Sunday was quite the stormy day across the Valley.
The post before this post describes our potential for severe weather on Sunday, so now we'll take a look now at what actually happened.
With a cold front that was expected to push through the area, the WHSV Meteorologists declared a Severe Weather Alert Day.
That means that we were expecting some bad weather throughout the day. While this doesn't guarantee catastrophic weather, it means that we see enough ingredients out there and that there is the potential to see some bad storms. We try to give you as much of a heads up as possible. So when we issue a Severe Weather Alert day that's your cue to pay attention to the weather that day, and tune into to WHSV whether it be on TV, Online, Facebook, or Twitter.
The cold front was moving into an area of very unstable air, temperatures in many areas through the Valley saw 100 degrees!
As the afternoon progressed, the cold front started to clash with the highly unstable air and thunderstorms started firing up around 3pm, as seen from this visible satellite image.
Look at the puffy cloud tops building. A severe thunderstorm watch was issued by the Storm Prediction center shortly before the storms began.
This means that conditions are favorable to see severe thunderstorms. Again, it does not guarantee it but it does mean the potential is there.
Several storms throughout the Valley became severe through the late afternoon and evening.
Take a look at some of the strong storms that we have severe thunderstorm warnings on.
This particular storm caused power outages in Grottoes after some trees fell into power lines.
Unfortunately, many people had just gotten their power back on!
Before losing it again on Sunday night.
This same storm sank just south enough and moved over Waynesboro causing more power outages.
Remember many trees and power lines are still very weak after the June 29th derecho.
Storms started to quiet down a little after 8pm as the front was making it's way through the rest of the Valley.
But the storms weren't over with just yet.
Many areas that hadn't seen rain, especially in the Higher elevations, Rockingham, and Shenandoah counties were finally starting to pick on some good rain.
What had happened was, the front basically stalled out over the lower portion of Shenandoah county.
Take a look at this image here from WeatherUnderground.
This shows the front just parked over the Valley late Sunday night.
So later on Sunday night closer to midnight, storms not only started again, they were strong to severe storms especially over northern Shenandoah county!
Storms were riding along the front from the east, and moving right into the Valley.
The good news is many areas received some much needed rain.
The bad news is we did see plenty of trees down once again.
This is probably a good time to go and trim any trees around your yard in the event of more storms. I'm sure we've got plenty of weakened trees in the area since many of the storms we have been seeing are really packing some incredible wind gusts.
Now that the front has stalled to our south, we are still looking at more rain this week. Thunderstorms are not out of the question but we should see more much needed rain.
Our thoughts are some areas could pick up a few tenths to maybe a quarter of an inch of rain each day, especially in the southern Valley (Highland and Augusta county, maybe even southern Rockingham).
By the end of the week, we think many areas have the potential to see 1"-2" of rain! Boy wouldn't that be a big change! So whoever is doing the rain dance, I think it's much appreciated.