The Mid-Atlantic region and DC were always known for stormy summers, and even catching the tail of hurricanes now and again. But yesterday, and last night especially, was intense. The Tornado Warning alerts caught us off guard. I had to check to see if was meant for us. I found I lived inside territory covered by those red boxes and ultimately under that storm track.
Tornado Warned storm left rotation track right through the middle of Washington, D.C. around 9:10 PM! Trees down in Falls Church, winds gusted >50 southeast of DC! #DCwx pic.twitter.com/l83k7kiia6— Jesse Ferrell (@WeatherMatrix) July 2, 2021
UPDATE! Local Storm Report "1 S THE WHITE HOUSE" 😬😬— Jesse Ferrell (@WeatherMatrix) July 2, 2021
"Numerous trees were toppled in downtown DC near the National Mall." pic.twitter.com/odfTVKUng3
DCA had a fun day: 91 high, storms with a severe gust of 58 mph this afternoon, then storms with a 52 mph gust this evening. Topped an inch of rain as well. pic.twitter.com/zRAr1xJ0wi— Ian Livingston (@islivingston) July 2, 2021
A couple years ago, I’d have gone outside (and probably would’ve been fine) but this time I grabbed my kiddo out of bed and we sat in the basement for 15 minutes, waiting for the danger zone to move past us.
Postscript, 3 July — National Weather Service Confirms Two Rare Tornadoes In D.C. and Arlington.