Here on Tuesday afternoon I’ve realized a brief recap of the results of Saturday’s squall line – sorry, “QLCS” – would be in order. A decent chunk of southern Virginia was placed under a severe thunderstorm watch ahead of the line’s arrival, and just ahead of the convection a series of severe thunderstorm warnings were issued. I didn’t save the radar views or the text but the polygon that ended literally a couple miles west of here contained parts of the line of which the warning text indicated northeasterly cell motions of 85 mph with surface gusts up to 70 mph!
Fortunately that part of the squall line visibly weakened on radar reflectivity before it reached us and other than some heavy rain I didn’t notice anything unduly wild when the action arrived. There were a few trees and limbs downed not far from us, however, so the stronger winds must have been localized.
Meanwhile here’s the filtered SPC map of storm reports from that day:
Twenty-six tornadoes from an early January event is nothing to sneeze at, especially since there were injuries and fatalities reported.