Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Binghamton, NY
NOUS41 KBGM 192325
Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Binghamton NY
725 PM EDT TUE JUL 19 2016
...Microburst /Straight Line Wind Damage/ Confirmed Near
Jewell in Oneida County New York...
Location...2 miles northwest of Jewell in Oneida County New York
Date...July 18th 2016
Estimated Time...120 - 124 PM EDT
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...70 - 80 MPH
Maximum Path Width... 2 miles
Path Length... 2.5 miles
* The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event(s) and publication in
NWS Storm Data.
The National Weather Service in Binghamton NY has confirmed a
Microburst /Straight Line Wind Damage/ near Jewell in Oneida
County New York on July 18th 2016.
The most concentrated area of damage was from along and just east
of Elipis Road southeast through the intersection of Stone Barn
Road and Hall road and ending just east of Hall Road. In this
area hundreds of uprooted pine trees were found. Some of the pine
trees were snapped anywhere from the middle of the tree toward the
top. Most of the trees that were uprooted were pointed toward 140
to 160 degrees or the southeast. A few trees just northeast of the
intersection of Hall Road and Stone Barn Road were pointed more
toward due east or even east north east. This divergent or fan
shaped pattern is consistent with microburst damage. Wind speeds
were estimated between 70 and 80 MPH based on the significant
amount of uprooted softwood trees. Numerous paths of tree damage
could be found througout this area. An upper level was capped at
80 MPH because of the lack of any damage to the homes within the
path of the microburst, besides trees falling onto houses. Some of
the trees that were snapped were quite large in diameter, but the
lack of damage to roofs, siding, etc kept our upper limit lower.
Beyond the main damage area mentioned above, sporadic uprooted
trees, snapped tree trunks and smaller branches could be found
east toward County Route 68 (Preston Hill Road) but were much less
concentrated. Winds here were likely closer to 60 to 70 MPH.
Eyewitness accounts all reported a very brief period of strong
winds associated with heavy rain and some hail, as large as the
size of quarters.
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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 and
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.