|Strong Storms Hitting Eastern New England|
UPDATED 10:15 PM EDT, May 16, 2012
By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Seth Carrier
|Strong thunderstorms will continue to rumble through eastern New England through late this evening, and will continue their trek as they threaten to drop hail and produce damaging wind gusts. Luckily, these storms will come to an end later this evening as a cold front moves offshore.|
A cold front attached to low pressure in eastern Canada is currently racing through eastern New England. At the same time, warm air is in place from Maine to New York. As the front slams into this unstable air mass, powerful storms are firing in from western Maine to Northwest Connecticut.
Already today these severe storms dropped ping pong ball-sized hail in Flagler Corners and Lake Luzerne, N.Y. Widespread quarter-sized hail has also been reported throughout Upstate New York near the Vermont border. Not to be outdone, damaging wind brought down trees and power lines in Glens Falls, N.Y.
This round of thunderstorms is a bit early for activity in this neck of the country. Generally speaking, May is typically the domain for the Plains` severe season, where warm and humid Gulf air battles cooler Canadian air. By contrast, the peak of the Northeast`s thunderstorm season is the middle of July, when hot summer temperatures are in place across the northern tier and can fuel major storms.
However, major outbreaks of storms have been known to arrive in May and early June. In fact, just last year brought a tornado outbreak on June 1 into Springfield, Mass., that killed 6 people. Another major tornado outbreak slammed upstate New York and western Pennsylvania on May 31, 1985, killing 88 people.
Following today`s storms, cooler and drier air will surge into the East, bringing to an end a string of severe weather that has pummeled the eastern half of the U.S over the past few days.
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