Locally severe thunderstorms that rolled through the Washington, D.C., area Thursday evening, will be followed by some of the coolest weather of the season so far.
Washington, D.C., climbed into the 90s for the third day in a row Thursday, but hot and humid weather was being swept out to sea Thursday night.
According to FM radio station, WTOP, a lightning strike knocked out power to the traffic control tower at Baltimore-Washington International Airport Thursday afternoon. Flights were halted until the damaged equipment could be repaired. Thunderstorms were in the vicinity of the airport from 1:00 p.m. through 3:00 p.m., EDT Thursday. Additional storms followed late in the day.
Canadian air settled in over the region Friday with much lower temperatures and humidity, as well as a gusty breeze. Some people will feel refreshed, while others may mind the sudden chill. That breeze should prevent fog Friday morning.
The pattern into the weekend could yield some of the lowest temperatures of the season so far for the metro area and the region in general. High temperatures may fail to reach 70 degrees in some locations on Saturday.
Windswept rain from Gabrielle, well off the U.S. coast is forecast to spread from Nova Scotia to Newfoundland, Canada, Friday into Saturday.
A deadly earthquake struck central Italy at 3:36 a.m. local time Wednesday morning with tremors felt as far away as the capital city of Rome.
Tropical Depression Seven strengthened into Tropical Storm Gaston during Monday night with another system attempting to form near the Caribbean.
Following a fall-like start to the week, warmth and humidity will build over the northeastern United States prior to the weekend.
A budding tropical disturbance has the potential to reach Florida with gusty winds, showers and thunderstorms during Sunday and Monday.
The return of warmer and more humid air will trigger another round of strong thunderstorms across the central United States this week.
Stargazers will want to dig out their binoculars and telescopes this weekend as Venus and Jupiter shine so close that they appear as one large, bright star in the evening sky.
A thunderstorm passed through Livingston, MT, near Bozeman, dumping 2.5 inches of rain in 1 hour. Small roads in central mountain areas were washed out and the interstate highway was under water.
North Dakota (1991)
Huge hail caused severe damage in eastern North Dakota. Some hail was as large as six inches in diameter. Holes were punched in roofs and 16,000 acres of crops were destroyed.
The remains of Typhoon Holly brought heavy rains and flooding to south-central Alaska with heavy snow inland. (4-foot drifts at Denali National Park).