Storm recap… and a nice end to the week

June 14th, 2013 at 9:01 am by under Weather

The Wednesday night/Thursday thunderstorm complex brought two confirmed tornadoes to the Miami Valley.  These were located in Mercer (11:35pm)  and Auglaize (12:03am) counties, and have been rated EF-0.  Winds are estimated to have been near 75-mph with these tornadoes.  At the time of their occurrence, we were under a PDS (Particularly Dangerous Situation) Severe Thunderstorm Watch, and a Severe Thunderstorm Warning was in effect.  While there was no official tornado warning issued, the NWS did have the following wording in the thunderstorm warning, “Winds to 80mph… injury/damage threat… tornadoes can form with no warning”.  In this type of situation, when you have a line of severe thunderstorms, sometimes weaker-end tornadoes do spin up–briefly–along the line.  They are very hard to detect, and are usually very short-lived.  If you are interested in reading the NWS’s full report you can see it here: CONFIRMED TORNADOES.

We also had  many wind damage reports from the thunderstorm complex–that spanned two days.  Northern counties saw it first, followed by areas south of town:

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storm reports 2

And VERY heavy rain.  Take a look at totals:

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Now high pressure is building in, so we are getting ready for a pretty fantastic Friday as cooler and less humid air is moving into the region.  Expect a good deal of sunshine through the first part of the day, with a few afternoon clouds at times.  We will top out just below normal–near 77-degrees (normal high is 80).  Saturday also looks dry, and a little warmer… but the rain chance returns late Saturday night into Sunday.  We will be dodging scattered showers and thunderstorms on Father’s Day, but it does not look like a wash-out at this point.  I hope all the dads out there have a great day!!

Jamie
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