Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Severe Thunderstorm Watch Issued; 75 mph Winds, Large Hail Possible

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The National Weather Service has placed Orange County under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch yet again. Today’s watch is effective until 8pm. The primary threats will be 75 mph wind gusts and 1.5″ hail.

Currently, severe thunderstorms are slamming eastern Dutchess County near the state line, as well as Putnam County and the New York City metro area. Those areas are actively under warnings for 60 mph winds and ping pong ball size hail which may already be occurring.

Severe thunderstorms will continue developing over the area throughout the afternoon. At 2:00pm, temperatures are 95 degrees with southwesterly wind gusts to 20 mph, as reported by Vail’s Gate Tower, which is owned and operated by The Newburgh News, LLC.

The Severe Thunderstorm Watch encompasses all of the Hudson Valley and calls for isolated, significant wind gusts to 75 mph. These storms also have the capability of producing hail up to 1.5″ in diameter.

John Hart, a lead forecaster with the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center in Oklahoma, explained that the storms will come in clusters throughout the afternoon. “Strong winds aloft, and hot and humid conditions will result in a risk of damaging wind gusts and some hail in the strongest cells,” he stated.

On Monday, a waterspout was confirmed over the Hudson River north of the Mid-Hudson Bridge (story and video here). A waterspout is a tornado over the water. The area was under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch at the time.

On July 13, 2022, an F1 tornado was confirmed in Ulster County (story here).

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