Thunderstorms have become almost a daily occurrence this week in the Northeast, and on Thursday night in New York City a lone thunderstorm moved through, producing a tornado after 10pm EDT.
The environment during this time period was quite unfavorable for a tornado due to the weak wind shear, but they are still possible.
Radar imagery from the time highlighted a tight couplet of rotation. This radar image below illustrates the bright red and green shades touching each other, showing a couplet and an area of rotation within the storm. The brighter colors indicate a strong rotation and a potential tornado at the time.
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The National Weather Service at the office in Upton, New York on Long Island went out to survey the damage Friday morning and concluded that a tornado did in fact touch down, taking a 0.7 mile track from College Point to Malba in the Queens. Winds were estimated to have reached 85 mph, making it an EF-0 twister.
Most of the damage has been reported in Queens, with numerous power outages, downed trees, and branches. A resident of the College Point neighborhood told Chris Barca of the Queens Chronicle, “I know this isn’t Kansas but that was a twister.”
Below is a photo gallery of the damage from Queens, mainly from College Point.