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Severe Thunderstorm Updates: Live Blog Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020

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Several waves of scattered thunderstorms will impact the Finger Lakes throughout the afternoon with a few becoming severe.
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Follow Meteorologist Drew Montreuil:
Meteorologist Drew Montreuil has been forecasting the weather in the Finger Lakes region since 2006 and has degrees in meteorology from SUNY Oswego (B.S. with Honors) and Cornell (M.S.). Drew and his wife have four young boys and also run a goat milk soap business, Ye Olde Goat Cart. When not working or playing with the boys, he is probably out for a run through the countryside.

3 Responses

  1. Ken W White
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    Thrilled to have no frozen golf balls on Ithaca’s South Hill…yet 5:48pm 8/27/20

  2. David
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    I live on the east side of Seneca lake near Ovid, just a couple minutes walk from the lake. I noticed that most of the worst of storms misses us–it tends to go over our heads and be worse on the ridge where Ovid is. Since I have a new car and no garage, I hope that continues to be true this time. I’m especially worried about large hail. What do you think about east side of Seneca near the shore? Safer than most or not reliable this time around?

    • Meteorologist Drew Montreuil
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      Hi David! There are definitely topographic influences that seem to make storms hit, and miss, the same areas time and again. There is also an element of luck and randomness involved, too, so it isn’t something to always count on. Nonetheless, our storm motion today will be north-northwest to south-southeast…not the typical westerly dominated flow, so all normal bets are off…