Reported Crop Circles for the State of New York -

Canisteo, Steuben County (August 12, 2005)

National Weather Service calls ICCRA to report “a couple of crop circles” in corn they found while investigating damage from a tornado touchdown due south of the town of Canisteo along Hwy. 248.


The two ‘crop circles’ appeared to be RDF-type formations, rather than the swirled, geometric variety. James Brewster, Senior Meteorologist with NWS, did an on-site investigation of the tornado damage, and spotted the two areas adjacent to the tornado track damage. Although he had been specially trained by the NWS in evaluating severe weather damage on various crops, he said he’d never seen anything like this damage in his entire career.


ICCRA suggests the NWS look at recent data collected by the National Lightning Detection Network Array for anything unusual in the area during the time of the tornado’s passing.


Brewster, Senior Meteorologist with NWS, finds a high number of rare, strong, positively-charged lightning ground strokes in this specific area during the time the reported tornado touched down at this location.

The weather front associated with this event is part of the same line of severe weather that was involved with the Yellow Springs, Ohio event on the same day.

Crop type: corn

Source: Jeffrey Wilson



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