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Severe weather season on display as tornadoes rip through region

Published: Monday, November 06, 2017 @ 11:41 AM

Crown Equipment Corporation as it appears Sunday afternoon after significant storm damage was reported throughout Mercer County. Sean Cudahy/Staff
Crown Equipment Corporation as it appears Sunday afternoon after significant storm damage was reported throughout Mercer County. Sean Cudahy/Staff

Ohio’s second severe weather season was on display over the weekend as tornadoes were reported from Illinois through the Buckeye State on Sunday.

The hardest hit area was Celina in Mercer County where widespread damage was reported along highway 29 and Havemann Road.

»RELATED: Sandy anniversary is reminder that autumn storms can be fierce

The National Weather Service confirmed Monday that at least three EF-2 tornadoes touched down in Mercer County. It appears one tornado was at least over 200 yards wide as it moved through Celina. There were other reports of severe storms Sunday scattered across the Miami Valley along with numerous reports of high water and several house fires caused by lightning.

I wrote a week ago about how powerful storms can be this time of year. The battle of the cold and warm are magnified the most here in Ohio in late May and early June, and then again in late October into early November.

Since just the year 2000, there have been over 50 tornadoes reported in Ohio in the months of October and November with a majority of those in western Ohio. Some of those autumn tornadoes have been intense. On Nov. 10, 2002, a massive F4 tornado ripped through the town of Van Wert, killing 4 people.

There were 18 tornadoes across Ohio alone that day, and 83 tornadoes across the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys. The tornado outbreak caused 36 fatalities region-wide between Nov. 9-11, 2002.

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Even more recently, another fall tornado struck the town of Vandalia on Halloween of 2013. This EF1 tornado caused extensive damage to businesses along National Road and Foley Drive. There were 10 people injured in a Fricker’s Restaurant, mostly due to flying glass.

The good news is that the autumn severe weather season is quite a bit shorter than that of the spring season, and thus the threat doesn’t last long. In fact, it appears much more seasonable temperatures arriving will put an end to the threat for severe storms likely for the rest of the year - or at least we can hope. The unofficial count of tornadoes this year in Ohio is 27, which is above the average of 19 per year.

»WEATHER: Get the latest Storm Center 7 forecast

Next up? Our first significant snow. Any guesses as to the date of our first inch of snow? Send me your prediction on Twitter or my Facebook page.

Eric Elwell is WHIO StormCenter 7 Chief Meteorologist. Contact him at eric.elwell@coxinc.com or follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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Drizzle, fog tonight; Flood watch in effect

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 4:04 AM
Updated: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 11:50 PM

Rain showers continue at times today in the Dayton area, and into parts of the weekend.

A Flood Watch is in effect for Montgomery, Preble, Clark, Greene, Butler, Warren  and Clinton counties until Sunday morning.

>> Weekend to bring more rain, threat for strong storms

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Areas of drizzle, fog tonight
  • Rain increasing in coverage, intensity Saturday
  • Additional 1-3 inches of rain possible through Sunday morning

>> WHIO Live Doppler 7 HD Interactive Radar

DETAILED FORECAST

Overnight: Mostly cloudy skies will linger through the night with areas of fog, light rain and drizzle possible. Steadier showers will develop overnight around 3 a.m. Temperatures drop tonight through the 50s to a low in the lower 40s. 

>> County-by-County Weather

Saturday: Rain likely and could be heavy at times. Thunderstorms also will be possible during the day. Flooding will be possible with rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches through Saturday night. High temperatures will be in the middle 50s. 

>> Flooding: Know your risks

>> Great Miami R. expected to crest this weekend: Where will flooding occur?

Sunday: Rain early in the day, then breaks in the clouds later. Flooding will still be possible as rivers and streams continue to rise. Highs will be in the lower 50s and it will be windy at times. 

Monday: It will be a nice start to the workweek. There will be sunshine for the afternoon with temperatures above normal in the low 50s.

>> WHIO Weather App

Tuesday: Expect mostly sunny skies will mild temperatures in the middle 50s.

Wednesday: Showers are expected to return with highs topping out near 60 degrees. 

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Weekend to bring more rain, threat for strong storms

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 7:53 PM

Heavy rain is expected to return to the Miami Valley Saturday morning and then again in the evening. Additional rain over the weekend is expected to range from 1 to 3 inches. The Storm Prediction Center has also placed parts of the Miami Valley under a "marginal risk" for severe storms.

While much of the area is getting a break from steady rain Friday night, another wave will arrive toward daybreak.

Storm Center 7 meteorologists have been tracking multiple rounds of rain since Wednesday with several more to go. Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said the heaviest rain will arrive late Saturday.

>> Great Miami River expected to crest this weekend: Where will flooding occur?

“We’ll likely see steady rain pick up Saturday morning with a break in the rain starting around midday,” Elwell said. “But heavy rain and the chance for thunderstorms will move back in around dark Saturday.” 

>> Flooding: Know your risks

The Storm Prediction Center indicates there is a chance for a few stronger storms Saturday evening and they have placed the southern Miami Valley under a “marginal risk” for severe storms. While the risk is low, Elwell said one or two storms could produce strong enough winds to cause minor damage.

>> WHIO Weather App

A Flood Watch also remains in effect until 10 a.m. Sunday for counties along and south of Interstate 70 in the Miami Valley.

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RAIN TOTALS: Flooding risk remains high through the weekend

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 9:25 AM

Consistent rainfall that fell Wednesday into Thursday dropped around 0.25-inches to 1.5-inches of rain across the area, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. 

RELATED: Widespread rain expected for the weekend

RELATED: Great Miami River expected to crest this weekend: Where will flooding occur? 

With more rain expected Saturday and Sunday, the threat for flooding stays high through the weekend. 

>>Track the latest conditions with Live Doppler 7 Radar

Here is how much rain fell in parts of the region over the last 24 hours as of 8 a.m. Friday: 

RELATED: Flooding: Know your risks

BUTLER: 

Butler County Airport: 0.42-inches

Hamilton: 0.26-inches

Middletown: 0.36-inches

Oxford: 0.25-inches

CHAMPAIGN: 

Urbana: 0.31-inches

CLARK: 

Springfield: 0.35-inches

CLINTON: 

Wilmington: 0.55-inches

GREENE: 

WPAFB: 0.33-inches

Beavercreek: 0.30-inches

Fairborn: 0.25-inches

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HAMILTON: 

Norwood: 1.20-inches

Cincinnati: 1.28-inches

MONTGOMERY: 

Vandalia: 0.44-inches

Dayton International Airport: 0.42-inches

Oakwood: 0.33-inches

Riverside: 0.28-inches

Kettering: 0.27-inches

PREBLE: 

Eaton: 0.50-inches

SHELBY: 

Botkins: 0.25-inches

WARREN: 

South Lebanon: 1.14-inches

Mason: 0.54-inches

Lebanon: 0.27-inches



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WPAFB Friday Weather: Flood watch through Sunday; rain to continue 

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 12:02 AM

WRIGHT PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE—A Flood Watch remains in effect through Sunday with waves of rain expected to move through, according to Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell.

RELATED: Rain totals: soggy mid-week, more rain coming

The rain may be heavy at times, especially this morning. Temperatures will be mild despite the rain, rising to near 60 degrees. 

Showers will taper off briefly in the evening before redeveloping late tonight through Saturday. The rain may get heavy again Saturday evening. Rainfall amounts will range from 2 to 4 inches through Saturday night.

RELATED: 5-Day Forecast

The rain will taper off early Sunday with clearing skies and slightly cooler temperatures, generally in the lower 50s to end the weekend.

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