Wind gusts to 85 mph, hail as large as golf balls pummel Conway area
CONWAY, NH - The National Weather Service has confirmed that straight line wind damage occurred near Conway on Saturday.
Tornado warnings were issued for parts of the state during the afternoon, but this damage was not from a tornado.
National Weather Service meteorologists surveyed damage along the northern end of Conway Lake. Eyewitness reports and visible damage was consistent with straight line winds from a downburst which occurred over the northern end of the lake.
The most significant area of damage was on the northern shore of Conway Lake where several trees were snapped and uprooted, being blown onshore. Several more trees were snapped and uprooted on a small island near the northern end of the lake.
Eyewitnesses reported heavy rain and golf ball sized hail falling immediately prior to the onset of the strong winds. This is consistent with downburst winds flowing out of the downdraft region of a severe thunderstorm.
The downburst was likely centered over the northern portion of the lake, with winds blowing outward toward and along the lake shore. These winds were as strong as 85 MPH which is consistent with the damage to trees noted along the lake shore.
In addition to the wind damage, hail as large as golf balls fell from the supercell thunderstorm.