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Severe Storms July 29, 2011

Microburst /Straight Line Wind Damage/ Confirmed near Richfield Springs in Otsego County New York

  • Location: Richfield Springs in Otsego County New York
  • Date: July 29, 2011
  • Estimated time: 6:15 PM EDT
  • Estimated maximum wind speed: 60 MPH
  • Maximum path width: 20 yards
  • Path length: 115 yards
  • Beginning lat/lon: 42.85n / 74.99w
  • Ending lat/lon: 42.85 / 74.99w
  • Fatalities: 0
  • Injuries: 0

A team of national weather service meteorologists surveyed storm damage in richfield springs and determined that a micro burst of strong, straight-line winds occurred near 64 lake street. A large garage west of lake street sustained significant damage to its roof. Some debris from the roof was carried into some woods on the east side of lake street. No other damage was found.

Damage to the lower part of this roof. Different angle, roof damage. Just north, or left in this picture, no damage could be found. Roof damage. Aside from the roof damage at 64 Lake Street, no damage could be found near the site.

Below is a map showing the approximate swath of the microburst/straight line winds. You will have to zoom in quite a bit in some locations to view the information.

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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