DISCUSSION: As strong storms erupted across portions of central New York yesterday afternoon and evening, there was particularly strong convective instability in place across parts of Central and Northern New Jersey. As a result of this stronger convective instability being positioned downwind (i.e., to the east) of these developing thunderstorms, the National Weather Service office in Upton, New York promptly issued a severe thunderstorm warning in association with these intensifying storms. As seen in the graphic below (created by the National Weather Service office in Upton, New York), a few of the stronger convective cells produced a microburst. As defined in the graphic below, a microburst is observed as the convective downdraft with thunderstorm (typically just under 2.5 miles in width and generally lasts 5 minutes or less). As a result of these strong convective downdrafts reaching the ground, they often spread out and cause severe straight-line wind damage which typically knocks down trees and consequently power lines as well as inducing damage to homes and businesses. Hopefully, people remain safe during this very intense thunderstorm event across Central and Northern New Jersey yesterday evening. To learn more about this and other high-impact weather events across North America, be sure to click here!