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NYC: Two Tornadoes and a Macroburst

September 18, 2010; 8:11 AM

"Two turntables and a microphone" -- Beck

"Two tornadoes and a macroburst" -- National Weather Service

The National Weather Service in Upton, NY has confirmed two tornadoes in New York City, inside a wider Macroburst (downburst) straight-line winds area. The first weak (EF-0) tornado was on the ground for two miles in Brooklyn. The second, an EF-1 tornado, was four miles long through Queens County. But the strongest winds, 125 mph, were in an 8-mile stretch, up to 5-miles wide (a very wide pattern) through Queens County.

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PHOTO CAPTION: The base of a tree lies on top of a crushed car in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010. The National Weather Service has determined that two tornados ripped through New York City Thursday during a fast-moving storm, along with a fierce microburst with speeds up to 125 miles per hour. The city estimates more than 1,000 trees were destroyed and dozens of buildings damaged. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

What this all adds up to is that the majority of NYC residents did not see a tornado, but a large portion of the local population was affected by straight-line winds which had the equivalent speeds of an EF-2 tornado. With no photos or video of the tornadoes (other than hoaxes and radar imagery), I was a little surprised to see them confirmed, but that just goes to show that they can be obscured by rain and it can take a thorough storm scene investigation (one of which I tagged along on, earlier this year) to ferret out the root causes of severe weather damage.

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