National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce

Monsoon and Heavy Rain This Weekend

The active monsoon is expected to continue into next week from the Four Corners region and Desert Southwest to the central Rockies. This rainfall may produce flash flooding and debris flows, especially near recent burn scar areas. Locally heavy rain is likely near much of the Gulf Coast this weekend due to a stalled front and weak tropical disturbance. Read More >

July 28, 2022 Wyoming County Tornado

 

Overview


 

A tornado touched down in Wyoming County at approximately 10:40AM EDT on July 28, 2022.  The initial damage and touchdown was in the town of Java just southwest of the intersection of NY Route 78 and Chaffee Rd.  The tornado moved along an east-northeast path near NY Route 78 for approximately 10 miles before dissipating in the western portion of the Town of Gainesville just west of NY Route 19 at about 10:55AM EDT.  The tornado was on the ground for approximately 15 minutes.

The tornado reached a maximum intensity of EF-2, with winds of 115 mph.  The maximum path width was about 500 yards.  The majority of the EF-2 rated damage was along the first two miles of the tornado path.  This was also the portion of the track with the most consistent and contiguous damage.  In this portion of the track, the tornado did significant damage to a barn.  The older portion of the barn saw its concrete block foundation topped and the structure itself moved about 25 feet.  The newer portion of the barn was entirely destroyed.  Multiple hard and softwood trees were uprooted or saw their trunks sheared off as the tornado tracked along NY Route 78 until it got to about Pleasant Valley Rd. 

Damage became all EF-1 or lower rated to the east of Pleasant Valley Rd through Hermitage.  This included a few uprooted softwood trees and some minor wall damage to a structure on Shaw Rd.

As the tornado crossed from the Town of Wethersfield and into the western portion of the Town of Gainesville, damage became much less continuous and likely indicative of a discontinuous path of the tornado.  All damage on this eastern extent of the path was minor tree damage and rated EF-0 before damage ceased about one mile west of NY Route 19.

The National Weather Service would like to extend our thanks to the Wyoming County Office of Emergency Services, Wyoming County Sheriff's Office, and the New York State Police for their assistance on the storm survey.

 

Tornado Path Details


 

Maximum Intensity:  EF-2

Estimated Peak Wind:  115 MPH

Path Length:  10 Miles

Maximum Path Width:  500 yards

 

Start Time:  10:40AM EDT 

Start Location:  Town of Java just southwest of the intersection of NY Route 78 and Chaffee Rd

Start Lat/Lon:  42.62N  78.33W

 

End Time:  10:55AM EDT

End Location:  Town of Gainesville just west of NY Route 19 along NY Route 78

End Lat/Lon:  42.65 N  78.14W

 

Map of Tornado Path


 

Tornado Path Map

Link to KMZ File for the tornado path information

 

Radar Imagery


 

Radar Reflectivity Loop Overview (8:20AM EDT to 11:03AM EDT)

 

 

Radar Reflectivity and Radar Velocity (10:17AM EDT to 11:03AM EDT)

 

 

Damage Photos (All photos taken by NWS Storm Survey Team)


 

 

Extensive barn damage near the start of the tornado path Extensive barn damage near the start of the tornado path
Extensive barn damage near the start of the tornado path Extensive barn damage near the start of the tornado path
Grain silo damage Uprooted tree
Snapped tree Snapped trees