A year ago today, the day started with the federal Storm Prediction Center including much of Western New York in an area it considered under a "slight" risk for severe weather, with a 2 percent chance for a tornado and a 15 percent chance for damaging wind and hail. Twelve hours later, the first of four tornadoes struck. The strongest one — rated 2 on a scale of 0 to 5 by the National Weather Service — tore a 6.1 mile, 700-yard wide path between Locksley Park and Chestnut Ridge, striking the Hamburg Fairgrounds in between, damaging buildings, trees and cars. Other weaker tornadoes touched down in Wales, Houghton and Angelica. Suspected tornado rips through Southtowns, wreaking havoc But the tornadoes also left clues for weather experts. A pair of four-tornado July days – separated by seven years and four days – were spawned by what meteorologists call a mesoscale convective vortex - a storm system created by a rotating center of low pressure … [Read more...] about A year ago, four tornadoes struck WNY, but could it happen again?
Updated 11:28 am, Thursday, June 14, 2018 Now Playing: A strong storm pounded parts of Pennsylvania. The storm damaged numerous businesses in a shopping plaza in Wilkes-Barre, overturning cars and downing trees and power lines. The National Weather Service is investigating whether it was a tornado. (June 14) Media: Associated Press WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on severe weather in northeast Pennsylvania (all times local): 2:25 p.m. National Weather Service officials say a tornado that touched down near Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and stayed on the ground for about a half mile Wednesday night was an EF2 tornado. Weather service investigators visited Wilkes-Barre on Thursday to assess the damage to one of the region's major commercial hub and determine if a tornado had landed. A preliminary report from the investigators showed damage consistent with a strong tornado with wind speeds of between 111 and 135 miles per hour. window._taboola = … [Read more...] about The Latest: Investigators say EF2 tornado hit Pennsylvania
May 30th, 2008 a day many people in Kearney remember as multiple tornadoes touched down in the city. We looked 10 years back, to hear what Kearney residents, must say about that day. The emotions one Kearney woman felt during the storm-still stick with her. "Petrified, scared because it was right over Kearney. The radio announcers were saying this is very serious. We had little kids, three little girls. Of course, you're just petrified,” Kearney resident Jolene Berke said. "And it was just really rough out and dark. I mean you could tell it was tornado weather,” resident Jim Berglund said. The National Weather Service said there are a few days like this every year. "That day, that Thursday afternoon things just really came together,” Ryan Pfannkuch with The National Weather Service in Hastings said. “The storms were kind of by themselves and whenever a storm is on its own and it doesn't join up with other storms, it has more of an ability to strengthen and … [Read more...] about Look Back: 10 years after the Kearney tornado
AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - When tornadic storms are in the forecast, it is a good idea to assess your situation. Listen to your NOAA weather radio and NewsChannel10 for the latest storm information. Once a tornado warning is in effect for your area, be prepared to take action. Doppler Dave spoke with us about how to make sure that you're safe even in bad weather conditions. "First and foremost, if you live in a mobile home, it is imperative to find a stronger structure anytime the weather gets bad but especially during tornadoes," said Dave. "Keep in mind that even the weakest of tornadoes can completely annihilate a mobile home." When it comes to staying safe during a tornado in your home, it is wise to either go to the center of your house or go underground. A great spot to shelter during a tornado is the most interior part of your house, typically a closest or bathroom. Be sure to have multiple walls between you and the tornado, and make sure there are no windows. Get the … [Read more...] about Cam’s Weather Corner: Staying safe in tornado weather
CLEVELAND, Ohio - It's severe weather season in Ohio. Starting in April, the Buckeye State starts warming up enough to give showers and storms the kick they need to produce damaging winds, hail, and sometimes: tornadoes. According to National Centers for Environmental Information, 10 tornadoes have reached the strongest level possible on the Fujita scale, or in modern days, the Enhanced-Fujita scale, and more than 40 have reached the second-strongest level. How many of these infamous tornadoes do you remember? Put your Ohio tornado knowledge to the test. (And don't forget to check your answers at the bottom after the quiz!) Answers explained: 1. On June 8, 1953, a swath of severe thunderstorms produced six F4 tornadoes across Ohio, but also affected Michigan, Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, and later New York, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. In Cleveland, according to The Plain Dealer, "Ohio National Guard troops were posted in the West 130th Street area, where looting was feared in some … [Read more...] about What do you remember about Ohio’s most infamous tornadoes? Weather quiz Wednesday