May 15, 2018 Severe Weather RecapPosted: Updated:
Tuesday’s round of severe weather came through packing a punch across the tri-state area producing five tornadoes and four downbursts that caused widespread damage to the Hudson Valley and Connecticut.
The storm was fueled by an unstable atmosphere noted by the high humidity levels and the high temperatures. The strong sunshine added the heat that was needed to cause what meteorologists call “convection” along a cold frontal boundary. As the leading edge of the front moved toward the region from the west-northwest, a severe line of thunderstorms rocked the region with dangerous lightning, large hail, strong and damaging gusts, tornadoes, and downbursts that caused widespread damage to communities especially north of New York City. Localized flooding was also a concern with some of the heavy rainfall.
The National Weather Service conducted a survey of the storm damage and determined that roughly five tornadoes and four downbursts produced widespread damage in the Hudson Valley and Connecticut.
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Severe weather was also reported in New Jersey, Long Island, and New York City with wind gusts in excess of 60 mph with some storms. Hail was reported to be as large as tennis balls in some parts of the Hudson Valley and Connecticut.