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Tornado touchdowns in NY and a Stormy Saturday for much of the East

8 Sep 2012, 6:53 pm

Severe Saturday

The NWS Storm Prediction Center and WeatherNation meteorologists warned of a stormy Saturday and it turned out to be just that.  The only thing unexpected was how early it started.  Severe Thunderstorm warnings started popping mid-morning in New York and it’s been non-stop since.

The National Weather Service in Upton, NY confirms an EF0 tornado packing winds of 70mph touched down in at 10:58am EDT Breezy Point, NY on the southwest tip of Long Island.  It started as a waterspout and came ashore.

The National Weather Service also confirmed a 2nd tornado in Canarsie in Kings County New York.  A preliminary survey shows it was an EF1 and it touched down at 11:05am EDT.

Watch this video of the Breezy Point tornado from YouTube user rcurrlin.

Here’s an incredible snapshot of that waterspout. Thanks to Joey Mure and Michael Abrams for sharing. A quote from one of the guys: “Came home from the gym and saw this bad boy from my deck.”

Just the Beginning

The first storms which led to the New York tornadoes were little discreet supercells (rotating thunderstorms) developing well ahead of the cold front.

Much cooler, drier air pushed into the region with a cold front causing a solid line of damaging wind to develop from the Canadian border into the Southeast… Literally from Montreal, Canada to Georgia and Alabama.  That’s what led to the severe weather outbreak that stretched from New England to the Carolinas. You can Click Here for the latest list of storm reports.

Wake Forest Roll Cloud

Severe weather prompted a delay of the Wake Forest football game in Winston, NC. Thanks to LindaWilley for sharing this photo with us.

The photo below is from Erica Kaplan in Astoria, NY

Check out this awesome Instagram shot of storm clouds over the Freedom Tower in New York City.  Thanks to Twitter user @sophiaedm for sharing with us.

Here’s another Instagram photo from NYC tonight thanks to mcgleich.

Check out the skies in Toms River New Jersey. This photo is courtesy Twitter user @RoeCritch

Here’s a look at some of the damage in Arlington, VA from Twitter user @Laurenc579:

As you can see by the convective outlook below,  forecasters predictions were right on the money.

Sunday Outlook

We like the looks of this after a very stormy Friday and Saturday.  As of 6:30pm CDT Saturday night, there is nothing severe scheduled for Sunday, just a chance for garden variety thunderstorms.

Remembering the Galveston Tragedy

One hundred and twelve years ago on this day, the deadliest storm in US history made landfall in Galveston, Texas. The images of the aftermath of this storm are devastating.

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It is estimated that between 6,000 to 12,000 people lost their lives.  Before the storm hit, Galveston’s population was roughly 37,000.  To compare that to Hurricane Katrina, about 1,800 people died in that storm.  Accounting for inflation, this was the second costliest storm in history with price tag close to $100 billion.   This was before hurricanes where given names and so this storm has been since known as the “Galveston” storm.

At the time of the storm, what is now the National Weather Service was known as the US Weather Bureau.  Forecasting for this storm was primarily based on reports from areas that had already been impacted by the storm. There were no regional weather offices as we have today.  In the aftermath of this storm, there were many changes and advancements in forecasting, warnings, and the organization itself.

From Wikipedia: “Shortly after the destruction of Galveston, the Weather Bureau began establishing regional forecasting centers. The center for the Gulf Coast was initially located in Galveston, with Isaac Cline as chief forecaster. In 1901, the center was moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, and Isaac Cline moved with it.”

Latest on Leslie

Tropical Storm Leslie continues to churn northward, and will pass just to the east of Bermuda by Sunday. The rain bands will just brush the island, with between 2 and 4 inches of rain expected in total. Leslie’s impact on the U.S. will likely be in the form of rip currents and swells from central Florida to the Virginia coast.

Continue to check back for more updates!

Meteorologist Gretchen Mishek

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