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Storm over Montgomery, NY August 27, 2020
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The National Weather Service has confirmed tornadoes hit in Orange County, New York and New Haven County, Connecticut on Thursday.

Storm over Montgomery, NY August 27, 2020
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National Weather Service teams are headed out to parts of the WAMC listening area to determine if any tornadoes touched down Thursday. Though power outages and damage were not as widespread as from Tropical Storm Isaias in early August, there were intense pockets.

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The Northeast has already felt the impacts of the remnants of one hurricane this year, during an Atlantic Hurricane season that is the most active to date. Even this far north up the Eastern Seaboard, Isaias left thousands without power for days. 

NWS: A brief tornado hit the Wilton, New York area in Saratoga County during the evening of May 15, 2020. The tornado touched down near the intersection of Nichols Road and Woodard Road and tracked east for about two miles.
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Utility crews spent the weekend restoring power to customers in and around Wilton, New York after the National Weather Service confirmed a tornado touched down there Friday evening. The storm caused widespread damage at a time when most people are trying not to leave home. For more on the tornado, WAMC’s Ian Pickus spoke today with Brian Frugis of the National Weather Service in Albany.

A winter storm is moving into the region. The National Weather Service is predicting the storm will bring heavy snow and high winds.

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Another heat wave is gripping much of the WAMC listening area today, including the Hudson Valley and Capital Region. There is a heat advisory and the potential for another few rounds of severe pop-up thunderstorms.

NWS Confirms Tornadoes Hit The Hudson Valley

May 17, 2018
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The National Weather Service has confirmed four tornadoes touched down during thunderstorms that pounded the Hudson Valley Tuesday, on both sides of the river.

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Ice, sleet, and snow are affecting the region today before temperatures plunge below zero tonight.

The National Weather Service has provided snow accumulation forecasts for the Northeast. Images uploaded 8:30 a.m. 12/24/17.

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The region is expected to see some significant snowfalls this weekend.

The National Weather Service has announced Winter Weather Advisories for areas south and east of the Capital Region through Sunday morning.

The lower Hudson Valley could see four to six inches of snow. Central Massachusetts, and parts of Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Long Island may see up to 8 inches of snow.

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The National Weather Service says heavy rain and thunderstorms could result in flash flooding across parts of northern New England.

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Vermont emergency officials are warning people to be prepared for what's expected to be the coldest weather of the season so far.

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The Director of the National Weather Service is in Albany today to deliver a talk called "Building a Weather-Ready Nation."

For the past two days, our region has received a flurry of severe thunderstorm and even tornado warnings and watches. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, there are 1,300 tornados in the United States on average each year. Summer is here, and with it the likelihood you'll hear WAMC broadcast a tornado watch or warning. Experts are urging people to take the warnings seriously.

A winter storm expected to hit Connecticut on Saturday could bring the first significant snowfall of the season.

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The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch and coast flood advisory for Connecticut as forecasters expect heavy rain and possible thunderstorms.

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 It was water everywhere Tuesday evening in the Albany area.  Fast moving waters across roadways caused numerous accidents and stranded vehicles as powerful thunderstorms passed over the Capital Region around 6 p.m.  Many highways and downtown streets were under water.  Several roadways closed as rescuers came to aid stranded motorists.  The rain overpowered sewer systems.  In Albany, water was seen gushing up from sewer grates along Hackett Blvd. Latham also was hit by severe flooding.  Meteorologists were warning more rain could fall later in the evening.

This summer has seen its share of severe storms—tornadoes, thunderstorms, flooding. And now we’re into hurricane season. We’re here with National Weather Service Meteorologist Stephen DiRienzo to talk weather, weather preparedness, and to take your weather questions.

Confirmed EF2 Tornado Kills 4, Damages Homes In Central New York

Jul 9, 2014

  The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado destroyed homes and property in central New York, and killed four people.

Violent winds Tuesday clocked in at least 100 miles per hour in the Madison county town of Smithfield, between Syracuse and Utica, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Barbara Watson. 

"It's going to be at least an EF2," Watson said. 

National Weather Service Says Severe Weather To Continue In Northeast

Jul 9, 2014

There are reports of fatalities in the wake of a line of storms, including a confirmed EF2 tornado, that moved through western and central New York Tuesday night, bringing heavy rain and strong winds that knocked down trees, power lines and several buildings. 


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has issued its 2014 national spring flood risk report.  The weather service is predicting an increased threat of spring flooding in Vermont and northern New York due to continued cold temperatures that have kept the deep snow from melting.

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The National Weather Service is warning of an increased threat of spring flooding in Vermont because of the continued cold temperatures that has kept the deep snow from melting.

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The National Weather Service says the late-season snowstorm is one of the top five largest March storms to hit the Vermont city of Burlington.

New York Snow!

Dec 15, 2013
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

It was snow or sleet or a bit of freezing drizzle or even rain depending on where you live in the Northeast...

The National Weather Service in Albany reported  a little over 11 inches on the ground in Albany... 8-14 inches in Greene County, 6-8 inches in Dutchess County, 8-12 inches in Ulster County and a little over 7 and half inches in Westchester County.

New York City had to contend with a coating of ice after snow turned to rain on Saturday night.  

The storm dropped six inches on New York City's Upper West Side.

Snow, Wintry Mix Spreads Across Upstate NY

Nov 27, 2013

Snow has spread across much of upstate New York as a wintry storm moves up the East Coast.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for western and central New York and parts of the Adirondacks. The forecast shows from 3 to 8 inches of snow between Tuesday evening and Thanksgiving morning in most places, but as much as 18 inches along the Lake Ontario shore east of Rochester. There will also be accumulations of ice.

Snow, Rain Expected In Upstate NY

Nov 26, 2013
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A winter storm warning is posted for western and northern New York as the National Weather Service predicts heavy snow and possible icy conditions beginning this evening.

Forecasters predict 5 to 8 inches of snow in Buffalo and Niagara County, and 6 to 12 inches in the northern Adirondacks and St. Lawrence Valley. The storm warning runs from this evening through Wednesday.

A winter storm watch is posted for central New York, and heavy rain is expected in the Hudson Valley from Poughkeepsie to Glens Falls.

UPDATE: Neighborhoods Leveled

Nov 18, 2013

Entire blocks in Washington, Ill., are leveled after tornadoes and other fierce storms ripped through 12 states in the Midwest yesterday.

Washington resident Curt Zehr says his wife and adult son scrambled into their basement when Zehr spotted a funnel cloud.

Zehr says moments later, the house was gone, but his family was uninjured. Forecasters say Illinois was the hardest hit and the National Weather Service say up to 40 tornadoes may have hit the Midwest.

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NY Plans Upstate Flood-Warning System

Nov 1, 2013
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New York officials have begun planning a flood-warning system meant to improve accuracy of forecasts for the Oswego, Mohawk and Hudson river basins in 27 upstate counties.

The state Canal Corp. board has approved the project with an application filed for an $8.5 million Federal Emergency Management Agency grant.

The proposed system would use weather forecasts, rain gauges and new and existing stream gauges meant to provide basin communities with more precise flood warnings with online maps to show expected flood areas and depths.

It's A Cruel Summer...

Jul 16, 2013

Forecasters say the Northeast is in for one of the hottest weeks on the books, and people are being urged to take precautions. High temperatures in many Northeastern cities through Friday will be in the 90s; 96 for Hartford, 95 in New York City and 92 in Albany.  Anthony Loconto is a National Weather Service meteorologist stationed in Burlington, Vermont. Loconto says oppressive weather is here to stay for a few more days.

Summer in New York City.
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NEW YORK (AP) — The National Weather Service has issued an extreme heat warning for the New York metropolitan area.

It says dangerous levels of heat and humidity are on tap for Sunday. The advisory is in effect from noon to 8 p.m.

An excessive heat warning is issued when the combination of heat and humidity is expected to make it feel like it's 105 degrees or greater.