Summary: February 20th Severe Weather

By: Buckey2745 , 6:44 PM GMT on February 21, 2014

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Well the evening sort of played out like I thought we did.

We did get a Severe Thunderstorm Watch, only shortly before the second line approached the area, our first Watch of the season.

But what we didn't get was a Severe Thunderstorm Warning as the line moved through. Why? Well, last night in my liveblog I said two things:

At 1:25pm I said: I think now that the two lines will form in to one, right over Central Ohio.

While I went back on that prediction, I really shouldn't have. The next thing I said?

At 9:14pm I said: I actually want to go with my gut on this one and say that the first line will end up weakening the second line, in essence washing it out.

I nailed that one. The 1am radar shows the line beginning to weaken for Columbus and points south:



We didn't get a high wind event with it, or even continued heavy rain. From yesterday morning to early this morning we ended up with 0.39" of rain.

But Central Ohio did not go unscathed as the NWS has done a damage survey up in Delaware and has determined a weak tornado touched down 5 miles east of town. They have yet to release the report but I suspect they rate it EF0.

Today the Wind Advisory remains in effect as we have already had gusts STRONGER than last night's squall line. So far my strongest recording is 32mph.

In the end I think the event was a bit of a bust... unless of course you live in Delaware, mapcat!

Looking Ahead
A couple things to look at:

Sunday could be a light snow event as a cold front moves through and possibly gives us a dusting to an inch. I may write about this tomorrow if I think this will be more than a minor thing.

A couple other chances for snow early next week, too, as then we get yet another arctic blast. Did you think yesterday was the start of Spring? You were wrong.

Take a look at the GFS temperature anomalies for mid-week, looking at 25-30° below normal, which could easily translate to single digits for us again:


Prepare yourself. Winter isn't over by a long shot. I think we have at least one more of these cold blasts left, and perhaps another 8-10" of snow total left in the season.

Severe Weather Stats:
Severe Thunderstorm Watches: 1
Severe Thunderstorm Warnings: 0
Tornado Watches: 0
Tornado Warnings: 0
Flood Watches: 1
Flood Warnings: 1
Heat Advisories: 0
Excessive Heat Warnings: 0
Red Flag Warnings: 0

Season Stats:
Winter Weather Advisories- 11
Winter Storm Warnings- 2
Ice Storm Warnings- 0
Blizzard Warnings- 0
Freezing Rain Advisories- 0
Winter Storm Watches- 3
Wind Chill Advisories- 4
Wind Chill Warnings- 2
Blowing Snow Advisory- 0

Snowfall Totals:
November: 3" (Predicted: 3")
December: 8.05" (Predicted: 7")
January: 15.1" (Predicted: 7")
February: 10.25" (Predicted: 4.25")
Season: 36.4"


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4. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
1:19 AM GMT on February 25, 2014
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3. mapcat
7:34 PM GMT on February 21, 2014
Even the tornado warning was a bust, more or less. Something knocked over a barn and some trees a few miles east of here, but the warning was cancelled about 3 minutes after I got everyone out of bed and down to the basement. Never saw anything that looked remotely like a hook echo.

Not that I'm complaining that we still have a house and all our trees!
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2. Buckey2745
6:50 PM GMT on February 21, 2014
I had trouble telling my 5 year old that playing outside won't be happening again for a while after yesterday...
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1. TheHermit43130
6:47 PM GMT on February 21, 2014
"Did you think yesterday was the start of Spring? You were wrong."

The last couple of evenings I've been hearing a few spring peepers singing their songs. It sounds like they are in for a nasty surprise.
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