A downdraft wind that managed to moved one Clarence shed late Saturday afternoon fell far short of being a tornado, according to the National Weather Service.
“It went quickly on through and fizzled away,” said meteorologiist Bill Hibbert, working out of the Weather Service offices at Buffalo Niagara International Airport, Cheektowaga. Office co-workers, he said, noticed a photo of a patch of grass missing where a shed once stood on the Twitter feed of Scott Levin, of WGRZ-TV, Channel 2.
The gusts, Hibbert said, were fleeting, moving from Harris Hill and all but disappearing at Rapids in Niagara County, within a 20-minute span. “There was nothing tornadic about it,” he added.
Stormy weather may follow a warm spell in the new week. Sunday’s temperatures in the upper 70s will climb into the mid-80s by Tuesday and Wednesday. However, a cold front Wednesday evening will drop temperatures into the mid-70s, possibly triggering stormy weather.