Albany National Weather Service Doppler Radar Base Reflectivity Image Series of the December 1, 2006 Severe Weather Event

Image #1: ENX Radar (Albany, NY) base reflectivity at 4:30pm on December 1, 2006: Locally severe thunderstorms stretched from Hamilton county southwest to southern Herkimer, western Otsego, and Delaware counties. Severe thunderstorm warnings were in effect at this time for those counties.

ENX (Albany, NY) Base Reflectivity Radar Display at 4:30pm December 1, 2006

 

Image #2: ENX Radar (Albany, NY) base reflectivity at 5:00pm on December 1, 2006: Two severe thunderstorm line segments were occurring at this time. The first extended from western Hamilton to western Fulton and Montgomery counties. The second line segment extended from south-central Montgomery County on south through central Schoharie and eastern and southern Delaware counties. Severe thunderstorm warnings were in effect for Hamilton, Fulton, Montgomery, Schoharie, and Delaware counties at this time.

5pm ENX Base Reflectivity Radar Image, December 1, 2006


Image #3: ENX Radar (Albany, NY) base reflectivity at 5:26pm on December 1, 2006: In this image, the northern line segment extending from eastern Hamilton to Fulton counties was showing signs of weakening while the line segment that extended from western Saratoga County on south through western Albany County was intensifying. Lightning in the southern line segment was rapidly increasing indicating a strengthening system. Severe thunderstorm warnings were in effect for Saratoga, Schenectady, Albany, Greene, and Ulster counties at this time.

ENX Base Reflectivity Radar Display at 5:26pm, December 1, 2006

 

Image #4: ENX Radar (Albany, NY) base reflectivity at 6:00pm on December 1, 2006: Intense rain and strong wind gusts were associated with the line segments at this time with the thunderstorm system in a reorganizing mode.

ENX Base Reflectivity Radar Display, 6pm, December 1, 2006

 

Image #5: ENX Radar (Albany, NY) base reflectivity at 6:40pm on December 1, 2006: At this time the severe thunderstorm line segments had consolidated into a formidable squall line that extended from Vermont, to Northern Berkshire County to Columbia counties where severe thunderstorm warnings were in effect. This image was just prior to the 80-85 mph straight line winds that produced tremendous damage in and around Lenox, MA in Berkshire County. On the southern fringe of the line, rotation was detected in the storm area in Dutchess County where a tornado warning was in effect.

ENX Base Reflectivity Radar Display, 6:40pm, December 1, 2006

 

Image #6: ENX Radar (Albany, NY) base reflectivity at 7:06pm on December 1, 2006: The severe squall line at this time was in the process of rapidly moving out of the CBS6 warning coverage area with torrential rain, frequent lightning, and damaging wind gusts confined to eastern Berkshire and Litchfield counties. A severe thunderstorm warning remained in effect for Berkshire County, MA with a tornado warning in effect time for northern Litchfield County, CT.
ENX Base Reflectivity Radar Image, 7:06pm, December 1, 2006