I'm a 30 year old weather enthusiast from Central Ohio. Certified SKYWARN storm spotter.
By: Buckey2745 , 7:55 PM GMT on April 22, 2010
We've been in a prolonged dry spell here in Central Ohio. Not many have complained with warm temperatures and plenty of sun for quite a while, but this is April. Where's the April showers?
Well, they're comimg.
Starting tomorrow afternoon we'll be in a wet pattern that'll last clear through Tuesday morning. That's almost 5 days with a good chance of rain during each.
We could use the rain. For the month we're a solid 1.67" behind on rainfall. A good long soaking rain is what we need.
This system is huge. It'll stretch across half of the US at its peak intensity! We'll see it affect us in four distinct waves:
The first wave will come through tomorrow afternoon. I don't expect copious amounts of rain with this wave, but I think a few parts of Central Ohio will get upwards of 0.10" of rain.
The second wave should roll through mid morning on Saturday. (This is unfortunate since I have a ticket to the Ohio State spring game). This one could bring a much more significant rainfall since it'll be a good all day soaker. Also, some imbedded thunderstorms could be possible which would definately up our rain total. I'd say a good 0.50" of rain with this wave.
The third wave might be the most significant of the four. I think this could bring another chance of severe weather with it as it'll be coming up from the south on Saturday night. It'll also be socked with mositure, so we will easily see another 0.50" of rain with this one.
The final wave will start to roll through with the surface low in tow on Sunday night. It will be slow to progress through our area, but it doesn't appear to be a moisture-heavy feature. That doesn't mean we won't see any rain, just not as much as some of the other waves. We'll probably get another 0.25" out of this last wave.
Add all those waves together and I think we could easily see a total of 1.35" of rain by Monday night. And that's a minimum. If any of these waves intensify, or we get hit by a strong storm, totals could easily reach 2" in some places.
And I'll have to mow the lawn. Great.
Severe Weather Stats:
Severe Thunderstorm Watches: 1
Severe Thunderstorm Warnings: 2
Tornado Watches: 0
Tornado Warnings: 0
Flash Flood Warnings: 0
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