Cincinnati 5NW (Ron Rothhaas) -  February was a real yawner for the winter enthusiast, although pretty nice for the average citizen. Temperatures were well above normal while precipitation was nearly non-existant. The lack of weather was particularly noticeable after a very active December and January. Snow depth on the first was 6 inches the last traces of which did not melt until the 19th. No measureable snow fell after the 7th. Temperatures rose to a month's high of 67F on the 29th with some early bud breakage in maples noted.

Kidron 1N (Ronald Hahn) -  February 2004 was an uneventful month.  Temperatures were a degree above normal on average while snowfall was 4.5 inches below normal and liquid precipitation was 0.55 inches below normal.

Munroe Falls 1SW () - This February produced the lowest precipitation total for February of 1.07 inches since I began record keeping in 1992. The previous low precipitation for February was 1.18 inches in 1995.

Newcomerstown 1S () - Average high was 2.8 below normal; average low was 4.5 below normal and the mean temperature was 3.6 degrees below normal. In fact, everything was below normal for February. Precipitation was 0.72" below and snowfall was 3.7" below normal. Average high wind gust was 18.2 mph. Sleet fell on the 5'th. February had 29 days, but 21 of those days were precipitation free, incredible for the second month of the year.

Ottawa 4E (Phil & Bonnie Higley) - Started out Cold & close to normal.
Toward the end of the month become Above normal readings. Not to much precip. this month.

Perrysville 4W (Katie Gerwig) - February saw below normal snowfall and near normal precipitation.  However, the ground was covered with snow and ice most of the month.  Snowfall combined with rain and light snows early in the month created a thick layer of ice and made walking treacherous until the last week of the month.

Ravenna 1SE (Gary Locke)  February was a relatively mild and dry month. No major storms or weather events were experienced. Only 4 days with measurable snowfall.

Springfield (Dick Groeber) The month began cold with near zero temperatures and steadily warmed to the balmy low 60s by months end. Overall, it averaged above the station 36 year normals.  Cold low pressure dominated the first week of the month bringing the only frozen precipitation in the form of freezing rain on the 5th and snow on the 7th.  High pressure dominated the remainder of the month with a nearly two week dry period from the 8th to the 19th.  Only scattered light rain showers followed.  The temperatures steadily warmed after the first week.  The coldest temperature reding was recorded on the 1st while the warmest was on the 29th.  The dominant high pressure kept low readings in the teens and 20s throughout the first three weeks.  A pronounced warming trend occurred during the last week.  The only measurable snow feel on the 7th.  About a half-inch of freezing rain fell on the 7th.  After the two week dry period, scattered showers were noted.  A strong storm system on the 20th gave winds gusting to 43 miles per hour.

Thompson 5SW (Vance Lunn) - This was a relatively dry and uneventful month. The first 18 days were seasonably cold with frequent light snowfalls, while the 19th-29th was mild with very little precipitation of any kind except for light rain on the 20th changing to 2.9" snow on the 21st. The first week saw five days of light freezing rain and drizzle. Maximum snow depth was 15 inches on the 1st, 8th, and 11th. The minimum snow depth was 5 inches on the 29th.





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 38.3 21.6 30.0 61.0 29th 2.6 1st 0.92 0.30 6th 8 3.2 1.8 7th 1 31 21st
A Akron-Canton 36.7 20.1 28.4 57.0 29th 0.0 1st 1.22 0.55 5-6 8 5.2 3.2 7th 2 45 20th
  Aurora 3S 38.3 17.8 28.1 62.0 29th -8.0 1st 0.84 0.33 2nd 7 7.6 2.4 7th 3 -- --
107 Brookville 39.6 23.0 31.4 62.0 29th 5.0 1st 1.63 0.81 5th 9 1.5 1.5 6th 1 29 20th
82 Centerville 1W 41.0 22.9 31.9 64.0 29th 3.0 1st 1.57 0.47 5th 7 1.3 1.3 7th 1 34 20,21
A Cincinnati 42.3 25.4 33.9 64.0 29th 12.0 1st 1.25 0.49 5th 6 1.5 1.1 7th 1 40 20th
13 Cincinnati 5NW 4.3 26.2 35.3 67.0 29th 12.0 1st 1.25 0.46 5th 6 1.6 1.3 7th 1 -- --
A Cleveland 37.2 22.2 29.7 53.0 29th 0.0 1st 0.76 0.17 20-21 12 5.7 2.0 7th 2 52 20th
55 Cleves 3NW 43.4 24.7 34.1 66.0 29th 2.0 1st 1.59 0.70 5-6 6 0.8 0.5 7th 0 32 20th
A Columbus 40.3 23.6 31.9 61.0 29th 0.0 1st 2.02 0.96 5th 8 1.5 1.0 7th 1 46 20th
A Dayton 38.9 22.4 30.7 61.0 29th 2.0 1st 1.31 0.45 5th 8 2.3 2.1 7th 1 45 20th
22 Kent 2E 38.0 19.7 28.8 60.0 29th -3.0 1st 1.09 0.38 3rd 8 4.3 2.0 7th 2 20 20th
2 Kidron 1N 39.4 21.2 30.3 59.0 29th -4.0 1st 1.48 0.56 6th 6 3.3 2.1 7th 2 36 21st
87 Lagrange 2SW 39.2 19.3 29.3 61.0 29th -3.0 1st 0.61 0.17 2nd 12 3.6 1.6 7th 2 40 26th
A Mansfield 35.7 19.3 27.5 55.0 29th -3.0 1st 0.83 0.22 5-6 10 5.0 3.0 7th 1 41 20th
51 Middleburg Heights  2N -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 0.28 0.21 7th 12 4.0 20 7th 3 -- --
25 Munroe Falls 1SW 36.6 17.4 27.0 56.0 29th -2.0 2nd 1.07 0.36 2-3,6 8 7.0 1.5 2-8 2.0 -- --
106 Newcomerstown 1S 41.0 20.6 31.8 59.0 29th -7.0 1st 2.12 0.66 6th 8 4.2 2.9 7th 1 40 20th
32 North Ridgeville 1N 40.3 20.2 30.3 62.0 29th -2.0 1st 0.65 0.14 3rd 14 5.2 2.0 7th 2 36 21st
15 Ottawa 4E 35.8 20.1 28.0 59.0 29th -6.0 1st 0.36 0.16 5th 13 0.9 0.4 5th 0 43 20th
79 Perrysville 4W 38.4 20.6 29.5 56.0 29th -7.0 1st 1.74 0.71 6th 6 4.7 1.9 7th 2 -- --
121 Ravenna 1SE 40.7 16.2 28.5 62.0 29th -3.0 1st 1.09 0.40 2nd 7 4.0 1.0 5th 4 -- --
  Rockbridge 4W 41.5 23.0 32.2 64.0 29th -2.0 1st 2.08 0.86 5th 8 2.5 2.1 7th 1 -- --
1 Springfield 2 40.0 23.0 31.0 62.0 29th 3.0 1st 1.44 0.59 5th 8 1.0 1.0 7th 1 43 20th
112 Sugarcreek 2SW 40.1 21.6 30.9 57.0 29th -6.0 1st 2.07 0.98 6th 9 2.6 0.8 21st 0 28 20,21
98 Thompson 5SW 35.7 17.5 26.6 56.0 29th -4.0 1,16 1.18 0.35 3rd 17 14.4 4.6 7th 4 -- --
A Toledo 35.6 20.3 28.0 59.0 29th -4.0 1st 0.44 0.26 20-21 8 1.1 0.3 7th 0 47 20th
A Youngstown 36.2 19.8 28.0 57.0 29th -1.0 16th 1.01 0.32 5-6 11 4.6 1.5 7th 1 40 20th
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

A = Airport         



Date: Sun Feb 1, 2004 8:15 am

Subject: SW Ohio: Yesterday's record lows


New record lows set yesterday:


Valley begins to thaw out after record cold weather

Temperatures coldest since 1994


By Ben Sutherly

Dayton Daily News

Saturday, January 31, 2004


Temperatures should moderate in the Miami Valley today after plunging Saturday

morning to levels not seen in a



Dayton International Airport recorded a low of minus 10 degrees at 3:50 a.m.

Saturday, shattering the previous Jan.

31 record of minus 6 degrees, set in 1936. The normal low for Jan. 31 in Dayton

is 19 degrees.



Full story:





Middletown OH


Date: Sun Feb 1, 2004 9:38 am

Subject: January's Weather Statistics for Centerville 1W


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

High Temp (Date) ... 61o / 3rd

Low Temp (Date) ... -9o / 31st

Mean High ... 32.0o

Mean Low ... 16.6o

Monthly Mean ... 24.3o

Total Precipitation ... 6.12"

Max 24 hr Precipitation (Date) ... 1.75" / 4th

Number of Precipitation Days... 13

Total Snowfall... 12.8"

Max 24 hr Snowfall (Date) ... 5.0" / 26th

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

High Wind Gust (Date) ... 33 MPH / 14th

Thunderstorm Days ... 2

Highest Barometer (Date) ... 30.55" / 10th

Lowest Barometer (Date) ... 29.61" / 27th

Average High Wind Gust... 20.7 MPH

Year To Date Precipitation . 6.12"

3.52" Above Normal


Robert Flory - KA5RUC

Centerville 1W

Southeast Montgomery County

Ohio Weather Observer Network #82

Wilmington NWS Skywarn ID OMT405


Date: Sun Feb 1, 2004 2:41 pm

Subject: Low Temperature


At 6:59 a.m. I recorded the lowest temperature of the winter season so far. The


reading was -7 degrees. This is also a record low for the date.


Don Keating #106

Newcomerstown 1S


Date: Sun Feb 1, 2004 7:39 pm

Subject: Repeat Week?




Going by some of this mornings models it almost looks like another

week of "Will it be ice or will it be snow or both?". Although

temperatures don't appear to be as cold this week the temperatures

look to be critical on the type of precipitation that falls.

For Tuesday the ETA and GFS models have the same similarities with

having low pressure coming out of the Oklahoma area and moving to the

northeast toward the Mississippi. But that's when they begin to

differ. The ETA forms two lows then; one moving toward the upper

Great Lakes and another low moving through the Ohio Valley. (I think

this is why the WFO Pittsburgh office has the Winter Storm Watch out

for their juristiction). The GFS keeps with a single low pressure

area with it moving northwest of Ohio. For Thursday it looks like

another low pressure will be coming up the lower Ohio Valley.


I think a mix or freezing rain is a greater possibility on Tuesday

especially over those area with decent snow cover keeping the colder

temperatures over the surface. Thursday's episode I think will be

more of a snow event if models stay close to what they are now but

that's too far down the road.


Other thoughts for rain or snow this week?



Wooster 7N

Wayne County


Date: Mon Feb 2, 2004 7:22 am

Subject: Middletown OH - Looks like more winter precip coming our way


Good morning, everyone.


We may see rain or freezing rain this afternoon, depending on the

temperature. One local met just said, "It's too close to call." Another

thinks it will be a wintry mix, with dense fog tomorrow morning.


More of the same is predicted for later this week.


Stay warm!



Middletown OH


Date: Mon Feb 2, 2004 10:37 am

Subject: Re: Desktop Icons




I personally don't have anything but I went to Google and typed

in "weather desktop icons" (without the quotation marks and came up

with a few web addresses:


Don't know if these were freebies or if there is some cost involved.




--- In, "Amber Dalakas" <adalakas@a...> wrote:

> Hi:


> Does anyone have any weather desktop icons that they wouldn't mind


> with me. I'm particularly looking for a lightning bolt but would

happy with

> something else.


> Thanks,

> Amber


Date: Mon Feb 2, 2004 8:03 pm

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



Weather statistics for the month of January for Ravenna 1SE

High Temp (Date) ... 60o / 3rd

Low Temp (Date) ... -12o / 24th

Mean High ... 28.0o

Mean Low ... 8.23o

Monthly Mean ... 18.11o

Total Precipitation ... 4.12"

Max 24 hr Precipitation (Date) ... 1.07" / 4th

Number of Precipitation Days... 20

Total Snowfall... 20.5"

Max 24 hr Snowfall (Date) ... 4.0" / 14th

Max Snow Depth at time of observation ... 9"

Some interesting points: In addition to the 20 days of measurable precipitation

in January, I also

had 8 days with a trace of snow, leaving only three days where something didn't

fall from the sky.

I had ten days of subzero temperatures (six of these consecutive days) and a

temperature span

of 72 degrees within the month ranging from a high of 60 to a low of -12. It was

not a month to

enjoy but it was interesting nonetheless.

Gary Locke

Ravenna 1SE

OWON #120

Date: Mon Feb 2, 2004 8:15 pm

Subject: Re: [OhioWx] January's Weather Statistics for Ravenna 1SE - Correction



Just realized that I have been using the wrong OWON # all this time (Duh!). I am

actually #121, not #120.

Sorry to all and especially to #120.

Gary L


Date: Tue Feb 3, 2004 7:19 am

Subject: From today's Middletown Journal: Let's improve way snow days are



Last wee's bad weather and the manner in which decisions were made to close

the schools or put them on delays resulted in many complaints from parents

and prompted the editorial from today's Middletown Journal (below).


As the person who puts the closings/delays up on our local channel, I hope

that school administrators are listening. In one instance, I got a school

closing announcement right about the same time that the kids would be

leaving their homes for the bus stops. In another, I had to walk back into

work to put up a delay because the roads were too icy to drive. And, in

talking with some of the folks who actually have to get out and drive the

roads during incredibly nasty conditions, I know they are literally risking

life and limb at times.


I applaud our paper's suggestion that school administrators check with

their local police departments re road conditions - it makes infinite

sense. I hope the school superintendents are listening.



Middletown OH


Date: Tue Feb 3, 2004 8:34 am

Subject: Heat Wave




I had a high temperature yesterday (Monday) of 39 degrees which is

the highest it's been since January 4th. It felt pretty good

considering how cold it's been. Helped melt some of the snow on the

ground that's been there since January 13th.


Anyone else break a string of cold temperatures? Any thoughts on

another storm late in the week?



Wooster 7N


Date: Tue Feb 3, 2004 9:51 am

Subject: Re: [OhioWx] Heat Wave


Hi Jack;

Amazingly with the snow and ice on the ground here in Newcomerstown, we still

shot up to a reading of 47 degrees. As for any events this weekend... I'll tell

ya next

Monday. :-)

Don Keating


Date: Tue Feb 3, 2004 3:34 pm

Subject: Re: [OhioWx] Heat Wave



Here in Ravenna, I had 43 degrees, which also helped

melt the ice build up on my anemometer. It has been

ice covered since a week ago Monday.

I only wish we had more sunshine to melt the ice

from my driveway. I did put salt down on it, but with

so much ice,at least 3" in spots, it did not help one

bit. We need a good week or two of mild temps. and

sun to get rid of all this ice.


Rich Rabatin

Ravenna 1E


Date: Wed Feb 4, 2004 9:38 pm

Subject: Approaching Event


Hello Group;

After looking at the 7 p.m. surface map, my best guesstimate on the track of the

developing low pressure would be

like this....

I would guess it'll go from central Arkansas into central Tennessee and I'm

wanting to say it'll go into the Virginia's,

more closer to southern WV than northern VA. I am hearing some forecasts that

place the low over either western

Ohio into southern MI or over eastern IN and into southern MI. Frankly, I'd

rather see that track, but by looking at

what I did recently, I think it's going to track to our south. Or, possible a

warm frontal system develop over that line

I mentioned earlier.

Any other comments?

Don Keating


From: "J S" <>

Date: Thu Feb 5, 2004 9:02 am

Subject: RE: [OhioWx] Approaching Event


The low is developing on the gulf coast now. It has to head straight

north-northeast to go up through western Ohio at this point, which is not

the most unheard of track. I think most forecasts have the track too far

west as well, but I'm not sure if it will head as far south as WV/western

VA. If it did, the predicted warmth might not come, or at least not as



From: "Phillip Higley" <>

Date: Thu Feb 5, 2004 10:35 am

Subject: upcoming storm


Just got done looking at local returns an it sure look's like to

me that the system is trying to bring in Freezen rain to N.W.

ohio, but it's NOT hitting the ground, cause it to dry.........

With our Rel. hum. at 68% & the dew point being low in the

teens. I feel that we may Not get any precip. in here till later

on, when the rel. hum. get's a little higher & the dew point

comes up a little bet more. As for the L pressure itself, I feel

it will move between Ind. & the Ohio Line to the N.N.E. &

stay very close to the JET STREAM........THis is my 2 cents



Putnam, Co.


From: "J S" <>

Date: Thu Feb 5, 2004 11:51 am

Subject: RE: [OhioWx] upcoming storm


The forecasts for most of Kentucky showed maybe a snow/sleet/freezing rain

mix before a quick changeover to rain with no snow accumulation. This was

based on the ETA, which is what the Ohio NWS forecasts are leaning towards.

However, if you look at the reports, a large portion of Kentucky received on

the order of 1-3" of plain snow before any changeover, and keep in mind that

some parts of the state still have not changed over. In Cincinnati, the

forecast was for a snow/sleet mix with little or no snow accumulation. It's

all snow right now in Cincinatti with 1/2 mile visibility. So it appears to

me that the cold air is going to hang in longer than forecast, and that any

changeover is going to be delayed quite a bit longer. I still disagree with

the low track along the OH/IN border.


Date: Thu Feb 5, 2004 4:13 pm

Subject: Re: upcoming storm


Phil, Jon and Group:


Haven't been keeping up on the models but looking at the 20z RUC

model it appears, at this time, the greater pressure falls appear to

be over northern Indiana and southeastern Michigan which is telling

me the surface low will take a path northwest of Ohio. There is an

upper low moving into western Tennessee which is providing some



It would appear that there won't be a complete changeover to rain for

several hours since both surface temperatures and 850mb temperatures

both don't go above freezing until around 1 a.m. for all of Ohio.

This may mean a six or eight hour period of snow/freezing rain/mix

making things quite hazardous before the changeover. Looks like the

greatest liquid precipitation amounts appear to be in southeastern




Wooster 7N


Date: Fri Feb 6, 2004 10:08 am



Total precipitation for the 24 hours ending at 10 A.M. today(Friday,

February 6)at my home in northwest Hocking County was 1.24". Before the

precipitation began the liquid content of the 3" snow cover was


Jim Fry

Rockbridge 4W

OWON #33


Date: Fri Feb 6, 2004 1:02 pm

Subject: Re: [OhioWx] (unknown)



Was that 3" of old snow on the ground, or 3" of NEW snow? If it was 3" of old

snow, then isn't it possible that alot

of that .74" was in reality ice and high moisture content because of rain,

instead of .74" of actual liquid content to 3"

of snowfall? Just wondering because that's an extremly high moisture content if

it were 3" of new snow. Thanks.

Don Keating

Before the precipitation began the liquid content of the 3" snow cover was



Date: Fri Feb 6, 2004 1:17 pm

Subject: Re: (unknown)



It actually sounds correct to me(I am in county north of him). I

had 8" max snow a week ago, and it melt to a nice think layer of ice.

I had .98" here(not including snow cover). And as high as the

Hocking River is, it looks like they got a lot of rain down there.




Date: Sat Feb 7, 2004 7:04 am

Subject: Snowfall - Munroe Falls


Snowfall of 0.7" for the past 12 hours .

Snow depth at 5"

All at 7 am 2/7/04


Yesterday's (Friday) high temperature reached 41 degrees.


Larry Huff

Munroe Falls 1SW

Summit County


Date: Sat Feb 7, 2004 1:28 pm

Subject: Cold... And Wet



Thought you all might like to read this article printed in today's [February

7'th, 2004] New Philadelphia (OH) Times

Reporter. The paper has contacted me several times since the heavy snow we

received on the 26'th of January. I

would like to see it as the beginning of a trend. I'll be happy to supply

whatever information they need. Click on the

http address to read the article.

Cold... And Wet

Temperatures fell far below Average during January

Take care everyone. I'll get some snowfall information out soon.

Don Keating,



Date: Sun Feb 8, 2004 8:15 am




1987... A powerful storm produced blizzard conditions in

the Great Lakes Region. Winds gusted to 86 mph at

Janesville WI and Cleveland OH received 12 inches

of snow. North winds of 50 to 70 mph raised the water

level of southern Lake Michigan two feet, and produced

waves 12 to 18 feet high, causing seven million dollars

damage along the Chicago area shoreline. It was the most

damage caused by shoreline flooding and erosion in the

history of the city of Chicago.



Larry Huff


Date: Sun Feb 8, 2004 8:25 am

Subject: Weather Map Handbook


Several on this list have expressed interest in learning how to read various

weather maps. Here is a link that might provide what you have been looking




Larry Huff


Date: Mon Feb 9, 2004 9:48 pm

Subject: Historical Weather Event information


Hi all:


There was a storm in Brunswick (Medina County) in 1909. Almost all of the

crops were ruined, trees were downed in what was described a "tornado like"

winds. There was also 8 inches of hail. Is there a web site that would

provide more information on this storm?


Thanks for your help in advance.



Date: Tue Feb 10, 2004 6:28 pm

Subject: Weather Web Site Address Change



I'd like to bring your attention to a web site address change. My Weather Site

address is now That is the same as it was before, but

shorter. Basically, I have removed the

/into.html part of the address. If you go to the old address you will be

notified of the revised address. For those of

you with web pages and my weather site on your page as a link, please make the

proper changes to the link. Also,

keep an eye on the site, for if I can arrange it, you'll see Newcomerstown

Current Conditions added to it very soon. I

thank you.

Don Keating,

Newcomerstown, Ohio


Date: Tue Feb 10, 2004 7:37 pm

Subject: Re: [OhioWx] Historical Weather Event information




There is a book by Tom Grazulis named "Significant Tornadoes 1880-1989".

Whether you can find it at a library or whether it has anything about the

storm you refer to is another question. There could maybe be something in

one of Dick Goddard's Weather Almanacs that discusses the storm if you have

access to any of those.


Have you checked any local histories that may have been written about

Brunswick or Medina County. Sometimes these have accounts of such storms.

You could also check with your local paper to see if they have any

newspapers archived back to that date. Doubtful but you never know. This

probably won't be of much help but just thought that I would throw some

ideas out there.


Gary L

Ravenna 1SE


Date: Tue Feb 10, 2004 9:09 pm

Subject: Re: [OhioWx] Historical Weather Event information


Thanks Gary, I will see if I can find the book you mention. I check Dick

Goddard's 2002 book which I have and couldn't find any info. Actually the

info is for the local historical society. We have a great picture of the

aftermath of the storm but only the little info that I shared.





Date: Tue Feb 10, 2004 10:33 pm

Subject: January 2004 CORN Report


To view Bob Davis' Central Ohio Raingage (CORN) for January 2004, go to:



To view the "under construction" WEATHER OBSERVER and MUNROE

WEATHER STATION sites, go to:



Larry Huff


Date: Wed Feb 11, 2004 11:47 am

Subject: My New Weather Web Address


Here is my new web address for "Weather Observer". From there you can

also reach me on my new address for "Munroe Falls Weather Station".






Larry Huff


Date: Thu Feb 12, 2004 9:58 am

Subject: Australian Weather


Hello Group;

With this weekends cold air in the forecast, I thought I'd pass on this e-mail

from my friend down in Australia. I've

added the converted temperatures for you. Just thought you'd like to read some

firsthand information fro the land

down under, compared to what we're going through here.

Don Keating


Hi DonI thought I would give you a weather update, its 5.45am, i have not been

able to sleep well because of the

heat we are having with highs of 40c, (104F) in some areas up to 43c (109F) but

at night like last night it didn't get

below 27c (81F) until very early hours this morning and is still warm at 24c!

(75F) The heat is going to continue

with expected highs of 42c (108F) later in the week. Some areas like cooper

peddy in Sth Aust. (its about half way

between the centre of Aus. and Adelaide, i don't know if you have heard of this

but its know for everyone living

underground in homes dug out of the opal fields to get away from the heat) This

area is expecting a high of 46c

(115F) by Friday but you can be sure it will be a lot hotter, we have had days

here where its been 42c (108F) and the

weather forecaster has said its 38-40c! It depends where they get the weather

from, in my area it is near the ocean

where they get the cooler ocean breeze so its not really accurate for my place

which is about 5 klms further inland!

How are things with you? I noticed on Foxtel you are still having snow in your

area, is that right?

Have a great week,

All the best,



Date: Thu Feb 12, 2004 10:08 am

Subject: Re: [OhioWx] (unknown)


Hi Don,

The 3" of snow was old snow. It had compacted from a 7" snow

cover. I checked the liquid content of the snow depth before the 1.24" of

rain began. The point I was trying to make was that if the rain melted

all of the snow cover it would be like a 2" rainfall. It didn't melt all

of the snow but the Hocking River did go above flood stage in Rockbridge

and Enterprise. Thanks for your interest.


Jim Fry


Date: Thu Feb 12, 2004 6:13 pm

Subject: Loveland, OH data


A gentleman has emailed me asking for weather data from Loveland, OH.

I use to have a contact there when I handled the Ohio Weather Observer

Network by the name of Bill Landry but not able to locate him now. Any ideas

from the Group.


Larry Huff


Date: Fri Feb 13, 2004 1:06 am

Subject: Medina County/Brunswick 1909 severe weather


The book Thunder in the Heartland by Thomas and Jeanne Schmidlin has an article

in the Damaging Winds and

Tornadoes chapter about an event on April 21, 1909. Maybe this is what you are

looking for. The article does

mention Medina being affected. There is a photo of damage to St. Stanislas

Church in Cleveland.

Shawn Trueman

Huron, OH


Date: Sat Feb 14, 2004 1:40 am

Subject: Major Weather Web Site Revisions


Hello Everyone;

As I mentioned recently that I was attempting to place currents on my web site

from my weather station, I am

pleased to announce that I do once again have those on site. They will usually

update every 30 minutes. You may

check this information out at and right

below the six weather graphs, there is

a sentence that says something like "Click Here for when the most recent

observation was taken." That will take you

to additional more detailed information regarding the most recent readings.

Keep in mind I'll be working out some minor issues that many of you probably

won't notice, so keep checking back.

Thank you for taking the time to view the site.

Don Keating,

Newcomerstown, Ohio


Date: Sat Feb 14, 2004 3:55 pm

Subject: Snow Cover




I am beginning to see visual signs of bare ground. What a change

that is. Have had a solid month of complete snow cover but we might

have a complete void of snow (including drifts) by sometime next

week if temps go above freezing as forecast.


I know we have some winter left but I'm personally ready for some

warmer temperatures and no snow (or freezing rain). Enough already!

Anybody else feel the same?



Wooster 7N


Date: Sat Feb 14, 2004 5:47 pm

Subject: Re: [OhioWx] Snow Cover


Jack and Group;

I've seen better than 50% bare ground here for at least a week now. The only

thing remaining are countless piles of

ice and snow from the plows with ash and salt in them.

I'm hoping the temperature forecast for next week holds up, or even goes higher.

I'd love to head to Salt Fork and

take a hike to Hosacks Cave and back to the Old Stone House. Cabin fever is

settin in, big time!!

Don Keating,



Date: Sun Feb 15, 2004 4:32 pm

Subject: Re: Snow Cover


Hey, guys! Pitchers and catchers report next weekend!! Spring will

come, but not yet for here. The current snow depth is 12". We've

had 10 or more inches for a little over a month, 1 or more (actually

3 or more) for about a month and a half, and at least a trace on the

ground for about 2 and a half months. snow cover in the general area

ranges from about 2" (with patches of bare ground) along the

lakeshore to around 6" (give or take) along Route 90 in Lake Co. to

maybe 8-10" in Chardon. As currently forcast,a big if this far out,

that event and milder temps. next weekend may not do that much damage

to the snowpack and may actually add to it if precip. comes as snow.




Date: Mon Feb 16, 2004 8:09 pm

Subject: Cold Temp This Morning



I had a low of -1 this morning and I have about 2" of snow on the ground. Will

be glad to see it warm up a

bit and melt some of the ice in my driveway.

Gary L

Ravenna 1SE


Date: Wed Feb 18, 2004 2:26 am

Subject: temperature fluctiations


I noticed alot of turbulence in the air from about late morning to

mid-afternoon today (2/17) causing rapid fluctuations in the

temperature between about 31 and 35 degrees. It would rise sharply

to 35, then just as sharply, drop back to 31, then quickly rise again

to 33 or 34 and back down and on this went for several hours. I've

seen this often on warm summer days when the round becomes heated and

these pockets of warm air drift over the weather station, but I was

not expecting to see this over a snowpack. What can expain this




Thompson 5 SW (northern Geauga Co.)


Date: Wed Feb 18, 2004 9:59 am

Subject: Various commentaries


Hello Group;

Weather has been rather boring of late. At least, that's the way I see it. I've

been gradually working on changing

some things on my web site, which those of you who have been there, know.

If on the web site you click where it says to click to see when the most recent

readings were taken, you'll see I'm in

the process of incorporating the graphs along with the text to that link as


I hope to be adding outside humidity and dew point readings to the site by the

end of February. I have the sensor


Looks like our first nice taste of milder weather is just around the corner.

With a forecast high of 50 for Friday, it

could be the mildest since the 3'rd of January. We'll see I guess huh. Good

thing is, after a system passes us by

Sunday morning, there's no real cold air forecast to flood in behind it.

I'm done typing for now. Any comments for the upcoming system?? Vance, I have no

immediate idea on your

temperature fluctuation. Was it sunny, or cloudy during these temperature


Don Keating


Date: Wed Feb 18, 2004 4:40 pm

Subject: Re: Various commentaries


It was sunny, but I wouldn't think that pockets of air would heat up

like that since the ground is evenly covered with a thick snowpack.

Of course, maybe it's just been so long since we've seen the Sun here

that I've forgotten how it works. It was sunny earlier today and I

didn't notice much temperature fluctuation today. Only the very

moderate amount of variation that would be expected on a sunny winter



It has been rather boring, lately.




Date: Fri Feb 20, 2004 10:47 am

Subject: Dirty Rain?


Anyone have mud from the sky falling

on them today?


A very dirty rain was falling on my

windshield late this afternoon, here in

southeast Medina County.


- Patrick


Date: Fri Feb 20, 2004 8:59 pm

Subject: Re: [OhioWx] Dirty Rain?


Hi Patrick;

Now that you mention it, yea, I observed dirty rain today. At first, and until i

read your post, I thought it was dirt off

my car. But yea, I noticed quite a bit of it. I'll have to make note of that in

my archives.

Don Keating #106

Newcomerstown 1S


Date: Fri Feb 20, 2004 11:55 am

Subject: Re: [OhioWx] Dirty Rain? / TX Dust Storms...




I did a 'News Search' and couldn't find

anything, but another mention of it was

on 'WX-TALK' from Central Illinois.


Must be from the dust storms in TX, eh?



News Search For TX Dust Storms:




- Patrick.


Date: Fri Feb 20, 2004 10:46 pm

Subject: Re: [OhioWx] Dirty Rain? / TX Dust Storms...



Yes, that's my guess as well. Considering the distance this dirt / dust came

from, quite impressive.



Date: Sat Feb 21, 2004 5:30 pm

Subject: Reality Check




Looking outside at my location early this morning I guess shouldn't

have been a huge surprise with just enough snow to cover the ground

and roads. It is still February but I'm sure "cabin fever" has begun

to infect many of us. My high temperature of 51 yesterday was the

highest temperature since January 4. Winds gusted to 40 m.p.h. last

night and have still been steady between 25-30 m.p.h.


Ah yes, 28 more days until Spring. I know we can get four seasons in

one day this time of year but to me it's a glimmer of hope. I'm

ready to mow the grass instead of pushing the snow. Enough already!

Anybody else with me?



Wooster 7N


Date: Sun Feb 22, 2004 12:07 pm

Subject: Re: [OhioWx] Dirty Rain? / TX Dust Storms...


Patrick, Don & List:


Having a black car, I also noticed a lot of dirt on the car on Friday. With

the rain, I was hoping for a bit of a car wash but it made it worse. Yuck.


Gary L

Ravenna 1SE


Date: Sun Feb 22, 2004 12:12 pm

Subject: Weather Meetings, Workshops, and Events




With Spring just around the corner, severe weather is not far ahead.

I've tried to put together a list of upcoming events, workshops, and

meetings that will be occuring during the next several months

associated with severe weather. Please take the time to print this

page and/or bookmark the sites as I will only post this once.


National Severe Weather Workshop

Norman, OK

March 4 - 6, 2004

See for further details


Ohio Severe Weather Awareness Week

March 21 - 28, 2004


Ohio Statewide Tornado Drill

March 24, 2004


2004 Severe Storms and Doppler Radar Conference

Des Moines, IA

March 25 - 27, 2004

See for further details


Eighth Annual 2004 Severe weather Symposium

Ohio State University

Friday, May 7, 2004 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Go to then click on Meteorology Club

then on various titles under 2004 Symposium for further details.


I did not list anything associated with Skywarn because most of the

local WSO's have all the details. Please check the appropriate

office in your area or the National Skywarn webpage at If anyone else knows of other upcoming

weather events please feel free to post them with the group. Thanks.


Jack Sisler

OhioWx Group Moderator


Date: Mon Feb 23, 2004 4:16 pm

Subject: Historical Ohio Weather




1988... Strong winds produced snow squalls in the Great Lakes

Region which created "white-out" conditions in eastern

Upper Michigan. Squalls produced up to 14 inches of snow

in Geauga County of northeastern Ohio.







Larry Huff


Date: Sun Feb 29, 2004 7:47 pm

Subject: Near Record High




I had a high temperature today of 57 which was only three degrees

shy of the record high of 60 set in 2000. I have no complaints

however. Things sure calmed down the last half of the month compared

to the beginning. May hear some thunder rumbling the first half of

the week.


I had a pretty good deficit in precipitation for February; an inch

below normal. Anyone else?



Wooster 7N


From: "Phillip Higley" <>

Date: Sun Feb 29, 2004 8:57 pm

Subject: temperature's


On this Lep year day 29 Feb.

Hi 59F

Low 30F

@ 8:55 p.m. 45F

Precip. 0.00

Baro. 30.00 S

Winds ESE-5


Putnman, Co.









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