Winter Storm Hercules: Central Ohio Summary

By: Buckey2745 , 2:37 PM GMT on January 03, 2014

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First post of 2014. First storm of 2014. And boy was it a storm, one that I clearly didn't give enough attention to on NYE.

The snow started here early Thursday morning, and didn't really let up until after dark Thursday night. A solid day of light to moderate snow really added up... I think.

I predicted 2" here in Canal Winchester. Around 4pm I went outside to measure, right before winds really started to gust, and I averaged 5" of snow. That total was actually a high for the entire county, with most other areas reporting around 4" to 4.5".

So why do I think that's how much snow we got? Simple. Blowing and drifting. Yesterday afternoon winds started to kick up and some surfaces were almost blown clean, while others had upwards of a foot of snow banked up.

The pictures below illustrate my point. The top picture is my driveway 15 minutes after I shoveled it clean yesterday afternoon. The bottom one is from this morning, where you can actually see some grass in my neighbor's yard, while I have a 18" snow bank on my patio:


We had a high wind gust of 29mph, and while that doesn't sound like much, when you consider our snow was a very light a fluffy one yesterday, it gave us a ton of problems on the roads after dark. Some counties were under a level 2 snow emergency by sunrise this morning, as winds stayed up above 20mph for most of the overnight.

Snow estimates are going to be truly that for this storm... estimates. If these measurements weren't taken before winds picked up or in proper locations after the wind, it's hard to tell how much we got. So this snow map is from the best information available:


The Cold
The second part to this storm is the cold. Yesterday afternoon the temps started dropping, and they did not rise again until sunrise this morning. How cold did it get?

This morning's low was 0.7°

And how about a wind chill at 4:33am of -13°

This is the coldest temp I have recorded since February of 2011 when we hit 0.7°. The previous month we actually got to -8.1°! But we won't get that cold anytime soon, will we?

Well I've been talking about it for a while, and we're still on track for historic cold next week. Before that? Another potential snow storm on Sunday. I'll write about that tomorrow.

Dig out!

Season Stats:
Winter Weather Advisories- 5
Winter Storm Warnings- 1
Ice Storm Warnings- 0
Blizzard Warnings- 0
Freezing Rain Advisories- 0
Winter Storm Watches- 1
Wind Chill Advisories- 1
Wind Chill Warnings- 0
Blowing Snow Advisory- 0

Snowfall Totals:
November: 3" (Predicted: 3")
December: 8.05" (Predicted: 7")
January: 5" (Predicted: 2")
Season: 16.05"

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7:52 PM GMT on January 04, 2014
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1. AnalogueKid
9:45 PM GMT on January 03, 2014
Now I'm seeing predictions as low as -16°F on Monday night/Tuesday morning. Pretty wild!
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I'm a 30 year old weather enthusiast from Central Ohio. Certified SKYWARN storm spotter.

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Canal Winchester, OH
Elevation: 754 ft
Temperature: 66.6 °F
Dew Point: 44.6 °F
Humidity: 45%
Wind: 1.0 mph from the East
Wind Gust: 2.0 mph
Updated: 7:16 PM EDT on September 23, 2014

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