Kent 2W (Eric Wertz) - April 2004 was typified by above normal precipitation and slightly above normal temperatrures.  Measurable precipitation occurred on 17 days and accumulating snowfall was noted on three days (1st, 4th, and 14th).  The heaviest snowfall was 3.8 inches on the 4th in conjunction with an early spring storm system.  Thunderstorms were observed on four days with pea-sized hail noted for three minutes on the 17th with an active thunderstorm.  Fog was recorded on the 13th and ice pellets were seen on the 27th.  The highest wind gust this month was 36 m.p.h. on the 4th.  Total snowfall for the month was 4.6 inches, slightly above average.  Two advisories and one warning were issued this month.

Kidron 1N (Ronald Hahn) -  April temperatures were more than a degree above normal thanks mainly to a fairly mild late half of the month.  Liquid precipitation was right at normal while snowfall was above normal, all but a trace of which fell during the first half of the month.

Newcomerstown 1S (Don Keating) - There were three days with thunder. Average peak wind gust was 23.3 mph.

Ottawa 4E (Phil & Bonnie Higley) - A very dry & breezy month. A good month to catch a cold in. Up & down temperature's.  First part was spring like temperatures, the middle of the month fall like temperatures, the end of the month summer like temperatures. What a month.

Perrysville 4W (Katie Gerwig) - Temperatures averaged slightly above normal. precipitation slightly below normal. Snow was recorded on 4 days with 3 traces and a 0.5 in. on the 4th.  There were three thunderstorm days with the most severe on the 17th where hail fell (size of a quarter).  Large snowflakes and hail fell on the 27th.

Ravenna 1E (Rich Rabatin) - On April 17th, Ravenna 1E had hail with the largest stone of 1 1/2". Also had 2 advisory days 1 for winter and 1 for wind, along with 2 severe thunderstorm warnings on the 17th.

Ravenna 1SE (Gary Locke)  A Trace of snow was noted on four days during the month, the latest being 4/27/04. One severe weather event was noted on 4/17/04 where this station observed 1.5" size hail. Total snowfall for season at this station is 66.7". There were three thunderstorm days during the month.

Springfield (Dick Groeber) -  April 2004 was a transition month from winter-like to summer-like conditions.  Temperatures were highly variable with periods of warm and cold.  Rainfall was scattered and mostly light.  The winds were gusty with eight dates of 25 miles per hour or higher.  The barometric pressure averaged below the station averages.  Although the warmest temperatures occurred during the middle of the month and the coldest at the beginning.  High temperatures in the 60s and 70s and low temperatures in the 30s and 40s were felt at various periods throughout the month.  The bulk of the rain fell during the middle of the month.  The lone thunderstorm occurred on the 25th.

Wooster 7N (Jack Sisler) - April began with some Winter left and then roller-coasted the rest of the way. Mean temperatures were a little less than two degrees above normal with a record low of 26 degrees on the 28th. Precipitation of some sort and with varying amounts occurred on sixteen of the thirty days. The amount was slightly above normal with just over three inches of snow the first four days of the month. Perhaps the last gasp of snowfall for the season fell on the 27th with 0.1".





OWON # Station Mean Max Temp Mean Min Temp Mean Temp High Temp Date Low Temp Date Total Prec Max 24hr Prec Date


Prec Days

Total Snow Max 24hr Snow Date #  1"+ Snow Days Max Wind Gust Date
119 Akron 1W 58.8 40.7 49.8 81.0 18th 27.0 5th 3.63 0.56 13th 20 3.4 2.7 4th 1 35 13th
A Akron-Canton 58.0 39.6 48.8 79.0 18th 25.0 5,6 3.39 0.77 12-13 17 2.9 1.2 4th 1 46 13th
82 Centerville 1W 62.8 42.7 52.8 83.0 18th 23.0 5th 4.30 0.63 20th 11 0 0 -- 0 46 3rd
A Cincinnati 63.1 43.8 53.5 81.0 18th 26.0 5th 4.50 1.16 13th 14 1.3 1.3 13th 1 47 3rd
13 Cincinnati 5NW 64.4 45.1 54.8 81.0 18th 27.0 5th 4.99 1.26 13th 13 T T 2,4,13 0 -- --
A Cleveland 57.3 40.7 49.0 81.0 18th 27.0 5th 3.74 0.71 13-14 16 2.6 1.3 1st 1 45 13th
55 Cleves 3NW 66.0 43.7 54.9 85.0 18th 27.0 5th 4.99 1.59 21-22 11 0.3 0.3 13th 0 35 3rd
A Columbus 61.6 43.5 52.6 82.0 18th 28.0 5,6 3.96 0.99 13th 14 0.3 0.3 4th 0 46 13th
A Dayton 62.1 43.0 52.5 81.0 18th 23.0 5th 3.39 0.75 13th 12 T T 13th 0 45 3rd
22 Kent 2E 59.3 39.2 49.3 80.0 18th 24.0 6th 4.54 0.73 17th 18 4.0 3.2 4th 1 26 19th
430 Kent 2W 57.9 38.0 47.9 79.0 18th 25.0 5,6 4.43 0.75 17th 17 4.6 3.8 4th 1 36 4th
2 Kidron 1N 60.6 41.2 50.9 81.0 18th 25.0 5,6 3.51 0.60 12th 17 3.50 2.70 1st 1 30 21st
87 Lagrange 2SW 59.3 38.9 49.1 89.0 18th 25.0 6th 3.45 0.59 13th 15 2.4 0.8 1,4 0 42 13th
A Mansfield 58.0 39.4 48.7 80.0 18th 22.0 5th 3.13 0.66 12-13 17 1.0 0.4 4th 0 40 19th
51 Middleburg Heights  2N -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 3.34 0.64 1st 16 1.0 1.0 4th 1 -- --
25 Munroe Falls 1SW 57.9 37.1 47.5 82.0 19th 25.0 6th 4.55 0.74 14th 16 5.4 2.6 4th 4 26 3,13
32 North Ridgeville 1N 59.7 39.9 49.8 83.0 18th 26 6th 3.46 0.93 13th 16 1.6 1.0 1st 1 34 4th
106 Newcomerstown 1S 61.8 41.4 51.6 84.0 18th 23.0 6th 4.74 0.96 13th 20 T T 27th 0 38 13th
15 Ottawa 4E 62.3 40.9 51.6 84.0 18th 22.0 5th 1.00 0.24 30th 13 0.0 0.0 -- 0 43 19,21
79 Perrysville 4W 58.2 39.0 48.6 77.0 17th 25.0 5,6 2.82 0.68 22nd 10 0.5 0.5 4th 0 -- --
101 Ravenna 1E 81.5 41.1 61.4 84.0 18th 26.0 5th 2.74 0.48 12th 17 4.7 2.2 4th 1 29 14th
121 Ravenna 1SE 61.2 37.0 49.1 85.0 18th 24.0 4th 3.55 0.71 1st 14 1.5 1.5 3rd 1 -- --
33 Rockbridge 4W 62.6 44.2 53.4 84.0 18th 24.0 5th 3.69 1.22 12-13 13 T T 4th 0 -- --
113 Sabina -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 3.50 0.96 14th 15 -- -- -- -- -- --
1 Springfield 2 63.0 43.0 53.0 83.0 18th 25.0 5th 2.91 0.64 13th 15 0.0 0.0 -- 0 35 3,20
112 Sugarcreek 2SW 60.5 40.7 50.6 80.0 18th 24.0 6th 4.20 0.78 23rd 16 0.8 0.8 1st 0 34 13th
117 Tiltonsville 64.1 43.0 53.2 85.0 18th 28.0 5th 3.20 0.86 13th 20 T T 1st 0 35 27th
A Toledo 62.0 40.1 51.0 87.0 18th 24.0 5th 0.97 0.43 20-21 10 T T 4th 0 43 19th
16 Wooster 7N 60.2 39.2 49.7 79.0 18th 24.0 5,6 3.57 0.72 13th 18 3.8 1.6 4th 2 34 14th
A Youngstown 57.9 39.4 48.7 82.0 18th 25.0 5,6 3.29 0.91 12-13 15 3.0 2.4 1st 1 46 21st
OWON # Station Mean Max Temp Mean Min Temp Mean Temp High Temp Date Low Temp Date Total Prec Max 24hr Prec Date


Prec Days

Total Snow Max 24hr Snow Date #  1"+ Snow Days Max Wind Gust Date

 = Airport         



Date: Thu Apr 1, 2004 4:33 pm

Subject: So THIS is Spring ??!!


At 4:30 p.m. I have a reading of 36 degrees with a mix of rain and snow, and it's mostly snow currently. If THIS is

Spring, I'll take early winter, thank you. Seems to me November and December are much more kind to us than this


Also, I now have all functions operating on my Weather Monitor II. This includes Humidity and Dew Point. To see

current conditions (less than 20 minutes old) go to my weather site at and

please give the site time to download, up to 30 seconds. Thank you.

Don Keating #106

Newcomerstown 1S


Date: Thu Apr 1, 2004 6:48 pm

Subject: No April Fool's Joke




Had rain off and on with a a few flakes of snow mixed in most of the

day. Then things got serious about 4 p.m. where as of 6 p.m. I had

1.4 inches of snow with more than an inch still on the ground. The

county road that runs in front of my house is completely snow

covered. My grandson was suppose to have had baseball practice at 5

p.m. Maybe snowball practice!?


Jack Sisler

Wooster 7N

Wayne County


From: "Phillip Higley" <>

Date: Fri Apr 2, 2004 6:32 pm

Subject: monthly reports


Ave. Max.; 49.9F

Ave. Minn.; 34.1F

Ave. Temp.; 42F

Highest was 70F on the 28th

Lowest was 13F on the 13th

Precip.: 1.91" 24 hour Greatest total 0.68" on the 4th

Snowfall 2.1" 24 hour Greatest total 2.0" on the 16th

Highest Baro.: 30.45 on the 13th & 14th

Lowest Baro. 29.43 on the 6th

Highest Wind Gust 52 M.P.H. on the 5th

There was 21 day's this month that had precip. (Out of 31, leaving only 10 day's without.)


Putnam, Co.


Date: Sat Apr 3, 2004 1:04 pm

Subject: March's Weather Statistics for Centerville 1W


Weather statistics for the month of March for Centerville 1W.

High Temp (Date) ... 76 / 28th

Low Temp (Date) ... 15 / 13th

Mean High ... 52.4

Mean Low ... 34.3

Monthly Mean ... 43.4

Total Precipitation ... 3.33"

Max 24 hr Precipitation (Date) ... 0.86" / 30th

Number of Precipitation Days... 14

Total Snowfall... 6.0"

Max 24 hr Snowfall (Date) ... 6.0" / 16th

Max Snow Depth at time of observation ... 5"

High Wind Gust (Date) ... 38 MPH / 5th

Thunderstorm Days ... 1

Highest Barometer (Date) ... 30.52" / 13th

Lowest Barometer (Date) ... 29.69" / 5th

Average High Wind Gust... 21.1 MPH

Year To Date Precipitation . 11.14"

2.75" Above Normal

Robert Flory - KA5RUC

Centerville 1W

Southeast Montgomery County

Ohio Weather Observer Network #82

Wilmington NWS Skywarn ID OMT405


Date: Sat Apr 3, 2004 2:04 pm

Subject: Re: [OhioWx] March's Weather Statistics for Ravenna 1SE


Weather statistics for the month of March for Ravenna 1SE.

High Temp (Date) ... 75 / 5th

Low Temp (Date) ... 13 / 21st

Mean High ... 49.0

Mean Low ... 29.10

Monthly Mean ... 39.05

Total Precipitation ... 4.89"

Max 24 hr Precipitation (Date) ... 0.72" / 26th

Number of Precipitation Days... 19

Total Snowfall... 18.0"

Max 24 hr Snowfall (Date) ... 8.0" / 16th

Max Snow Depth at time of observation ... 8"

High Wind Gust (Date) ... n/a

Thunderstorm Days ... 1

Total Snowfall this Season to Date: 65.2"

Gary Locke

OWON #121

Ravenna 1SE

Date: Sat Apr 3, 2004 3:35 pm

Subject: Thirty Years Ago Today




As some of you know, today (April 3, 2004) marks the 30th

anniversary of the "Superoutbreak" of April 3-4, 1974 that affected

several states, including Ohio. Some of the following information

are from some excerpts taken from the book "Thunder in the

Heartland", by Dr. Tom Schmidlin, professor and chair of the

Geography Department at Kent State University.


.....The tornado "superoutbreak" of 3-4 April 1974 resulted in 148

tornadoes in 13 states that resulted in the deaths of 315 people,

more than 6,000 injuries, and 27,000 people suffering property



......In Ohio, the Xenia Tornado caused the most deaths and damage

of all the tornadoes in the outbreak. The Xenia Tornado was the

first and most destructive of the Ohio tornadoes during this

outbreak. It had a path of thirty-two miles long.


......In Ohio, twelve tornadoes touched down killing 36 people

resulting in 2,100 injuries, 7000 families suffering losses, and

more than 4300 homes and 639 businesses being destroyed or had major



Personally, although I was living in Ohio but not Wayne County at

the time, I had attended a Skywarn meeting many years ago where they

showed several garbage bags full of shredded paper that were picked

up in fields around Wayne County containing personal checks,

receipts, and other paperwork that had been sucked up in the upper

winds and deposited over the county. Many of these pieces of paper

had "Xenia" marked on them. I remember watching all the newscasts

that night of what transpired in Xenia.


If you wish to see other information on this outbreak go to Google

( type in Superoutbreak April 3-4, 1974.

Anyone have some personal memories about the outbreak?


Jack Sisler

Wooster 7N

Wayne County



Date: Sun Apr 4, 2004 12:40 am

Subject: Summary of four day fog/precip. event


Today was the first time the sun appeared here in a long time. From

March 30th through yesterday, April 2nd, there was four straight days

of fog and precipitation. After reaching a high of 43 Wed. with

rain, the temp. dropped slowly and steadily to 36 on THursday with

rain and snow mixed. Then suddenly this changed to snow with a

sudden temperature drop to 33 and 1.1" wet snow fell, but as evening

approached the temp. again rose and the snow changed back to a mix,

then to rain. During the whole time fog persisted with a "base" that

seemed periodically to rise and fall in elevation from as low as all

the way down to the lakeshore to 800 or 900 feet, leaving the

lakeshore area out of the thick fog under a low cloud base (but the

hills still in fog). At times this would rise up to about 1400 feet,

shrouding only the tops of towers on top of the ridge, but then would

fall back down again to fog up the whole area.



Thompson 5 SW

northern Geauga Co. Ohio


Date: Sun Apr 4, 2004 7:10 am

Subject: Snowfall


Snowfall for past 12 hours was 2.6 inches (3 inches on ground). Anemometer

is frozen from an earlier glaze event.


Larry Huff

Munroe Falls 1SW

Summit County


From: "Phillip Higley" <>

Date: Sun Apr 4, 2004 9:50 am

Subject: report



It sure sound like to me that you people in N.E. Ohio are getting alot of SNOW.

While us in N.W. Ohio are NOT getting any SNOW. At 9:47 p.m. it's cldy. with NNW wind at 10 M.P.H. an

the out side air temperature of 35F. Our over night Low been 34F. We did get up to 39F, but that was just

after our reading yesterday. The Baro. is at 29.81R.

The rel. hum. is at 67% an the dew point is 26F.

Hope everyone in Ohio remember to move there clock's ahead 1 hour last night!


Putnam, Co.


Date: Sun Apr 4, 2004 2:47 pm

Subject: Re: [OhioWx] Snowfall


Larry & Group:


I had about 1.5" on my board this morning measuring out to about 0.25" in

liquid. I suspect about a tenth of this fell as rain before the change-over

during the night. Since about 10:30 am this morning, the sky has been

cloudy to partly cloudy with the sun peaking through and very little snow to

speak of other than maybe a trace.


Gary L

Ravenna 1SE


Date: Sun Apr 4, 2004 3:00 pm

Subject: Re: [OhioWx] Thirty Years Ago Today


Jack and Group:


I was a senior in high school at the time and don't remember too much about

the event other than it happening. I think I have shared the story before

and won't repeat it again (unless someone really wants to hear it) about

some of the things described by my boss when he was City Manager in Xenia

(he was not there in 1974 nor was he there when the last one hit Xenia

several years ago) as to how that City deals with severe weather events



What I think is interesting is to see how that event, or even the Oklahoma

City event has changed the way people do business in the weather field. I

realize a lot of the changes that have evolved over the last 30 years have

been a result of technology, but I am sure that between NWS, SPC, Skywarn,

Public Safety people and general weather enthusiasts, these events have had

their impact. I seem to recall some discussion amongst this group not long

ago about how certain weather events got people interested in the weather.

For some of us it was the Palm Sunday tornadoes about 10 years before Xenia.

I would be curious to hear what impact these or other severe weather events

had on other folks on the list too, in addition to any anecdotal discussions

about the Super Outbreak. Thanks everyone.


Gary Locke

Ravenna 1SE


Date: Sun Apr 4, 2004 3:19 pm

Subject: Afternoon OBS Middletown OH


Have had major ISP problems over the past couple of days. This is the first

time I've been able to get my mail since late Friday.


We finally saw the sun yesterday, after a very gloomy week. The sun has

been out lots today - very pleasant, with temps in the upper 40's right now

- winds have been kicking up a bit, though. Snow has been taken out of the

forecast for our area for tonight. Folks still are being told to cover any

tender plants they've already set out, though.


I'll probably be starting my tomato plants next week - am getting very

tired of cardboard-tasting tomatoes from the grocery store. Am trying a new

variety this year - Burpee's Fourth of July. Plants are supposed to start

bearing 49 days from the time you set them outdoors. They're small - 4

ounces - but they'll do fine in my window box. I'll put a bigger tomato in

the f gallon bucket.


I wanted to go to Xenia yesterday for the tornado anniversary events, but I

had to work. The electric company had to do a transformer upgrade in our

block so that power could be supplied to Port Middletown Park (right

outside our building) for the water feature pumps. We couldn't let them

shut TV Middletown down last weekend because we were carrying the state

basketball championship games and a team from our county was going for the

Division I championship (they won), so it had to be yesterday. Sometimes, I

wish I wasn't the resident geek. :-(


I did watch lots of the coverage on our local channels and the Weather

Channel, though. I remember that day in 1974 very well - my kids, who were

very little, and I were watching Dayton Channel 7's weather radar as the

tornado began to develop in Warren County (very close to us - and Xenia is

22 miles as the crow flies from here). The storm had already come through

Middletown, but we were very fortunate. I saw the video clip of the radar

that night on the Web Friday - boy, did it bring things back. If anything,

it reminded me that we should not become complacent - just because it

hasn't happened here in years doesn't mean it won't happen here.


Hope everyone is having a great day.



Middletown OH


Date: Sun Apr 4, 2004 3:27 pm

Subject: Links to 1973 Xenia info - and much more - from Dayton's Channel 7


Here's a link to much severe weather info - including info re the Xenia

tornado - fro Dayton, Ohio's Channel 7:



Middletown Ohio


Date: Sun Apr 4, 2004 5:03 pm

Subject: Re: Thirty Years Ago Today


Gary and Group:


Yes, there was some discussion on this but I don't recall there

being too many replies other than from a few. I guess to put in my

two cents worth while we're on the subject is what or who influenced

me about my interest in weather. I would have to say my grandparents

are the ones who instilled in me how weather affects us all. They

had a farm or lived on a farm in eastern Indiana all of there eighty

some years where my mother was one of three children. Weather of

course was a major influence in their lives of course because of

farming. I guess I kind of picked up on this in my early years back

in the 50's and 60's. I recall two weather events that occured while

visiting them. One had to do with listening to an old AM radio they

had back in the 50's where the newscast was live trying to pass on

information about a tornado not too far from them. You can imagine

the time it took to pass on this information back in those days.

Another time was back in the early sixties when we got stranded in a

snowstorm with my parents and I along with my grandparents while

trying to get back to my grandparents house from a church. My

stepfather was driving and it was snowing so hard we ended up

running into a snowdrift about halfway back which was about a mile

away. The snow ended up getting pushed all the way back to the

firewall of the engine and of course it stalled out the car. Someone

ended up coming to pick us up in a pickup truck and taking us into

my aunts house in town about five miles away. We were stranded there

for two days. We ended up coming back home to Ohio but my

grandparents car was stuck for about a week where we left it.


Those were some memorable times I will never forget.



Wooster 7N


Date: Sun Apr 4, 2004 7:09 pm

Subject: pics and snow event discussion


What a wonderous time is Spring!! On this fine Spring morning I

worked in the yard. I did some the driveway...with a

snowshovel. That's okay though becuase after the yard work was done,

I still had time to enjoy one of my favorite Springtime

activities...cross country skiing.


Although we didn't get the expected burial, we still got a

respectable snowstorm with 2.3" snow and blowing snow with drifts

over a foot. I put some pics that I took with my new digital camera

in a folder called "vance" from my forays out into this beautiful

April snowfall. Spring snows are one of my favorite weather

phenomena becuase they are so unpredictable (you never know when

you'll wake up to white), transient (they come and go so quickly),

and a pretty mix of seasons (with the flowers in bloom surrounded by




Thompson 5 SW

northern Geauga Co. Ohio


Date: Sun Apr 4, 2004 7:41 pm

Subject: New Additions


New additions to the Weather Observer site page titled "Great Backyard

Weather Stations". You may find your station pictured. If so, please feel



to send me more photos to be added. If you did not, this is your invitation


send me pictures of your station via jpeg files.


One of the reasons I like this page is it provides a means of seeing how


observers have their stations set up. It would be great if we could visit


others stations but the many miles between us often prevents that. This might

be the next best thing.


View at:



Larry Huff


Date: Mon Apr 5, 2004 7:11 am

Subject: Ohio Weather History





A storm produced unprecedented April snows in the central

Appalachians. Mount Mitchell NC received 35 inches of snow, and up

to 60 inches (six feet) of snow was reported in the mountains along

the border of North Carolina and Tennessee. The total of 25 inches

at Charleston WV easily surpassed their previous record for the

entire month of April of 5.9 inches. The 20.6 inch total at Akron

OH established an all-time record for that location.



Larry Huff


Date: Mon Apr 5, 2004 3:31 pm

Subject: Message from a 2way device


Larry and group, That storm hit Ohio on April 4,

1987. Here in Springfield, I recorded 4.5 inches of snow with wind gust to 45

m.p.h.. Dick Groeber


Date: Wed Apr 7, 2004 6:25 pm

Subject: Where's Spring?




I realize Spring in Ohio can mean a wide range of temperatures but

I'm five degrees below normal for the month so far. The first week

of March was warmer then the first week of April! Some forecasts

have that "s" word for the weekend.


Wouldn't it be interesting to have a easter egg hunt with snowcover

on the ground. I recall that happening one year when we were kids

when an uncle of mine put eggs out the night before and it had

snowed overnight.



Wooster 7N


Date: Sat Apr 10, 2004 6:30 am

Subject: March CORN Report


I have just posted the March Central Ohio Raingage Network (CORN) report

from Bob Davis. You can view at:


Larry Huff


From: "Phillip Higley" <>

Date: Tue Apr 13, 2004 7:47 pm

Subject: reports


What a night..........Yesterday around 7:25 p.m. our power went out & didn't come back on till 10:27 p.m..

Wasn't cause of the weather. I don't think so anyway's. But there was reports of freezen rain & snow

during that time frame.

Today wasn't any better.

Lt. rain off & on an windly.

Here is what we had so far today.

@ 7:45 p.m. 43F

Precip. 0.11"

HI & Low's won't get those till after 9:30 p.m till my davis downloads this information.

Winds N-5

Baro. 29.64R


Putnam, Co.


Date: Wed Apr 14, 2004 12:22 am

Subject: Intresting Observation --- Comments requested


Hello Members;

This afternoon around 5 p.m. it became very windy for a period of say 15 to 20 minutes. The pressure bombed as

well. However, there was little wind direction variance and the humidity only dropped off by like 5 to 7%. Take note

of the following readings...

Time (pm) --Pres. ---Wind D.


3:45 ------- 29.68 ---- NNW

4:00 ------- 29.67 ------ NW

4:15 ------- 29.65 ---- NNW

4:30 ------- 29.62 -------- N

4:45 ------- 29.57 -------- N

5:00 ------- 29.48 ----- NNE

5:15 ------- 29.58 ---- NNW

5:30 ------- 29.62 ----- NNE


Remember, those observations were taken every 15 MINUTES. I was earlier thinking the pressure fall and the

sudden increase during that time period was associated with either a) a low pressure moving right overhead or b) a

finger of the jet stream touching the surface. Now I'm not so sure about option a. At 5 p.m. Harry Clever Field in

New Philadelphia (15 miles NNE of me) had a pressure reading of 29.62 with variable winds @ 5 gusting to 21

mph. I'm at a loss as to what may have happened. According to the satellite/radar composite loop for a three hour

period, it showed no indications of a low pressure anywhere in Ohio let alone overhead. Any ideas? Did anyone else

with a barograph notice any bombing of the pressure today?

Don Keating #106

Newcomerstown 1S


Date: Wed Apr 14, 2004 7:01 am

Subject: Re: [OhioWx] Intresting Observation --- Comments requested


Don and list,

My barograph showed a drop reaching its lowest at around 6:30 pm

4/13/04 with 29.82". It was not a sudden drop but showed more as a loop

starting at around 6 pm and ending at around 8 pm. Highest wind gust

was 26 mph at 6:31 pm


Larry Huff

Munroe Falls 1SW

Summit County


Date: Wed Apr 14, 2004 7:04 am

Subject: Snowfall


Snowfall overnight amounted to 0.5 inch.


Larry Huff

Munroe Falls 1SW

Summit County


Date: Wed Apr 14, 2004 9:05 am

Subject: snowfall and weather ysterday and overnight Apr. 13-14


We had 3.4" of snow overnight here at Thompson 5 SW. Depth this

morning was 3". Also, there was some freezing drizzle with a trace

of ice (sometime early this morning after the snow ended). A

snow/rain mix fell all day yesterday with the ratio of wet snowflakes

to liquid rain drops slowly and steadily increasing throughout the

day until by about 9pm it was all snow. There was also a short

period of fairly high winds around 8pm last evening.


I went x-country skiing early this morning. It is probably the

latest in the season I've ever skied.



Thompson 5 SW (northern Geauga Co. OH)



Date: Wed Apr 14, 2004 6:44 pm

Subject: Re: Intresting Observation --- Comments requested


Don, and Group:


How strange. My greatest pressure drop, like Larry's, occured later

then yours Don. I had 29.70 at 5 p.m. in which there was a gradual

decline all day. At 6 p.m. however it was 29.54 then went back up to

29.66 by 7 p.m. A drop of .16" then a rise of .12" all this within a

two hour period. What seems just as strange to me is Larry's lowest

barometric pressure was around .28" higher at its lowest point than

you or I! I had a wind gust of 34 m.p.h. between 6 and 7 p.m. but no

wind shift. My wind direction was out of the north all day.


I tried to go back to see a few surface maps around that time and

the only thing I could see was a trof over western West Virginia

which was west of a primary low on the North Carolina coast. I don't

know if you could say there was something like a meso low in the

area or not?



Wooster 7N


Date: Fri Apr 16, 2004 6:33 pm

Subject: Not Bad




You'll receive no complaints from me with today's weather. With a

high of 74 degrees at my location was able to get some "serious"

yardwork done. Tried not to overdo it but I think there will be a

little soreness in the morning. Even with a warm day today I'm still

about three degrees below normal for the month for mean temps.


SPC still has a "slight risk" in their 18z outlook for some of the

extreme northern counties of Ohio late tomorrow because of a frontal

boundary to the north of us. However, with parts of northern Ohio in

the southern part of the outlook, each run has pushed the outlook

area further north.


Was anyone else able to enjoy today's weather?



Wooster 7N


Date: Sat Apr 17, 2004 8:21 pm

Subject: Ravenna 1E Hail Event



Close to 710pm tonight, I had 2 seperate hail events from a single

storm passing over Ravenna.

The largest stone I measured was close to 1.25" in diameter. I

have photos of them and when I get time, I will post them on this


I am wondering if Gary Locke, who lives on the other side of

Ravenna, had the same as I did.

Also, I had a high of 82 degree's at 307 pm.


Rich Rabatin

Ravenna 1E

Portage County



Date: Sat Apr 17, 2004 8:29 pm

Subject: Ravenna Hail


Rich and Group:


Yes I also had some large hail. I captured a picture of the radar

off of Weathertap and also got a picture of one of the stones. It

was just over 1.5" across. I will upload this to a folder called

Ravenna hail. Rich can use the same folder if he would like. I did

call this in (Skywarn) and would have to say this is the largest

hailstone I have seen here in quite some time. What was Jack saying

before about enjoying the spring weather? NWS did issue a severe

thunderstorm warning for us so I would say they are batting 1000!!


Gary Locke

Ravenna 1SE

Skywarn #133-037


Date: Sat Apr 17, 2004 10:25 pm

Subject: Thunder, lightning, hail and fog


Thunder, strong cloud to ground lightning, 1" dia. hail that was followed by

late evening patchy dense fog. The thunder began at 4:55 pm today

(Saturday) quickly followed by the CTG lightning. The hail started just prior


me needing to leave the house for a meeting at 5:50 pm. I did, however, get

the ruler out to measure a 1" hail stone and phoned the report into NWS

Cleveland. On my way home from the meeting in Cuyahoga Falls at 9:30 pm,

I encountered patchy heavy dense fog all the way home to Munroe Falls.


Larry Huff

Munroe Falls 1SW

Summit County


Date: Sun Apr 18, 2004 2:45 am

Subject: today's storm, instruments, and website


Hello All. No hail here. Not much wind, either. Just a couple

brief periods of rain for 0.04" and some thunder. The high was a

nice 76 F.


I reinstalled my anemometer/wind vane back into its permenant mount,

so there will be regular wind readings again. I had to repaire the

wiring. I also put the automated rain collector back out for the

Spring and Summer seasons, It is in a temporary spot until I finish

its mount on the tower.


All this data is updated automatically every three hours from about

10am to 2am on the Thompson 5 SW website at


Also there is a wx cam updated every 3 hours during daylight, and

snowfall updated every day.



Thompson 5 SW

Northern Geauga Co.


From: "Phillip Higley" <>

Date: Sun Apr 18, 2004 8:34 am

Subject: reports


A Very Nice day yesterday...........NO STORMS for us.

We got to our very first 80F for our Hi,

After being down to 57F.

Believe or Not...We had our very first Cooling degree day Yesterday.............

Of 3.5F. Haven't seen one of those in a very very long time.

Now it's 66F, with ptly. cldy. skies.

Baro. @ 30.00S, winds SSW-12


Putnam, Co.


Date: Sun Apr 18, 2004 8:42 am

Subject: Last Night Storms




I think I was in between most of the heavier stuff with most of the

severe stuff occuring to the west and north of me. I had .4" rain

and the highest wind gust I had occurred earlier in the day that

wasn't associated with any storms was 28 mph just before 3 p.m. Had

some pea size hail when storms rolled through but that was it.


I counted 19 hail reports for Ohio on the SPC site. Looks like Gary

had the biggest. There were no high wind reports that I saw.


I think it's just as well there was no severe wx in Wooster. I think

there are still some experiencing some post trauma from the F2

tornado last Fall. There is still some rebuilding/repair going on

due in part I think with all the "red tape" some had to go through.


Might want to keep tuned again for tomorrow night. Conditions appear

to be only marginal at best at the moment for severe weather due to

a cold front moving through.



Wooster 7N

Wayne County


Date: Sun Apr 18, 2004 1:37 pm

Subject: Re: [OhioWx] Ravenna Hail



Thanks for letting me share my photos in your file.

I made my own by mistake.

So it looks like we both had some pretty good size

hail, something I haven't seen for quite a long time.

I also took video of it from my cam corder and

camera. I might try to upload the camera video to the


I am ready for the severe weather season.

Rich Rabatin

Ravenna 1E


Date: Sun Apr 18, 2004 9:33 pm

Subject: Re: [OhioWx] Ravenna Hail




I was over at Chapel Hill with my kids and I don't think there was much hail

over there. When we got home, my wife said the storm had only ended 5

minutes before. I can't recall the last time I saw hail that big. I'll

check out your pics.




Date: Mon Apr 19, 2004 11:55 am

Subject: Ohio Weather History





A spring storm produced unusally heavy snow in northeast Ohio. Warren

received 35.5 inches in thirty-six hours, and 28 inches fell at Green

Hill. Akron OH established April records of 15.6 inches in 24 hours,

and 26.6 inches for the month. Pittsburgh PA established April

records of 12.7 inches in 24 hours, and 13.5 inches for the month.


Larry Huff


Date: Mon Apr 19, 2004 7:13 pm

Subject: Storm report (prelim)


7:10 PM EDT we had 0.25 inch hail (pea-sized) here in University

Circle, 44106. Closest major intersections are: Mayfield Road and

Euclid Avenue, three blocks; Euclid Avenue and East Boulevard, 1 long



Short hailfall (about 10 sec. or less) followed by torrential rain for

about three minutes.


Welcome the storm season!




Elizabeth Stapleton -


From: PjrOhio@EarthLink.Net

Date: Mon Apr 19, 2004 9:40 am

Subject: Storms Onshore - OH/PA/NY...



Larger JPG without political boundries will be posted here:




From: "Phillip Higley" <>

Date: Mon Apr 19, 2004 10:23 pm

Subject: light seen


@ 9:25 p.m. on the way back from Findlay, Oh. Lighten was seen to the WSW.

Then again @ 9:40 p.m. off to the SSE. But it was clear over head.


Low- 57

Set- 57F

Baro.: 29.92R

Winds NNW-2-G-43

Precip. Tr.

Ptly. Cldy.

47F Dew Point

Rel. Hum. 70%

@ 9:40 p.m.

4-E Putnam, Co.


Date: Tue Apr 20, 2004 12:40 am

Subject: report on frontal passage


The cold front passed through Thompson 5 SW at 7:15pm. I was not

here but instruments show that 0.16" rain fell from 7:15 to 7:20pm

with the temp. dropping from 68.2 to 62.7 during that 5 minute

period. The wind actually decreased as the cooler air arrived, it's

maximum occurring during the warmest period right before frontal

passage, no doubt to to the turbulence of the warm moist air.



Thompson 5 SW (N. Geauga Co.)


Date: Tue Apr 20, 2004 7:08 pm

Subject: Saturday & Monday Night Storms


Jack and Group:

I did not notice any damage from the storms on Saturday night here in Ravenna. I have been wondering

looking at the hail stone that I posted on the OhioWx page if the stones were relatively soft and whether

the elongated shape came from the stone hitting the ground. Don't know much about hail but even the

rounder stones like what Rich showed seemed a little soft (the ones I saw). Maybe they had already

started to melt when I got to them. I'm curious if anyone has any thoughts on this.

As far as the Monday night storms, Portage County and most others around us were put under a Severe

Thunderstorm warning. I did not notice any severe weather driving between Kent and Ravenna. I had .31"

of rain and there was some decent C-G lightning but that was it.

Gary Locke

Ravenna 1SE


Date: Wed Apr 21, 2004 3:18 pm

Subject: Newcomerstown Weather Web Site Being Taken Down


Hi Group;

As of this time, effective May 1'st, my personal weather site will be taken offline until further notice. The main

reason for this is the lack of web traffic to the web site. I have alot of time and work in the site, including posting the

days extremes at the end of each day. I feel as if it is no longer any use or no longer informative due to the lack of

web traffic. Hence, I see no reason to continue working on something no one is viewing.

Don Keating #106

Newcomerstown 1S


Date: Wed Apr 21, 2004 6:50 pm

Subject: Illinois/Indiana Storms




Here is the link for the information on last nights tornadoes and

storms in Illinois and Indiana:




Date: Sun Apr 25, 2004 2:18 am

Subject: precipitable water


Does anyone know what "precipitable water" is? I see this term used

alot in the forcast for the summit of Mauna Kea . In this case it is

measured in mm.




Date: Mon Apr 26, 2004 12:05 am

Subject: Thompson wx 04/25/04





Most of today was cloudy. Some light rain fell in the morning. The

Sun actually peaked through the clouds late this afternoon, resulting

in the temperature rising to a late high of 66F at 6:20pm. The line

of storms that passed by did little more than thunder and lightning

accompanied by brief moderate rain with no real increase in wind



Current weather: cloudy, temp. 58F, wind 2mph WNW


Thompson 5 SW website:



Thompson 5 SW


Date: Tue Apr 27, 2004 12:06 am

Subject: Thompson 5 SW recent wx 04/26/04





The day started out sunny and mild. A front passing through brought

a period of light rain and caused the temperature to drop from the

low 60's to the low 50's. The winds died down for about an hour

following this temp. drop before picking back up to a light breeze



Current weather: mostly cloudy, temp. 50.2F, wind 4mph NNW


Thompson 5 SW website:



Thompson 5 SW


Date: Tue Apr 27, 2004 11:57 am

Subject: snow????


as of 0941 today the city of Toledo has light snow



When was the lastest anyone has seen snow in a





From: "Phillip Higley" <>

Date: Tue Apr 27, 2004 1:21 pm

Subject: Re: [OhioWx] snow????


I have seen snow in May............May 18, 2002 @ my reporting station.

That day time Hi was 49F, low was 34F.


Putnam, Co.


Date: Tue Apr 27, 2004 1:37 pm

Subject: Mixed bag of WX



At 1:30 this afternoon I had several showers of pea sized hail. A few minutes later I observed wet snow falling

mixed with the hail and rain showers. The current temperature @ 1:37 p.m. is 42 degrees. Before this precip episode

began it was 49 degrees.

Don Keating #106

Newcomerstwon 1S


Date: Tue Apr 27, 2004 6:29 pm

Subject: Re: Mixed bag of WX


Don and Group:


Sounds like I had much of the same weather here except I didn't see

any hail. Some of the snow showers had visibility down to a half

mile at times and stuck to the ground briefly. I had a twenty-degree

temperature drop in the last 24 hours from 59 to 39.


Hope nobody put out any tender vegetation yet. There aren't any

frost/freeze advisories here but I think that could change later if

skies clear and the winds calm down later tonight.



Wooster 7N

Wayne County


Date: Tue Apr 27, 2004 11:13 pm

Subject: recent wx 04/27/04





There was light rain and snow mixed in the morning. This changed to

snow flurries for most of the afternoon, punctuated by periodic brief

snow and sleet showers. Each shower would lightly dust the coldest

surfaces for a few minutes. The flurries mostly ended in the evening

but one more snow shower recently occured leaving another dusting on

the porch.


Current weather: mostly cloudy, temp. 33.7F, wind 0mph


Thompson 5 SW website:



Thompson 5 SW


Date: Tue Apr 27, 2004 11:24 pm

Subject: Re: snow????


I recorded periods of sleet and snow showers and flurries in my

previous station at Streetsboro 2N May 18-21, 2002. I also had

traveled on May 20, 2002 to the new home site where my current

station (Thompson 5 SW) is now, and observed flurries and a snow

shower there. This was the first snow and first weather observation

made at the new station.




Date: Wed Apr 28, 2004 7:10 am

Subject: Record Low --- April 28, 2004


The morning low of 28 degrees at 5:43 a.m. established a new record low for the date. The previous record

low was 29 degrees established in 1998.

Don Keating #106

Newcomerstown 1S


Date: Wed Apr 28, 2004 8:48 am

Subject: COLD NIGHT!


I don't really known for sure if we broke a record or not. But we too had a 28F for our low here in Putnam,

Co. At 3 a.m.

Right now it's Ptly. CLdy. with 43F

Baro. @ 29.94R slowly...

Winds SE-11




Date: Wed Apr 28, 2004 10:06 am

Subject: Re: Record Low --- April 28, 2004




Looks like we were pretty close. I had a 26 @5:49 a.m. which set a

record for the date here also breaking the previous low of 28 in

1998. Had widespread frost although it appeared light.



Wooster 7N

Wayne County


Date: Wed Apr 28, 2004 7:20 pm

Subject: NO recoord broke here.


I just check with Mr. Burkholder & he inform me that we DID NOT brake no record.

The old record stands at 26F back in 1950. We got down to 28F & our Hi was 72F.

An that is what Mr. Burkholder had too. He lives 7 miles to the SSE from here.


Putnam, Co.



Date: Wed Apr 28, 2004 8:06 pm

Subject: Low Humidity and Tornadoes?


Hi everyone,


I'm looking at a current weather map with Tornado Warnings in northeast

Minnesota and a Severe Thunderstorm watch for the entire northcentral

and northeastern part of Minnesota.


There is a large blotch of cold topped clouds over the area, but the

humidity levels are showing between 30-40% at 1100 UTC. The only thing

I can see that seems conducive to the severe weather conditions is that

the area is between the cold and warm fronts very close to the center

of the LOW moving south over the area.


I'm just a bit confused about this... The humid air is coming in from

the north (and it's cold) and the dry air is coming in from the south

(that's the warmer air), which is a different scenario than I've ever



Could someone explain this?



Elizabeth Stapleton -


Date: Thu Apr 29, 2004 12:43 am

Subject: Re: Record Low --- April 28, 2004


The low here was 29F at 1:30 am. There was considerable frost and

even a very light dusting of snow clinging to the coldest surfaces

where the deposit from the last shower (which fell at above freezing

temps.) hadn't melted before temps. dropped below freezing.


Unlike last night, tonight is mild with a temperature of 59.8F at

12:40 am.



Thompson 5 SW (northern Geauga Co.)









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