Finger Lakes severe weather updates: Tuesday Aug. 16, 2016

Finger Lakes weather severe thunderstorm updates
Continuous, live weather updates for the duration of the severe weather event of August 16, 2016 in the Finger Lakes.

This page will continue to be updated with the most up to date information possible.

Major updates will be posted as edits to this blog entry. More frequent, smaller updates can be seen in the embedded Twitter Feed below. The radar is also embedded below the updates for convenient viewing. Facebook is another place to get updates and is an excellent place to communicate directly with me.

I will be posting continuous updates until the severe threat diminishes this evening.

Latest Major Updates

9PM- Thunderstorms in Central New York have undergone rapid weakening. The severe weather threat is over for the area. This concludes the updates to this section of the post. I will continue to tweet as storm reports come in, so feel free to continue to monitor the feed below. Thank you for using Finger Lakes Weather!

8:30PM– Strong line of storms with dangerous lightning and pockets of strong winds moving into the far eastern reaches of the Finger Lakes and into the heart of Central New York. West of this line, light rain is falling and the severe threat is over, including for the majority of the Finger Lakes.

7:40PM- The line of storms moving through the central Finger Lakes continues to strengthen and organize. Areas in the eastern Finger Lakes and Central New York should be monitoring this development closely. Again, wind damage will be the threat if these continue to strengthen. The tornado threat is not as great for the area at this point.

7:15PM- A broken line of non-severe storms is pushing through the heart of the Finger Lakes. These storms have shown a slight strengthening over the last 15-30 minutes, and could become strong in the eastern Finger Lakes if the trend continues. The primary threat is going to be strong winds.

Northeast of the Finger Lakes, a tornadic supercell has been crossing the Tug Hill Plateau. No word yet on any damage from this storm, but it looked like it meant business on radar.

5:20PM- Severe Thunderstorm WATCH issued for the northwestern part of the Finger Lakes. Includes Wayne, Cayuga and Onondaga counties.

4PM- Shower activity is beginning to become widespread over western New York. The environment over the Finger Lakes is rather unstable and primed for thunderstorms. This was the one main concern on whether or not there would be severe weather, and it appears we have broken that barrier.

Thunderstorms should intensify as they move east into the Finger Lakes. There is still a chance that things fizzle, but that is becoming less and less. The next two or three hours will be when the event starts to crank up. The severe threat may continue well into the evening hours.

The Storm Prediction Center has just issued a “mesoscale discussion” indicating a 60% chance for a watch being issued due to the chance for severe thunderstorms, including tornadoes.

MorningClick here for the post from this morning.

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4 Responses

  1. Pauline Dear

    Constant thunder and lightning approaching Lansing village and now apppearing to the east (8:05). wind slowly picking up. No rain yet.

    • Meteorologist Drew Montreuil

      Same here in Groton. Sounds intense!

  2. Deb Craig

    Thanks for the most accurate weather forecasts in the Finger Lakes! Just donated $100 for a job well done

    • Meteorologist Drew Montreuil

      Thank you so much, Deb! I am truly overwhelmed by your generosity!!