Severe weather check-in: July-August 2018

Saw on the news and on Wunderground that folks to the north of us on the East Coast (Maryland, Pennsylvania) are taking a hit with all this rain.

Parts of the interior mid-Atlantic have been swamped with over  since the weekend, according to NOAA's Weather Prediction Center, prompting numerous water rescues and some evacuations.

The  since Saturday is 16.55 inches near Dunkirk, Maryland. 

Baltimore had received 15.04 inches of rainfall month-to-date through Tuesday, making it not only the wettest July on record, but also the second-wettest month on record for the city.

And as always, it's feast or famine … folks on the West Coast would love some rain to cool things off.

Seattle typically enjoys the Puget Sound's cooling influence in summer, so there is not a high demand for air conditioning most of the time. Average daily high temperatures in Seattle during July are in the mid-70s.

This month has been an exception, with the average monthly temperature through July 24 ranking as the  behind 2015.

I've been in the path of bad storms several times, sometimes better prepared than others. I've learned a lot about prepping ahead of severe weather from other members of this community.

AAFA has a great blog post with 

Have you been affected by severe weather? Let us know how you're doing!


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  • Melissa G

    We are surviving. Luckily no rain today. We have had some minor flooding on our road, our basement is dry thankfully. 

    Our local dam is opening up more flood gates today. One town will be hugely impacted, they are doing voluntary evacuations this afternoon, I have a feeling by this evening it will be mandatory. 

  • Brenda Silvia-Torma

    Our county has recently been hit with flash floods, a brief tornado, and uprooted trees–which tragically resulted in one death. Fortunately, my neighborhood hasn't experienced anything significant like that. But, I'm ready to help, if we do!

    Last year, I was trained as a member of the county's , which is a program that "educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations."

    It was a great course and helped me to think ahead as to what I need to do to prepare for a disaster (medications, fire safety in my house). The most important concept that you learn is to take care of yourself first.

    If you can't/don't care of yourself, then there's no way that you can help anyone else…and you end up becoming another "victim" that someone else needs to help.

    Which, when you think of it, is actually a great life lesson…it applies to everything!

  • Brenda Silvia-Torma

    It was a super cool program!  Here are a couple of pictures of me in action (lol). PM me if you have any questions about it. 

  • K8sMom2002

    Oh, Melissa! I feel for those who are evacuating! 

    And wow, Brenda, that is cool — and look at you, all geared up WITH your mask! Smart!

  • Melissa G

    Brenda, look at you!! Go girl! I will probably will be in touch with out about the program. Thanks!

  • Melissa G

    We had severe thunderstorms again last night. Luckily today is dry. Rain is in the forecast again tomorrow. 

  • Melissa G

    Luckily the evacuation only ended up being voluntary and the water didn't rise as much as everyone thought. And the rain hasn't been coming as much as they have predicted the last few days. 

  • Melissa G

    How has everyone been doing? There has been wild fires, and torrential rain all over the US. 

  • K8sMom2002

    Melissa, I see the news coverage on the California wildfires, and it is unbelievable! On CNN the other morning, I saw a mention that .

    We've had humidity and heat, but nothing super bad.

  • Marie E Natzke

    We've had some cool days but we've had 20 90 degree days this summer. Month of July was not and we only had 1 1/2 inches of rain. Now we are in August and last Wednesday we had a rainstorm roll through some areas had over 3 inches of ☔. This past weekend we've been getting smoke from the forrest fire 🔥 that are in Canada and we are under air quality alerts I don't know how long this will last. It was very foggy this morning. Now we are having a stretch of close to it over 90 degrees with stormy weather on the way for Wednesday and Thursday. 

  • Melissa G

    Yikes Marie on the hot days and the smoke! What do you do on the days where the air quality is not good?

  • LK

    Wow, Marie!  Hope you are doing okay with all that!  

    We are in a drought but thankfully are getting some rain today and should get some more during the next couple of days.  Hoping the rain will wash some of the smoke out of the air.  Don't know if the smoke (from the Canadian forsest fires, like where Marie is)  is at ground level or just in the upper altitudes.

  • Melissa G

    Wow, Lisa, we have had so much rain, I will try to send you some…every time it rains now, there is local flooding or trees are falling because the ground is so saturated. 

  • Marie E Natzke

    LK, I think the smoke is more in the upper atmosphere because the sunrises and sunsets are more red than normal. Over the weekend I could smell it a little and you could just see the haze in the air…on a good day we can see the Hancock and Sears towers but not this weekend….I know they aren't called that anymore but to me that's what they are!!!!!!

    Melissa G, I try not to stay outside too long. I realized over the weekend I need to do some weeding in the yard and decided to do a little everyday after dinner make it easier for the weekend and I'm trying to get more active to help the arthritis pain. But with the ozone warning I can't work outside until the weather breaks. Now they are changing the forecast not everyone will be getting rain but whoever does get rain may get a lot of rain…I know we're going to get something because I'm already feeling the change of weather coming…ugh…having asthma is bad enough but having AS too no fun when the weather's bad..

  • Melissa G

    I agree Marie! Our weather has been so strange this year. We had a ton of rain in the spring, then no rain for about a month, now we have had massive amounts of rain causing flooding. My allergies are in full swing like it is spring time..

  • Marie E Natzke

    Melissa that night we only had a lot of thunder no rain until a couple days later.  We are still having smoke in Chicago from Canadian wildfires.  It's not everyday but it's often enough.  Both days this weekend with yesterday being the worst day for the smoke.  you could see it in the air how hazy it was making it.  My breathing was ok but if I had stayed out too long i wouldn't have been ok.  So no yard work this weekend at all.

    they are predicting bad weather for tomorrow afternoon they are watching to see if it may be severe weather.

  • Marie E Natzke

    Hi Melissa no we just had some thunder and rain which we needed. Now they are saying extreme heat for this coming weekend. I dread the winter but this heat is too much hope all is well with you and everyone else

  • K8sMom2002

    Ugh, Marie! I hope the smoke from the wildfires isn't too bad. And I do hope you get some rain to settle the air and cool things off. Cities in a heatwave are NO fun!

  • Melissa G

    We got rocked last night with nasty thunderstorms. There were some areas where we thought a tornado had touched down but it was just really bad wind. 

  • K8sMom2002

    Oh, no, Melissa! I hope no one was hurt by the wind! 

    I really feel for the folks in Hawaii as they prepare for that hurricane.