If you checked in with us here yesterday morning, or on 2 News Today… you knew the afternoon had potential to be quite stormy. And sure enough, those thunderstorms developed–right on cue–in the early afternoon hours. The SPC did a great job picking out the region that would most likely see the strongest storms. Just compare yesterday’s Severe Weather Outlook map with the actual storm reports map. As expected, wind damage was the most common report:
We even had some damage at our house! I was at home, and had just talked with Chief Meteorologist Brian Davis… about the developing storms that were not quite yet severe. Shortly thereafter, a severe thunderstorm warning was issued for southern Montgomery County. We watched the storm for a bit through the window, but at one point the winds were REALLY starting to howl, and I told the kids we needed to go down into the basement. As we were making our way down, something in the front yard caught my eye: a very large tree limb from our Ash tree was down… and on my car!
Here is a wide shot so you can see exactly how big it is:
We believe the tree to be more than 60-years old, and the trunk is about 2.5 feet. There was a car parked behind mine at the time, as my sister-in-law and niece were over visiting. Thankfully, the heaviest part of the tree limb landed in between our vehicles! Branches rested on both cars, however… and as we carefully moved each vehicle, the main break kept making “snapping” sounds… quite unnerving. Amazingly, both cars were removed with NO visible damage… not even any noticed scratches! I feel very lucky about that… and about the fact that the branch didn’t hit the house! Another plus: the power went out. No, really, that was a plus… because I didn’t have to cook dinner! LOL. DP&L responded very fast, and the power was back on within a couple hours. Thanks to them for doing such a great job!
While we are starting off dry today, there is a chance for more thunderstorms this afternoon. A cold front will move in and as we get daytime heating, more thunderstorms will fire up. The Storm Prediction Center does include our area in an Elevated Risk for severe weather:
Damaging winds, hail and heavy downpours will be possible again today. Not everyone will see the rain… you may see storms from a distance, or even hear thunder… but not get a drop. It will be scattered… as it was yesterday. Check out these totals from the area–almost 2″ in spots, and others not much at all:
The good news is that this is really helping out with the drought conditions. A lot of things are greening up, and the farmers are loving this rain!
Tonight, any thunderstorms come to an end, and the weekend looks great! Lower humidity, with highs in the mid-80s. I hope you enjoy it! If you’re looking for something fun to do, head on down to the Celtic Festival at Riverscape Metropark in downtown Dayton! The 2 News tent will be located on St. Clair St. and many of us from the station will be down there to announce entertainment acts… meet & greet… and give away cool 2 News stuff. Come say hello! Besides a few passing t’storms this evening… the weather looks great!