Tornadoes in New York: May 29th, 2013

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Two tornadoes (an EF-2 and an EF-1) touched down in eastern New York on May 29th, 2013, both around 7:00 p.m., according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

The stronger tornado, an EF-2, had winds of up to 125 MPH and caused damage along a relatively wide and long path. The tornado width was estimated at 1 mile wide with a track length of 17 miles from Florida to Rotterdam.

The second tornado formed just to the southwest of the EF-2 tornado, around the same time. It was a weaker and shorter-lived tornado, but was associated with the same powerful squall line that was moving east-southeast across New York.

An upper level shortwave disturbance passed across New York state on Wednesday. Daytime heating across the state helped destabilize the atmosphere. Veering winds aloft created an environment that was conducive for the formation of tornadoes.

I was actually chasing the EF-2 tornado, but was too far west to catch up to it. Heavy rain, flash flooding and traffic didn’t help matters. As I drove into the Rotterdam area along I-90, I noticed cars parked under overpasses. While they may have not necessarily witnessed the tornado, I’m sure they experienced strong winds and may have been aware of the Tornado Warning. Personally, I saw some damage along I-90, but the tracks of the tornadoes were mainly south of the interstate, which was my route of travel. At one point I saw a mangled road sign and a tree with its top twisted off.

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBANY NY
1209 PM EDT FRI MAY 31 2013

…PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT…

TORNADO TOUCHDOWN IN MONTGOMERY AND SCHENECTADY COUNTIES ON WEDNESDAY MAY 29 2013.

LOCATION…
BEGAN IN FLORIDA IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY NEW YORK TO ROTTERDAM IN SCHENECTADY COUNTY NEW YORK.
DATE…05/29/2013.
ESTIMATED TIME…647-700 PM.
MAXIMUM EF SCALE RATING…EF-2.
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED…125 MPH.
ESTIMATED PATH WIDTH…1 MILE WIDE.
PATH LENGTH…17 MILES.
BEGINNING LAT/LON…42.8457/-74.2034
ENDING LAT/LON…42.8042/-74.0208
* FATALITIES…NONE.
* INJURIES…1.

* THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT AND PUBLICATION IN NWS STORM DATA.

SUMMARY…PATH WIDTH WAS CONSISTENT ALONG THE ENTIRE PATH LENGTH. MAXIMUM DAMAGE INCLUDED ROOFS TORN OFF OF MULTIPLE STRUCTURES AND HIGH TENSION POWER LINE TOWERS TOPPLED. LARGE NUMBER OF HARD AND SOFT WOOD TREES WERE EITHER TOPPLED…UPROOTED AND OR SHEARED. WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES OCCURRED AS WELL.
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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBANY NY
1241 PM EDT FRI MAY 31 2013

…PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT…

TORNADO TOUCHDOWN IN SCHOHARIE COUNTY ON WEDNESDAY MAY 29 2013.
LOCATION…

SUMMIT AND EAST JEFFERSON IN SCHOHARIE COUNTY NEW YORK.
DATE…05/29/2013.
ESTIMATED TIME…657 PM TO 702 PM.
MAXIMUM EF SCALE RATING…EF-1.
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED…100 MPH.
ESTIMATED PATH WIDTH…200 YARDS.
PATH LENGTH…2 MILES.
BEGINNING LAT/LON…42.515196/-74.554181
ENDING LAT/LON…42.522471/-74.578385
* FATALITIES…NONE.
* INJURIES…NONE.

* THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT AND PUBLICATION IN NWS STORM DATA.

SUMMARY…BRIEF TOUCHDOWN ALONG RIDGE LINE SEEN FROM JUNCTURE OF DUTCH HILL ROAD AND WHARTON HOLLOW ROAD. DOZENS OF SOFT AND HARD WOOD TREES FALLEN IN DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS AND SHEARED OFF. ALSO TREES DOWN IN DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS ALONG ENID ROAD AND PERAGLIA ROAD.

Here’s a look at storm reports from across the area:
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This was my closest pass to the EF-2 tornado, which was basically at the time that it was reported to have lifted off the ground:
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Quincy

Quincy is a meteorologist and storm chaser who travels around the country documenting and researching severe weather. He has on-air experience with stations such as WTNH-TV in New Haven, CT and WREX-TV in Rockford, IL. He was most recently a digital meteorologist for weather.com. After achieving his B.S. degree in Meteorology at Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) in 2009, he returned as a University Assistant to help produce weather broadcasts. He also gave guest lectures and worked on website design. He has over nine years of professional weather forecasting experience and his forecasts have been featured in newspapers and on radio stations in multiple states.

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