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Late afternoon update

Steve Scolnik @ 4:20 PM

Yesterday's high of 94 was the warmest so far this year, beating the 92 on the 14th by 2 degrees. Scattered showers and thunderstorms around the area produced a minimal official accumulation of 0.01".

This afternoon, clouds have limited temperatures to the mid 80s in most locations. The nearest area of precipitation on radar extends from northeast of Harrisburg, PA south and west across the Mason-Dixon line to northern Frederick and Carroll Counties in Maryland. Frederick was reporting a thunderstorm in the vicinity at 4:20. Hagerstown reported a moderate thunderstorm around 4:30. In Virginia, there was an area of storms southwest of Charlottesville.


Showers and thunderstorms will continue to develop and move through parts of the region this evening. At this point, the most likely areas to see rain are north of the immediate metro area. Lows tonight will be in the lower 70s. Under partly cloudy skies tomorrow, highs will be in the upper 80s, with continued high humidity and a 40% chance of afternoon or evening showers.

Now you see it, now you don't

Tropical Storm Bret made a brief appearance just off the Gulf of Campeche coast of Mexico yesterday and moved quickly onshore between Tampico and Veracruz this morning. The storm has been downgraded to a depression, but it is producing heavy rains over the state of Veracruz. The Weather Channel reported that this is only the 12th time since 1851 that there have been 2 or more tropical storms in the month of June. (Of course, 19th century technology was a wee bit more limited in its ability to detect storm activity over the open ocean or in sparsely populated areas.)

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