A partly cloudy, hot, humid and stormy/wet weather update for West Rockville Maryland for Saturday July 1 2017

A partly cloudy, hot, humid and stormy/wet weather update for West Rockville Maryland for Saturday July 1 2017

July started out with an interesting Saturday. The day started out cloudy with a low stratocumulus deck hiding the sunrise with temperatures in the humid mid 70s. By late morning skies at least partially cleared and temperatures climbed through the muggy, unstable air to the 90° level as happens typically in early July in this area. Clouds developed quickly in the mid-afternoon and we had a heavy thunderstorm between 1500-1530.  Brief heavy rain, strong winds that blew the rain into a frenzy, lowering the visibility to less than 1/4 mile at times. The max rain rate of 3.05″/hour at 1525 at the USG gauge signified the climax of the storm near the end. Rain slackened off quickly and was over by 1600.  Clear to partly cloudy skies, continued muggy dew points in the mid 70s persisted the rest of the day. After falling into the low-mid 70s during the height of the storm, the temperature rebounded into the 80s well before sunset in the late afternoon/early evening.  The Taylor Max/Min thermometer had a max of 90.0° from its new shielded location in its new “house”, a Davis Model 7714 passive radiation shield. It is hoped that in the coming days the Taylor will provide the most accurate max and min temps since I moved here 6 months ago. However, today I realized that the “refresh rate” of the thermometer is slow, as the temperature stayed at 90° during the storm when all other thermometers at my disposal had already dropped into the 70s. Eventually it caught up with the others fortunately.  At 0549 we have fair skies along with temperatures in the muggy mid 70s. The minimum temperature (75.9°) was recorded at 0626 while the maximum temperature (91.3°) was recorded at 1439. Dew point temperatures rose some more today, ranging from 76° to 65°. Relative humidity values rose quite a bit today  (85% – 57%).  Barometric values lowered today, ranging from 29.97″ at 0000 to 29.85″ at 1447, just ahead of the thunderstorm.

Remember that you now can get the balcony location data on Weatherlink. You can access the data through http://www.weatherlink.com/user/walrusman444

I got up in the mid afternoon today when the storm hit which “forced” me into action to track and observe the exciting action.  I had a toasted everything bagel with egg, leftover breakfast sausage, mushrooms and cream cheese that was ooey-gooey but oh so delicious! I caught up a bit with my email and talked quite a bit on the phone with Tracy, Robin, and Ray and Marty about today’s weather. I finished the leftover lamb-burger and the guacomole along with the rest of a container of deli potato salad.  I got my computer printer cartridges delivered today, and I installed them, but so far can only get the color part to work – for some reason the black ink is not working. I had prune juice and spicy low-sodium V8 before dinner with guac and chips during and after dinner, along with a few triscuits and cheese.  I continued to work a bit more on the newly “hatched” Weatherquack weather website which should be fun in the coming months. I posted a special blog on today’s storm, similar to the the picture used as the featured image on this blog post of the storm as it moved off to my SE many miles away around 1700. I hope to see many of you soon on Weatherquack http://www.weatherquack.com – it is completely free and easy to use once you complete your registration and a short ramping up period.  I also drank a good part of my ginormous water bottle throughout the evening and early morning hours.


We now have fair skies with temperatures in the mid 70s at about 0547, just at sunrise. Partly sunny and hot with highs in the low 90s, lows in the upper 60s on Sunday and Monday, then partly to mostly cloudy with highs around 90° on July 4th (Tuesday) and a 60 POP for showers/storms, lows in the upper 60s. Wednesday looks to clear out (at least partially) and a bit “cooler” with highs in the upper 80s and lows around 70°.

On Channel 4 radar at 0549, most of the Eastern US is now basically clear of rain returns, with the Saturday action moved well offshore into the Atlantic Ocean at this time.

As of 0549 EDT, the data from my balcony (VP2), Taylor (on the ground just below the balcony), the Lakewood Country Club WXBug station, and the USG VP2 station across the street is as follows:

Station     Relative Location      Temp    RH    DP         BP        Wind   High/Low temp today
VP2                 Balcony               74.6     77     67     29.98R     N/A    91.3/75.9

Taylor             Grounds              72.3                                         90.0/74.3 (Temps still under study but looking better)

There was 1.11″ of rain in my gauge today (cocorahs gauge on ground now moved to an area below my balcony)

June precipitation totalled out at 1.34″, well below normal.  July precipitation is 1.11″.
Year-to-date (YTD) precipitation total is 18.66″
VP2 Across the street (USG)    75.0       79     68     30.02R    N/A     90.4/73.3    

There was 0.86″ of rain recorded in the USG gauge on Saturday. The max rain rate was 3.05″/hour at 1525.   WX Bug     Lakewood 4500 ft,     75      72.5   64.8   30.00R    WSW 3  G  WSW 8
140° from station                                                               91/70

The Lakewood rain gauge recorded 0.47″ of rain on Saturday.

Temp on the balcony (VP2) at 2400 was 78.4 RH 79% BP 29.95R  DP 71.3 Taylor thermometer had a temp of 75.0.

Good morning from the clear, slightly less humid and drying out Walrus early on this Sunday morning. 

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