Saturday, July 4, 2015

Threat remains, but storms lose steam

Severe-storm watch in effect until 9, but first wave has weakened.

Threat remains, but storms lose steam

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For most of the region, severe weather has spared the peak commuter period, as that line of scary-looking storms weakened as it moved eastward.

Between 4 and 5, winds gusted to 30 m.p.h. in Pottstown, and 0.13 inches of rain was measured. 

But by contrast, over a half inch fell between 3 and 4 p.m. in Lancaster.

As of 5:30, no storm warnings were posted for the Philadelphia region, but a severe-storm watch remains in effect until 9 p.m. for most of eastern Pennsylvania, all of New Jersey and all of Delaware.

Even if the fireworks don't materialize, substantial rain is all but a certainty tonight through Friday, with perhaps as much as 1.5 to 2 inches total.

That would more than double the total for July so far.

The radar image shows that the storms have lost some ferocity, but it also suggests  a period of steady rain into this evening in the immediate Philadelphia area.

Inquirer Weather Columnist
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