July 22, 2019
The heat wave that has had a grip on the Philadelphia region and beyond may have met its match on Monday afternoon.
Strong gusts of wind and torrential rain swept through Center City between 5-6 p.m. as the Philadelphia skyline vanished behind cloud cover and precipitation.
But some of the worst of Monday's storm may have hit Bucks County, where an ominous photo from just south of Doylestown shows what appears to have been a microburst. Drone storm chaser Ray Leichner of the Eastern PA Weather Authority shared an incredible photo and video of the phenomenon.
Aerial shot of a potential Microburst just South of Doylestown PA pic.twitter.com/7cYmmmI597— Ray Leichner ⚡️⛈🌪 (@stormchaserray) July 22, 2019
A microburst is defined as a "localized column of sinking air (downdraft) within a thunderstorm," usually less than about 2.5 miles in diameter at the largest. They can be incredibly destructive and potentially life-threatening on the ground, as recent microburst reports from elsewhere in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Michigan have made abundantly clear.
More than 7,000 PECO customers were without power in the Philadelphia region as of 7 p.m.
Many across the region shared photos and videos of Monday's storm.
from 94 to 74 degrees in less than half an hour. phew! that was a swift, heat-breaking storm. #Philadelphia. #visitphilly #heatwave over. #Philly @BVNeighbors @italianmarket #southphilly pic.twitter.com/UPuSEGUaLf— Donald D Groff (@dgroff) July 22, 2019
#HeavyRain blowing sideways #CenterCity #Philadelphia #severestorm with dangerous winds up to 78 miles an hour seek shelter now as the storm passes @NBCPhiladelphia @PhillyInquirer @NWS_MountHolly pic.twitter.com/ze7D9SD5fO— Tammie Souza Weather (@TammieSouza) July 22, 2019
Wet weather is expected to continue into Tuesday with lower temperatures than we've seen over the past week, according to the National Weather Service. The rain will let up during the second half of the week with highs in the upper eighties and low nineties.