High Wind Event
The first powerful cold front of the young autumn season, accompanied by a strong upper air low pressure trough and very strong mid and upper level wind fields, roared across eastern New York and western New England during the late morning and the early afternoon on Thursday, September 29. Preceding the front was a deep and strong southerly flow of air. Wind gusts, helped to the ground by the well mixed warm and muggy air mass ahead of the front, ranged from 40 to 60 mph across the region from just before daybreak through the entire morning. Widespread tree and power line damage occurred due to the strong gradient winds.
The cold front itself, accompanied by a narrow line of torrential downpours, produced a brief but enhanced blast of wind as it moved through during the late morning and the early afternoon. Wind gusts with the cold frontal passage also approached 60 mph in some communities. No thunder and lightning accompanied the front. Wind damage was reported in some form in every county across eastern New York and western New England. The total power outage count is not known. But reports at the height of the event had 50,000 customers in Vermont and 50,000 customers in CT without electricity with thousands in New York State out as well.
Winds shifted to the west during the afternoon and remained gusty, but in general much weaker than the damaging winds that occurred during the morning. Afternoon wind gusts generally ranged from 20 to 30 mph and then dropped to calm shortly after sunset.
A high wind warning was in effect through the morning and early afternoon for this event
The table below is a listing of wind damage reports received by WRGB and the Albany National Weather Service and is only a sampling of the total storm damage that was likely caused by the high wind event.