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Tornado Seen on NH Lake as Severe Storms Cross New England

A storm that passed over New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee Saturday afternoon prompted a tornado warning

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Severe thunderstorms crossed New England Saturday, one of which prompted a tornado alert in New Hampshire and produced a tornado on the state's largest lake.

A viewer sent in photos showing the tornado on Lake Winnipesaukee Saturday afternoon. The most intense storm of the day passed over it, also threatening ping pong ball-sized hail in Wolfeboro and other parts of Stafford, Belknap and Carroll counties in New Hampshire.

It's not yet clear how intense the tornado was or if it touched down on dry land.

An apparent waterspout on Lake Winnipesaukee
Jeremy Lemoine
A tornado seen on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020.
A tornado seen on New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee
Jeremy Lemoine
A tornado seen on New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020.

Other strong storms brought severe thunderstorm warnings across the region, from Connecticut up to Maine. There was also storm damage spotted in and around Bridgewater, Massachusetts.

The National Weather Service issued alerts for Southeastern Massachusetts for hours, affecting play at the Northern Trust golf tournament being held in Norton.

See a list of all severe weather alerts in your area here.

Summer made a serious comeback Friday. Those highs near 90 will be a bit more of a struggle this weekend - likely limited to Sunday thanks to a stalled front overhead Saturday.

That was supposed to provide a solid opportunity for some communities to come away with a beneficial downpour or shower this afternoon. No, it's not a drought-buster (storms typically aren't...too much runoff), it's better than a day with no rain.

On Sunday, that threat retreats to Northern New England, with just a tiny chance for an afternoon storm in Southern New England. Highs soar to near 90 degrees in many spots with the humidity reaching "dog days of August" criteria.

Each afternoon through Tuesday will feature a chance for storms. Let's hope someone's lawn gets water out there.

While the West burns, the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic flood, and the Northeast remains parched, the tropics have come alive. We knew it would be active, but two storms aiming for the Gulf of Mexico?? How did that happen? Steering currents in the upper atmosphere, that's how. Early next week, there could be two landfalling hurricanes within only a couple hundred miles of each other. Unprecedented times call for unprecedented weather, I suppose.

Make the best of the weekend and stay safe! 

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