There is one question I get asked a lot when people find out I research severe weather. Why does Xenia “get all the tornadoes” in this area? The truth is that the Miami Valley is hit with tornadoes nearly every year, but Xenia has been hit by the two worst tornadoes in the last 40 years. More »
Over the past few months, I’ve seen a few instances where FEMA has denied a state’s request to declare a disaster after severe weather (specifically tornadoes) strike. The natural reaction to this is outrage, which is understandable. We’re humans and we have compassion for each other in trying times. It seems that a callous government agency is turning a shoulder to people when they need it most. But is that the reality of the situation? More »
The rumors are likely true, a cold blast that we rarely see will descend on the Buckeye State next week. It will be assisted by a snowstorm on Sunday that will proceed the deep cold.
We are moving headlong into our 1st cold run of the fall…and the culprit began as a Typhoon in the Western Pacific!
For many, this summer of cooler than normal temperatures have been a welcome sight compared to the blazing hot summer of 2012. The cooler weather has had its downsides…some fruit trees are ripening early, ragweed is set for a brutal late summer/fall allergy season. One thing many are dreading is the assumption that this cool weather surely portends a cold winter, right?
Over the past 30 years, name the Top three weather-related killers. If tornadoes or hurricanes were part of your answer, you’re wrong. Heat, floods and lightning are the top three killers. I’m hoping lightning was in your three since it’s in the title of my post! It usually takes tornado or thunderstorm warnings to get people to act on a storm, but many storms that aren’t warned kill people every year due to floods and lightning.
Many lament the lack of rain falling from the sky to cool us off as a reason why we’re so hot in the Dayton area lately. This is true, but partially true. The drought-infused ground actually has quite a bit to do with our current heatwave as well. Let’s take a look at how it all works.
Our shortage of rain began way back in March and it’s not limited to Ohio. Almost all of the Ohio Valley is in a drought stage – and it’s much worse to our southwest in Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois. The lack of rain over our ENTIRE region is very important.
Gust Front taken by the author on Maple Ave in Fairborn.
Friday’s derecho impacted almost everyone in some way in the Miami Valley. Whether losing power, having to clean up fallen branches and trees or even just hosting those who had no power, it was hard to find someone whose weekend was “the usual”. So how did the derecho form and why was it so powerful? Let’s take a look at this beast of a storm system.
We’ve all seen the brown yards and wilted flowers, a sure sign we’re lacking rain. Our fellow buckeyes to the north are already in a drought. Is Dayton and the Miami Valley far behind other parts of Ohio?
There is one question I get asked a lot when people find out I research severe weather. Why does Xenia “get all the tornadoes” in this area? The truth is that the Miami Valley is hit with tornadoes nearly every year, but Xenia has been hit by the two worst tornadoes in the last 40 years. The fact that the paths of these two tornadoes were very close to each other, moving in a parallel motion and causing incredible destruction only solidifies this myth in many people’s minds.
This post is somewhat outside my realm since I’m not a TV meteorologist or producer. However, I continue to see TV stations get hoodwinked during every severe outbreak, on TV and on their internet sites. Instant technology like Twitter and Facebook makes for great verification of severe weather live out in the field. There’s nothing like watching pictures streaming in from storm chasers and viewers in real time! However, people desperate for attention or who like to troll TV stations use this to their advantage as well.