Advertisement

Maryland weather: Golf ball-sized hail falls around Baltimore in afternoon storm

Maryland weather: Golf ball-sized hail falls around Baltimore in afternoon storm
Dark storm clouds pass over Towson University before an afternoon thunderstorm. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun)

Hail as large as golf balls fell in some areas as a storm passed over the Baltimore region Thursday afternoon.

The National Weather Service received a report of hail 1.75 inches in diameter in Glen Burnie. Elsewhere, 1-inch hail was observed near near Severn in Anne Arundel County and hail 0.88 inches across was spotted in the Rossville area of eastern Baltimore County. Pea-sized hail was observed in South Baltimore.

Advertisement

The weather service also said a lightning strike set a house on fire in the 3000 block of Pike Drive in Riva in Anne Arundel County. And trees were reported downed across Maryland Route 136 in Harford County. Fewer than 600 power outages were reported across the region as of 6 p.m.

Hail forms in severe thunderstorms when strong updrafts of air within storm clouds send water droplets high into frigid levels of the atmosphere. The stronger the updraft, the more time precipitation spends at freezing temperatures, and the larger hail can get before falling to Earth.

For golf ball-sized hail to form, sustained updrafts of at least 64 mph are needed, according to the weather service.

More storms were moving across the Baltimore region through Thursday afternoon, and meteorologists warned more of them could be capable of producing large hail.

Advertisement
Advertisement