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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 or insects.

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 microburst. 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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