Dry and less humid…much more comfortable!

July 11th, 2013 at 8:13 am by under Weather

Yesterday, as expected, severe storms ripped through the Miami Valley in the afternoon.  The most common report with these storms was wind damage–with winds gusting 70 to 80 mph in some of the storms.  The strongest gust I saw was up in Sidney: 86 mph wind gust recorded at the middle school.

A common sight around the Miami Valley:  tree limbs down.  In some cases whole trees have been uprooted, and we’ve had some structural damage here and there… along with numerous power outages because of the storm.  Here is a link to our photo gallery of storm damage–pictures sent in to the Report It section of wdtn.com:

MIAMI VALLEY STORM DAMAGE

The National Weather Service will send a team of storm damage surveyers to at least one local community–Cridersville–up in Auglaize County.  There was significant structural damage up that way and they will take a look at the damage left behind to determine if it was straight line winds or a tornado.  Remember, the winds in either can be equally as strong… just in a tornado they rotate… and with straight line winds they just blow in one direction.  Damage can be just as bad.

SO… while we are cleaning up our yards in town… it’s interesting (and somewhat heartbreaking) to see what’s happening on the local farms.  If you remember back to the 4th of July… I posted this picture of how good of a growing season it has been for the corn crop–this is the Hoying farm in Ft. Loramie (Shelby Co):

Corn

Now this is what the field looks like today:

Hoying's Fort Loramie

The strong wind really flattened out that corn crop!  Amy Hoying tells us it should straighten somewhat, but that it will still look crooked, and that could cause pollination problems.  Here’s her explanation:

The tassel has to have stuff fall down on the silks on the ear to pollinate it. If it’s too crooked, that won’t happen. If it doesn’t pollinate, the ear doesn’t form or isn’t formed completely. My father-in-law said  he saw alfalfa and wheat blown over as well, which will  make it hard to cut and harvest. 

So even if you didn’t experience damage in your yard… storm damage on our local farms will affect all of us.  It really puts things in perspective to see how things can be going so great for farmers… and just one 15-minute storm can drastically change their whole season for the worse.  Good news for farmers, however, now we will have a nice dry stretch to get other work done–if you have to, bale hay perhaps. ;)

It will be MUCH more enjoyable to be outdoors with not only dry conditions but also lower humidity.  We hit a high of 90-degrees yesterday, with oppressive humidity.  Dew points reached the low-mid 70s!  But take a look at how they’ve been dropping–showing the comfortable air building in:

dew pts

We stay dry right through the weekend in most spots.  There is a slight slight chance of an isolated shower popping up Sunday through early next week, but most get this dry stretch.

Jamie
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