June 2, 2006 at
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, NY
powerful lightning bolt that struck no more than 30 feet away from the
camera in front of my window overlooking
Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York, on June 2, 2006.
2. June 8, 1990 at
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, NY
This lightning strike took place in the back of an apartment building across
the street from Prospect Park, from a second floor window, on June 8, 1990. The key here is
to listen carefully (turn up the volume on your computer.) There is a distinctive "pop" or "crack" sound just
as the lightning occurs. I am not sure what caused this sound, but you can
tell that the ground level area where this bolt hit must have been very close, and
just to the right, of the camera's position. Here's the
B2 lightning strike video.
(B2 is the number of the apartment I was in at the time.) Video is courtesy
of Anthony Sclafane.
June 28, 2008 at Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY An isolated
thunderstorm came in from the west during the afternoon. It dumped 1-2
inches of rain in 30 minutes over the area, causing heavy local flooding, as
video attests. The camera was facing north. (Here's the
December 26, 2010 at New York City, NY This blizzard
turned out to be one of the most disruptive storms in modern NYC history. It
started on a Sunday afternoon and continued overnight, dumping 12-20 inches
over the city, with most locations reporting 20 or more inches, including 20
at Central Park and 24 inches in my neighborhood of Park Slope, Brooklyn. Thundersnow
occurred in downtown Manhattan, sustained winds of 35-40 mph gusted to 60
mph all over the city and up to 70 mph on Long Island, and the pressure
dropped to 961 mb at the storm center east of Long Island on Monday the
27th. Having lived in NYC for over 50 years, I would rate this storm 2nd
only to the January 1996 blizzard (30 inches in Brooklyn), and this one was even windier. It
happened on a Sunday night, and I could not get to work the following 2 days
- there was no subway or bus service at all. Here are two videos (may take a
full minute to load):
1) A brief
view towards Prospect Park, Brooklyn at 1AM on the 27th.
2) My friend meteorologist John Davitt of
cable channel NY1 News, NY gives the
January 26, 2011 at Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, NY A
strong winter storm developed as two surface lows, one over western
Virginia, and the other over Cape Hatteras, NC interacted with each other in
a complex manner . With a thin low-level layer of warm air over 32F surface
air along the the northeast coast, sleet, freezing rain and a mixture of
these with snow developed over NYC. Strong upper level support allowed
enough lift to produce a squall line over the city that produced heavy sleet
with lightning and thunder. Although I didn't catch the thunder, here's the
sleet with lightning.
SUN GLARE OVER THE PACIFIC
July 31, 2008 over the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean.
The satellite images of the sun's reflection were so
beautiful that I made a short movie of it. It gives the illusion that the sunlight was darting
in and out of the clouds.