Hail Produced by Thunderstorm 20170518 In Oaks Corners, NY

The thunderstorms that moved through the area during the late afternoon hours were quite prolific hail producers.  Large hail of this variety, while not a common occurrence in this area, does happen every once in a while.  Such was the case today.  Brian M. posted these photos to our Facebook page.  The last two images were from Oaks Corners FD Lt. Tom Snyder and Oaks Corners Firefighter Jeff Arnold of his porch roof.

Bill Boggess
Forecaster
Storm Trackers Team

Thunderstorms starting to fire across the area.

As expected thunderstorm activity is starting to increase across the area.  As you can see from the included Buffalo doppler radar image, a couple of thunderstorms have popped up.  These storm cells may contain frequent lightning, strong gusty winds, heavy rain, and small hail.  Anyone in the path of these storms should seek safe shelter.

REPORTING INFORMATION:
Weather Reporting Hotline: 315.332.1043
Email: Stormtrackershotline@gmail.com

Bill Boggess
Forecaster
Storm Trackers Team

Warm Summery Day… Thunderstorms along a cold front later.

Special Weather Report
Thursday, May 18, 2017 @ 9:30 AM

Another very warm summer day is in store for the area today. Temperatures once again will be in the 80s to around 90 with a touch of humidity as well! An approaching cold front from the northwest will spark a couple of rounds of scattered showers and thunderstorms. The first one being later this afternoon and mainly across the Finger Lakes. Tonight another round of showers and thunderstorms should move through with the front itself. Any of the thunderstorms could contain very strong winds, hail, frequent lightning strikes and heavy rains. We will continue to monitor this situation and issue further updates or alerts as needed.

Jack Matthys
CEO / Founder
Storm Trackers Team NY

Waterfront Flooding Special Report

STORM TRACKERS TEAM NY ALERT

Waterfront Flooding Special Report

Saturday, May 6, 2017 @ 6:50 PM

The Storm Trackers Team NY has issued an…

ALERT(S):

ACTION Alert for Waterfront Flooding
State of Emergency Village of Sodus Point
State of Emergency for Wayne County Bays / Harbors
State of Emergency for Fair Haven Bay Area
State of Emergency for Irondequoit Bay

COVERAGE AREA:

ACTION Alert Coverage Area:

Irondequoit Bay to Fair Haven
(Including all bays & inlets)

TIME FRAME:

Start Time: Currently Active
End Time: Until further notice

NEARSHORE MARINE FORECAST:

Winds / Waves

Tonight:
Direction: WSW
Speeds: 5-15 mph increasing to 10-20 mph with gusts to 25 mph
Waves: Bays: 0-2 / Lakeside: 1-3 ft building to 3-5 ft

Sunday:
Direction: W
Speeds: 15-25 mph with gusts to 30 mph
Waves: Bays: 1-2 ft / Lakeside: building to 4-7 ft

Sunday Night:
Direction: NW
Speeds: 10-20 mph
Waves: Bays: 0-2 ft / Lakeside: 4-7 ft down to 3-5 ft

Monday:
Direction: NW
Speeds: 10-20 mph with gusts to 25 mph
Waves: Bays: 1-2 ft / Lakeside: 3-5 ft

Daily Water Levels:

May 1, 2017: 247.78
May 2, 2017: 247.97
May 3, 2017: 247.98
May 4, 2017: 248.02

FORECASTER’S CHATTER:

Pictures coming into our office today continues to show flooding problems on the increase as water levels on Lake Ontario continue to slowly rise. The weather pattern we are locked in should continue to bring showers to the area through Monday, with even a few wet snow flakes mixed in. Temps should warmup a bit by mid week and hopefully should see some drier weather move in. If you live in a zone near Lake Ontario, bays or inlets, please remain on alert and have a plan to evacuate if needed. We will be entering yet another period of significant wind and wave action starting later tonight and continuing into Monday on a W to NW wind flow. Be ready for more flooding and erosion to occur. Stay tuned!

LEVEL DEFINITIONS:

Awareness Level – Nuisance weather expected, some level of caution needed.

Potential Level – Possibility of hazardous weather. Continue to monitor situation.

Action Level – Hazardous weather is likely to occur. Some level of action will be needed.

Immediate Action Level – Hazardous weather is likely to occur shortly. Action is required now! Mainly used for thunderstorms and tornadoes

Emergency Level – Extreme to catastrophic weather is expected or has already begun to occur. Action is needed to save life and property!
REPORTING INFORMATION:

Weather Reporting Hotline: 315.332.1043

Email: stormtrackershotline@gmail.com * Send pictures or video

If able to do so safely, please report severe weather conditions or damage to us immediately!

Jack Matthys
CEO / Founder
Storm Trackers Team

Rainy Day…

UGH!  We absolutely do not need any more rain!  Unfortunately, this looks to be a rather dismal weekend coming up.  Low pressure over Ohio looks to move in our direction bring a rainy period.  Fortunately, it appears as though the steady rain has moved away for now.  Has anyone mentioned snow?  There is a definite chance for this showery precipitation to mix with or change over to some wet snow Saturday night and Sunday. 

January 23, 2013 Mesoscale Vortex Event Over Lake Ontario

mesoscale_vortex 20130125What happens when you have a very cold arctic airmass, low level wind speed decrease, and a significant temperature difference between the warm lake surface and the cold air mass converge over Lake Ontario?  This happened as the lake effect snow event of January 23, 2013 was starting to wind down.  Low to mid level wind speeds decreased and the conditions were favorable for a mesoscale vortex to develop along a convergence boundary.  The radar image from the National Weather Service Buffalo facebook page shows a dramatic image of the event.  More information regarding this event can be found from the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA).

Storm Tracker Team Alert #1 20130123

SnowReports 20130123‎**STORM TRACKERS TEAM ALERT **

HEADLINES:

Lake effect snows con

ALERTS ISSUED:

Lake Effect Snow Advisory for Wayne and Monroe Counties through early afternoon.

SUMMARY:

Finally the snow band behaved itself last night keeping the heaviest snows closer to the lakeshore with much lessor amounts the further away you were from the lake. However, we are all sharing in on the cold, arctic air this morning, brrr!! This thought however, may warm you up a little. We may be around 40 degrees by next week!! Arctic air will continue to cross Lake Ontario today producing a bit more lake effect fluff for some areas mainly in Northeastern Monroe and parts of Wayne counties today, but should begin to ease up this afternoon. Current radar is showing heavier snows over the Webster area extending southeast through Walworth, Marion, to near Newark. Be careful out there!

FORECAST:

Today: Mostly cloudy with areas of lake snows mainly north of the thruway accumulating another 2-5 inches in the most persistent snow locations. Lake snows should begin to ease up more this afternoon however. Otherwise a mixture of clouds and sunshine further south with a few flurries about. Light winds, but remaining cold! Still tough traveling in areas of lake snows.

PREPARATIONS:

Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions in lake snow zones. Visibilities can be reduced quickly in heavier snow and you can lose sight of the road and people ahead of you. Also, if you will be outside for any length of time today, dress in layered clothing. Stay tuned for further updates.

Please report weather conditions and snowfall in your area as this event gets underway. This will help us pin point the exact area of heavy snowfall. Thank you!!

Jack Matthys
CEO / Founder

 

Storm Tracker Team Alert #4 20130122

Lakesnows 2013-01-22**STORM TRACKERS TEAM ALERT **

HEADLINES:

Lake effect snows, brisk winds, low windchills!

ALERTS ISSUED:

Lake Effect Snow Warning / Windchill Warning for Oswego County until Midday Wednesday.
Lake Effect Snow Warning for Wayne, Northern Cayuga, and Monroe Counties through Wednesday morning.

SUMMARY:

One thing I learned years ago, is Mother Nature calls the shots and today she was calling all of them! The computers models for much of the day indicted a quicker southward movement then what actually happened. Several little features moving along the band itself, caused it to buckle in spots, forcing the band to either stay put in one location a little longer and even jog a but further north at times today. These factors caused the band to slow its overall southward movement, which was very frustrating in trying to predict this. So, with all this in mind, winds are becoming more and more northwesterly and we are seeing the band make more of a jog now to the south. Some of you, myself included, noticed a southwest wind this afternoon along the lakeshore. This wind was actually helping to feed the inflow of the snow band out over the lake. Also of note, one of the Storm Trackers Team meteorologists reported a waterspout this afternoon about 3:45 pm, off from Ontario in Wayne County!! Here are my latest details on the forecast.

FORECAST:

Tonight:

North of the Thruway: Mostly cloudy with occasional flurries and snow showers. Heavier lake snows developing. Amounts will vary depending on how long the band sits over any one location, but some areas in the persistent snows, could see 6-12 inches, while other locations see lessor amounts. Traveling will be difficult at times in lake snow areas. Brisk and bitterly cold with low windchills.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with snow showers likely and areas of lake snows. Lake snows should begin to ease up during the afternoon. New accumulations of 2-5 inches, with 1-3 inches possible further south of the thruway. Brisk and cold with difficult traveling mainly north of the thruway at times in the morning.

PREPARATIONS:

Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions. Visibilities can be reduced quickly in heavy snow and you can lose sight of the road and people ahead of you. Also, if you will be outside for any length of time today, dress in layered clothing. Windchills will be below zero for the rest of the day. Stay tuned for further updates.

Please report weather conditions and snowfall in your area as this event gets underway. This will help us pin point the exact area of heavy snowfall. Thank you!!

Jack Matthys
CEO / Founder

 

Storm Tracker Team Alert #3 20130122

snow bands 2013-01-22-1**STORM TRACKERS TEAM ALERT **

HEADLINES:

Lake effect snows, brisk winds, low windchills!

ALERTS ISSUED:

Lake Effect Snow Warning / Windchill Warning for Oswego County until Midday Wednesday.
Lake Effect Snow Warning for Wayne, Northern Cayuga, and Monroe Counties from late this morning through Wednesday midday.

SUMMARY:

I wanted to send out a quick update here to inform you on a few changes. The band of snow has drifted in Northeastern Wayne, Northern Cayuga, and Western Oswego counties as of midday. The overall southward motion has slowed slightly. This is extremely difficult to pin point the small features going on this morning and how it’s affecting the overall snow band’s behavior. One such little feature maybe just offshore of Wayne County. This seems to have caused a bump-like signature to form and may cause the band to briefly shift north, or stay put until it passes and final the entire band sinks south. Not sure if I am looking too much into this or not! Also, the band it not nearly as strong right now, although heavy snow is still falling in the above mentioned areas. Snow bands fluctuate in intensity at times, so I am not too concerned at this point, that this is an overall trend. At this point however, this is becoming an hour by hour situation in watching this band to see how it will progress this afternoon. I have updated the forecast below.

FORECAST:

This Afternoon:

North of the Thruway: Mostly cloudy with flurries / snow showers developing. Lake effect snow drifting southward. Snow maybe heavy at times with with amounts ranging from 6-12 inches in the most persistent snow areas, with lessor amounts if any elsewhere. Windy and bitterly cold with areas of blowing snow and bitter windchills! Traveling will become difficult in areas of persistent lake snows. Hot spots this afternoon should be Northern Cayuga and Northeast Wayne counties, then eventually northern / eastern Wayne and Monroe counties.

South of the Thruway: Clouds and hazy sun with flurries and a few snow showers developing, but little in the way of significant accumulations. Windy and bitterly cold with low windchills.

Tonight: Cloudy with snow showers likely and areas of heavy lake effect snows continuing. Accumulations of another 6-12 inches in the most persistent snow areas, but 1-6 inches further south of the thruway. Windy and bitterly cold with blowing snow at times and low windchills! Traveling will be difficult at times in areas of persistent lake snows.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with snow showers likely and areas of lake snows. Lake snows should begin to ease up during the afternoon. New accumulations of 2-5 inches, with 1-3 inches possible further south of the thruway. Brisk and cold with difficult traveling mainly north of the thruway at times in the morning.

PREPARATIONS:

Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions. Visibilities can be reduced quickly in heavy snow and you can lose sight of the road and people ahead of you. Also, if you will be outside for any length of time today, dress in layered clothing. Windchills will be below zero for the rest of the day. Stay tuned for further updates.

Please report weather conditions and snowfall in your area as this event gets underway. This will help us pin point the exact area of heavy snowfall. Thank you!!

Jack Matthys
CEO / Founder

 

Storm Tracker Team Alert #2 20130122

snow bands 2013-01-22**STORM TRACKERS TEAM ALERT **

HEADLINES:

Lake effect snows, brisk winds, low windchills!

ALERTS ISSUED:

Lake Effect Snow Warning / Windchill Warning for Oswego County until Midday Wednesday.
Lake Effect Snow Warning for Wayne, Northern Cayuga, and Monroe Counties from late this morning through Wednesday midday.

SUMMARY:

Lots to talk about this morning! Arctic air continues to flow across Lake Ontario this morning producing a very impressive and intense band of snow stretching across the full length of the lake, extending eastward into Northern Oswego county where very heavy snow is currently falling. Winds are forecasted to shift to a more west-northwest flow and move that band southward and set up shop along the counties bordering the south shore of Lake Ontario later this morning and this afternoon. This will likely bring a significant snowfall to parts of these areas into Wednesday. Brisk winds and cold air in place will also lower windchills greatly!

FORECAST:

Today:

North of the Thruway: Fading morning sun with flurries / snow showers developing. Lake effect snow developing north of the thruway later this morning. Snow maybe heavy at times with with amounts ranging from 6-12 inches in the most persistent snow areas, with lessor amounts elsewhere. Windy and bitterly cold with areas of blowing snow and bitter windchills! Traveling will become difficult in areas of persistent lake snows.

South of the Thruway: Sunshine giving away to a mix of clouds and sun with flurries and a few snow showers developing, but little in the way of significant accumulations. Windy and bitterly cold with low windchills.

Tonight: Cloudy with snow showers likely and areas of heavy lake effect snows continuing. Accumulations of another 6-12 inches in the most persistent snow areas, but 1-6 inches further south of the thruway. Windy and bitterly cold with blowing snow at times and low windchills! Traveling will be difficult at times in areas of persistent lake snows.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with snow showers likely and areas of lake snows. Lake snows should begin to ease up during the afternoon. New accumulations of 2-5 inches, with 1-3 inches possible further south of the thruway. Brisk and cold with difficult traveling mainly north of the thruway at times in the morning.

PREPARATIONS:

I have already started to see the band moving south during the past half hour and now is into central Oswego County. Conditions should quickly change as the band continues to move south into Western Oswego county, then northern Cayuga, then into Wayne and Monroe counties by late morning. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions. Visibilities can be reduced quickly in heavy snow and you can lose sight of the road and people ahead of you. Also, if you will be outside for any length of time today, dress in layered clothing. Windchills will be below zero for the rest of the day. Stay tuned for further updates.

Please report weather conditions and snowfall in your area as this event gets underway. This will help us pin point the exact area of heavy snowfall. Thank you!!

Jack Matthys
CEO / Founder