Sunday May 19, 2019
North Country Severe T'Storm Event - Fort Edward Microburst

A series of strong damaging thunderstorms, including a tornado warned supercell, tracked along and just south of a warm frontal boundary in a zone that included Hamilton, Warren, northern Saratoga, Washington, Rutland, and northern Bennington counties between 2 and 9pm. The main, and lead supercell, responsible for large hail up to 1.00" in diameter and damaging wind as well as frequent cloud to ground lightning, moved across southern Hamilton County between 4:30 and 5:30pm (tornado warned at this time,) southern Warren and northern Saratoga counties between 5:30 and 6:30pm and finally through Washington, Rutland and northern Bennington counties from 6:30 to 7:30pm. (Widespread significant wind damage occurred throughout Fort Edward from an apparent microburst around 6:30pm.)

The supercell was followed by another cluster of strong storms following the same path between 6:30pm and 9:00pm. Up to 2.00" of rain fell in the zone, from the combined storms, which lead to some localized minor street flooding in northern Washington County around Hudson Falls by 7pm. (2.05" of rain at the New York Mesonet site in Glens Falls by 10:00pm, and 1.65" @ the Whitehall New York Mesonet site also by 10:00pm.)

Composite radar image - 5pm Sunday, May 19, 2019: Tornado warned supercell over southern Hamilton County with the circulation running along the Hamilton-Fulton County line

Radar composite image - supercell over southern Hamilton County May 19, 2019

Composite radar image - 6:22pm Sunday, May 19, 2019: Supercell over Warren and northern Saratoga counties with a second cluster of severe thunderstorm over western Hamilton County

Radar composite image - supercell over southern Warren and northern Saratoga counties May 19, 2019, second severe thunderstorm in western Hamilton County 

Composite radar image - 7:25pm Sunday, May 19, 2019: Second severe thunderstorm over southern Warren and northern Saratoga counties

Radar composite image - Strong thunderstorm over southern Warren and northern Saratoga counties, May 19, 2019 


NWS Storm Reports for Sunday May 19, 2019. Note, these reports are used to verify the NWS warnings which were issued for this event and therefore do not necessarily represent an accounting for all of the wind damage and hail which may have occurred.

Town County Severe Weather Report Time
Warrensburg Warren Large Hail: 1.00" diameter 5:43pm
Corinth Saratoga Wind Damage: Trees and wires blown down on River Road Campground and Route 9 6:14pm
Gansevoort Saratoga Wind Damage: Several large trees snapped in half and large branches down on the north side of Moreau Lake State Park campground 6:24pm
South Glens Falls Saratoga Large Hail: 1.00" diameter hail with an estimated 65 mph wind gust 6:25pm
West Glens Falls Saratoga Wind Damage: Wires blown down on Butler Road 6:30pm
South Glens Falls Saratoga Wind Damage: Roof blown off house on Reynolds Rd. 6:30pm
Wilton Saratoga Wind Damage: Trees and wires blown down on Gansevoort Road 6:30pm
Fort Edward Washington Wind Damage: State Route 4 - numerous trees down, damage path approximately 1/4 to 1/2 mile wide 6:30pm
Fort Edward Washington Wind Damage: Damage to roof on Blackhouse Rd. 6:30pm
Fort Edward Washington Wind Damage: Trees and power lines down on Marion Street 6:31pm
Fort Edward Washington Wind Damage: Tree blown onto a car on East Street 6:32pm
Fort Edward Washington Wind Damage: Power lines down on Moon Street 6:33pm
Fort Edward Washington Wind Damage: Trees and power lines down on Frank Street 6:33pm
Fort Edward Washington Wind Damage: Trees and power lines down on a house on Broadway 6:34pm
Fort Edward Washington Wind Damage: Trees and power lines down on Bridge Street 6:34pm
Hebron Washington Wind Damage: Tree blown down blocking County Route 30 6:45pm
Hudson Falls Washington Heavy Rain and street flooding - Feeder Street flooded 6:55pm

Photographs

The following six photographs document some of the wind damage in Fort Edward, Washington County around 6:30pm on Sunday May 19, 2019 - Photo Credit: Kathy Sidusky

Wind Damage in Fort Edward around 6:30pm, Sunday May 19, 2019 

Wind Damage in Fort Edward around 6:30pm, Sunday May 19, 2019

Wind Damage in Fort Edward around 6:30pm, Sunday May 19, 2019

Wind Damage in Fort Edward around 6:30pm, Sunday May 19, 2019 

Wind Damage in Fort Edward around 6:30pm, Sunday May 19, 2019 

Wind Damage in Fort Edward around 6:30pm, Sunday May 19, 2019 


Photo Credit: Gloria Lewis Calhoun - Hail in Fort Edward, Sunday May 19, 2019 (The following two photographs)

Hail in Fort Edward around 6:30pm, Sunday May 19, 2019

Hail in Fort Edward around 6:30pm, Sunday May 19, 2019 


Photo Credit: WeatherNet 6 spotter Steve Meicht: No severe weather occurred in Greene County, however, several thunderstorms with cloud to ground lightning moved through during the evening.

Lightning near Catskill, Greene County, Sunday evening May 19, 2019

Lightning near Catskill, Greene County, Sunday evening May 19, 2019