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Wild Weather Day Saturday

25 Feb 2017, 8:27 pm

From record heat, to tornado warnings, onto 40 degree temperature drops, and ending with snow showers we certainly saw it all Saturday. As our meteorologists expected here at WeatherNation, the severe weather threat pushed from the Ohio River Valley Friday night and moved into the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Saturday. The system swept with rigorous intensity bringing with it wind gusts of 60 mph or stronger, tree and power line damage, and even some flash flooding. By Saturday evening there were a total of roughly 100 severe weather reports, shared between about 60 damaging wind/wind gust reports and about 40 reports for hail.

Storm reports from Saturday, February 25. Blue dots indicate wind, yellow indicate hail

So far as of this writing overnight Saturday, there have not been any reports of a tornado. There have been two reports of a funnel cloud. One of those was in Redwood, NY and the other in Columbia, PA. If necessary, the National Weather Service will survey the damaged areas to see if the damage was the result of straight line wind or that of a tornado. The highest reported wind gusts were 69 mph in Hancock, MA and the Montgomery Airport in NY. In addition, there have been four reports of flash flooding, three in Pennsylvania and one in New York. The biggest reported hail was 1.75″ thick, or the size of a golf ball!

Pennsylvania hail courtesy Steve Walters. Saturday, February 25
Pennsylvania tree damage courtesy Beth Zingaretti. Saturday, February 25
Daily record high temperatures that were broken Saturday, February 25

Temperatures soared well beyond daily record highs too. In fact, Glens Falls broke the record high by ten degrees and Burlington beat it by seventeen! In fact, Burlington set a new all-time February warm record.

It’s “back to reality” Sunday as colder air pours in behind this front. Just to give you an example of how strong the front was, it took Burlington’s high temperature of 72F down to 34F in a little more than 2 hours. Sunday temperatures will be a good 20 to 30 degrees colder across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Dress appropriately!

For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Steve Glazier

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