Heavy Rains - Damaging Winds - Lake Effect Snow
October 28-29, 2006

A very intense low pressure system brought heavy rains, flooding, damaging winds and significant lake effect snow to the region. The low pressure system initially developed over the deep south Wednesday, the 25th. The storm deepened as it tracked northeastward across the Tennessee and Ohio Valleys on Friday, the 27th. The storm eventually reached western New York State Saturday morning bringing heavy rains and strong to damaging southeasterly winds to the area. The southeasterly flow also resulted in an enhancement of rainfall across the upslope areas of the southern Adirondacks and eastern Catskills and along the east facing slopes of the Litchfield Hills, Berkshires and southern Green Mountains. The storm then rapidly intensified as it headed north into Quebec Canada Saturday and Saturday night. By Sunday morning the low had drop to 968 mb (28.58 inches). Winds shifted around to the west Saturday afternoon and increased in speed Saturday night and remained very strong through Sunday into the evening. Wind gusts in excess of 60 mph were measured resulting in downed limbs and trees and power outages across the area. In addition, the westerly flow across Lake Ontario brought heavy lake effect snows to the western Adirondacks. This storm was very strong, the 24-hour pressure fall from midday Friday to midday Saturday was a whopping 38 millibars. For a storm system to be defined as a "bomb", a 24-hour pressure drop much be at least 24 millibars.

Daily Weather Maps: Saturday October 28 & Sunday October 29

Public Information Statements: Rainfall --- Wind --- Snowfall

48-hour Precipitation Map ending at 00Z October 30th
(includes both the rainfall & snowfall)

Local Storm Report October 29th - Wind Damage Reports

24-hour Snowfall ending 12Z October 30th & 24-hr Precipitation Map ending 00Z October 30th