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July 29, 2009 Severe Thunderstorms

Microburst /Straight Line Wind Damage/ Confirmed Near Tunkhannock In Wyoming County Pennsylvania

  • Location - Tunkhannock In Wyoming County Pennsylvania
  • Date - 7/29/2009
  • Estimated Time - 1:15 PM
  • Estimated Maximum Wind Speed - 80-85 mph
  • Maximum Path Width - 60 Yards
  • Path Length - 1/4 Mile
  • Beginning Lat/Lon - 41.483229/-75.976971
  • Ending Lat/Lon - 41.482832/-75.981189
  • Fatalities - 0
  • Injuries - 0
The National Weather Service in Binghamton, NY has confirmed a microburst /straight line wind damage/ near Tunkhannock in Wyoming County Pennsylvania on 7/29/2009.

Numerous trees were both uprooted and snapped first starting on Rogers road. The damage path continued southwest, with all of the trees pointing in the same direction. The damage path crossed near a house on Jenks road before ending across the road in an area of trees. The determination of the wind speed was based on the fact that while most of the trees were uprooted, being aided by the very moist ground, enough trees were snapped. This is suggestive of estimated wind speeds between 80-85 mph.

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 National Weather Service Binghamton extends their appreciation to the Wyoming County Emergency Management Agency for their help in conducting the storm survey.

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