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Lightning show overnight June 18: Top 5 photos and video

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After just missing the record high in Baltimore on June 18th with a daily high temperature of 96F, the leftover heat produced a vigorous thunderstorm right around Baltimore. This was well ahead of our next cold front, and actually well ahead of a Severe Thunderstorm Watch initially posted by NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center. This eventually was expanded eastward and rightly so.

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A warning was issued for Baltimore City and northern Anne Arundel County around 11 pm, but that storm sit still and expanded for a few hours. This dumped flooding rain with a total of 1-4 inches across the city into Kent County across the Chesapeake Bay.

Other Storm Reports:

Wind Gusts:

  • 59 mph in Glen Burnie at 1:19 AM
  • 64 mph North Beach at 1:10 AM
  • 78 mph in Morningside, PG County 12:38 AM

Hail

  • 1.25" in Park Heights 12:47 AM
  • 1.00" in Arbutus 12:54 AM

It also provided a great light show.

Often nighttime thunderstorms after a 90-degree day seem to be more intense with a lot of energy in the atmosphere. The high humidity also allows the light to travel farther across the sky for more to see, even well beyond the acoustic zone. That is ‘heat lightning’.

Thanks to Ken Cold for the great dash cam video while he was driving through Essex, MD.

See the top photos in the slide show that I’ve received across the area. Thanks to:

Doug Edmunds- Kent Island

Jason Zmuda – Annapolis (jasonzmudaphotography.com)

Carol Palmer- Towson

Charlie Bury- Gettysburg

McCabe Jamrosz- South Baltimore

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