Rare deadly New York tornadoes strike upstate
Storm survey teams from the National Weather Service office in Binghamton, New York found that three tornadoes – including a deadly EF-2 in Smithfield, about 30 miles east of Syracuse – blasted through upstate New York on Tuesday. New York state overall averages only around six or seven tornadoes a year, giving the region about half of their average annual tornadoes on Tuesday alone. Unfortunately, Tuesday’s led to four deaths, including a mother and a daughter, all in the small town of Smithfield.
Six other tornadoes were confirmed on Wednesday to have touched down on Tuesday – three in Ohio, two in Pennsylvania and another in West Virginia, confirming a rare mini outbreak of tornadoes in the northeastern corner of the country.
This is the time of year, however, for tornadoes to touch down in the northeast if they do happen. Strong cold fronts combined with favorable winds in the upper levels of the atmosphere often come together in mid and late summer in the northeast, setting up intermittent bouts of severe weather such as Tuesday’s.
The good news is the forecast calls for a reduction of severe weather for the next few days here, although a cold front moving through on Saturday night will reach Buffalo and parts of western New York, making their way into the Syracuse area perhaps by early Sunday. Stay tuned to WeatherNation for all the latest.
Embedded are pictures from the NWS Binghamton office storm survey in Smithfield and New London, NY earlier today, along with a photo from Hershey, Pennsylvania (the car damage one).
Meteorologist Chris Bianchi