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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.

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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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Heat Advisory in effect today as heat index reaches around 100 degrees

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 3:34 AM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

A look at how hot we get and when storms return this week.

Temperatures will climb dangerously high today for anyone doing prolonged activities outside. A Heat Advisory is in effect for the entire area from noon until 8 p.m., and Butler, Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Warren counties are under a Air Pollution Advisory.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Heat index around 100 degrees today
  • Stray shower or storm today
  • More storms this week

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DETAILED FORECAST

Today:  The heat index will get to around 100 degrees. There will be lots of sunshine through the morning and afternoon. A stray shower or storm could pop up today, with a better chance for storms in the northern Miami Valley tonight.

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Tuesday: We’ll see passing showers and storms across the far north. It will be another hot and humid day with highs in the upper 8-s with Heat Index values in the mid-90s. There will be sun and scattered clouds. More storms will develop in the afternoon and early evening. A strong storm with wind and hail can’t be ruled out. Localized heavy rain is possible.

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Wednesday: There will be some dry time early. It will still be warm and muggy with highs in the mid-80s. It will be partly cloudy as more showers and storms develop in the afternoon and evening. Localized heavy rain is possible.

Thursday: It won’t be as muggy and it will be cooler. We’ll see some sun and scattered clouds with highs around 80. A few showers or storms are possible in the southern Miami Valley.

Friday: It will heat back up as highs reach the mid-80s. It will be muggy. Scattered showers and storms for the afternoon and evening again.

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WPAFB Monday Weather: Hot today with temps soaring into low-90s

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 2:48 AM

A false alarm in a building led to a temporary gate closure Wednesday night in Area B, a base spokeswoman said.
Staff Writer
A false alarm in a building led to a temporary gate closure Wednesday night in Area B, a base spokeswoman said.(Staff Writer)

Another hot and steamy day will start the working with temperatures soaring into the lower 90s by mid-afternoon, said Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell.

>> Air pollution Advisory continues today for smog

While the threat for rain is low, a pop-up shower or storm cannot be ruled out with the heat of the day. The heat index will top out close to 100 degrees.

The threat for storms will be on the increase Tuesday and Wednesday as a frontal boundary slowly pushes through the area. Locally heavy rain will be possible with the stronger storms. Also, a few storms could be intense with some hail and gusty winds.

>> Live Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

A brief break from the heat and humidity is expected Thursday.

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Dangerous heat to last into the new week

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 8:03 AM
Updated: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 4:46 PM

5 Day Forecast with Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell


It will be quite hot and humid with mostly sunny skies. Temperatures will reach near 93 degrees, according to Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell. The heat index will be between 95 to 100 degrees by late afternoon. While most will stay dry, an isolated pop-up strong storm cannot be ruled out.

>>WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST:

- Air Pollution Advisory until Monday

- Heat index near 100 again Monday afternoon

- Storms to bring locally heavy rain by Tuesday

 >>5-day forecast

This Evening: A hot and humid evening is in the forecast with a slight chance for a pop-up storm. Any storms will quickly dissipate after sunset. Temperatures will fall through the 80s after sunset.

Tonight: Skies will become mostly clear. It will remain warm and muggy with a low around 73 degrees.

Tomorrow: Another hot day is in the forecast with the humidity making temperatures feel more like 100 degrees. Actual temperatures will top out in the lower 90s under mostly sunny skies. There is a slight chance for a pop-up late day storm. Chances will increase late Monday night. 

Tuesday: Skies will be partly cloudy with an increasing chance for scattered showers and storms developing, especially during the afternoon. Some of the storms could produce locally heavy rainfall and flash flooding. Highs will top out in the upper 80s.

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Wednesday: Numerous showers and storms will be scattered across the Miami Valley. Some of the storms could produce locally heavy rainfall and flash flooding. Storms will taper down after sunset. Highs will be in the middle 80s.

Thursday: There is a chance for a few storms early in the day and then again toward late evening or at night. Otherwise partly cloudy skies are expected with a bit cooler, less humid air arriving. Highs will be in the lower 80s.

Friday: Scattered showers and storms will return by the afternoon with highs in the middle 80s.

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Isolated Strong Storms Today

Published: Saturday, June 16, 2018 @ 5:01 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 16, 2018 @ 4:56 PM

 More heat and humidity this weekend with the hottest temperatures in nearly five years by Sunday. More showers and storms likely for next week, said meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs.

>>WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar 

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST:

  • Few isolated afternoon and evening storms today
  • Hottest temperatures in nearly five years by Sunday
  • Showers and storms more likely next week

>>5-day forecast

Today: A hot and humid afternoon with a few isolated storms possible. For those areas that develop storms, the potential for hail, damaging winds, frequent lightning and heavy rain is possible. Storms will be slow moving, so the potential for minor flooding exists. The rest of the area will be quite steamy with highs around 90 degrees and feeling like the lower to middle 90s under partly to mostly sunny skies. Drying out later tonight, but staying warm and muggy. Overnight lows around 70 degrees.

>>Venus visible after sunset

Sunday: Another hot and humid day with mostly sunny skies. Temperatures will rise into the lower 90s with a heat index approaching 100 degrees.

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Monday: Partly cloudy, hot and humid again on Monday. Highs once again rise into the lower 90s with a heat index approaching 100 degrees. Chance for a pop-up shower or storm in the afternoon or evening. 

Tuesday: Partly sunny with scattered showers and storms. A very warm and muggy day with temperatures well into the upper 80s.

>>County-by-county weather 

Wednesday: A chance for showers and storms remains in the forecast with highs in the middle 80s.

Thursday: Warm and humid again with the chance of a few more showers or storms. Highs in the lower 80s.

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