People living in the New York Metropolitan area the past 7 days have seen a very active weather pattern. Several days of severe thunderstorms and a 3 day heatwave. I ventured out each day with my camera to document what mother nature had in store for us. I will highlight each day below.
Wednesday July 17th, 2019
A cold front and the remnant low of Hurricane Barry moved through the area Wednesday evening bringing severe thunderstorms and flash flooding to most of the area. I had just finished up a shift at work in Staten Island so I did not have much time to capture some lightning photographs.
There are not many places to stay dry in Staten Island but I quickly searched Google Maps and found a covered gazebo along Staten Islands South Beach. I still got wet from the blowing winds but my gear remained dry and i was able to capture some awesome lightning images.
A timelapse from my GoPro Hero 7 Black of wednesday evenings severe thunderstorm.
Friday July 19th - Sunday July 21st , 2019
High heat and humidity were the main focus this past weekend with much of the region reporting heat indices 100 to 105 with dew points in the upper 70s to 80 degrees. Since I enjoy documenting all kinds of weather, I headed to Coney Island before work on Saturday and recorded some footage of people trying to keep cool. The weather Channel aired my footage throughout the weekend.
Sunday evening brought several rounds of pulse storms across the area. Several microbursts have occurred with these storms, including a particularly damaging one in Somerset and Middlesex Counties between 7 and 7:30 pm. Storms that were also in northwest New Jersey into the Lehigh Valley exhibited similar characteristics, with some wind damage reported in Lehigh County. Below is a radar loop of the found round of storms just to my south. This storm treated me to an amazing sunset. This particular sunset included mamatus clouds which is something we do not see in our area very often.
Shortly after sunset a second round of storms entered the area. Based on the storms direction I decided to head over to the bike path along the Belt Parkway. I didn't have much time before the rain started so this location let me shoot right next to my car. I was able to stay dry as opposed to some other photography spots around New York City. Below is the radar loop.
Here is the timelapse video from Sunday evening.
Monday July 22nd, 2019
The big story on Monday was another severe weather threat. Most locations across the area saw damaging winds and heavy rainfall which lead to flash flooding. I was chasing several severe warned thunderstorms in Northeast New Jersey on Monday. Below you can see my video footage, some of which was featured on Good Morning America.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) July 23, 2019
Tuesday July 23rd, 2019
The third and final front moved through the area bringing a damaging tornado across Cape Cod, Massachusetts. There were several reports tuesday afternoon of cold air funnel clouds across New York and New Jersey. One tried to form in this timelapse video but quickly dissipated. Cold air funnel clouds form when the sun is able to heat up the lower levels of the atmosphere, causing convection to bubble up and form showers, but temperatures around 15,000 to 20,000 feet above the ground are quite cold.