High Wind Event
Thursday September 29, 2005

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.

Town County Wind Damage Report Time Of Wind Damage
Hadley Saratoga General damage to trees 6:30am
Whitehall Washington General damage to trees 7:00am
Bolton Landing Warren Trees down 7:15am
Schenectady Schenectady Widespread trees down in the city 7:15am
East Jewett Greene Trees down 7:20am
Lexington Greene Trees down 7:27am
Cambridge Washington Trees down 7:30am
Troy Rensselaer Trees down 7:35am
Malta Saratoga Trees down 7:37am
Pittstown Rensselaer Trees down 7:40am
Middleville, Old Forge Herkimer Hundreds of trees and power poles down, roads impassable, damage was countywide 7:50am-9:00am
Speculator Hamilton Trees down 8:15am
Glens Falls Warren Trees down 8:30am
Wappingers Falls Dutchess Trees down 8:40am
Sharon Schoharie Trees limbs and wires down 9:40am
Clifton Park Saratoga More trees down 10:00am
Killington, Middletown Springs Rutland Trees and power lines down throughout the county 10:22am-Noon
Lenox, MA Berkshire Trees and power lines down 10:25am
Middleburgh Schoharie Trees and power lines down 10:30am
Pittsfield, MA Berkshire Trees and power lines down 10:30am
Kerhonkson Ulster Tress and power lines down 10:30am
Kingston Ulster Trees and power lines down 10:30am
Piseco Hamilton More trees down (Damage described as widespread) 10:44am
Pine Plains Dutchess Trees and power lines down 10:45am
Litchfield, CT Litchfield Widespread trees down 11:00am
Kinderhook Columbia Trees down 11:10am
Hudson Columbia Trees down 11:10am
Pownal, VT Bennington Limbs from trees fell onto a car on Route 7N 12:22pm