From a humid 81° to a cool 61° in 40 minutes….
Last night, I sat huddled on the couch until midnight with two labs and two cats and no power in the house. Severe thunderstorms pounded Gloucester County overnight with damaging winds and numerous lightning strikes. Our only light came from very close and frequent lightning and the only sounds we heard were from loud claps of thunder and window-rattling wind gusts or an occasional whimper from me.
The cause of the storms was hot and muggy weather stalled over the entire Atlantic Seaboard. Cooler air from the north could not penetrate this system due to a Bermuda High firmly situated over the Atlantic Ocean. With the High strongly in place, we will not have any relief from the muggy weather for the next several days. The storms that passed through last night could roar through each afternoon through Wednesday. Yikes!
Our water gauge registered 3 1/2″ of rain overnight. The pond is overflowing but okay. So far mister gardener has discovered one tall Tulip Poplar that was struck by lightning but I think there could be damage on more of our trees. I can hear chain saws on distant properties so we are not alone. I do wonder how wide this storm front was that passed through Virginia.
As the dogs and cats and I huddled together during the storm last night, where was mister gardener you might ask? He was asleep. He heard nothing. He saw nothing.
Ann Hohenberger, The Garden Club of Gloucester