Monday June 15, 2009 Severe Hail Storm Event
Radar Images

#1 Albany NEXRAD base reflectivity image, lowest tilt, 2:13pm Monday June 15, 2009: This was the first of two severe hail storms to track over Saratoga Springs, and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center specifically. This cell itself was small in size but produced enough penny to nickel sized hail to cover the ground between approximately 2:15pm and 2:30pm.

Albany NEXRAD base reflectivity image 2:13pm, Monday, June 15, 2009 

#2 Albany NEXRAD base reflectivity image, lowest tilt, 2:41 pm Monday June 15, 2009: A snapshot of the essentially semi-stationary severe hail storm over Bennington, VT. This storm went through a prolonged process of collapse and regeneration over and near Bennington resulting in considerable large hail and torrential rain responsible for flash flooding with cars reportedly to have stalled in high water in town.

Albany NEXRAD base reflectivity image 2:41pm, Monday, June 15, 2009 

#3 Albany NEXRAD base reflectivity image, lowest tilt, 3:04 pm Monday June 15, 2009: Another severe multicell thunderstorm near Stockbridge, MA producing large hail and torrential rain. This was one of several storms that affected the County with large hail reports and flash flooding occurring in Pittsfield at about this same time.

Albany NEXRAD base reflectivity image 3:04 pm, Monday, June 15, 2009 

#4 Albany NEXRAD base reflectivity image, lowest tilt, 5:09 pm Monday June 15, 2009: Intensifying severe thunderstorm just north of Galway in Saratoga County. This storm quickly evolved into the severe multicell cluster that moved through the Capital Region with widespread large hail and wind gusts to 45 mph. At this time, quarter sized hail was falling in the area shaded in white and black on the image. It was reported that hail covered the ground in and around Galway as the storm propagated to the south.

Albany NEXRAD base reflectivity image 5:09 pm, Monday, June 15, 2009 

#5 Albany NEXRAD base reflectivity image, lowest tilt, 5:32pm Monday June 15, 2009: The same severe thunderstorm shown in radar image #4, further south, producing large hail in Charlton Saratoga County. Note the new cell forming near Glenville in northern Schenectady County. Shortly after this image the Glenville cell rapidly intensified going on to blast eastern Schenectady and northeast Albany counties with widespread hail up to quarter size and wind gusts to 45 mph.

Albany NEXRAD base reflectivity image 5:33 pm, Monday, June 15, 2009 

#6 Albany NEXRAD base reflectivity image, lowest tilt, 6:28 pm Monday June 15, 2009: Severe multicell hail storm over northeast Albany County just past its peak intensity...but still producing considerable accumulating hail and torrential rain which caused significant but brief urban and poor drainage flooding.

Albany NEXRAD base reflectivity image 6:28 pm, Monday, June 15, 2009 

#7 Albany NEXRAD base reflectivity image, lowest tilt, 7:09 pm Monday June 15, 2009: The severe multicell storm complex as it merged with a second severe storm which had tracked almost due east just north of the Albany-Greene County line. Rapid intensification occurred with the merger and a new hail core formed resulting in 1.75" diameter hail in Coeymans Hollow (Golf ball sized).

Albany NEXRAD base reflectivity image 7:09 pm, Monday, June 15, 2009 

#8 Albany NEXRAD base reflectivity image, lowest tilt, 7:14 pm Monday June 15, 2009: The same storm as shown in radar image #7. A brief storm induced mid level rotation was detected on radar at this time which only helped sustain the giant hail formation that was occurring. The storm complex accelerated a tad at this point as it tracked southeast through northern Columbia County.

Albany NEXRAD base reflectivity image 7:14 pm, Monday, June 15, 2009

#9 Albany NEXRAD base reflectivity image, lowest tilt, 8:42 pm Monday June 15, 2009: The same storm complex that ran through the Capital Region during the evening, weaker at this point over southern Berkshire County, but still producing hail near Sheffield, MA on its track out of the local region.

Albany NEXRAD base reflectivity image 8:42 pm, Monday, June 15, 2009