Once dreaded, Henri leaves Berkshires with minimal impact | Time


On Monday, a family heads to the Marketplace Cafe on North Street in Pittsfield during the rain showers. Forecasters expect a final round of heavy rains on Monday, with potential minor flooding, as Tropical Storm Henri leaves the region.

Henry, the former hurricane and tropical storm, dissolved into a pesky rainmaker on Monday, overtaking his extended visit to western New England and eastern New York.

Despite prolonged rainfall, the now reduced tropical depression spared Berkshire County from its dreaded and predicted severe impact.

After stalling and parking over New York’s Lower Hudson Valley near Poughkeepsie on Sunday night, the tattered remains of Henry finally crawled east towards a fatal rendezvous with the Atlantic at the off southern Maine and dissipation before reaching Nova Scotia.

At 4 p.m. on Monday, total precipitation in Berkshire County ranged from nearly 3 inches at Becket and almost as much in other hill towns to nearly 2 inches at the Pittsfield Airport automated observation station of the National Weather Service.

Parts of North County experienced even less precipitation – 1.2 inches reported by the weather service from Harriman & West Airport in North Adams and almost 1 inch at Williamstown, although the Savoy at higher elevation is 2 inches. , 1 inch.

Although Henry underperformed as a rainmaker, government forecasters were watching for minor river flooding, including the Housatonic at Coltsville in Pittsfield.

For the remainder of the week, calm weather looms on the horizon with the summer heat and humidity returning, with little to no precipitation until late Thursday and early Friday, as thunderstorms herald the end of the day. A slightly cooler and more pleasant air mass approaching central Canada.

On his trek east, Henri caused a ruckus in central Massachusetts and the western suburbs of Boston with several sightings of tornadoes.

A minimal tornado swept through the town of Marlborough for nearly a mile just before noon Monday, landing just west of I-495 with an estimated maximum wind speed of 65 mph. The National Weather Service said several eyewitnesses reported seeing tree branches rise into the air. No injuries were reported.

The tornado was linked to the remains of Henri, according to Andrew Loconto, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Boston. “In the aftermath of a tropical storm, the environment tends to favor the potential for brief tornadoes, and this is the case today,” he said.

Several people spotted the tornado in Marlborough and surrounding communities and posted videos of it on social media, the weather service noted.

The confirmed tornado came after forecasters issued several warnings late Monday morning of possible tornadoes as storms swept north through the MetroWest area and central Massachusetts towards the New Hampshire border. The warnings were issued from around 11:45 am The last one was canceled at around 2:10 pm

It was the third confirmed tornado in Massachusetts in less than a week. The weather service said last week that two small tornadoes hit the state on Thursday, spawned by the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred.

Henri’s underperformance as a rainmaker has been fortunate given the recent runoff that has supercharged the area’s streams and rivers. A water level station in the east branch of the Housatonic River, located in the Coltsville section of Pittsfield, reported a flow rate of 785 cubic feet per second, significantly above normal.

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