Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Binghamton, NY

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BINGHAMTON, NY
701 PM EDT MON JUL 14 2014

...MICROBURST /STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE/ CONFIRMED NEAR
2 SW UPPER EXETER IN LUZERNE COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA...

LOCATION...2 SW UPPER EXETER IN LUZERNE COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA
DATE...JULY 8, 2014
ESTIMATED TIME...730 PM EDT
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...70 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...1 MILE
PATH LENGTH...2 MILES
BEGINNING LAT/LON...41.381N / 75.860W
ENDING LAT/LON...41.422N / 75.835W
* FATALITIES...0
* INJURIES...0

* THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT(S) AND PUBLICATION IN NWS
STORM DATA.

...SUMMARY...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BINGHAMTON, NY HAS CONFIRMED STRAIGHT
LINE WIND DAMAGE JUST WEST OF UPPER EXETER IN LUZERNE COUNTY
PENNSYLVANIA ON JULY 8, 2014.

THE STORM SURVEY TEAM INVESTIGATED A SWATH OF MOSTLY SCATTERED TREE
DAMAGE...AND SOME MINOR STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO SIDING AND SHINGLES
OVER THE NORTHERN PORTION OF LUZERNE COUNTY. MUCH OF THE DAMAGE
WAS CONSISTENT WITH WHAT IS TYPICALLY CAUSED BY A SERIES OF
DOWNBURSTS. OF PARTICULAR NOTE...HOWEVER...WAS A NARROW SWATH OF
DESTROYED TREES IN A STEEPLY SLOPED WOODED AREA BETWEEN BODLE HILL
ROAD AND LEWIS ROAD WHERE THE DAMAGE WAS MORE INTENSE THAN OTHER
AREAS. THE TRACK OF TREE DAMAGE WAS APPROXIMATELY ONE-QUARTER MILE
IN LENGTH AND ONLY ABOUT 30 YARDS WIDE. A CAR PORT WAS ALSO LIFTED
AND TOSSED INTO THE AIR. EYEWITNESSES TO THE EVENT REPORTED BRIEF
SWIRLING WINDS IN A CLOCKWISE DIRECTION. THE ENHANCED TREE AND
PROPERTY DAMAGE AT THIS LOCATION COULD BE A RESULT OF TERRAIN
INDUCED SWIRLING.

THIS INFORMATION CAN ALSO BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE AT WEATHER.GOV/BGM.

FOR REFERENCE...
A MICROBURST IS A CONVECTIVE DOWNDRAFT WITH AN AFFECTED OUTFLOW AREA
OF LESS THAN 2 1/2 MILES WIDE AND PEAK WINDS LASTING LESS THAN
5 MINUTES. MICROBURSTS MAY INDUCE DANGEROUS HORIZONTAL/VERTICAL
WIND SHEARS...WHICH CAN ADVERSELY AFFECT AIRCRAFT PERFORMANCE AND
CAUSE PROPERTY DAMAGE. STRAIGHT-LINE WINDS ARE GENERALLY ANY WIND
THAT IS NOT ASSOCIATED WITH ROTATION...USED MAINLY TO DIFFERENTIATE
THEM FROM TORNADIC WINDS.

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