Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Major Warm-Up This Week

An overall change to the upper air pattern will allow warm air to surge into the area the rest of the week.  Gusty southwesterly breezes will cause temps to soar to the year's highest levels thus far.  Normal highs for the days ahead are in the lower 50s. 

Previous Warm Days:

  • 68°  March 11

  • 71°  November 8

  • 75°  October 30

  • 80°  September 23

  • 81°  September 22

  • 83°  September 14

Here are the record highs:

  • 79° in 1986  ----  Thursday, April 1

  • 83° in 1963  ----  Friday, April 2

  • 79° in 2007 ----  Saturday, April 3

Friday, March 26, 2010

Lightning Safety Tips

Many people don't realize the real danger associated with lightning and just how deadly it can be.  Spring severe weather awareness week is a good time to review what to do when a thunderstorm is approaching.  Remember, if you can hear thunder you are close enough to be struck by a deadly bolt of lightning.  Here are some safety tips:

Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Hidden Danger Of Flooding

It is the most deadly severe weather hazard...Flash Flooding.   More fatalaties are attributed each year to flash flooding than hurricanes and tornadoes combined.  Interestingly, while it is the most deadly, many experts regard it as one of the most preventable.  Here is what you need to know to be safe:

Most of the deaths from flash flooding occur in vehicles.  Many people will attempt to drive through roads that are covered in water.   A simple rule can save your life.  If a roadway is covered with water, no matter the depth, turn around and find an alternate route.   Less than two feet of water will sweep most vehicles off the road and some vehicles may become buoyant in one foot or less.  Those attempting to walk through flowing water often underestimate the power of flowing water.  Moving water can knock an adult off their feet if it is much deeper than their ankles.  Some simple safety tips and common sense can keep you safe when flooding occurs.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Tornado Drill

On a sunny Wednesday morning at 9:50 AM EDT the roar of the tornado sirens screamed across the state of Ohio.  This time it was only a drill, but next time it may be the real deal.  As part of spring severe weather awareness week, implementing a disaster plan, such as a tornado drill at work, home or school could save lives when the real danger threatens. 

Keep in mind that when a tornado watch is issued, that means conditions are favorable for strong storms capable of producing tornadoes.  When a warning is issued, that means a tornado has either been spotted or indicated by Doppler radar.  It is necessary to take cover immediately when a warning is issued. 

If you are indoors, go to the lowest level of the building, like a basement.  If there is no basement, a closet or bathroom without window in the center of the building will do.   If you are outside, seek shelter in the nearest sturdy building.  If no shelter is available, lie down in a low area such as a ditch and cover your head.  If inside a vehicle or mobile home, these are not sufficient shelter even for the weakest of tornadoes.  Vacate either location and find a fixed building that would provide the necessary shelter from the potential tornado.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week

This week, March 21-27,  is Spring Severe Weather Awareness week across Ohio.  This means it is time to review your severe weather action plan for home, work and school.  Also know the difference between a WATCH and a WARNING so you know what to do when one is issued for your area. 

For more information about severe weather safety in Ohio click here: http://www.weathersafety.ohio.gov/

For more information about severe weather safety in Michigan click here: http://michigan.gov/gov/0,1607,7-168-25488-232495--,00.html

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Spring Begins

Spring officially begins Saturday at 1:32 pm.  This is the vernal equinox, marking when the direct rays of the sun are over the equator.

The direct sun rays will travel northward into the Northern Hemisphere, hitting its most northern point on June 21st (the summer solstice).

Warm !

Our last full day of winter will be the warmest of 2010 for much of the area.  A cold front will pass through the area tonight, and bring in sharply colder temps this weekend (especially northern half counties).

The warmest of the 2010 prior to today was 68° on March 11.  The last time we had a temp higher than that was on November 8 when it was 71°.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Major Flooding In North Dakota

While we saw minor flooding on a few area rivers the past few days, it is a quite different story in North Dakota.  The Red River is experiencing a major flood.

The river will crest about 20 feet above flood stage in Fargo & Grand Forks.

Here is a link to the latest river reports in North Dakota.

Here is a link to some live webcams on the river.

These are pictures from a webcam in Grand Forks.  Notice the major difference between Sunday & Tuesday.

The river's record high in Fargo occurred just last year.

St Patrick's Day Weather

A sunny and warm day isn't always the case when it comes to St Patty's Day weather.  Last year and this year were some of the nicer weather days.

2009 --  AM low 29°, High 70° -- dry

2008 --  AM low 24°, High 36°  --  0.2" of snow, periods of freezing rain

2007 --  AM low 24°, High 39° -- dry day, but a trace of snow before daybreak

2006 -- AM low 26°, High 43°  -- dry

2005 -- AM low 26°, High 42°  -- dry

2004 -- AM low 23°, High 30°  -- 0.2" snow

2003 -- AM low 36°, High 72°  -- dry & warm

2002 -- AM low 32°, High 43°  -- dry

2001 -- AM low 24°, High 35°  -- Light snow

2000 -- AM low 34°, High 65° -- dry

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Precip Stats Updated

Precipitation (rain, melted down ice & snow):

March:     1.05"   (-0.03" below normal)

Year:        4.01"  (-0.88" below normal)


March:     Trace  (-3.0" below normal)

Season:    39.1"  (+5.7" above normal)

Back To Freezing

Lows the next few days will dip into the lower 30s.  We have been above 32° since 8 am last Tuesday (March 9).

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Daylight Saving Time

Don't forget, Daylight Saving Time goes into effect at 2AM this Sunday morning.  Remember to spring the clocks forward one hour!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Flood Potential

The milder temps as of late have allowed much of the snow cover to melt and seep into the soil.  Area rivers which were ice-covered in recent weeks have melted quite a bit.

Rainfall amounts over the next few days could reach 1 to 2 inches through Sunday.  Some isolated higher amounts are possible.

Thunderstorms are possible Friday with isolated heavier downpours.

All of the above factors combined could produce some flooding in some areas.  A flood warning is in effect for the Tiffin River in northwest Ohio.  See our main weather page for all the current advisories.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Lake Ice Breaking Up

Changes since the satellite picture from Thursday (shown below)...lake ice has broken up quite a bit, and more brown areas of land indicate dwindling snow cover.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Lake Erie Ice Danger

The combination of warm temps and winds pushing offshore by Sunday will create the potential for ice floes.  This will be a very dangerous weekend, and the Coast Guard and local law enforcement officials are urging people to stay off the ice.  The main section of ice in the southwestern area of the lake has the potential to break away and drift northward towards Canada.

In addition to the potential for the entire ice mass to move will be individual cracks and separations within that main area.

Essentially, conditions are ideal this weekend for a major change in the lake's surface.  Anyone on the ice this weekend risks being stranded on a chunk of ice, or falling into the lake through weak ice.

Warmest Weather In Awhile

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Our last weekend of EST

We switch the clocks ahead next Sunday (2 am on March 14) for Eastern Daylight Time.

Here is how that will affect our sun times:

Saturday, March 13:    sunrise  6:51 am,   sunset  6:40 pm

Sunday, March 14:       sunrise  7:49 am,  sunset  7:41 pm

About a month of snow cover

Wednesday marked the 27th straight day of snow on the ground.

Snow cover of at least one inch has been reported at Toledo Express Airport since February 5th.