7/12/06 DISC: NJ / NY / CT

Hi:

I have been trying to find some video or picture of the tornado and damage. Here is a link to WCBS TV that is posting images from viewers. NOTE that there are 2 pictures of a moderate to large sized tornado that a viewer already got!! A monster...especially for these parts. Judging by the damage I have seen, I would estimate that the NWS will come in a F1-F2 rating on this. More video/pics to come as I find them.

http://wcbstv.com/slideshows/local_slidesh...56/view?slide=3
 
Nice pics! But the caption: "Another view of the possible tornado" - I'd say there's no "possible" about it, that's definitely a tornado. Nice one, too... Wish I could have seen it in person.

I imagine we'll be seeing a great many more pictures and video of this event, seeing as how it occurred in one of the most highly populated areas of the country (and one of the most affluent, not that it matters).
 
Nice pics of the tornado. It looks like a fat, stubby funnel. One meteorologist said it was probably an F1. It supposedly grabbed a police cruiser and spun it around with a cop at the wheel. :blink:

There's some video of the funnel as well, which I saw; the video looks a bit more indistinct.

A nasty squall line just moved through my area; frequent lightning.
 
Does anybody know some of the hard hit addresses? Street names and towns. I'd like to go do a survey and take some photos.
 
Does anybody know some of the hard hit addresses? Street names and towns. I'd like to go do a survey and take some photos.
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From WABC:

ROADS:

Route 9A remains closed to traffic in both directions from Route 100C, Grasslands Road in Greenburgh, to Route 117, Bedford Road, in Mount Pleasant.
The section of the Saw Mill River Parkway that was closed has reopened. Only the ramp at Exit 25, which leads to Route 9A, is still closed.
Route 22 remains closed in both directions at the Route 120 intersection in North Castle.
Route 134 also is closed in both directions at the IBM plant.

I know Hawthorne and Moutn Pleasant, NY were hard hit.
 
I just took a drive over to NY. I was at the intersection of NY 120 and NY 22 and it was indeed closed. I pulled over and took some pictures at the Swiss Re corporate office. Nothing special, just lots of downed trees.

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Yesterday was definitely an interesting day. My weather radio alarm was going off every 5 minutes! :blink: I'm surprised I didn't drain the battery. :p

From Joe Guerra's link:

Witness: "Damage wise, it's like the worst I've ever scene it."

Karen Olstein: "It's the worse I've ever seen. It was just moving, I have no doubt it was a funnel cloud."
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:lol:

Don't these folks bother to check their spelling when they type this stuff up?? :rolleyes:

Did anyone interview the cop who was in the police cruiser that was tossed around? I'd love to hear his account of what happened. :eek:
 
Well by looking at that cellphone pic (gee, where has this thing happened before) thats pretty big! No doubt the tornado itself is smaller, but that looks like a hefty size funnel if you ask me, hopefully a better video will come out.
 
The tornado in the cell phone video looks more like a transparent debris cloud/rotating rain curtains than a condensation funnel on the ground.
 
What's interesting is that we've had two tornado-related events, about a month and a half apart. We had a funnel cloud that traveled over Bayonne NJ, but never really touched the ground, and now this F2 tornado in Westchester.

I don't remember two tornadic events happening in this area that close together. :blink:
 
Where did you get the F2 information? I haven;t seen it rated as of yet. Also, tornadoes are more common in these part than one would think.

Confirmed Tornadoes From 1996-2006:
All of New York State: 94
All of New Jersey: 20
Suffolk County, NY: 8
 
Yes, although this isn't "typical" weather for the area, we've had our share of tornadic activity. And also after looking at the video again i'm leaning more towards what Dan said and that the video shows more rain/debris than actual funnel on the ground.
 
I can't figure out why this is being downplayed by the local media. It's as if they're afraid to admit that yes, this was a tornado, right here in Westchester. The Westchester event is being ignored almost totally by the local newspaper (New Haven Register). They relegated it to a few brief lines buried in an article that's mainly about a local kid getting knocked unconscious by lightning. About the Westchester storm they say only "there were some reports of a tornado in Westchester." And that's it, there's nothing about collapsed buildings, or police cruisers being tossed - there's no mention of damage at all! Weird. Usually they tend to hype these things up until everyone's hysterical.
 
WHOA!!!! Path Length of 15 Miles and a width of 200-300 yards is very rare for the Northeast!!! Looks like we were right in calling this thing an F2 judging by the damage and images of the tornado on pics and video. SEE INITAL STORM SURVERY BELOW:

NOUS41 KOKX 132157
PNSOKX
CTZ005>012-NJZ002>006-011-NYZ067>081-141800-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE UPTON NY
557 PM EDT THU JUL 13 2006

...F2 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN WESTCHESTER COUNTY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN UPTON NEW YORK HAS CONFIRMED THAT A
TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN WESTCHESTER COUNTY ON WEDNESDAY JULY 12,
2006. THE TORNADO WAS RATED AS AN F1 IN THE TOWN OF SLEEPY HOLLOW IN
THE SOUTHWEST PORTION OF THE COUNTY...THEN MOVED THROUGH POCANTICO
HILLS WHERE...AT ITS STRONGEST POINT...IT WAS RATED AN F2. IT
CONTINUED MOVING IN AN EASTERLY DIRECTION AS AN F1 THROUGH THE TOWNS
OF HAWTHORNE AND MOUNT PLEASANT. THE TORNADO THEN MOVED INTO THE
KENSICO RESERVOIR...STILL AS AN F1...BEFORE IT MOVED INTO THE
GREENWICH AREA OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY. THE TOTAL PATH LENGTH OF THE
STORM WAS APPROXIMATELY 15 MILES LONG WITH A WIDTH OF 200 TO 300
YARDS.

THE INVESTIGATION IS STILL UNDERWAY IN CONNECTICUT AT THIS TIME.

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Yep, that's pretty impressive for these parts. But by no means unheard of, and really not even all that rare.
Here's a couple of maps from NWS Upton that help put this event into perspective:

Tri-State Area Severe Weather (1980-2004)
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Tri-State Area Significant Severe (1980-2004)
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And that's just since 1980. Historically we've definitely gotten our share of significant tornadoes.
 
WNBC-4 in New York City also mentioned that funnel clouds had been spotted in Bergen County NJ with some of yesterday's storms.
 
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN UPTON NEW YORK HAS CONFIRMED THAT A
TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN WESTCHESTER COUNTY ON WEDNESDAY JULY 12,
2006. THE TORNADO WAS RATED AS AN F1 IN THE TOWN OF SLEEPY HOLLOW IN
THE SOUTHWEST PORTION OF THE COUNTY...THEN MOVED THROUGH POCANTICO
HILLS WHERE...AT ITS STRONGEST POINT...IT WAS RATED AN F2.
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Question-did this tornado start out as a waterspout by the Tapanzee Bridge, or was the waterspout a separate funnel entirely?
 
Question-did this tornado start out as a waterspout by the Tapanzee Bridge, or was the waterspout a separate funnel entirely?
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Saul:

This tornado started out as a waterspout over the Hudson River (Tappan Zee Bridge). From everything I could tell, including watching the cell on radar live, it was definitely the same storm and likely the same waterspout that became a tornado as it moved onshore. The path length of the tornado was 15 miles, which is impressive since it did not skip. It certainly qualifies a long-lived tornado in my book...esp. for New York State.

PS: The NWS did mention in an LSR that funnel clouds were indeed observed yesterday in NJ also.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN UPTON NEW YORK HAS ALSO CONFIRMED
THAT A TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN FAIRFIELD COUNTY ON WEDNESDAY JULY
12, 2006. THE TORNADO WAS RATED AS AN F1 IN NORTHERN GREENWICH. MORE
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An F1 in Fairfield County, CT. Interesting. This was definitely the same supercell that caused both tornadoes. If my memory serves me right, the supercell weakened as it entered CT and then restrengthened. That's when tornado #2 formed.
 
Saul:

This tornado started out as a waterspout over the Hudson River (Tappan Zee Bridge). From everything I could tell, including watching the cell on radar live, it was definitely the same storm and likely the same waterspout that became a tornado as it moved onshore. The path length of the tornado was 15 miles, which is impressive since it did not skip. It certainly qualifies a long-lived tornado in my book...esp. for New York State.

PS: The NWS did mention in an LSR that funnel clouds were indeed observed yesterday in NJ also.
An F1 in Fairfield County, CT. Interesting. This was definitely the same supercell that caused both tornadoes. If my memory serves me right, the supercell weakened as it entered CT and then restrengthened. That's when tornado #2 formed.
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Hmmm.

I wonder how big the parent thundercloud was for the Westchester/Greenwich twister. Any way of knowing?
 
...the same waterspout that became a tornado as it moved onshore[/b]
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Of course not. The tornado was always a tornado. It was just hitting different types of surfaces at different times in its lifecycle.
 
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