Howard County Tornado

One year ago today.....
Posted at 1:12 PM, May 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-23 13:15:53-04

One year ago today a quasi-linear system moved across central and southern Maryland. The system produces damaging winds across multiple areas, including near the intersection of Brighton Dam Road and MD Route 108 in Clarksville. Several trees were uprooted in this vicinity with large branches being flung in multiple directions. As the system tracked eastward, an eyewitness observed the tornado knocking down trees, resulting in swirling debris.

The most significant damage observed garnered the rating as EF-1, where a grove of trees were snapped midway up their trunks, falling in all directions. A rating of EF-1 means that winds were estimated between 86-110mph based on the observed damages.

Isolated showers and thunderstorms today with highs near 80. While the rain coul be heavy in those thunderstorms-- severe weather is not in the forecast. Nicer weather await us as we head into next week!