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Severe Weather Awareness Week
April 26th ~ May 2nd 2015

April 26th through May 2nd 2015 has been declared as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Vermont and Northern New York. The National Weather Service and other supporting organizations ask for your help in providing the public with information about severe weather safety. Advance planning and increased awareness will help residents of the North Country survive these deadly storms.

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Severe weather can happen at any time. Here are some events from the last few years:

The Widespread Damaging Wind Event on July 8, 2014: Numerous small-scale bow segments formed along a cold front, producing severe thunderstorms with damaging winds esticamted between 60 and 80 mph. This resulted in over 30,000 people losing power across Vermont and numerous trees down across the North Country.

The May 27, 2014 Isolated Supercell across Addison and Rutland Counties of Vermont: A large supercell produced a long 40 to 50 mile swath of large hail from Bridport to Shrewsbury, VT along with several localized areas of damaging thunderstorm winds.

The Golf Ball Hail and Damaging Wind Event on September 11, 2013: Several lines of strong to severe thunderstorms impacted the North County with damaging winds and large hail.

The Widespread Thunderstorm Damaging Wind Event on July 19, 2013: A line of fast moving severe thunderstorms impacted the North County with damaging winds, which resulted in over 11,000 people losing power across Vermont and numerous trees down across the North Country from this bowing line of storms.

The Damaging Wind and Large Hail Event on 2 June 2013: The first significant severe weather outbreak of the 2013 season with numerous reports of trees and powerlines down across parts of central and eastern Vermont due to powerful severe thunderstorm wind gusts.

The Heavy Rainfall and Associated Flooding on May 23, 2013: Heavy rain impacted much of the North Country between May 22nd and May 26th, which caused localized flash flooding and some minor river flooding. The flash flooding temporary closed over two dozen roads across Chittenden and Lamoille Counties, due to culverts being washed out or significant erosion.

The Large Hail and Damaging Wind event of July 23, 2012: Several reports of tree damage and large hail were observed across New York and Vermont, with wind gusts estimated as high as 70 mph in Malone, NY and hail up to 2 inches in diameter in New Haven Mills, VT.

The Independence Day 2012 Severe Weather Event: The vast majority of severe weather from this event came from damaging winds, including a measured 63 mph wind gust at Burlington International Airport and a 75 mph wind gust at Diamond Island. Large hail occurred less commonly, but included tennis ball size hail in Peasleeville, NY and ping-pong ball size hail in Canton, NY.

Heavy Precipitation Supercells of May 29, 2012: The first significant severe weather outbreak of the 2012 season which included major flash flooding, a confirmed EF0 tornado near Glover, VT, hail up to baseball size and many trees and power lines down.

The 2011 Pre-Memorial Day Severe Weather Outbreak: The first significant severe weather outbreak of the 2011 which included numerous reports of severe and damaging thunderstorm winds of greater than 60 mph, baseball size hail near Duxbury, Vermont and very heavy rainfall amounts of 3 to 5 inches with localized radar estimates near 7 inches across central Vermont, which caused significant flash flooding.

The "Route 7 Runner" May 26, 2010 Severe Weather Event: A record breaking air mass with temperatures in the upper 80s to mid 90s combined with a strong backdoor cold front to produce a concentrated area of strong to severe thunderstorms across the Champlain Valley.

For a more comprehensive list of severe weather events, click here.

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