Rare: 4 Tornadoes at Once Strike in New York

related: At Least 4 Tornadoes Are Confirmed

July 25, 2010

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Four tornadoes in Western New York in one day is unheard of. That's according to the experts at the National Weather Service office at Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

"It's not unusual to have a tornado in Western New York but to have four reported is quite unusual," said Meteorologist Dave Sage. "That's what you usually expect with a tornado at the lower range EF zero to EF one in the 70 mile per hour range. But based on the damage pattern we think there were wind gusts of 80 to 100 miles per hour in that area." That would make the tornadoes in the EF 2 range.

"We certainly had a high dew point of 70 percent so that means high humidity and then there was the wind shear that led to the tornadic activity," said Sage.