A cold front sliding will likely trigger thunderstorms this evening. The most likely timing for the storms is between 5 and 10 p.m. from west to east.
“Storm fatigue” may be the operative word describing July thus far. Today, the setup continues to favor widespread thunderstorm activity during the afternoon and evening.
A collection of photos from the visually stunning storms and their aftermath.
Storms are likely to produce heavy rain, lightning, and - possibly - strong to damaging wind gusts.
Sunny skies gave way to a hail storm in Siberia on Saturday, and snow fell in the Southern Urals.
The worst is over for the evening as the storms head east toward and across the Chesapeake Bay, with moderate showers lingering behind.
While it's too soon to get overly worked up about early next week's storm threat, it's also worth an early heads-up.
Isolated storms may be severe with a damaging wind threat but the highest chance for severe weather is to the south and east of the metro region.
The wind damage pattern, radar images and wind reports support classifying last night's line of storms a derecho.
The thresholds for a severe thunderstorm are seemingly arbitrary, however, there is well-documented reasoning for each criterion.