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Severe Storms July 26, 2012

Microburst/straight Line Wind Damage Confirmed near Barton in Tioga County New York

  • Location: Barton in Tioga County New York
  • Date: July 26 2012
  • Estimated time: 414 PM EDT
  • Estimated maximum wind speed: 100 mph
  • Maximum path width: 2 miles
  • Path length: 2.5 miles
  • Beginning lat/lon: 42.063n 76.553w
  • Ending lat/lon: 42.077n 76.512w
  • Fatalities: 0
  • Injuries: 0

The National Weather Service in Binghamton, NY has confirmed a microburst/straight line wind damage near Barton in Rioga county New York on July 26, 2012.

Intense straight line or microburst winds from a thunderstorm struck just west of Route 34 about 4 miles north of the village of Waverly around 414 PM EDT. The high winds took part of the roof off an open pole barn near Route 34 and knocked down and snapped many trees and tree branches along its path to the east northeast toward north Barton. The winds were mainly between 60 and 80 mph, except on Madigan Road where maximum estimated winds were around 100 mph. Numerous large pine trees and a few hardwoods were snapped and a well constructed relatively new horse barn had its roof lifted off and thrown up to 150 yards downwind. The owner of the barn was inside the structure when the roof was lifted off and had both doors barred shut. The winds hit the barn on the side with no windows. It should be noted that the barn was made of metal siding as was the roof. The winds were strong enough to blow the doors out on the sides of the barn and tear the roof off, making it likely that winds were around 100 mph. The winds then continued up the hill to the east and weakened.

The total path length of the microburst wind damage was about 2.5 miles and the width of the damage was around 2 miles wide.

Damage Photos

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Trees down and damage to roof. Shed damaged. Trees down and damage to structure. Roof blown off. Roof from previous image down wind in field. Roof damage.

For reference:

A microburst is a convective downdraft with an affected outflow area of less than 2 1/2 miles wide and peak winds lasting less than 5 minutes. Microbursts may induce dangerous horizontal/vertical wind shears, which can adversely affect aircraft performance and cause property damage. Straight-line winds are generally any wind that is not associated with rotation, used mainly to differentiate them from tornadic winds.
The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to change pending final review of the event(s) and publication in National Weather Service Storm Data.


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