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Limestone, NY Natural Disasters and Weather Extremes

 
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The chance of earthquake damage in Limestone is lower than New York average and is much lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Limestone is higher than New York average and is lower than the national average.

Topics:Earthquake IndexVolcano IndexTornado IndexOther Weather Extremes EventsVolcanos NearbyHistorical Earthquake EventsHistorical Tornado Events

Earthquake Index, #1629

Limestone, NY
0.02
New York
0.58
U.S.
1.81

The earthquake index value is calculated based on historical earthquake events data using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the earthquake level in a region. A higher earthquake index value means a higher chance of an earthquake.

Volcano Index, #1

Limestone, NY
0.0000
New York
0.0000
U.S.
0.0023

The volcano index value is calculated based on the currently known volcanoes using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the possibility of a region being affected by a possible volcano eruption. A higher volcano index value means a higher chance of being affected.

Tornado Index, #250

Limestone, NY
76.50
New York
49.25
U.S.
136.45

The tornado index value is calculated based on historical tornado events data using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the tornado level in a region. A higher tornado index value means a higher chance of tornado events.

Other Weather Extremes Events

A total of 2,122 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Limestone, NY were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:3Cold:41Dense Fog:0Drought:17
Dust Storm:0Flood:260Hail:239Heat:10Heavy Snow:240
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:13Landslide:0Strong Wind:92
Thunderstorm Winds:1,093Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:0Winter Storm:39Winter Weather:5
Other:70 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Limestone, NY.

Historical Earthquake Events

No historical earthquake events that had recorded magnitudes of 3.5 or above found in or near Limestone, NY.

No historical earthquake events found in or near Limestone, NY.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 29 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Limestone, NY.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
6.81961-05-15342°06'N / 78°36'W42°06'N / 78°31'W3.00 Miles33 Yards00250K0Cattaraugus
17.82010-07-24242°09'N / 79°01'W42°07'N / 78°52'W8.00 Miles800 Yards007.0M0KCattaraugus
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A NWS survey confirmed an EF2 tornado touched down. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A tornado touched down in Randolph in Chautauqua County at 525 pm EDT. The initial touchdown occurred just south of Interstate 86 between exits 15 and 16. The tornado crossed Interstate 86 and damaged a gas station near exit 16???pulling the pumps out of the ground. The tornado continued across the Village of Randolph at its maximum size and intensity. The entire Village of Randolph lost power. About a dozen homes sustained significant structural damage in the village. The tornado continued for a total distance of about seven miles. Large trees were felled. Several automobiles were destroyed by falling trees. The final damage from the tornado appeared along County Rte 394 near exit 17 off I-86 in the town of Cold Spring. A NWS survey concluded an EF2 rating with winds estimated to 125 mph. The county emergency manager estimated damage at $7 million.
21.21969-06-20342°15'N / 78°48'W42°19'N / 78°03'W38.50 Miles33 Yards000K0Chautauqua
22.21968-08-06242°24'N / 79°05'W42°14'N / 78°30'W31.80 Miles250 Yards04250K0Chautauqua
24.91967-07-24342°25'N / 78°40'W42°20'N / 78°28'W11.40 Miles250 Yards0025K0Cattaraugus
26.31985-05-31441°40'N / 78°50'W41°38'N / 78°42'W6.50 Miles1000 Yards4400K0Mckean
26.31985-05-31241°37'N / 78°47'W41°40'N / 78°39'W7.00 Miles300 Yards000K0Mckean
28.51985-05-31441°38'N / 78°56'W41°40'N / 78°50'W7.50 Miles1000 Yards000K0Mckean
29.11985-05-31342°02'N / 79°14'W42°08'N / 79°09'W13.00 Miles177 Yards0102.5M0Chautauqua
29.41985-05-31441°38'N / 78°42'W41°33'N / 78°30'W11.50 Miles1000 Yards000K0Elk
31.11969-06-20342°01'N / 79°38'W42°15'N / 78°48'W45.60 Miles33 Yards002.5M0Chautauqua
31.11985-05-31241°35'N / 78°56'W41°37'N / 78°47'W10.50 Miles300 Yards000K0Elk
32.11985-05-31441°38'N / 79°02'W41°38'N / 78°56'W3.50 Miles1000 Yards000K0Warren
32.61954-06-12241°41'N / 78°11'W0.20 Mile67 Yards0025K0Potter
34.51985-05-31241°34'N / 78°57'W41°35'N / 78°56'W1.50 Miles300 Yards000K0Forest
35.52002-04-28242°20'N / 78°07'W42°18'N / 78°01'W6.50 Miles300 Yards00500K0Allegany
 Brief Description: Thunderstorms developed across the eastern Great Lakes region during the afternoon hours. The thunderstorms produced hail up to 1.25" in diameter in parts of Erie, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Wyoming counties. The thunderstorm downburst winds ripped down trees and power lines. Scattered power outages were reported. Several structures and automobiles were damaged by falling trees. Wind damage was reported in Randolph, Panama, Ellery, Chaffee, Cuba, Portageville, Dansville and Henrietta. The thunderstorms spawned two tornadoes. In the town of East Concord, Erie County, a weak tornado briefly touched down. Damage consisted of a portion of the back and roof of an outbuilding blown away, a pier tossed across a pond, and tree damage. Winds were estimated between 70 and 75 mph. Another tornado touched down in Belfast, Allegany county, and traveled 6.5 miles into the town of Angelica. The greatest structural damage occurred near White Creek Road in Belfast where a two-story home, garage, and barn were destroyed. Other damaged structures along the path included a silo, a second barn, and minor damage to a second home where the siding was ripped from an outer wall. Winds were estimated at 115-135 mph. No injuries were caused by either tornado.
36.01962-06-14241°46'N / 78°01'W0.20 Mile33 Yards003K0Potter
36.52003-07-21341°55'N / 77°56'W41°55'N / 77°56'W2.50 Miles200 Yards00200K0Potter
 Brief Description: A team from the National Weather Service office in State College surveyed damage and interviewed residents and emergency management officials in Potter county. The team determined that an F3 tornado touched down in Potter county around 4:00 pm Monday July 21 2003. The tornado first touched down about 2 miles southwest of the town of Ellisburg...where it downed hundreds of trees. The tornado continued to the northeast...where it hit the Smoker Farm. The barn and house were completely destroyed...and one of three silos was tipped over. A second home on Smoker Road was also extensively damaged and is uninhabitable. In addition...a car was picked up and thrown 600 yards. A farm tractor was lifted into the trees. The tornado path was 2 1/2 miles long...while the width was about 200 yards. Based on the damage...the tornado was mainly an F2...but rated as a weak F3 at its peak with winds of 160 mph. There were two injuries, but no deaths.
36.81969-05-17242°16'N / 79°16'W2.00 Miles250 Yards01250K0Chautauqua
38.71993-09-03242°18'N / 78°01'W42°20'N / 77°58'W3.50 Miles50 Yards00500K0Allegany
 Brief Description: The tornado first touched down and uprooted or snapped a number of large trees. A large annex to a barn disintegrated as the tornado passed by. The debris was scattered downwind across a field. A pickup truck was moved about 75 feet down a road and tossed into a pole. The tornado then crossed a field and uprooted a few large trees that all fell in roughly the same direction. A nearby house sustained significant structural damage and the entire structure was shifted slightly off its foundation. The tornado crossed a field and a stand of large trees. Many of the trees were knocked down in a very "chopped up" pattern.
39.71983-05-02342°09'N / 79°37'W42°19'N / 79°05'W28.00 Miles450 Yards202.5M0Chautauqua
40.31963-09-03341°25'N / 78°44'W41°27'N / 78°34'W8.40 Miles100 Yards0202.5M0Elk
42.81985-05-31341°41'N / 79°29'W41°39'N / 79°09'W17.00 Miles800 Yards080K0Warren
43.61965-05-16242°06'N / 79°30'W42°06'N / 79°27'W03250K0Chautauqua
44.61985-05-31442°01'N / 79°34'W42°03'N / 79°26'W8.00 Miles440 Yards002.5M0Chautauqua
45.81992-07-12242°26'N / 79°20'W42°29'N / 79°16'W4.00 Miles23 Yards002.5M0Chautauqua
46.21970-08-19342°40'N / 78°53'W42°40'N / 78°49'W2.30 Miles300 Yards03250K0Erie
48.21985-05-31441°31'N / 79°32'W41°27'N / 78°56'W25.00 Miles800 Yards7300K0Forest
48.32010-07-24242°17'N / 79°35'W42°14'N / 79°27'W8.00 Miles150 Yards005.0M0KChautauqua
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: An NWS ground and aerial survey confirmed an EF2 tornado. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A tornado touched down in the Town of Chautauqua in Chautauqua County at 440 pm EDT. Initial touchdown occurred near the Chautauqua Gorge State Forest. The along the first half of the damage path the primary damage was done to trees. As the tornado neared Mayville substantial structural damage occurred to homes and businesses. Some of the affected streets included: McKay Road, Morris Street, Valley Street, and Erie Street. The tornado then crossed Chautauqua Lake. During the aerial survey debris from the structures could be seen floating in the lake. The tornado continued across the lake into Dewittville. There is caused damage at the Camelot Golf Course. Dozens of golf carts were lost. Structural damage was done to several buildings on the course. Also in Dewittville, the tornado severely damaged three condominium buildings, including 18 condominium units, at the Chautauqua Lake Estates. This was also the final touchdown of the tornado although debris was visible for about another three-quarter mile downstream. A NWS survey concluded an EF2 rating with winds estimated at 125 mph. The county emergency manager estimated damage at $5 million.


* The information on this page is based on the global volcano database, the U.S. earthquake database of 1638-1985, and the U.S. Tornado and Weather Extremes database of 1950-2010.


 
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