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Summer Storm Pattern Relentless

Soaking rains arrived late this Wednesday afternoon accompanied by a lone Tornado Warning. Tony breaks down the day's main event.

Tornado Alert Fizzles in Scioto County

June and July have been busy storm months across our region and especially in Scioto County where there have been multiple tornado warning days. If you throw in the May twister alerts (one during the Stanley Cup playoffs), there have been 5 separate times when Scioto Countians have been alerted to a possible tornado.

Since this is tornado country for our region (the infamous killer tornado of 1968 in Wheelersburg is still the standard for summer fury in our region some 40 years later), most people have a storm plan waiting for the blare of the town siren in Scioto County. Today, that storm plan was again put to the test.

This Wednesday afternoon followed the spring and summer of 2009 script to a T as a round of late day showers and thunderstorms moved thru. All day long we had watched as soaking rains traveled the AA highway and I-64, I-75 thru Kentucky and Ohio into our region.

On three different occasions (3:58, 4:10 and 4:30ish) I used the time carved out for afternoon weather updates at WSAZ to show 3D Doppler radar. Basically, if you planned to head to a county fair at Wellston, Milton or Cottageville, you knew an evening of rain was coming.

Then out of the blue, my colleagues from the National Weather Service detected enough rotation in the clouds of a thunderstorm in Scioto County to issue a tornado warning.

As I viewed the radar, I sensed a much less serious event than we had witnessed 2 weeks ago in the Wheelersburg-Minford area (when 90 mile per hour winds and a possible tornado had done major damage). So when I dutifully broke into the Oprah show (as our handbook at Newschannel 3 states), I stated my reservations about this storm.

Long story short, there was no tornado and in fact I am hearing of no strong winds.

The folks at the NWS had done their job to get the warning of a POSSIBLE TORNADO out to the media. At Newschannel 3, we did our job in relaying that information to you in a timely fashion. As for my interpretation of the event, I called it like I saw it and today I did not see the atmosphere primed for big tornado development.

We partner with the 3 different offices of the weather service (Wilmington, Charleston and Jackson). No meteorologist there or here is infallible. So be patient with us during storm warnings that are not in your county because one day way back in 1968 and some day in the near or distant future those warnings may help to save a life.
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