10:30pm Radar Update
The severe weather threat has ended for the Hudson Valley (circled). The bulk of the rain has moved northeast of the Hudson Valley, and areas of light to moderate rain should taper off over the next hour or so. Overnight, it’s possible that another round of rain and embedded thunderstorms could impact, or pass just north of the HV. We’re crossing our fingers that it will provide another round of soaking rain… and continue to put a dent in our rainfall deficit. If any additional weather advisories are posted, we will pass those along. Otherwise… Thank You for supporting HVW and we hope you have a nice evening.
6:30pm Radar Update
The Line of showers and thunderstorms is pushing into the western portion of the Hudson Valley. The Tornado Watch remains in effect until 8pm, but the good news… is that there are NO severe thunderstorms at this time. The cloud cover and morning rain have helped to stabilize the atmosphere a bit this afternoon, and as a result… reports of severe weather have been limited so far.
With that said… the potential for heavy downpours, damaging wind gusts, frequent lightning and small hail still exist. Be alert over the next few hours, as the line of storms press further into our region. If any of these storms become severe, we will pass the information along. More updates as the evening progresses…
Tornado Watch in Effect Until 8pm for the Following Counties:
Delaware, Sullivan, Ulster, Dutchess, Columbia & Greene counties
A strong line of thunderstorms has formed in western NY and is moving east rapidly. Conditions will become increasingly unstable across the Hudson Valley this afternoon, as both the temperatures and the humidity rise… and wind shear comes into play. The risk of severe weather is highest in the western parts of our viewing area (Sullivan, Delaware, W. Ulster & W. Greene)… but the entire Hudson Valley should remain alert.
The reason for the highest risk being in our western areas… is due to the timeline of the thunderstorm progression. Once the sun sets, and we lose the daylight heating… the instability will begin to decrease. Strong thunderstorms are still possible, just likely not on the same scale as this afternoon.
The reason the majority of the Hudson Valley is under the tornado watch, is that these storms are moving very fast. If they reach our area before sunset, the storms may not weaken before passing east of the Hudson River.
Remember… a Tornado WATCH means conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes. The National Weather Service defines favorable in this instance as a 2% chance of a tornado occurring within 25 miles of your location. As the storms approach your area, please take the proper precautions and check for alerts, both here at HVW and at the National Weather Service.
More updates thru the afternoon, here and on Facebook…