On the heels of periods of rain Sunday morning, we’ll begin to see major changes during the afternoon hours. However, instead of the other storms this winter, where the arctic air rushing in was the story… this time, the story is the increasing, powerful and potentially damaging wind gusts. These high winds will be long in duration as well… beginning Sunday afternoon, and not subsiding until sunset on Monday.
Possibly one of the best ways to envision this event, is to look at the futurecast hourly wind gust map from 12pm Sunday through 12am Tuesday… a 36 hour period.
This is a pretty powerful image. Poughkeepsie is projected to see 40mph gusts for roughly 24 straight hours. Parts of the Catskills are projected to see 65mph wind gusts Monday Afternoon. This is shaping up to be a fairly intense wind event for the Hudson Valley. As of this post, the entire Hudson Valley is under either a High Wind Warning, or a High Wind Watch.
This is a screenshot of one of the peak hours of wind gusts. It projects gusts in the mid 50s across Sullivan County, with gusts in the mid 40s across the entire Hudson Valley. But we can expect multiple hours of these type of conditions, and so the following are possible:
- – Strong to damaging wind gusts that could bring down large tree branches, trees and power lines
- – Numerous to widespread power outages possible
- – Potentially difficult travel, especially for high profile vehicles
Now, because of the unique topography of the Hudson Valley, not everyone will experience the same conditions on Sunday evening and Monday. Areas most exposed to west northwest winds will be most significantly impacted. Those areas will be the ones to see peak wind gusts over 45 and 50mph. Areas that are more sheltered from westerly winds, will be spared the worst conditions. This may work as a benefit to your house and property… but likely won’t be of any help in terms of preserving electricity. We want to be optimistic that we won’t see too many power outages, but this kind of wind event is not too common for the Hudson Valley. We can see wind gusts in this range from time to time, but not usually for such an extended period of time. So the chances are, that parts of the valley take quite a battering from the winds.
We’ll track this with you, straight through the storm. We’ll have our phones charged up, so that if we lose power, we can still reach you with information. Make sure you have the necessary power outage gear ready to go, just in case you should be without power for an extended period. Likely the most important item is warm clothing and a way to keep warm, considering the time of year, and the temperatures in the 30s on Monday.
Batten down the hatches, a blustery 2 days ahead. Thanks for your continued support!