It was a wild Friday afternoon when a string of thunderstorms might have spawed a tornado possibly touching down in South Glastonbury, Ct.
Later saturday it was determined to be a microburst by the National Weather Service.
In a microburst, the vertical column of air shoots downward, crashing into
the ground, spreading in all directions and knocking down anything that can’t
withstand the force. Microbursts, by definition, are less than 2.5 miles in
size, according to the weather service.
In fact, it all started in MY BROTHERS FRONT YARD!
While following the TV weather forcasters radar maps, vortex signitures, doppler thing-a-ma-gigs I knew something was up when skies over my home town of Marlborough were turning a blueish grey, and the clouds were starting to rotate. I watched and waited as a not so special thunderstorm passes overhead with winds at about 30 MPH. OK, I can pick up a few stick and twigs again, and return the potted plants to where they were.
The weather radar was showing more rotation as the storm moved north towards my brothers house in South Glastonbury, only 5 miles away.
I gave my brother a phone call several minutes later. When he answered all I got was a sound from my brothers voice I had never heard before. “We got hit bad here”.
I headed over to Glastonbury and was there in about 10 minutes to see the numerous toppled trees, downed powerlines and debris all over the place.
After taking a lot of pictures up and down Wassuc Road, I did a phone interview on WTIC radio describing the situation which was played several times throughout the evening.
Even my colleagues at FOXCT got into the action interviewing my brother and people up and down the street, They even sent a satellite truck to go live from the scene at 10 and 11pm.
Quite a night to remember, especially when nobody got hurt throughout the whole ordeal.
Here’s a couple of shot of FOXCT crew setting up and going live!