Some of the Storm Trackers Team NY members enjoyed a wonderful dinner with Meteorologist Wayne Mahar at WSTM Channel 3 in Syracuse. The team was chosen to be honored for the work we do with the public. There were also other groups of wonderful people their be honored too. Thanks to WSTM for choosing us!!
New Thunderstorm Alerts
We have developed some new terms for our thunderstorm alerts that we issue. Here is how it will work:
We will not being issuing anymore Heavy, Severe, or Tornado Watches for our area. Instead, when we feel there is a threat for strong to severe and even tornadic thunderstorms; we will issue what is called an “Intense Thunderstorm Watch” which means there is a “possibility” for heavy, severe, or tornadic thunderstorms in the outlined area for a certain period of time. When a thunderstorm has reached the criteria we use for issuing Warnings, then a Heavy, Severe, or Tornado Warning will be issued for that specific location. Another new term we have developed is called a Rotating Thunderstorm Warning. This will be issued when a thunderstorm is rotating and although the chances for the storm maybe low for producing a tornado, there is still a chance one could form. We feel it’s important to alert the public to these types of storms, but also careful not to put panic in our viewers. If the chances become higher for a storm to produce a tornado, then a Tornado Warning would be issued.
In our efforts to provide you with the most accurate / timely information our alerts for thunderstorms only will look like this. This is an example:
Severe T-Storm Warning
Eastern Monroe County
Freq. Lightning: 30%
Flooding Rains: 50%
Damaging Winds: 40%
This will help to highlight the threats from the storm by using a percentage to indicate the chances for that condition to occur. ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT T-STORMS CAN CHANGE INTENSITY AND CONDITIONS QUICKLY!
**New Storm Trackers Team NY Text Alert System**
We are trying out a new text alerting system for our viewers. Our goal is to get our alerts to you in the fastest time possible. We will continue to post all of our alerts on Facebook as well. Here are the instructions for signing up:
Simply send a text message to the number below and enter in your appropriate code(s).
In the message area add the code you would like to have our alerts sent to you and hit send. It that easy!
*If you would like to be alerted for more than more area, you must repeat this process for each one you want. A separate text message sent for each one.
* All Counties / Lake Ontario: Enter code: @f9cb3d
(You will receive all alerts we send out)
* Wayne County Only: Enter Code: @wayne01
* Ontario County Only: Enter Code: @ontario02
* Eastern Monroe County Only: Enter Code: @monroe03
* Northern Seneca County Only: Enter Code: @seneca04
* Central / Northern Cayuga County Only: Enter Code: @cayuga05
* Western Oswego County Only: Enter Code: @oswego06
* Lake Ontario nearshore from Irondequoit Bay to Oswego: Enter Code: @lakeont07
*You must enter the @ sign first!
You will be then asked to enter in your name. You can make up a name if you would like to. We will not be using the names for anything. Also, we will not be able to see your number. Be advised you cannot respond back to any of the messages sent. We will only be sending messages out when we issue; Advisories, Watches, or Warnings for these areas we cover.
Keep in mind that we have no control how long it takes for text messages to go out to everyone and remember that text messaging cost may apply depending on your plan. There is not a cost though for this service otherwise. We know there may be some bugs to work out, but we hope this system will work correctly on issuing alerts to you. If you have any questions please let us know on here on by email.
CEO / Founder
Storm Trackers Team NY
What is wind chill? Jack touched on it in his previous post but I thought I would dive a little deeper since this has been a common term over the last several weeks.
Wind Chill is defined as the rate of heat loss on the human body resulting from the combined effect of low temperature and wind.
While I am not a native New Yorker, I have been living here for the past 38 years. I remember in the past seeing incredibly low wind chill values such as -40 and even worse. What happened? Why are we not seeing extreme wind chill values as frequently in the past?
The first wind chill formula was developed by Paul Allman Siple and Charles F. Passel in the late 1930’s and 40’s. This was finally made available by the National Weather Service by the 1970’s. This formula was based on the cooling rate of a small plastic bottle as its contents turned to ice while suspended in a wind as measured by an anemometer.
As technology and research capabilities changed, during the fall of 2000 a joint research project sponsored by the US and Canadian governments developed, tested and implemented a new wind chill chart. In the summer of 2001 human trials were conducted at the department of Environmental Medicine in Toronto, Canada. These trials consisted of a number of male and female volunteers. Sensors were placed on their faces to measure heat flow from the cheeks, forehead, chin and nose. By measuring the heat flow in a wind tunnel with a controlled temperature, scientists were able to establish a more accurate “feel like” mathematical formula. This formula was published in an easy to read chart and implemented November 1, 2001.
The old and new charts below show a great disparity in wind chill temperatures. So, what I remember as extremely low wind chills are easily explained by a change in the chart in 2001.
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Good morning everyone! I just wanted to touch base with you on this arctic air mass that has call our area home for while! Our criteria we use for issuing a Dangerous Cold Warning is when the “real feel” temperature is -20 F or lower for an extended period of time, usually lasting more than a few hours. The “real feel” temperature includes the actual air temp and the wind speed combined. Today the values where generally running about -5 F to -15 F, with a few places down over the Finger Lakes area flirting with that -20 F mark. This generally is below our criteria levels we have set. Yes, it sure it cold out, but not at the extreme levels we look for when issuing this type of alert. Schools are advised from the New York State Dept. of Health to “consider” closing school when wind chills values reach -25 F or lower. It comes down to each school deciding what is best for their district depending on many different factors. We do not advise schools in any way to stay open or close however! I hate to say this, but this bitter arctic air is likely to continue at various stages for the next few weeks, with still some very harsh winter weather ahead. If you are considering going somewhere warm, you may wish to consider Alaska!! Temps in parts of Alaska are in the 40s!! Guess where their cold weather has gone to lol!!
CEO / Founder
Storm Trackers Team NY
Updated Storm Trackers Team Warning Alert System!
We are excited to continue to revise our new alert system to our viewers! Our monitoring area covers the following locations:
Much of Ontario
Much of Seneca
Lake Ontario from Irondequoit Bay to Oswego NY
The reason why we have created this alert system is because currently we are restricted by terms and time frames that the National Weather Service uses. There are times we may feel different on an upcoming weather event, but due to our respect for them, we followed their terms. We highly support the National Weather Service, but we feel this new system will better serve you. We are however, cautious about any confusion this may cause to the general public by having different terms floating around out there. We feel our terms are more specific to the event we are talking about. The following is a list of our updated terms and a brief definition.
* Strong Wind Advisory – Winds gusts between 45-55 mph for 3 hours or longer
* Damaging Wind Watch – Wind gusts of 55 + mph for any time frame possible
* Damaging Wind Warning – Wind gusts of 55 + mph for any time frame likely
* General Flood Advisory – Less intense flooding situations
* General Flood Watch – Gradual flooding possible
* General Flood Warning – Gradual flooding likely
* Rapid Flood Watch – Quick flooding situations possible
* Rapid Flood Warning – Quick flooding situations likely or occurring
SEVERE Thunderstorm Events:
This will not change on what the National Weather Service Issues!
* Severe Thunderstorm Watch – Large Hail, Damaging Winds, Heavy Rains, Freq. Lightning!
* Severe Thunderstorm Warning – Large Hail, Damaging Winds, Heavy Rains, Freq. Lightning!
* Tornado Watch – Tornadoes, Large Hail, Damaging Winds, Heavy Rains, Freq. Lightning!
* Tornado Warning – Tornadoes, Large Hail, Damaging Winds, Heavy Rains, Freq. Lightning!
NON SEVERE Thunderstorm Events:
* Heavy Thunderstorm Watch – Small hail, heavy rains, freq. lightning, winds of 40+ possible
* Heavy Thunderstorm Warning – Small hail, heavy rains, freq. lightning, winds of 40+ likely
*Travelers Advisory – Lighter snows, Fr. Rain, Sleet, Fog, Blowing Snow, black ice, flash freezing that falls below warning criteria.
* Travelers Warning – No Unnecessary Traveling Advised
* Heavy Snow Watch – Heavy snowfall is possible
* Heavy Snow Warning – Heavy snowfall is likely
* Heavy Ice Buildup Watch – Ice buildup of ¼” + is possible
* Heavy Ice Buildup Warning – Ice buildup of ¼”+ is likely
* Heavy Mix Precipitation Watch – Heavy snow, sleet, fr. rain possible
* Heavy Mix Precipitation Warning – Heavy snow, sleet, fr. rain likely
* Wind Driven Snow Warning – Significant blowing snow likely
* Wind Driven / Heavy Snow Watch – Significant blowing snow and heavy snowfall possible
* Wind Driven / Heavy Snow Warning – Significant blowing snow and heavy snowfall likely
* Blizzard Storm Watch – Blizzard conditions possible for at least 3 hours
* Blizzard Storm Warning – Blizzard conditions likely for at least 3 hours
* Marine Waterspout Watch – Waterspouts are possible
* Marine Waterspout Warning – Waterspouts are likely
* Special Mariners Warning – Thunderstorm events
* Marine Gale Force Warning – Winds of 39-54 mph
* Marine Storm Force Warning – Winds of 55-73+ mph
* Lakeside Flood / Erosion Watch – Significant flooding and erosion possible
* Lakeside Flood / Erosion Warning – Significant flooding and erosion likely Misc:
* Dangerous Heat Warning – Feel like temps of 100 F or higher likely
* Dangerous Cold Warning – Temps below -15 F or windchills below -20 F
* Special Weather Bulletins – Issued for updating weather situations
Definitions of Advisories, Watches, and Warning.
The general public has struggled with these terms for years. The easiest way to remember these is…
A “Watch” means we are only watching for the potential hazard.
A “Warning” means we are now warning you of the potential hazard
An “Advisory” means this is more of a nuisance weather event and is less than a “Warning”.
I want to be sure we are clear on this. The National Weather Service will continue to issue their own alert terms as usual and we will begin using our own terms immediately. I am sure we will need to make some adjustments and maybe even add some new terms in the future. You will be kept informed of any changes. As always, we would love your feedback on this. We are excited to bring this to you and hope you will continue to help spread the word on Facebook about us!
CEO / Founder
Storm Trackers Team NY Announcement
Let it be known to all viewers of this web site and our facebook page of the Storm Trackers Team NY that the reports and alerts issued are solely owned by this team. Reproducing such reports without the team’s name and name of forecaster is strictly prohibited. Also let it be know to all viewers that the alert terms issued by the Storm Trackers Team NY to the public are only issued by this team and no other agency or group is involved. Also, team members are volunteer in nature and there maybe times (although rare) when alerts may not be issued to the general public or severely delayed due to technological problems or other problems beyond our control. The alerts terms issued by this team is solely for informational planning purposes only and the Storm Trackers Team is not responsible in any way for incorrect or alerts not being issued for severe weather events. If weather information in not readily available by the Storm Trackers Team NY; our viewers should turn to the National Weather Service or local media for the latest information. As always we thank you so much for your support throughout the year!
CEO / Founder
Storm Trackers Team NY