The atmosphere is primed to spawn strong thunderstorms in the Mid-Atlantic this afternoon and evening, some of which could be severe with large hail, damaging winds, and even a couple of tornadoes possible. Since the storms will occur in heavily populated areas around rush hour, even a small, weak tornado could be dangerous.
Here are all of the severe thunderstorm (blue), tornado (red), and flash flood warnings (green) issued in the past 7 days. To say that this was an "active week" is an understatement. The past week has seen nearly 2,000 severe weather warnings go into effect, and this doesn't include the 200+ warnings that were issued on Sunday.
The single greatest cultural event in American history is back for a second helping this July as Syfy gets ready to release Sharknado 2: The Second One. The tornado of sharkic proportions terrorizes New York City this time around, and if you liked/hated the first one, you will love/loathe the second one.
The intense hailstorms that struck Colorado a couple of weeks ago left behind major damage to tens of thousands of cars, homes, airplanes, and just about everything else that wasn't protected from the stones that approached the size of tennis balls at times. Insured losses are now estimated to clock in at over $100 million.
A frustrating bureaucratic technicality led to a confusing situation this afternoon as a thunderstorm straddling state lines prompted the issuance of one of the most ridiculous-looking tornado warnings ever seen. The inconsistency has a good reason behind it, but these types of quirks can hurt public trust in weather forecasts.