One year ago today tornadoes hit too close to home

March 2nd, 2013 at 5:20 pm by under Weather

March 2, 2012 was a day many of us around the Miami Valley and southern Ohio will never forget.   The atmosphere was charged and ready and those in the weather forecast business knew this was going to be a massive tornado outbreak.

The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) issued a rare high risk that included Cincinnati and included parts of the Miami Valley.  Usually this area doesn’t see very moderate risks of severe weather let alone a high risk.  Here’s what the map looked like one year ago.

Storm started to break out and the a tornado watch was soon issued.  However this was no ordinary tornado watch – this was a PDS or “particularly dangerous situation” The hope is with this wording everyone would heed any tornado warnings that would be issued.

Now most of the Miami Valley including the Dayton area was spared of major severe weather.  There were a few hail reports in Shelby, Darke and Wayne Counties but the strongest storms occurred to our south.  Here’s a map of the storm reports.  The green dots are hail reports, blue is wind damage and red are tornado reports.

The National Weather Service in Wilmington was very busy that day and I want to thank them for their efforts during this severe weather event.  They did a fantastic job watching the radar, issuing warnings and relaying information onto the broadcast meteorologists.  This was the largest severe weather event since the NWS Wilmington office was founded in 1994.  There were 12 tornadoes that touched down in Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky.  Click here to see a list of those tornadoes and how strong they were.

Not only did Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky see tornadoes but twisters touched down in several states.  Here is a map from the Storm Prediction Center of all the reports that day.  Notice there are several red dots…those are all tornado reports.

This is the same system that brought a violent tornado to Henryville, IN.

Here’s a link to a news story right after the storms hit.
Click here to see photos of the damage.

The National Weather Service in Wilmington put together a video looking back at that day.  If you want to see a link please click here.

We don’t have any severe storms heading this way this week.  We’re still going to be in a winter weather pattern through the first part of the week.


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