Heightened Risk of Tornadoes in Northeast
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...I have an exaggerated fear of tornadoes, so I've got one eye on the radar.  I know weather is not really news, but it's been a bit weird here for the past few weeks.

https://www.accuweather.com/en/severe-we...-us/778001


Quote:Daily episodes of severe weather have been erupting across parts of the United States every day so far this month -- and the trend is expected to continue in the coming days. The atmosphere will keep its foot on the throttle for potentially dangerous, damaging and disruptive storms in portions of the eastern and central U.S. into this weekend.
Millions of Americans will need to stay alert to the forecast as the pockets of severe weather will shift around from day to day. 

Storms during the middle of July often can be briefly heavy on an isolated basis during the afternoon and early evening hours, especially in the Southeast states. However, a dome of heat will add intensity and coverage of storms on the periphery in the coming days.

During Thursday afternoon and evening, storms from central Ohio, northeastern Kentucky and northwestern West Virginia to northwestern Pennsylvania and western and central New York state will not only carry the potential for high wind gusts and flash flooding but also the risk of a few isolated tornadoes.

The most likely time for tornadoes with the strongest storms will be from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. EDT Thursday.

This severe weather will be part of a larger swath of heavy, gusty thunderstorms that are forecast to extend from northern Arkansas and southern Missouri to southeastern Ontario and southern Quebec.

Any of the storms in this swath can bring brief, blinding downpours that could overwhelm neighborhood storm drains and small streams. The torrential downpours can also contribute to gusty winds that can break tree limbs and knock over a few poorly rooted or top-heavy trees.

Motorists and airline passengers should be prepared for delays related to the storms in Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Buffalo, New York.
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Sending sympathy from a Tornado Alley native. Hope you are faring okay.
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(07-19-2020, 12:39 PM)Catherine Wrote: Sending sympathy from a Tornado Alley native. Hope you are faring okay.

That's why I hesitated to post - you guys have to put up with these monsters all the time!  None touched down in my area, but there were some 1-2 hours away.
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(07-21-2020, 09:04 AM)Mourning Dove Wrote:
(07-19-2020, 12:39 PM)Catherine Wrote: Sending sympathy from a Tornado Alley native. Hope you are faring okay.

That's why I hesitated to post - you guys have to put up with these monsters all the time!  None touched down in my area, but there were some 1-2 hours away.
Glad to hear that the worst stayed away from you! And I for one would never knock you for being afraid. Most of us here get really nervous too- don't let us fool you with our porch watching and tea sipping as the clouds roll in. Just our local flavor of coping. And we folks are always interested in the weather, so you don't have to feel like a bother for sharing :D
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With the exception of my years in Canada, I've lived in tornado alley all my life, mostly in Kansas, which for its size averages more tornadoes than any other place on earth. And my time in other States has never been very far from the Kansas line.

I've had two twisters literally go over my head, and I was altogether too close for comfort to what, at the time, was one of the most destructive tornadoes in human history, the June 1966 storm in Topeka, KS. I've seen, close up, the devastation they can wreak. I spent two weeks of 16 hour days (8 hours paid/8 hours volunteer) cleaning up after the Topeka tornado. As far as I'm concerned, anyone who doesn't have a healthy fear of tornadoes isn't brave, they're just stupid.

Yeah, we watch from the front porch, but that's because we know when to take cover. In Topeka, which at the time had a population of 120,000+, there were only 16 fatalities because we knew what we were facing.
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