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Heather’s Weather Whys: How thunderstorms are like cookies

Sunday’s storms were pretty rambunctious, and they formed on a day that didn’t really feel like a “big storm” kind of day. So how did they form? And how on earth can they be compared to cookies? The answers in this week’s Heather’s Weather Whys.
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The line of thunderstorms that moved through the eastern portion of the United States on Sunday, April 13 caused hundreds of damage reports from Texas to Massachusetts. Western New York wasn’t spared despite being caught in some pretty chilly air most of the day.

By late that evening, close to a dozen reports of downed trees and very large hail had come in from Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties. Thunder and lightning and very heavy rain were seen up to the Ontario shoreline.

How did we go from such a raw spring morning to such a powerful line of severe storms? The answer and a list of “ingredients” needed for storms to form are in this week’s Heather’s Weather Whys.

New episodes of Heather’s Weather Whys are posted to the WGRZ YouTube channel every Wednesday evening. You can see mini versions of each episode on Thursday evenings at 5:30 on Channel 2.

If you have a weather question for Heather to answer, send them to her on Facebook or Twitter.

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