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It's Soggy - More Storms Today?

By: Buckey2745 , 6:37 PM GMT on May 12, 2014

We've had quite a bit of rain lately here in Central Ohio. At my house over the past four days we have totaled 2.55" of rain. That's pretty substantial considering we didn't top that total any one month from January through March. We just topped it in four days.

But to truly understand how wet it's been here in the Columbus area you have to start counting raindrops from April 28th until now. That late April rain we had was the beginning of this soggy stretch, and when you add all of that up that's a grand total of 4.83" of rain in all in just a two week period. Two weeks! How does that work out for total rainfall for the year? Well we've seen a total of 12.27" on the year, which means the past two weeks have been almost 40% of our total rain this year.

We've seen some flooding here and there, but luckily nothing serious. Driving in to work this morning I noticed quite a bit of yard flooding, but that's typical after a heavy overnight rain.

That overnight rain? Well I eluded to it in my post yesterday evening that I thought we had a chance for some overnight storms. A large, well organized MCS dove down from just south of Chicago and headed toward Columbus, dropping 0.77" of rain in the overnight hours. While we were sleeping, this is what the radar looked like:

Looks impressive, but I didn't record any high winds with what appears to be a massive bow echo... almost derecho-like. Instead just some thunder and lightning and heavy rain.

So, more of the same today?
Well, if you look at the forecasted CAPE by this evening you'd think we're in for a pretty dangerous day as CAPE is forecasted in the 3500 J/kg range:

Just like yesterday the SPC has opted to keep Central Ohio out of the Slight Risk area, but I think we have another shot at afternoon popups again just because of the extremely unstable airmass. Something not being discussed is high level windshear, which if you just look out the window and pay attention to high level and low level cloud movements, might be strong enough to spin a couple storms if they're in the right environment.

I'll post again later if we get some storms heading our way. Right now there are small showers beginning to pop to our southwest, so expect something to happen in the next 3-5 hours.

Severe Weather Stats:
Severe Thunderstorm Watches: 1
Severe Thunderstorm Warnings: 2
Tornado Watches: 0
Tornado Warnings: 0
Flood Watches: 2
Flood Warnings: 3
Heat Advisories: 0
Excessive Heat Warnings: 0
Red Flag Warnings: 0

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