Storm Events Database

Event Details

Event Hail
Magnitude 1.25 in.
State NEW YORK
County/Area ORLEANS
WFO BUF
Report Source Other Federal Agency
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2008-06-16 12:50:00.0 EST-5
Begin Location 1SE WEST SHELBY
Begin Lat/Lon 43.16/-78.44
End Date 2008-06-16 12:50:00.0 EST-5
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 50.00K
Crop Damage 8.00M
Episode Narrative Western and central New Yorkers experienced a rare widespread large and damaging hail event on the 16th of June. A warm humid airmass at the surface combined with an increasingly cold airmass advecting in aloft. Thunderstorm activity initially focused on the main lake convergence boundary between the Lake Erie and Lake Ontario breezes. The first cells exploded over Niagara and Orleans counties shortly before 1 p.m. and reports of hail came in almost immediately. For the next two hours, cell after cell rolled along a similar path across southern Niagara, southern Orleans, Monroe, Wayne and northern Cayuga counties???many of which had hail of up to an inch-an-a-half diameter. The activity waned for next few hours but after some additional heating due to clearing skies, more hail-filled cells developed. These storms produced hail up to two inches in diameter???a rare event for western New York. One particular thunderstorm formed over Grand Island, Erie county, and intensified as it moved southeast across the densely-populated northern and eastern suburbs of Buffalo. The golf-ball sized hail damaged thousands of automobiles as well as windows, roofs and awnings on homes. At the Amherst Middle School, the hail pierced 1200 to 1500 holes in the skylight roof. While property damage was significant, the damage to area crops was devastating. The hailstones pummeled fruits leaving divots and cracks. Vegetable plants were stripped of their leaves. Apples, peaches and pears that were not stripped from the tress and could have been sold for eating fresh will have to be sold for processing at a substantially lower cost because of being misshapen and bruised. The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a Disaster Declaration for Erie, Genesee, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans and Wayne counties. Crop damage amounts are estimated since actual dollar losses will not be realized until the agricultural season ends.
Event Narrative


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All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 0 1.750M 48.831M
LOCKPORT NIAGARA CO. NY 06/16/2008 11:59 EST-5 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 20.00K 240.00K
NASHVILLE NIAGARA CO. NY 06/16/2008 12:10 EST-5 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 20.00K 240.00K
NORTH TONAWANDA NIAGARA CO. NY 06/16/2008 12:13 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 20.00K 240.00K
PULTNEYVILLE WAYNE CO. NY 06/16/2008 12:28 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 25.00K 3.500M
EAST WILLIAMSON WAYNE CO. NY 06/16/2008 12:45 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 25.00K 3.500M
SODUS WAYNE CO. NY 06/16/2008 12:45 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 25.00K 3.500M
ALTON WAYNE CO. NY 06/16/2008 12:50 EST-5 Hail 1.50 in. 0 0 25.00K 3.500M
WEST SHELBY ORLEANS CO. NY 06/16/2008 12:50 EST-5 Hail 1.25 in. 0 0 50.00K 8.000M
ROSE WAYNE CO. NY 06/16/2008 12:54 EST-5 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 25.00K 3.500M
CHILI CENTER MONROE CO. NY 06/16/2008 12:55 EST-5 Hail 0.88 in. 0 0 35.00K 133.00K
FALCONWOOD ERIE CO. NY 06/16/2008 13:00 EST-5 Hail 0.88 in. 0 0 50.00K 100.00K
NORTH TONAWANDA NIAGARA CO. NY 06/16/2008 13:03 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 20.00K 240.00K
CATO CAYUGA CO. NY 06/16/2008 13:10 EST-5 Hail 1.25 in. 0 0 25.00K 500.00K
AMHERST ERIE CO. NY 06/16/2008 13:15 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 50.00K 100.00K
BLACKWATCH HILLS MONROE CO. NY 06/16/2008 13:15 EST-5 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 35.00K 133.00K
FAIRPORT MONROE CO. NY 06/16/2008 13:15 EST-5 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 35.00K 133.00K
CLARENCE ERIE CO. NY 06/16/2008 13:18 EST-5 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 50.00K 100.00K
EGYPT MONROE CO. NY 06/16/2008 13:18 EST-5 Hail 0.88 in. 0 0 35.00K 133.00K
CLARENCE ERIE CO. NY 06/16/2008 13:20 EST-5 Hail 1.50 in. 0 0 50.00K 100.00K
MERIDIAN CAYUGA CO. NY 06/16/2008 13:20 EST-5 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 25.00K 500.00K
EAST PENFIELD MONROE CO. NY 06/16/2008 13:23 EST-5 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 35.00K 133.00K
AMHERST ERIE CO. NY 06/16/2008 13:25 EST-5 Hail 1.50 in. 0 0 50.00K 100.00K
BLACKWATCH HILLS MONROE CO. NY 06/16/2008 13:25 EST-5 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 35.00K 133.00K
FALCONWOOD ERIE CO. NY 06/16/2008 13:25 EST-5 Hail 1.50 in. 0 0 50.00K 100.00K
PALMYRA WAYNE CO. NY 06/16/2008 13:35 EST-5 Hail 0.88 in. 0 0 25.00K 3.500M
ALDEN ERIE CO. NY 06/16/2008 13:37 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 50.00K 100.00K
SOUTH NEWSTEAD ERIE CO. NY 06/16/2008 13:37 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 50.00K 100.00K
NEWARK WAYNE CO. NY 06/16/2008 13:40 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 25.00K 3.500M
PORT GIBSON ONTARIO CO. NY 06/16/2008 13:45 EST-5 Hail 1.50 in. 0 0 50.00K 1.200M
BATAVIA GENESEE CO. NY 06/16/2008 14:10 EST-5 Hail 0.88 in. 0 0 60.00K 3.400M
CARLISLE GARDENS NIAGARA CO. NY 06/16/2008 16:24 EST-5 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 20.00K 240.00K
BROCKPORT LDGVL ARPT MONROE CO. NY 06/16/2008 17:10 EST-5 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 35.00K 133.00K
BYRON GENESEE CO. NY 06/16/2008 17:15 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 60.00K 3.400M
KENMORE ERIE CO. NY 06/16/2008 17:49 EST-5 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 50.00K 100.00K
FALCONWOOD ERIE CO. NY 06/16/2008 17:51 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 50.00K 100.00K
SNYDER ERIE CO. NY 06/16/2008 17:52 EST-5 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 50.00K 100.00K
BUFFALO ERIE CO. NY 06/16/2008 17:53 EST-5 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 50.00K 100.00K
FALCONWOOD ERIE CO. NY 06/16/2008 17:53 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 50.00K 100.00K
AMHERST ERIE CO. NY 06/16/2008 18:00 EST-5 Hail 1.25 in. 0 0 50.00K 100.00K
CHEEKTOWAGA ERIE CO. NY 06/16/2008 18:05 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 50.00K 100.00K
DEPEW ERIE CO. NY 06/16/2008 18:05 EST-5 Hail 0.88 in. 0 0 50.00K 100.00K
DEPEW ERIE CO. NY 06/16/2008 18:10 EST-5 Hail 1.50 in. 0 0 50.00K 100.00K
ALDEN ERIE CO. NY 06/16/2008 18:20 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 50.00K 100.00K
DARIEN CENTER GENESEE CO. NY 06/16/2008 18:33 EST-5 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 60.00K 3.400M
Totals: 0 0 1.750M 48.831M