Saturday, July 2, 2016

Severe Weather On Friday Turned Out As Expected, But Avoided Northernn New York ,Vermont. Her's Why

Alicia M. Bentley captured this funnel and rotation
not far from Albany, New York Friday. 
As expected, Friday was a day filled with tornado watches and warnings, severe thunderstorms, hail, wind damage, power failures and other troubles across the Northeast.

The exception was northern New York, the northern half of Vermont and far northern New Hampshire, which pretty much avoided the storms.

That break up north wasn't really as expected.

Whether severe storms would form in any given area Friday depended upon whether humid air could zoom north in time to capture a strong weather disturbance coming in from the west.

As things started to come together for storms Friday afternoon, a warm front of sorts formed in northern New York and central Vermont. This  kinda wannabe weather front separated the dry air that lingered to the north, with the humid air to the south.

That meant northern areas, which had been under risk for storms, pretty much avoided them.

The position of this sorta weather front meant basically all the rough weather was south of a line from  Glens Falls, New York, near, or a little north of Rutland, Vermont, and on through most of central and southern New Hampshire.

The humid air eventually surged all the way to and past the Canadian border Friday evening, but by then the most energetic atmospherics for storms had gone by to the east.

It was a fairly robust severe weather outbreak in places that got into the humid air. There was a tornado warning for a time in southwestern Vermont near Arlington, Shaftsbury and Mamchester as  supercell storm moved through in the late afternoon.

I don't believe a tornado touched down, but there were numerous reports of wind damage from that part of Vermont, northeastward toward Springfield and on into central New Hampshire as the supercell marched forward.

Green Mountain Power reported 3,000 customers lost electricity in the storms, mostly in southern Vermont, but by this morning, the juice as flowing again to just about everybody

I didn't see any official reports of tornadoes touching anywhere in the Northeast, but there were rotating wall clouds in spots, which are often precursors to tornadoes.

The weather is much calmer today. There might be a few scattered showers in the Adirondacks and northern New England, but they will be light and certainly not scary.  Today will be cool for this time of year, with some upper 60s far north, 70s in most of New England with a few spot 80 degree readings in southern New England.

Partly to mostly sunny weather is due in New England Sunday.

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