** Severe Thunderstorm Watch in Effect Until 7pm **
After a warm and humid morning across the Hudson Valley… the sun and humidity have set the stage for some potential thunderstorms over the eastern half of the Hudson Valley. As a result… a Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for the entire area (excluding Sullivan and Delaware counties).
The atmospheric instability is rather high over the HV at the moment... and as a result, most computer data has storms popping up over the Hudson Valley within the next hour. As of 12pm… the radar remains completely quiet. But the HRRR model (as well as other data), paint a different picture by 1pm.
Whether this actually occurs, is rather uncertain… but it is best to be on guard for the potential for rapid development of Severe Thunderstorms in the next few hours. Drier air will rush into the Hudson Valley this afternoon, lowering humidity… and gradually stabilizing the atmosphere by late afternoon…
(ORIGINAL POST BELOW)
Wednesday was action packed across the Hudson Valley. Poughkeepsie’s afternoon high of 86° was completely overshadowed by the afternoon thunderstorms. There were two aspects to these storms… the good… and the bad.
First the Good… the rainfall. The thunderstorms pushed thru Wednesday afternoon, and spread some much needed rainfall across a good chunk of the Hudson Valley.
You can see that much of the region saw a decent rainfall… and many areas saw a soaking rain. Some places saw well over 1 inch of rain… in what became a torrential downpour. It was some much needed rainfall… a good start, as we try to begin busting our moderate drought condition. Severe thunderstorm warnings popped up as well, for possible damaging winds and hail. That leads us to the bad with this storm… the severe weather…
We had a few locations report Wind Damage with Wednesday’s thunderstorms. The worst of which, appears to be in the Glasco / Saugerties area. Fan reports and images came in to the HVW Facebook page, demonstrating numerous down trees and power lines. So much damage in fact, that several people thought a tornado may have hit the town. What it appears to be instead… is a microburst (a burst of straight line winds over 60mph). In a microburst event… the damage and debris is generally found in the same direction, whereas a tornado will see damage and debris in a rotated pattern. Regardless… the damage was significant. Hopefully nobody was hurt, and the damage turns out to be minimal.
So… with Wednesday’s chapter closed. We look to Thursday…
A transitional day on tap for the Hudson Valley. We likely start out unsettled… with clouds and humidity. There are some indications that an area of showers or thunderstorms could form over our area once again around mid day. We’ll have to watch this closely… but in the meantime, please plan for the potential of rain.
The rain threat doesn’t appear to last too long… and the afternoon looks to be an improvement. Clouds should start to break up a bit during the afternoon… but the big thing that will be noticed, is that the humidity is much lower. A very comfortable afternoon is in store for Thursday afternoon. Friday looks to see abundant sunshine… and temperatures warm up nicely into the 80s. For complete details… please check out the HVW 5 Day Forecast.
Have a terrific Thursday, Hudson Valley! Thanks for your support!!