Tornado Watch then Nice Sunday Afternoon

In case you missed it a killer tornado crossed NW Ohio Saturday evening. Tony cautions us that some heavy weather of our own will race thru mid day before a nice afternoon unfolds.



  Brief Tornado Watch


It is an early morning wake up call for the WSAZ weather gang as a tornado watch has been issued for most of Southern Ohio, a sliver of Northern Kentucky and Central and Northern WV.


Josh and I are in house ready to break in at a moments notice (ONLY IF NEEDED) while Chris is blogging away at WSAZ.COM.


In a nutshell, your late morning- early afternoon plans (brunch after church, tee times until 2-3 PM) may be hindered by a half hour thunderstorm with gusty winds. The heaviest squalls can knock down some tree branches and briefly swell some storm sewers.


By early afternoon, skies will brighten with fresher westerly winds introducing a more pleasant feel to the air. Plenty of sunshine with gusty winds is in store for the Antique Car Show at Ritter Park in Huntington and the WSAZ picnic at the Glenbrier. I expect those winds will play havoc with fly balls for our softball game where I will be manning the “hot corner”.


As for Symphony Sunday on the grounds of UC, a pretty blue sky will have replaced the haze of Saturday and the gloom of Sunday morn as those refreshing zephyrs (westerly breezes) lend the feel of September to the air. In a word, Perfect!


So why the “Tornado Watch” you might ask? Are we in the meteorology field trying to scare people when we know that the chances of a tornado for any one county are small? Good question!


After Saturday’s killer tornado in Wood County Ohio (near Bowling Green), we deem similar atmospheric conditions that spawned that twister in NW Ohio are close enough by to our region this Sunday morning to raise the risk of severe thunderstorms thru early afternoon. Under these circumstances, we partner with our colleagues from the National Weather Service to alert you to the possibilities. As informed citizens it is up to you to make sensible decisions based on this information.


Two words of caution as you read this prose. First, the definition of a watch is “severe weather is possible in and close to the watch area”. I state this since the only southern Ohio county not covered by the watch is Lawrence with only Lewis County in Northern Kentucky under the watch as far as the Bluegrass in concerned. Of course,  those boundaries are flexible. It is not as if a storm would move thru Scioto County, get to the Lawrence line near Haverhill or the Ohio River in Portsmouth and say “hey I am not going into Lawrence County” or “ I am not crossing the river into Greenup County.” The science is not exact folks.


Again I stress afternoon outdoor plans beyond 2 PM (3 PM in far southern Coalfields) should be fine as 3 D Doppler by that time will show storms off to the east and south of the WSAZ viewing area.


You can track those storms with our new Interactive software right here at WSAZ.COM, really neat stuff. Here’s your weather geek link. Enjoy!


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