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Tropical air brings severe storm potential

Slight risk for severe storms Tuesday
Posted at 10:02 PM, Aug 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-23 22:03:20-04

Temperatures are running 5 degrees above normal but it feels more like 15. You know why??? The humidity in Maryland is yet again the same as in Florida. In fact, the Baltimore area is more muggy than Houston and New Orleans today! So with a forecast on Monday at 92 (but feeling like 99) and the muggy air, a few afternoon storms are possible. Tuesday temperatures get even warmer (by only 1 degree), but there will be gusty conditions that may cool off your skin, but will be a hassle for the pool umbrellas. The gusty winds are as a cold front approaches, bringing with it more storms around your evening commute. Tuesday, in the beginning of the day is GORGEOUS with blue skies, the warmth of the sun kissing your skin, and of course the humidity causing your hair on your neck to sweat. But by the late afternoon there is a chance Tuesday's storm turn severe. The main threat will be wind (on top of an already gusty day). On the severe weather scale we will be a 2 out of 5.


Now, to the tropics... and how it impacts Maryland. Hurricane Marco falls apart after leaving the Gulf States 2-6" of rain thru Tuesday. Tropical Storm Laura, which is now near Cuba (as of Sunday night) strengthens to a Hurricane (models vary between a Category 1 and 3) and hits between Louisiana and Texas on Wednesday. But wait! The moisture is then drawn up the plains, collides with a cold front, and arrives in Maryland Saturday. We could see between .25 and .50" of rain from the remnants of Laura.