Saturday, October 30, 2010

Tropics Turn Active Again

While we have been experiencing some fall chill, the tropics continue to be on the active side.  The Atlantic hurricane season runs through the end of November, so this is not unusual.

Tomas formed Friday afternoon in the Atlantic, and became a hurricane at 11 am Saturday.  It tracked through the Leeward and Windward islands, and is now in the Caribbean Sea.  Tomas could make a direct hit on Jamaica in a few days a major hurricane.

Shary formed Thursday evening and became a hurricane early Saturday morning.  It is located in the Atlantic, way to the northeast of Bermuda, and will continue tracking eastward.  It will pose no threat to any land in the next few days, but will affect shipping channels leading to Europe.

More information can be found on both storms in the WTOL Hurricane Tracker and at the National Hurricane Center.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Cool week ahead

The coming week will feature below normal temps as a fall pattern takes hold for awhile (versus the up and down of previous weeks).

High temperatures will hold in the lower 50s much of the week, with overnight lows in the lower 30s.

Monday, October 25, 2010

High winds today

A high wind warning is in effect for the entire area through this evening.  Winds gusts will exceed 40 mph, and there is the potential for some gusts to exceed 60 mph.

Thunderstorms will roll through the area, possibly becoming severe with extremely high winds.  Our area is under a high severe weather risk.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Winter outlook

The National Weather Service has released its winter outlook.  For our area, data indicates that we could be a little above normal in terms of temps, and have above normal precipitation.

Here is a link to the entire outlook

Cold Friday morning

Monday, October 11, 2010

Back to Reality

After Monday's high of 83 degrees we are heading back to reality on Tuesday.  A northeast wind will play a part in dropping high temperatures to near 70 degrees.

A cold front will move in Wednesday.  That will bring a chance of showers and a drop in temperatures for mid-to-late week.  The coolest day of the week will be Thursday.

Look for a big jump again on the weekend.  Highs Sunday may be back in the mid 70s.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Highs On 10/10/10

Sunday Records

Highs will jump well into the 80s today.  These readings are 20° above normal and will be near some record highs. 

Here are some local record highs for 10/10/10:

84°  Findlay

85°  Toledo, Norwalk, Defiance, Lima

86°  Napoleon, Montpelier

87°  Wauseon, Tiffin, Upper Sandusky

88°  Adrian

89°  Morenci, Kenton

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Red Flag Warning

A red flag warning has been issued for areas west of Interstate 75 in northwest Ohio.

This warning is issued when a combination of conditions could cause increased fire danger.  Very warm temperatures, combined with dry ground conditions, gusty breezes and very low humidity will allow any fires or sparks to quickly spread.

Rainfall for October is running more than half an inch below normal.  Just since September 1, rainfall is running almost two inches below normal.

Fall Colors Report

Here are some links for reports on area foliage (as well as fun events) from different sources.  Some sites might generalize and use a broad-brush approach to where peak is located, so keep that in mind.

Ohio DNR's autumn page

Michigan's Pure Michigan Color Page

Midwest fall colors

US Forest Service

Warm Weekend

Last weekend, we had some rain and highs in the 50s....this weekend, lots of sun and highs in the 70s and 80s.  A cold front will move back and forth through the area the next couple of day....a little cooler north of it, a little warmer south of it.  However, a more pronounced cool-down is slated for the middle and end of the coming week.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Still awhile until we switch the clocks

This year, we switch the clocks back one hour on Sunday November 7 at 2 am.

Ever since March 2007, we spring ahead one hour to Eastern Daylight Time on the second Sunday in March and fall back one hour to Eastern Standard Time on the first Sunday in November.


An energy bill in 2005 instituted extending daylight saving time by four weeks starting in March 2007.  Prior to 2007, Daylight Saving Time started on the first Sunday in April and ended on the last Sunday in October. 

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Chilly first weekend of October

A cold front passed through the area early this morning, and colder air will continue to seep in the rest of the weekend. 

Highs this weekend will be in the mid/upper 50s with overnight lows in the 30s.

Here are some previous colder temps:


  • 55°  May 18

  • 52°  May 12


  • 42°  Sept 29

  • 42°  May 11

  • 32°  May 10

The cooler temps will gradually fade Monday into Tuesday.  There is a decent warm-up for the middle and end of the upcoming week with highs well into the 70s.