Severe Weather
May 29, 2012

This event occurred during the climatologically favored time period of late May to early June, when some of the biggest severe weather outbreaks have occurred in the past in the Northeastern United States. A warm, humid and unstable air mass was in place across the region. Forecast guidance was suggesting respectable instability and shear ahead and along a strong cold front. As this frontal boundary interacted with the air mass in place, it resulted in rapid development of severe thunderstorms.

Local Storm Reports

12Z Sounding
Upper Air Sounding at 8 AM
17Z Sounding
Upper Air Sounding at 1 PM
Link to all 12Z Wed May 29, 2012 Upper Air Maps (courtesy SPC) Link to all 00Z Thu May 30, 2012 Upper Air Maps (courtesy SPC)


Storm Prediction Center (SPC) Products
Mesoscale Discussion #954 (Upgrade to Moderate Risk)
Mesoscale Discussion #956 (Possible Watch Discussion)
Mesoscale Discussion #958 (Tornado Threat) Mesoscale Discussion #958 (Dutchess/Litchfield County)
SPC Verification (SWODY1 & Reports)


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