Severe Storms of May 31, 2002

 

Four years to the day after the Mechanicville tornado, widespread severe weather with several tornadoes again occurred in eastern New York and western New England.  Here is some preliminary information on the storms.

Tornado #1 - Johnstown, NY

Tornado #2 - Whaley Lake in Dutchess County (this tornado may have continued into Connecticut)

Complete Local Storm Report
 
 Photos from May 31, 2002
Fulton County Tornado Damage to building in Fulton County Tree damage in Fulton County Radio Tower damaged in Fulton County
Dutchess County Tornado Tree down on Home in Dutchess County Damage near Lake in Dutchess County Tree damage in Dutchess County
 
 
 
 
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBANY NY
332 PM EDT SAT JUN 1 2002

...TORNADO CONFIRMED AT WHALEY LAKE IN DUTCHESS COUNTY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AT ALBANY SENT OUT A STORM SURVEY TEAM 
TO DUTCHESS COUNTY TO INVESTIGATE STORM DAMAGE FROM FRIDAY MAY 31, 2002.

AT 702 PM EDT IN THE VICINITY OF ROUTE 292...THERE WERE NUMEROUS 
TREES DOWN.  ON THE WEST SIDE OF WHALEY LAKE...THERE WAS A SWATH 
ABOUT 50 YARDS WIDE WITH TREES DOWN.  THE TREES WERE DOWN IN 
MULTIPLE DIRECTIONS WITH THEIR TOPS TWISTED.   THE NATIONAL WEATHER 
SERVICE DETERMINED THIS DAMAGE WAS CAUSED BY AN F0/F1 TORNADO.  
WINDS WERE ESTIMATED TO BE IN EXCESS OF 70 MPH.  THE LENGTH OF THIS 
PATH WAS ESTIMATED TO BE ABOUT 100 YARDS LONG.  

TORNADO DAMAGE WAS ALSO EVIDENT ON THE EAST SIDE OF WHALEY LAKE.  
THERE WAS A LARGE AREA OF TREES DOWN IN MULTIPLE DIRECTIONS.  THE 
DAMAGE PATH WAS AROUND A HALF A MILE LONG. 
 
 
 
 

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBANY NY
750 PM EDT FRI MAY 31 2002

...TORNADO CONFIRMED AT JOHNSTOWN IN FULTON COUNTY...

AT 155 PM EDT IN THE TOWN OF JOHNSTOWN...FULTON COUNTY THERE WAS A 
TWO PART STORM.

THE SOUTHERN PORTION WAS A DOWNBURST WHICH FLATTENED A WIDE SWATH OF 
TREES FROM ABOUT 1/2 MILE SOUTHEAST OF TOWN EASTWARD FOR ABOUT 
1/2 MILE ACROSS ROUTE 30A INTO A NEIGHBORHOOD EAST OF THE HOLIDAY 
INN.

ON THE NORTHWEST SIDE OF THIS DAMAGE SWATH ALONG ROUTE 30A THE 
HOLIDAY THEATER WAS STRUCK BY AN F0 OR F1 SCALE TORNADO.

THE THEATER HAD SECTIONS OF THE ROOF BLOWN OFF AND ALSO A SECTION OF 
THE BACK WALL WAS BLOWN OUT.  BEHIND THE THEATER TREES WERE UPROOTED 
AND KNOCKED DOWN IN BOTH A NORTH AND EAST DIRECTION IN A CRISSCROSS 
PATTERN.

AT THE HOLIDAY INN NEXT DOOR THE FRONT DOOR WAS TORN OFF AND TWO 
CARS WERE DAMAGED.

SOME DEBRIS FROM THE HOLIDAY THEATER MARQUEE WAS FOUND ABOUT 1/3 
MILE AWAY.

$$ 
 
 


PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBANY NY
851 PM EDT FRI MAY 31 2002
 
TIME(EDT)  .....CITY LOCATION..... STATE  ...EVENT/REMARKS...
           ....COUNTY LOCATION....
 
0115 PM    ILION                     NY   WIND DAMAGE            
05/31/02   HERKIMER                       NUMEROUS TREE LIMBS DOWN.  
                                          ILION DPW. 
 
0155 PM    JOHNSTOWN                 NY   WIND DAMAGE            
05/31/02   FULTON                         PART OF ROOF BLOWN OFF AT 
                                          HOLIDAY INN AT JOHNSTOWN 
 
0155 PM    GLOVERSVILLE              NY   WIND DAMAGE            
05/31/02   FULTON                         POWER LINES AND TREES DOWN 
 
0155 PM    JOHNSTOWN                 NY   WIND DAMAGE            
05/31/02   FULTON                         POWERLINES AND TREES DOWN 
 
0155 PM    JOHNSTOWN                 NY   TORNADO                
05/31/02   FULTON                         F0/F1 TORNADO CONFIRMED BY 
                                          NWS EMPLOYEE.  ROOF BLOWN 
                                          OFF THEATER AND WALL BLOWN 
                                          OUT.
 
0223 PM    NEW PALTZ                 NY   1.75 INCH HAIL         
05/31/02   ULSTER                         GOLF BALL SIZE HAIL 
 
0224 PM    FT ANN                    NY   WIND DAMAGE            
05/31/02   WASHINGTON                     TREES DOWN 
 
0224 PM    SARATOGA SPGS             NY   WIND DAMAGE            
05/31/02   SARATOGA                       NUMEROUS TREES DOWN 
 
0229 PM    WHITEHALL                 NY   WIND DAMAGE            
05/31/02   WASHINGTON                     TREES DOWN 
 
0229 PM    GLENS FALLS               NY   WIND DAMAGE            
05/31/02   WARREN                         TREES DOWN 
 
0230 PM    FT JOHNSON                NY   WIND DAMAGE            
05/31/02   MONTGOMERY                     NUMEROUS TREES AND WIRES 
                                          DOWN...ROADS CLOSED 
 
0255 PM    ROTTERDAM                 NY   60 MPH TSTM GUST       
05/31/02   SCHENECTADY                    MEASURED WIND 55 TO 60 MPH 
 
0315 PM    BENNINGTON                VT   WIND DAMAGE            
05/31/02   BENNINGTON                     NUMEROUS TREES AND WIRES 
                                          DOWN 
 
0320 PM    HOOSICK                   NY   WIND DAMAGE            
05/31/02   RENSSELAER                     TREES AND WIRES DOWN 
 
0325 PM    SALT PT                   NY   .75 INCH HAIL          
05/31/02   DUTCHESS                       DIME SIZE HAIL REPORTED 
 
0358 PM    GOSHEN                    CT   .75 INCH HAIL          
05/31/02   LITCHFIELD                     DIME SIZE HAIL REPORTED 
 
0400 PM    BAKERSVILLE               CT   .75 INCH HAIL          
05/31/02   LITCHFIELD                     DIME SIZE HAIL REPORTED 
 
0405 PM    BAKERSVILLE               CT   1 INCH HAIL            
05/31/02   LITCHFIELD                     1" HAIL REPORTED 
 
0410 PM    TORRINGTON                CT   1 INCH HAIL            
05/31/02   LITCHFIELD                     QUARTER SIZE HAIL REPORTED 
 
0412 PM    CLAVERACK                 NY   WIND DAMAGE            
05/31/02   COLUMBIA                       TREES AND POWER LINES DOWN 
 
0415 PM    CORNWALL                  CT   .75 INCH HAIL          
05/31/02   LITCHFIELD                     DIME SIZE HAIL REPORTED 
 
0438 PM    JOHNSTOWN                 NY   .75 INCH HAIL          
05/31/02   FULTON                         PENNY SIZE HAIL REPORTED 
 
0455 PM    GLEN                      NY   71 MPH TSTM GUST       
05/31/02   MONTGOMERY                     MEASURED WIND GUST OF 71 
                                          MPH 
 
0459 PM    GLEN                      NY   71 MPH TSTM GUST       
05/31/02   MONTGOMERY                     71 MPH WIND MEASURED 
 
0500 PM    BECKET                    MA   WIND DAMAGE            
05/31/02   BERKSHIRE                      7 TO 8 TREES DOWN 
 
0502 PM    BAKERSVILLE               CT   1 INCH HAIL            
05/31/02   LITCHFIELD                     1 INCH HAIL 
 
0506 PM    NEW PALTZ                 NY   .75 INCH HAIL          
05/31/02   ULSTER                         DIME SIZE HAIL REPORTED 
 
0509 PM    SARATOGA SPGS             NY   WIND DAMAGE            
05/31/02   SARATOGA                       NUMEROUS TREES AND 
                                          POWERLINES DOWN 
 
0510 PM    COBLESKILL                NY   WIND DAMAGE            
05/31/02   SCHOHARIE                      NUMEROUS TREES DOWN 
 
0510 PM    RICHMONDVILLE             NY   WIND DAMAGE            
05/31/02   SCHOHARIE                      NUMEROUS TREES DOWN 
 
0515 PM    MIDDLEBURG                NY   WIND DAMAGE            
05/31/02   SCHOHARIE                      POWERLINES DOWN 
 
0517 PM    ROTTERDAM                 NY   WIND DAMAGE            
05/31/02   SCHENECTADY                    TREES DOWN 
 
0535 PM    TORRINGTON                CT   .75 INCH HAIL          
05/31/02   LITCHFIELD                     PENNY SIZE HAIL REPORTED 
 
0536 PM    SALT PT                   NY   .75 INCH HAIL          
05/31/02   DUTCHESS                       DIME SIZE HAIL REPORTED 
 
0539 PM    TORRINGTON                CT   1 INCH HAIL            
05/31/02   LITCHFIELD                     QUARTER SIZE HAIL REPORTED 
 
0539 PM    TORRINGTON                CT   WIND DAMAGE            
05/31/02   LITCHFIELD                     TREES DOWN 
 
0542 PM    TROY                      NY   WIND DAMAGE            
05/31/02   RENSSELAER                     ROOF BLOWN OFF HOUSE 
 
0545 PM    DOVER PLAINS              NY   1 INCH HAIL            
05/31/02   DUTCHESS                       QUARTER SIZE HAIL 
 
0555 PM    WILLIAMSTOWN              MA   WIND DAMAGE            
05/31/02   BERKSHIRE                      TREES AND WIRES DOWN 
 
0600 PM    LANESBOROUGH              MA   WIND DAMAGE            
05/31/02   BERKSHIRE                      TREES AND WIRES DOWN 
 
0600 PM    LENOX                     MA   WIND DAMAGE            
05/31/02   BERKSHIRE                      TREES AND WIRES DOWN 
 
0600 PM    OTIS                      MA   WIND DAMAGE            
05/31/02   BERKSHIRE                      TREES AND POWERLINES DOWN 
 
0600 PM    STOCKBRIDGE               MA   WIND DAMAGE            
05/31/02   BERKSHIRE                      TREES AND POWERLINES DOWN 
 
0610 PM                              NY   WIND DAMAGE            
05/31/02   ULSTER                         NUMEROUS TREES AND 
                                          POWERLINES DOWN 
 
0620 PM    MORRIS                    CT   .75 INCH HAIL          
05/31/02   LITCHFIELD                     DIME SIZE HAIL REPORTED 
 
0635 PM    POUGHKEEPSIE              NY   1.25 INCH HAIL         
05/31/02   DUTCHESS                       
 
0639 PM    CANAAN                    CT   WIND DAMAGE            
05/31/02   LITCHFIELD                     TREES DOWN 
 
0639 PM    THOMASTON                 CT   2 INCH HAIL            
05/31/02   LITCHFIELD                     
 
0703 PM    WHALEY LAKE               NY   TORNADO                
05/31/02   DUTCHESS                       SKYWARN SPOTTER REPORTED 
                                          TORNADO CROSSED WHALEY 
                                          LAKE. 
 
0710 PM    WINGDALE                  NY   1 INCH HAIL            
05/31/02   DUTCHESS                       QUARTER INCH HAIL REPORTED 
 
0710 PM    WINGDALE                  NY   1 INCH HAIL            
05/31/02   DUTCHESS                       REPORTED BY SKYWARN 
                                          SPOTTER. 
 
0740 PM    BRIDGE WATER              CT   WIND DAMAGE            
05/31/02   LITCHFIELD                     TREES AND WIRES DOWN