Storms brought damaging winds

Thunderstorm season officially has begun.

The area experienced some of the strongest conditions in the state during Wednesday night’s storm, which the National Weather Service in State College reported brought more than an inch of rain and wind gusts up to 60 mph.

“We had numerous trees reported down along Montoursville,” said meteorologist Aaron Tyburski.

The weather service also received a report of a barn roof being blown off during the storm in the Montoursville area, Tyburski said.

Teri J. MacBride, of PPL, said the storm affected almost 1,800 of its customers in Lycoming and Clinton counties. As of Thursday afternoon, about 100 customers in Lycoming County still were without power.

The state Department of Transportation also reported that high-voltage electrical wires were brought down onto Route 973 in Lycoming Township during the storm. The road was closed while PPL crews worked on the wires, and it was expected to reopen late Thursday.

According to Tyburski, most of the damaging weather occurred around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

“That seems to be the time of most of the activity,” Tyburski said.

He noted that it’s “very typical” for storms only to last for about 20 minutes, with them dying off to calmer conditions afterward.

Tyburski added that numerous storms can hit one after another, which creates the illusion of a longer storm.

“What can happen is one storm can go for 20 minutes and then another one can hit,” he said.

The Williamsport Regional Airport reported a total rainfall of 1.15 inches Wednesday.

The recent storm patterns actually helped usher in the warmer weather the area has been feeling. Tyburski said storm tracks push the colder air out of the area if it moves west and allows the warm southern air move in.

And it was that “sharp boundary” between cold and warm air that produced Wednesday’s storm. Tyburski said the warm temperatures lately were “one of the ingredients but not the only ingredient,” in the storm.

Near the New York border, Tyburski reported temperatures in the low 40s. The combination of varying temperatures “provided kind of like a focus for the energy,” in the area.

After some rain earlier today, Tyburski said things should dry up and cool off after warmer temperatures earlier this week.

“It looks like things will actually be a little cooler. Not cold, and not like (cold temperatures) we experienced earlier in the month,” he said.

Temperatures should be in the mid- to high-50s this weekend, which Tyburski said is normal for this time of year.