Ohio Severe Weather

by Maureen McCabe on March 26, 2008

This week is severe weather awareness week in Ohio. This morning is the state tornado drill, scheduled for 9:50 A.M.

Some weather maps put Ohio on the eastern edge of ‘Tornado Alley’ others don’t seem to think we are part of Tornado Alley. The National Weather Service places Ohio on the eastern edge of “tornado alley,” listing an average of 16 tornadoes per year in addition to hundreds of severe thunderstorms. “

Ohio’s best known tornado was in Xenia Ohio on Easter Sunday, April 3, 1974.

Of course lots of our severe storms are not tornadoes. Parts of Ohio were recently in the news for flooding. We had a record snow fall just over two weeks ago in Columbus. We have a variety of severe weather in Ohio.

Did you know that OSU has a new weather website? Twister. My interest in weather stems in part from taking a meteorology class in college.

The Twister site forecast for today says:

“Columbus Forecast

Not as blustery with sunny intervals. High 52. Thickening clouds with rain likely by dawn on Thursday, particularly south of Columbus. Low 34. “

Listen for the tornado sirens this morning… “this is a test. It’s only a test.” They will probably be going off for real in a few weeks. Mostly in the evenings… we’ll be going into that familiar weather pattern with warm humid days, pop up showers in the late afternoon or evening… and occasional severe weather and tornado watches…

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1 Karen Moorhead March 26, 2008 at 08:46 pm

Maureen, my newphew graduated from OSU and he is a meterologist in the US Air Force. This is a cool post!

2 John Lockwood March 26, 2008 at 09:59 pm

Bummer. You should come to California. We have “Totally Awesome Weather Awareness Week”.

Actually we don’t, but it’s fun to make stuff up… :)

3 Maureen McCabe March 27, 2008 at 06:55 am

That’s neat Karen… I never liked science much but I loved meteorology. I never took physics so some of the concepts in the class were over my head.

John’s comment as always made me laugh. Thanks

4 Karen Rice March 27, 2008 at 07:49 am

Our area generally doesn’t have tornadoes, though one ripped through here about 11 years ago, taking everyone by surprise and killing numerous trees in the State Forest. It was a sight to behold. No lives lost but a lot of damage, and some enterprising folks made T shirts to sell about surviving the great tornado. LOL

5 Maureen McCabe March 27, 2008 at 12:23 pm

The other Karen (or maybe Karen M. is the other Karen and you are Karen),

I think PAs weather should be just like ours! Although I am going to have to look at a map of PA and get my PA bearings.

I know though when I moved from Akron Ohio (NE) to Dayton Ohio (southwest) I was surprised by how much more volatile the weather is… how storms often spring up so quickly. We get into a weather pattern where we get storms each afternoon and/ or evening day after day in Columbus. The tornado sirens get a work out and the TV stations try to out do one another. People get angry when baseball games, favorite shows are pre-empted for storm coverage because there are tornadoes in outlying counties. We had storms in Akron and of course I remember tornado watches and warnings growing up in Wisconsin but I think our spring and summer weather in Central and Southern Ohio is much more stormy.

The T shirt idea.. is a good one, we should have one for our recent record snowstorm.

6 Karen Rice March 28, 2008 at 08:33 pm

Not sure if I’m the other karen or not…lol. Where I am will probably have different patterns than you because I’m in the more mountainous region – the northernmost part of the Poconos and right before the Catskills. You are in more of a plains or low-lands region, correct?

7 Maureen McCabe March 29, 2008 at 08:52 am

John Lockwood calls me “the other Maureen” or maybe it is Maureen Francis that John calls “the other Maureen.”

We are in a valley… Down in the valley, the valley so looooooooow… the Ohio River Valley? The stormy weather that they experience in the part of CT (or maybe all of CT itty bitty state that it is) that Don Fabrizio – Garcia lives in is always hit by storms coming out of the Ohio River Valley….

The hilly parts of Ohio are just east and south of Columbus…

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