A strong cold front was responsible for showers and thunderstorms, some of which on the severe side Sunday through early Monday morning (April 14th and 15th).
The setup was prime for severe weather. Strong winds aloft allowed storms to become more organized. Also, we had a southeasterly wind at the surface with more of a westerly wind aloft. This increased the potential for rotation in any storm, numerous tornado warnings were issued just outside of the viewing area.
Our forecast called for two rounds of storms. The first, ahead of the cold front Sunday afternoon and evening. Several tornado warnings were issued, including several along the Blue Ridge. The second round occurred overnight, with the actual passage of the cold front, several severe thunderstorm warnings were issued.
The First Alert Storm team warned of heavy rain that can lead to flooding, and gusty winds in any storm.
That’s exactly what happened. Several inches of rain fell within a day.
Here’s a look at how much rain fell across the area
Old Fields: 1.00″
Fort Seybert: 0.62″
Wind gusts from 20-35 mph were recorded across the area, but radar was indicating wind gusts up to 60 mph in some storms. A gust of 47 mph was recorded at the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport earlier Monday morning.
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