April 17, 2007
The storm that walloped the Northeast on Monday, April 16, was the culmination of a five-day weather event and left behind significant conditions. The storm system developed on Thursday, April 12, over the Southwest, where it caused high winds and dust storms in Southern California and the Desert Southwest. The storm then pushed east toward Texas by Friday. It produced severe storms across the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area, including six tornadoes over northern Texas. By Saturday and into Sunday morning, the storm made its way through the Southeast, producing severe storms including tornadoes (at least 18 tornadoes were reported). On Sunday afternoon, the storm made a push up the Mid-Atlantic coast, then bombed out (rapidly decreased in pressure and then quickly intensified) on Monday morning. It reached its peak intensity in the 5 - 7 a.m. ET hours on Monday morning off the coast on central New Jersey, just south of Long Island. During Sunday night and all of Monday, the intense coastal storm produced many severe impacts: Strong onshore winds; some wind gusts were tropical-storm strength, high waves 10-30 feet high, moderate to severe beach erosion, coastal flooding especially along the Long Island and southern New England coastline, interior Northeast snow (generally 1-2 feet) including northeast Pennsylvania, central N.Y., and northern New England, DAILY RECORD RAINFALL AMOUNTS in numerous cities from the Mid-Atlantic to northern New England with significant flooding especially in the New York City metro area and northern New Jersey. In Baltimore, the barometric pressure reading of 28.82 inches is the LOWEST APRIL PRESSURE ON RECORD. The old record was 28.91 inches set on April 2, 1970. In central New York this storm will go down as ONE OF THE GREATEST APRIL SNOWSTORMS ON RECORD in terms of snow amounts.
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