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June 10, 2008 Severe Thunderstorms
Straight Line Wind Damage In Taberg From Tuesday's Storms
The National Weather Service conducted a storm survey in Oneida
County of a thunderstorm that affected the Taberg area during
the early afternoon of tuesday June 10th 2008.
Thunderstorm winds produced concentrated damage to hardwood
and softwood trees at Camp Kiwanis near the Village of Taberg.
Approximately 40 trees on camp property were affected by storm winds.
Most of the trees were very mature, 2 to 3 foot diameter trunks that
averaged 40 to 50 feet tall. Some trees could have been 75 feet in
height. Elsewhere around the area, isolated tree damage was noted,
including a 6 foot diameter maple on Skinner Road that was snapped
off near the bottom of the trunk. All trees were in full canopy.
Some of the felled trees were noted to be weakened from age, disease
No structural damage due to wind was noted, however a camp cabin
was clipped by one of the falling trees causing damage to the roof
and gutters. Nobody was injured.
Based on the unidirectional damage pattern, and information obtained
from eyewitnesses, the most likely cause of this damage was from
straight line winds
associated with a small thunderstorm
Ground level winds speeds are estimated at 60 to 65 mph which caused
no structural damage. wind speeds at treetop level likely approached
90 mph which was strong enough to cause the considerable tree
damage. Narrow and steep terrain features near the camp may have also
helped to locally accelerate winds as they impacted this small area.
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