Tuesday May 29, 2012

Severe Weather Outbreak

Updated:
5:30P.M. Tuesday May 29, 2012

School Forecast For:
Monday through Friday
Two-Hour Delay Cancellation Early Dismissal
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A fairly intense heatwave that has been gripping the eastern half of the country has now slid into New York. Yesterday Kingston made it up to 90, which broke the record high for May 28th by two degrees. Today the temperature seems to have topped out around 91 degrees… Kingston reported a heat index of 99 earlier this afternoon. These temperatures are more typical of July. At least a hundred cities east of the Mississippi have reported record highs in just the last day or two, with upper 90's extending well into Indiana and Michigan.

All of this warm, unstable air has caused a cold front sliding through New York to ignite widespread severe weather. A Tornado watch is currently in effect for Vermont and eastern New York, while severe thunderstorm watches extend from New Hampshire through West Virginia. There have been several tornado warnings issued for upstate New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire this afternoon. Hail up to 3.50 inches was confirmed in Herkimer County a few hours ago.

After having a brief downpour about an hour ago, and constant rumbles bypassing the Kingston area, we will see a final line of storms within the next hour. Expect an initial burst of very heavy rain shortly after 6PM with frequent lightning possible. This initial burst will last about ten to fifteen minutes, followed by potentially an hour or two of lighter to moderate rainfall.

We could easily pick up another one to two inches of rain in the next three hours.

It will be cooler and drier once the storms move through. After a muggy night, temperatures should be a good 10 degrees cooler last night.

Tropical Depression Beryl

Beryl is still spinning over Georgia as a tropical depression. The main threat right now is flooding rains, but most of the region is under an intense drought, and the rains are likely doing more good than bad. That being said, isolated areas have received over a foot of rain and are likely experiencing localized flooding.

The storm is expected to slide off the coast tomorrow afternoon, and potentially restrengthen to a tropical storm as it slips past North Carolina and out to sea.

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