I'm a 30 year old weather enthusiast from Central Ohio. Certified SKYWARN storm spotter.
By: Buckey2745 , 5:39 PM GMT on September 19, 2012
This morning Central Ohio was reminded that winter isn't that far away. A blistering hot summer has given way to fall (officially starting Saturday), and gradually cooler air has made its way in to our area. Everyone woke up to temperatures in the low 40's, with some outlining areas getting in to the 30'. Here at home we got down to 42°. The last time we were colder? All the way back on April 27th... 38°.
Seeing my breath this morning made me think of snow... winter... my favorite season. Having moved about 20 miles north I get excited thinking about the possibilities of new winter storm scnearios. Yes, it's only 20 miles, but I can't explain the number of times I've seen storms drop many more inches just a few miles north of where I am.
Snow is only a few weeks away (if we're lucky enough to have it that early), and with that the NWS in Wilmington reminds me that I have definitely moved to a new area. Areas north of the I-70 cooridor are in a different criteria for Winter Storm Warnings and Advisories. Last year it took a solid 4" to even get Advisories. Now the NWS has decided to scale that back to 3" because of requests from EMS officials.
The new criteria looks like this:
That pretty much means I can't compare last year's advisory and warning numebers to this year's. They'll be different, for sure. But I'm looking forward to this. A new challenge.
Weather Station Update
About a month ago I posted about how I was looking for a new weather station, to replace my dying Oregon Scientific WMR-968. Well... I've pulled the trigger and the new station should be here by Friday.
I decided on the Davis 6250 because of all the great reviews I've read and the reliability. It was a little pricy, but well worth it. The only remaning challenge is mounting it on my roof. In my new house I don't have a chimney for mounting, so I've decided on a direct roof top mount. My only fear is if it'll be secure enough for some of our high wind storms. I guess we'll just have to see.
I'll have another post once the station is up and running.
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