Storm Intercepting Across Four States (2012)

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By Quincy Vagell on February 27, 2013, 5:45pm Last modified: February 27, 2013, 6:02pm

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Storm damage leaves trees down on wires along PA-191, just south of Stroudsburg, PA.

(date of storm intercept was 9.18.12, but slide-show was just recently published)

Yesterday was quite a day and I had the ability to go storm intercepting across four states and Stephen Barabas accompanied me for most of the journey.

For starters, he did a nice write-up on the adventure, including some video footage. My article here will be more of a timeline with some radar images and embedded Tweets to document our progress along the way.

Initial plan:
Tuesday morning, I was reviewing data and was highly concerned that the upper mid-Atlantic region, somewhere between eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey, could be under the gun for some particularly volatile weather. I decided it was worth a shot to head south and Steve was up for the journey. I decided we would head towards the Tappan Zee Bridge and decide where to go from there.

Overview of trip:
We went south into northern New Jersey and since radar looked pretty quiet across that area, we went west on I-80 towards the Poconos. We made it to Pocono Mountains Municipal Airport and encountered some torrential rain and localized flooding. With the main line still further west, we made a pit-stop and re-evaluated course. We ended up going back east to line up a storm intercept near the NJ/PA border. We found a good spot atop a mountain and let the storm come to us. Winds were strong, but there was very little lightning. There was some spotty storm damage, including trees on wires, as seen above. We got back on I-80 after some detours and headed back east into NJ. We caught back up with the line of storms and I must say, the rain was as heavy as I have ever seen it. We eventually got ahead of the line and moved back north. We set up for another intercept near the NY/NJ border, but with the sun going down and the line a bit weaker, the storms were not nearly as intense. We went back into Connecticut and didn't encounter anything severe. After bringing Steve back home, I went out on a limb and headed back east into central CT to intercept the line one final time. The rain was insanely heavy and portions of I-691 were starting to flood over. The line was weakening, however, so I turned back home. The final round trip ended up being just over 500 miles.

Highlights:
*Several accidents along I-80, one included a tractor trailer in a ditch.
*Flash flooding across the Poconos
*Trees down on wires, blocking PA-191.
*Incredibly heavy rain and near zero visibility in northern New Jersey.
*More intense rainfall and localized flooding on I-691 in Connecticut

Read on for more details, radar images and Tweets I made along the way.

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