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Sunny skies on the way after series of bad storms

Sunny skies on the way after series of bad storms

Sunny skies on the way after series of bad storms
This tree fell on a house on Shirl Lane in Niskayuna.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber

CAPITAL REGION -- After a chain of heavy summer storms opened up on the Capital Region and beyond last weekend, area residents have a respite of mild summer weather to look forward to in the coming week, according to weather forecasters.

Storms with gusting winds and heavy rains buffeted multiple counties on both Saturday and Sunday, causing, in the most extreme cases, bad flooding and fallen branches or entire trees.

Steve DiRioenzo, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albany, said that while it is rare to have so many storms with such high intensity one after another, as was the pattern last weekend, the ferocity and quick nature of the storms wasn't necessarily out of the blue for late summer storms.

During the fall and winter, DiRioenzo said, the storms tend to be much larger, cover a wider area and last longer, but tend to have less heavy precipitation. Summertime sees the opposite, he said.

"That's pretty typical in the summertime. They don't last long," he said. "The precipitation is usually pretty intense, but they're smaller in size."

In the coming days, DiRioenzo said, area residents might see some mild rain early Wednesday morning, but in general can look forward to a break from the storms and mild weather into the weekend. Temperatures will cool and people will have the chance to open their windows, he said.

"Thursday to Sunday will be some beautiful summer weather," he said.

Throughout last Friday, Saturday and Sunday, DiRioenzo said, Schenectady County saw up to four inches of rain from the storms. Albany County saw slightly more.

But Sunday's storm was technically the milder of the storms, DiRioenzo said, with just over an inch of rain reported in most places.

Rain and high winds swept through the Capital Region this weekend, knocking out power to at least 11,000 customers on Saturday, and hundreds more on Sunday.

Some businesses in Schenectady were even forced to close due to outages, including Thai Thai Bistro and Karma Bistro.

By Monday afternoon though, between National Grid and New York State Electric and Gas Corporation, which was reporting mass outages in various counties, including Saratoga County, power had been totally restored.

NYSEG reported that it had been working from Sunday night into Monday to return power to almost 16,000 customers in its coverage area.

Though the storms were short, some homeowners were forced to content with serious after-effects from the quick and violent gusts of wind and rain, which included trees and branches falling on to lawns and across roads. Flooding and damage appeared the worst on Saturday.

Dahn Bull, highway superintendent for Clifton Park, on Monday said that a lot of the damage on Sunday stemmed from such a high velocity of water coming down so quickly.

"We had a few trees down but overall we survived. We did have a catch basin wash out and we're dealing with that today but we did have some temporary flooding due to the large rain accumulations in such a short period of time," he said.

"Urban areas suffer because all of the water floods and runs into the streets," DiRioenzo pointed out. "Schenectady got hit three days in a row."

Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo on Monday said patrols were out dealing with the ramifications of the storms throughout the weekend.

Mostly, he said, officers were stationed at areas that were at a higher risk from damage incurred from the storm, including falling branches, downed wires and power outages. Specifically, he said, the towns of Ballston and Malta had quite a few large power outages on Sunday, including the Malta Gardens Trailer Park on Route 9.

"We had ample amounts of patrols out Sunday night to deal with the storms," he said. "There were no injuries at all."

In the coming days, DiRioenzo said, New Yorkers might see some mild rain early Wednesday morning, but in general can look forward to a break from the storms and mild weather into the weekend. Temperatures will cool and people will have the chance to open their windows, he said.

"Thursday to Sunday will be some beautiful summer weather," he said.

 

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