Yesterday, we had our hottest day of the year at Old Dominion Weather and Wildlife Headquarters with temps topping 95F here in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northern Virginia.
The Capital Weather Gang reports record temps recorded at National Airport in Arlington as well as at Dulles Airport:
both Washington, D.C. (Reagan National Airport, DCA) and Dulles (IAD) had their warmest June days on record, breaking their old monthly records by two degrees.
DCA hit 104. IAD hit 102.
As if the heat wasn’t bad enough, a thunderstorm system known as a derecho knocked out power to
hundreds of thousands of over a million Virginia residents, including yours truly. Fortunately our power was restored this evening. The Capital Weather Gang provides a good explanation of last night’s storm system with impressive wind gust statistics:
This kind of fast-moving, long-lived, large, and violent thunderstorm complex is known as a derecho…
…Peak wind gusts in the D.C. region include the following:
71 mph near Dulles Airport
79 mph in Reston, Va.
70 mph in Ashburn, Va.
69 mph in Leesburg, Va.
In addition, an 80 mph gust was clocked in Fredericksburg…