocks neighbor's driveway, still no power in Cabin John, MD as of 4:50
Today's highs: BWI and Dulles which rose to 100 and 98 respectively, both set new records for the date. DCA, which topped out at 99, fell 1-degree short.