• first alert weather Sep 1, 2020

    A Tornado and a Tsunami

    Thursday’s tornado and damaging wind event produced a tsunami on Long Island Sound. This is not an unusual event on the Sound but one that is always fascinating. Tsunamis are most commonly produced through some kind of seismic activity where a displacement of the ocean floor displaces the ocean column and a high energy wave is the result. In...

  • on ryan's radar Aug 29, 2020

    August 27 Tornado Event

    An exceptional thunderstorm in the greater New Haven area produced an EF-1 tornado in Bethany, Hamden, and North Haven followed by a remarkable area of powerful straight line winds in North Branford, East Haven, Branford, and the Leetes Island section of Guilford. The storm reminded me quite a bit of the 2018 tornado event a bit farther to the west….

  • on ryan's radar Aug 29, 2020

    Tropical Storm Isaias

    Tropical Storm Isaias was one of the more unusual tropical events I’ve covered in the 15 years I’ve been a meteorologist in Connecticut.  Irene was a classic tropical storm that we tracked for days and it had everything – damaging winds, inland flooding, and a devastating storm surge. Hurricane Sandy, while quite unusual in its track, was also a...

  • on ryan's radar Apr 12, 2020

    Damaging Winds Expected

    A powerful spring storm will cut to the west of Connecticut bringing with it the potential for damaging southerly winds. At this point we are forecasting wind gusts of 55-65 mph across Connecticut with the potential for locally higher wind speeds in a few towns. The impact of this kind of wind is scattered tree and power line damage. Our…

  • on ryan's radar Feb 12, 2020

    Missing Winter? Blame the Polar Vortex

    It’s been an exceptionally mild winter across New England so far and there’s no real sign of any change over the next week. It’s not just New England that’s been warm – record warmth has been occurring throughout the Northern Hemisphere including parts of Europe and Asia (with the exception of Alaska). So where’s the cold? An unusually strong...

  • on ryan's radar Feb 7, 2020

    Exceptionally Low Barometric Pressure

    Exceptionally low barometric pressure levels are spreading across Connecticut Friday as an unusually strong storm moves east. The pressure level is expected to come close to the February record in the Hartford area of 972.9 mb or about 28.73 inches of mercury. As the storm passes strong winds are possible across the state – particularly along the shoreline. Gusts in…

  • on ryan's radar Feb 7, 2020

    Powerful Winds Possible Friday

    An unusually strong area of low pressure threatens to break the Hartford area’s February low barometric pressure reading of 972.9mb. Current model guidance indicates the pressure may fall below 970 mb which is quite remarkable! What’s unremarkable is the weather ahead of this possible record. Little wind and not much rain will not raise many eyebrows as the barometer...

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