Tornado Risk This Evening in Ohio
1 AM Post Mortem
It's going on 1AM and while my trusty doppler radar scope is still running hot, as in thundery, it is clear the threat of high winds has waned.
Several tornado warnings were issued this evening and that meant i had the unpleasant task of sending people in 3 counties to the basement. It appears 2 of 3 were false alarms. At least speaking to Vinton and Elliott county officials, it appears there was little if any damage done when storms moved thru. If there were a few funnel clouds, they did not do any damage. A structure fire on the Rowan-Elliott line may have been lightning related. MAYBE, said police.
Now the supercell that raked Mason County, Ky (not WV) and Adams County Ohio was the Real McCoy. The doppler presentation of this cell was impressive with a deep hail core and enough sheer to have me thinking tornado. I am willing to bet Peebles had both a golf ball size hail storm and a touchdown.
That parent cell then diagonally crossed Pike County Ohio from SW to NE. Police told me several funnels were spotted and a touchdown occured near Idaho. Storm damage was minimal.
From there the parent cell crossed Western Vinton County with enough gusto to have produced both large hail and wind damage. But as of 11 PM, police knew of no serious damage. We will see if sunrise tells a different tale.
7 PM Update
Wow! On Newschannel 3 at 6, I honed the Charleston Pinpoint Doppler Radar onto a storm more than 120 miles away. Normally, the radar beam that far out would see nada. But on those rare occasions when cumulonimbus clouds are towering 10-14 miles up into the atmosphere, the radar will detect an intense storm.
And at 6pm, I am confident the Charleston radar was seeing a rotating thunderstorm (fancy name for a tornado wannabee) in Mason County Kentucky (NOT MASON WV). Moments after the show, a tornado warning was issued for that part of Northern Kenutcky and now at 7PM for western Adams County Ohio.
Meanwhile a squall of intense storms has is draped along I-75 from Lexington to Richmond to Corbin at 7PM. I time this storm line with high winds and pockets of hail to cross our region between 8:30 and 10PM. More on the timing when I get a closer look at the storm.
For now, little league games are fine, but an electrical storm with high winds seems in the cards in just a few hours.
This Thursday afternoon a meteorological concoction is paving the way for possible severe weather toward sunset in the Buckeye State. The afternoon warmth is teaming with a gusty wind from the south at 25 miles per hour to add heat and energy for storm development. This combination often produces fast moving, quick hitting thunderstorms with hail and high winds.
So until 10PM, people in Lewis KY, Scioto, Pike, Jackson and Vinton Counties Ohio should know that a Tornado Watch for your area has been issued by the National Weather Service.
A second watch for possible twisters has been issued at 4:45PM and runs thru 11PM for much of Kentucky but only a few Eastern Kentucky counties. Rowan, Elliott and Magoffin are those included counties.
But remember, the definition of a watch includes the key words, "for areas in and close to the watch area". That's our way of saying the meteorology is not exact as in county perfect. So we all should stay up to date on changing conditions this evening.
Rules of thumb during a watch include:
1. Keep the kids playing close by, within shouting distance. No need to keep them inside since there is no immediate threat. If storm clouds threaten there will be plenty of time to get them to safety.
2. Monitor weather conditions with your favorite media source. If it is WSAZ, great. If not, we are not doing our job well enough. Point is, keep tabs with the weather. Todd and I will be doing live cut-ins on Newschannel 3 and we will have enhanced coverage here at WSAZ.COM.
3. If you live in a mobile home, always best to leave until the watch is cancelled. Understand that the risk of any one mobile home park being hit is small. But if a tornado forms suddenly and you are caught in a mobile home, a serious situation may be unavoidable.
Finally, remember, during a watch less than 2% of the area covered actually sees severe weather on average.
Updates to come all evening