Rare wind event causes damage in Clarence

Jul 20, 2014

A Clarence neighborhood experienced extensive wind damage on Saturday due to a rare meteorological event.

What is being called a downburst brought winds of up to 50 miles-per-hour to an isolated area in Clarence in the region of Lapp and Heise Roads. The gusting winds brought down trees and damaged a storage shed.

Storm damage
Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

Meterologist David Thomas of the National Weather Service tells WBFO that this event was not something that could be easily predicted. "Most of the thunderstorms that occur in Western New York are very obvious, and you can see an inkling that there could be some possible severity within them. But this one, without any lightening and very localized, it was not one that you really could see coming on the radar here."

Thomas explains that today's weather will be very similar to yesterday's with rain and a possible thundershower. However, he believes that the risk of another damaging downburst is extremely small.