JUNE 2003



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Cincinnati  5NW (Ronald Rothhaas Jr.) - June was unseasonably cold and wet ending 3.1F below normal and 2.43 inches of rainfall above normal.  Most of the rain fell on the 14th and 15th as nearly stationary showers and thunderstorms dumped torrential rains.  These storms were localized leaving large disparities in rainfall between local reporting stations.  The CVG airport station just 9 miles south of me had little rain in this event and a rather dry June!  Parts of Butler and Hamilton Counties had 3 to as much as 10 inches of rain and severe flooding.  Over 50 homes suffered significant damage in Fairfield.  The last half of June was dry area-wide and many lawns were browning by month's end.  6 daily highs were below 70 in June.

Cleves 3NW (James Davis) - Coolest June since 1992.  Below normal rain.

Kidron 1N (Ronald Hahn) -  June 2003 came in with more than an inch below normal rainfall and a degree colder than normal in temperature.  There were 6 thunderstorm days and 5 foggy days.  Highest barometric pressure 30.30" on the 30th; lowest 29.76" on the 8th.

Newcomerstown 1S (Don Keating)  - There were only four thunder days and two fog days. We only hit 90 on one day. There were six record lows either tied or broken. Cooling degree days totaled 101.4 and heating degree days totaled 63.7. Average wind speed for the entire month was 2.4 m.p.h. and the dominating wind direction was SSW.

Ottawa 4E (Phil and Bonnie Higley) - Month started out cold but by the middle of the month it tried to warm up. But with on again off again rain showers, it didn't.  Until we got 1.48" on the 17th.  Shorty after that, it warmed up... boy did it warm up.  By the 25th, we topped out at 88F, and remained in the low 80's for the rest of the month.  Sure there was a day when we hit 73F, but that was just a day.  But overall we just continued to push upward.  By the first of July we saw 85F.  Summer seem to be here.

Sharonville 2N (Mike Moyer) - High SLP 30.26 (30th), Low SLP (29.77 (3rd), 3 thunderstorm days.

Springfield (Dick Groeber) - The month began cool with a low temperature of 42 on the 1st and 2nd.  This was the second lowest temperature recorded here in June since 1968, with 40 degrees recorded on the June 11, 1972.  It gradually warmed through the month with highs of 89 recorded from the 23rd to 26th.  Rain fell almost daily during the first three weeks from showers and thunderstorms.  Then a dry period existed with only three days of rainfall from the 17th through the end of the month.  The period of greatest rainfall was from the 10th through the 14th, with a total of 1.66 inches.

Thompson 5SW (Vance Lunn) Overall a pleasant month.  June had a cold start with temperatures failing to reach 70 for the first five days and failing to even reach 60 on three of those days.  Except for the heavy rain of the 12th,  rain came in frequent but light amounts.  There were no thunderstorms recorded.

Wooster 7N (Jack Sisler) Mean temperatures were about two degrees below normal with a record low of 35 degrees on the 2nd with light patchy frost breaking the previous record for the date of 42 in 1994. There were no 90-degree temperatures for the month. Precipitation was close to normal with twelve of the first fifteen days having some amount of rainfall.


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 74.5 57.4 65.9 88 25,26 41 2 3.02 1.25 11-2 13 0 0 - 0 16 20
A Akron-Canton 74.6 56.6 65.6 88 24,26 38 2 2.41 .62 11-2 14 0 0 - 0 36 26
3 Aurora 3S 75.3 53.7 64.5 91 25 36 2 2.74 .93 12 18 0 0 - 0 - -
107 Brookville 76.0 58.4 67.2 87 25 43 2 3.96 1.24 - 13 0 0 - 0 25 26
82 Centerville 1W 80.7 55.9 68.3 93 24-26 39 1 4.66 1.18 11 14 0 0 - 0 30 8
A Cincinnati 76.9 57.5 67.2 87 24 45 1 2.75 .63 12 13 0 0 - 0 48 8
13 Cincinnati 5NW 76.7 59.0 67.9 87 25 43 1 6.27 2.34 14 11 0 0 - 0 - -
A Cleveland 75.8 57.9 66.9 91 26 41 2 3.17 1.66 12-3 11 0 0 - 0 36 26
55 Cleves 3NW 79.7 57.8 68.7 90 25+ 43 2 2.80 .99 14-5 11 0 0 - 0 24 10
A Columbus 76.8 57.8 67.3 91 26 41 2 4.91 2.71 13 12 0 0 - 0 40 8
A Dayton 75.7 57.7 66.7 87 25,26 41 1 4.56 .66 8 15 0 0 - 0 38 8
22 Kent 2E 75.5 54.8 65.2 89 24,26 36 2 2.80 .63 12 16 0 0 - 0 14 9,27
53 Kent 2W 73.1 54.2 63.6 87 25,26 36 2 3.96 1.45 12 15 0 0 - 0 23 1,26
2 Kidron 1N 76.9 57.0 67.0 90 24 39 2 2.45 .46 12 13 0 0 - 0 20 26
87 Lagrange 2SW 77.0 55.4 66.2 93 24 38 2 3.47 1.01 8 10 0 0 - 0 28 26
23 Lodi 2S 74.3 55.2 64.8 89 24,26 37 2 2.84 1.09 12 13 0 0 - 0 31 26
A Mansfield 74.3 54.7 64.5 88 26 37 1,2 2.49 .55 8-9 14 0 0 - 0 37 8
51 Middleburg Hts. - - - - - - - 3.00 .98 12 10 - - - - - -
25 Munroe Falls 1SW 75.2 53.8 64.5 89 25-27 37 2 4.27 1.08 13 17 0 0 - 0 30 26
106 Newcomerstown 1S 77.1 55.4 66.3 90 24 38 2 2.08 .56 8 11 0 0 - 0 34 12
32 North Ridgeville 1N 74.5 55.4 64.9 92 25,26 37 2 2.34 .81 12 13 0 0 - 0 25 29
15 Ottawa 4E 73.5 55.0 64.3 88 25 38 1 4.86 1.48 17 17 0 0 - 0 31 8,9
38 Perry 73.8 57.3 65.6 90 26 39 2 2.24 1.01 19 13 0 0 - 0 - -
79 Perrysville 4W 72.9 54.9 63.9 89 24-26 36 2 3.24 .88 12 12 0 0 - 0 - -
33 Rockbridge 4W 75.9 58.0 67.0 90 25 42 1 3.01 .81 13-14 14 0 0 - 0 - -
51 Sabina - - - - - - - 3.07 .60 14 12 - - - - - -
43 Sharonville 2NE 78.2 59.5 68.8 90 24,25 44 1 5.02 1.65 14 11 0 0 - 0 21 8,26
1 Springfield 77.8 58.0 67.9 89 23-26 42 1,2 3.52 .77 3 15 0 0 - 0 29 8
112 Sugarcreek 2SW 75.0 55.8 65.4 87 24,26 36 2 3.68 .70 11 14 0 0 - 0 27 8
98 Thompson 5SW 74.5 54.7 63.8 90 25 39 2 3.84 2.17 12 17 0 0 - 0 - -
A Toledo 77.2 55.4 66.3 92 25 40 2 3.12 2.13 11-2 11 0 0 - 0 36 8
16 Wooster 7N 75.4 54.8 65.1 89 24 35 2 3.40 .97 12 17 0 0 - 0 26 27
A Youngstown 73.3 54.0 63.7 87 25,26 34 2 3.03 1.25 11-2 16 0 0 - 0 39 8
48 Zanesville 6N 74.0 56.4 65.7 86 24 40 2 3.35 .83 3 14 0 0 - 0 28 14
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 Jun 1, 2003  8:47 am
Subject:  Tied Record Low

This morning at 3:07 am i recorded a low of 39 which tied the record for
june 1 set in 1993......
This low of 39 ties the alltime low for june of 39 set on june 1,

mike bielski
toledo 5 ne
Lucas co.
point place

Date:  Sun Jun 1, 2003  7:57 pm
Subject:  Possible Frost and Record Low?


Wouldn't be surprised to see some frost tonight with winds dying down
and dewpoints already in the middle thirties. Could see a record low
for tomorrow morning at this location. The record low for June 2
stands at 42 set in 1994.

Went to a few graduation parties that were outside today and many
people were dressed like it was for Fall weather.

Wooster 7N
From:  "Phil Higley"  
Date:  Sun Jun 1, 2003  10:00 pm
Subject:  Re: [OhioWx] May 2003 Climate Summary - MACEDONIA,OHIO

Be carefull what you yiu wish for. We just might have a very
long dry spell. like a drought???????
Date:  Mon Jun 2, 2003  8:06 am
Subject:  Record Low


I established a new record low of 35 degrees @ 6:06 am breaking the
previous record for the date of 42 set in 1994. Had some patchy light
frost in the back yard.

Mansfield Lahm Airport earlier this morning had a record low of 37
degrees which broke their previous record of 39 set in 1966.

Jack Sisler
Wooster 7N
From:   PjrOhio@EarthLink.Net
Date:  Mon Jun 2, 2003  3:09 pm
Subject:  May Was a Wet Month Across Northern Ohio

940 AM EDT MON JUN 2 2003





Date:  Mon Jun 2, 2003  3:31 pm
Subject:  Re: Record Low

Overnight low of 38.5 deg.

Macedonia 2ESE

Date:  Mon Jun 2, 2003  3:34 pm
Subject:  Re: [OhioWx] Re: Record Low

I recorded an overnight low of 38 degrees at 2:56 a.m. However, shortly
afterwards heavy fog rolled in
from the Tuscarawas River and this actually bumped the temperature up. The
readong of 38 broke the old
record low.
Don Keating #106
Newcomerstown 1S 

Date:  Wed Jun 4, 2003  2:21 pm
Subject:  Definition of "Dry Line"

Hi folks, from soaking wet downtown Cleveland...

I have been trying to learn how to read relative humidity maps to see
how severe weather relates to the "dry line." From what I've read and
heard, the dry line is where the dry air meets humid air, and this is
often where you find severe weather. Now this boundary sometimes is
very well defined on the maps I look at, and sometimes it's not,
depending on the gradient.

What I've noticed is that it seems the most active area is where air at
about 60% humidity meets air at about 80% humidity, rather than where
there is a steeper gradient over the desert southwest (say, air at 30%
humidity meeting air at 60% humidity within 200 miles.)

Can anyone explain/expand on this?

Date:  Wed Jun 4, 2003  7:17 pm
Subject:  Re: Definition of "Dry Line"

Liz and Group:

Your on the right track. The two most important things I look to
detect where a dry line is are the dew point temperatures and wind

The dry line is a boundary (not a front) separating moist and dry air
masses. Since it typically has no contrast in temperature it's not
really considered a "front". It typically lies north-south across the
central and southern high Plains states during the spring and early
summer, where it separates moist air from the Gulf of Mexico and dry
desert air from the southwestern states. The dry line typically
advances eastward during the afternoon and retreats westward at
night. However, a strong storm system can sweep the dry line eastward
into the Mississippi Valley. I don't ever recall there being a true
dry line in the Ohio Valley. A typical dry line passage results in a
sharp drop in humidity and dew points (hence the name), clearing
skies, and a wind shift from south or southeasterly to west or
southwesterly. These changes occur in reverse order when the dry line
retreats westward. I've seen dew points as high as in the 70's east
of the dry line and as low as the 20's on the west side of the dry

The dry line is a storm chaser's dream if all the ingrediants are
there. It's known to produce your LP (Low Precipitation) supercells
which have a very striking appearance because of its appearance
something you don't see with any HP (heavy precipitation) supercells
in this part of the country.

Date:  Wed Jun 4, 2003  7:37 pm
Subject:  By The Way


Be glad these last several weeks haven't been in the middle of
January. I don't know about the rest of you but I've had enough of
this. Looking at my records to last year through today I already had
nine 80-plus degree days with a high of 87 one year ago today; a 25-
degree difference!

Anyone else for some warmer weather?

Date:  Wed Jun 4, 2003  8:47 pm
Subject:  Re: [OhioWx] By The Way

I am with you buddy...enough is enough. Bring on
the sun, the 80's. My grass needs cutting plus I had
my pool and spa ready to use now for a month, and I
only used it once so far. SO I think it's time to get
into a fair weather pattern, and get a Bermuda high in
place, and get rid of these short waves and enjoy the
southern jet.

Date:  Wed Jun 4, 2003  9:17 pm
Subject:  Re: [OhioWx] By The Way

Hi Jack;
Last year through June 4'th, I had already recorded 12 daily high's of 80+
degrees. A year ago today
(6/4/2002) I recorded a high temperature of 89. So far this year (2003) I've
recorded six daily high's of 80+
degrees, the most recent way back on May 6'th at 81 degrees. Yes, bring in the
Bermuda High, for this stuff
is for the birds!!!
Don Keating #106
Newcomerstown 1S
Date:  Thu Jun 5, 2003  2:38 am
Subject:  Re: By The Way

This year here at Thompson in norther Geauga Co., I've
had two days where the temp. topped 80-and they were both in April!
May never saw any 80 degree days as the high was 79 for the month.
Incidentally, for the first four days of June the temp. has failed to
reach 70. However the next few days will be pleasant if they go as
forcast, temperature-wise anyways with highs in the 70's and lows in
the 50's. I wouldn't mind a whole summer like that.

Date: Sun Jun 8, 2003 12:37 pm
Subject: Storm Reports?

I see t'storms popping in northwest Ohio now and a broken line from near Lima s-
westward to just
west of Cincinnati. I'd like to hear any storm reports or frequency of lightning
reports as these cells
move through everyones areas. I might be inclined to go and try to photograph
some lightning as
these move through eastern Coshocton and western Tuscarawas counties. Thanks.
Don Keating

Date: Sun Jun 8, 2003 2:52 pm
Subject: counties in watch box

Ohio Wx Group,

Late this morning (Sunday, June 8) when the Storm Prediction Center
Severe Thunderstorm Watch # 487 for most of Ohio, I took a close look
at the
counties along the eastern edge of the box in southeastern Ohio. I
that Perry, Vinton, and Jackson counties (in Charleston's county
area) appear to be within the watch box, but are NOT included in the
according to the Charleston NWS.

It is interesting that the counties to the west of these three are in
Wilmington forecast area. It seems unusual to me that Wilmington
all of its counties in the box, while Charleston included none.

I am a Skywarn spotter for the Charleston NWS. I called the Charleston
office and a person there told me that he anticipated a watch to be
later which would include the area east of the current watch box.

I am interested in hearing other' opinions of this situation.

Shawn Trueman
Scalia Laboratory for Atmospheric Analysis
Ohio University

Date: Sun Jun 8, 2003 4:43 pm
Subject: Re: counties in watch box


The watches and their coverage area are up to the Storm Prediction
Center; not the WSO's area of responsibility. Such is the case this
afternoon. The severe thunderstorm watches that have been issued by
the SPC have been under at least three different WSO's area of
coverage; Cleveland, Wilimington, and Pittsburgh.

Wayne County (where I am) was on the eastern end of one watch box and
later on the western end of another watch box.

Wooster 7N
Wayne County

Date: Sun Jun 8, 2003 5:39 pm
Subject: Re: [OhioWx] Re: counties in watch box

Shawn, Jack and List:

I'm never one to trust my memory, but I seem to recall a while back a
question came up about a watch up in NE Ohio and the fact that SPC had
issued the watch but it was never sent out through the paging service
Cleveland NWS used to provide. I or someone asked about this and I
that Jim K. or someone from Cleveland NWS gave an explanation that the
office has some ability to modify watches as they come out of SPC.
someone else remembers this or perhaps Jim can comment on it if he has

Gary L

Date: Sun Jun 8, 2003 6:09 pm
Subject: Re: [OhioWx] Re: counties in watch box

You are right about the watches issued by the SPC.
Jim Kosarik did explain the way the local NWS offices
could modify the watch box issued the the SPC.
AS for our weather now, a gust front blew in about
440pm or so, and the temperature dropped from 83 to 74
in a matter of minutes. Along with that, my dew point
went from 64 degrees to 54 degrees with a peak gust of
23mph, putting I believe our end to any severe
weather, at least for Ravenna.

Rich Rabatin
Ravenna 1E

Date: Sun Jun 8, 2003 9:26 pm
Subject: Ohio severe thunderstorm watch

Ohio Wx Group,

About my question earlier today:

I e-mailed Jeffry Evans, the meteorologist at the Storm Prediction
who issued the severe thunderstorm watch. Here is his reply:

The WFO has the ability to clear counties out of a watch as they see
Charleston (in this case) felt we would have to issue a watch east at a
later time and wanted to wait until that time to include any of their


Date:  Mon Jun 9, 2003  7:15 pm
Subject:  Example of a Dryline

Look at the attachment showing a surface map with a good representation of a
dryline, something Liz was
asking about a few days ago. You can see it running from about extreme western
Texas panhandle
northward up through western Nebraska. Notice the dewpoints in the 40's and
winds from the west-
southwest west of the dryline and dewpoints in the 60's with winds from the
south east of the dryline.
The Storm Prediction Center was expecting significant tornadoes to break out in
eastern and southcentral
Nebraska at anytime.

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Date: Mon Jun 9, 2003 7:20 pm
Subject: Central Ohio Raingage Network May Report

I have just posted the May report from Bob Davis at the Central
Ohio Raingage Network. You may view at:

Larry Huff

Date: Mon Jun 9, 2003 8:10 pm
Subject: Web Site Updates

For those interested ...
I have updated several items on my web site such as:

1. Additional information on the link titled "Northeast Ohio
Chapter AMS" . When you visit that link, go ahead and view the
other AMS chapter web sites. It will illustrate how different each
chapter is from one another.

2. As stated in a previous post, I have just added the May Central
Ohio Raingage Network report under the CORN link.

3. Under the link for "The Weather Observer magazine" is more
details on my publication for the "backyard" weather observer.

When your time permits, take a tour of all the links listed. Hope
you enjoy.

Larry Huff
Munroe Falls Weather Station

Date: Wed Jun 11, 2003 2:27 pm
Subject: site work

I've been working a little on my site.


This includes a forcast graphic from weatherstop.com for the Geauga
County area forcast, a weatherwarn page with radar and weathermaps, a
links page which is still rather messy but includes some of my
favorite weather related sites, and climate data for April and May on
the "archive" page. There's graphics for current and recent weather
data from Thompson 5 SW, as well as pages of text data for the same
thing. Unfortunatly, due to my cheap one line dial-up connection, It
only updates once every 3 hours when the computer is on during the
day, but I'm working on that.


Date: Wed Jun 11, 2003 6:51 pm
Subject: Heavy Rainfall


Well, I guess it keeps on raining with no real letup. At least it has
warmed up over the last five or six days.

I've had anything from a trace up to .48 inches over the past nine
days. Some computer models want to bring in 1 to 3 inches over the
northern three-quarters of Ohio during the next 24 hours with some
local amounts of 3 to 4 inches in northwest Ohio. Cleveland didn't
expect to put any flood guidance statements out according to their
afternoon discussion but, with many areas already saturated and the
rainfall expected, I would expect that would change.

Any other thoughts on possible flooding in your areas?


Date: Wed Jun 11, 2003 9:20 pm
Subject: Re: [OhioWx] Heavy Rainfall

Jack & Group;

Thus far in June I have recorded 1.25" of rainfall. I see the Tuscarawas River
is up, again. I haven't
been down by Wills Creek lately, but I suspect it is back up again.
I noticed on a Columbus TV station last night during the 11 p.m. broadcast, they
were painting
central Ohio in the 1" range of rainfall for the next 24 hours. I had nothing
near that, but some areas
near Columbus did the way I understand it. They are painting us in the same
range for tonight
through tomorrow p.m.
Frankly, I have my doubts on the heavy rainfall you mentioned that was
predicted. This is, afterall,
late spring, not a winter time situation. In the Wills Creek area I see a threat
of flooding more than in
this immediate vicinity. In the Coshocton area, I see a problem arising on the
Muskingum and Tuscarawas Rivers. They usually have trouble down there,
especially this spring. I
can also visualize local road flooding with .5" or more in a 45 minute time
period. Otherwise, not in
my immediate area. Hope that's the kind of answer you were after?

Don Keating #106
Newcomerstown 1S

Date: Thu Jun 12, 2003 9:30 pm
Subject: Heavy precip.in Macedonia

Picked up 2.34" today! Brings the monthly total to 3.35".Had
close to 9.0" in May!!!

Soggy Dan
Macedonia 2ESE

Date: Fri Jun 13, 2003 11:57 am
Subject: Possible Item of Interest

If you are an active weather observer, you might find the following
link of some interest:

Larry Huff

Date: Fri Jun 13, 2003 9:12 pm
Subject: Thunderstorm


Just had a thunderstorm go through with very heavy rainfall. From
8:25 pm to 9 pm I had .83". Didn't look like much on radar but there
is scattered flooding and standing water around the area.Looks like
more rainfall is expected.

Wooster 7N
Wayne County

Date: Fri Jun 13, 2003 9:47 pm
Subject: Message from a 2way device

Group, A thunderstorm with spectacular
cloud-ground lightning and short period heavy rainfall struck
Springfield, Ohio
between 8:00 and 8:30 p.m. giving .73 inch rainfall and dropping the
temperature from 78 to 66 degrees. Dick Groeber.

From: "Phil Higley"  
Date: Sat Jun 14, 2003 8:51 am
Subject: weather

They can turn the rain shower off most any time now.
We been having rain for the last couple of day's now.
Out of the 14 day's so far this month there only been 4
day's where we didn't have any rain shower's.
Yesterday we pick up 0.50" & the day before we had
0.70". This morning & yesterday morning we been
having FOG......
I like the warm weather, but why are we having so HI
hum. with it?
Lower rel. hum. would be nicer to have. With Higher rel.
hum. it make's it feel like it's alot warmer then it is. So
far we haven't hit 80 degree's yet this year........Come
close, but no 80's yet.
Yesterday number's come out like this;
Hi was 79F
Low was 62F
@ 9:30p.m. was 66F
Precip.; 0.50"
Baro. 29.62S
Winds WNW-0 G-21
Putnam, Co.

Date: Sun Jun 15, 2003 10:12 pm

It has been quite a wet weekend in parts but not all of the
Cincinnati area. Slow moving torrential showers and thunderstorms
have repeatedly formed and basically rained themselves out with
little movement. Saturday night I had two seperate events which
dumped 1 inch each for a daytime total of 2.34 inches. Additional
steady rain with a few moderate periods fell today for a 2 day total
of 3.48 inches. Just a few miles north of here as much as 4 inches
fell today alone according to radar estimates. Last night torrential
rains were centered near Fairfield on the Butler-Hamilton County line
where as much as 4 inches also fell. Whole neighborhoods were under
several feet of water up there last night. We have been under
continual flood watches and warnings for 24 hours. The Great Miami
River is forecast to reach 22 feet at Miamitown, 6 feet above flood
stage. Meanwhile last night CVG had only 0.05 and probably 50% or
more of the metro area has had little precipitation.

Ronald E. Rothhaas Jr.
Cincinnati 5NW

Date: Thu Jun 19, 2003 11:25 am
Subject: fog and rain

Thompson 5 SW 11:23am 06/19/03

Dense fog just moved in suddenly. Had 0.48" rain over night.

Vance Lunn
Thompson 5 SW
OWON # 98

Date: Thu Jun 19, 2003 4:52 pm
Subject: Re: fog and rain

Vance and Group:

I had the same situation here earlier this afternoon. I think the
visibility was down to almost a quarter of a mile for a little bit.
At 4 pm, the sun is out with the temperature at 66 degrees.

I've had quite a number days with fog last month and this month. Kind
of something you would expect early in Spring or Fall. Suppose it has
had to do with the cool and moist conditions we've had this Spring.
Have had TWO days with 80+ temperatures now with the second one
occuring on the 15th. Anyone think we'll hit 90 or better before June
is over? I suppose some of us will be complaining about the heat in
another month. (Not me!)

Wooster 7N

Date: Fri Jun 20, 2003 8:49 am
Subject: Record Low Established

Good Morning All;
At 6:17 a.m. Newcomerstown 1S established a new record low with a reading of 47
degrees. This broke the previous record of 52 which was established in 1998 & 1999.
Don Keating #106

Date: Fri Jun 20, 2003 12:50 pm
Subject: A Recent Photo

I thought you might be interested in seeing this photograph I took of some cloud to
cloud forked lightning during the early morning hours of June 14, 2003 @ 12:45 a.m.
The camera was facing straight upwards and angled about 75 degrees to the south.
The film was Kodak 400 ASA with camera settings as follows....
Shutter Speed ....... B (Bulb setting)
Lens opening ........ 1.9
Don Keating

Date: Fri Jun 20, 2003 4:03 pm
Subject: Record Low 6/20

At 5:22 am this morning the temperature fell to 48 degrees, breaking the
old record of 57 set in 1999......

mike bielski
toledo 5 ne
NE lucas co.
point place

Date: Fri Jun 20, 2003 6:52 pm
Subject: Re: [OhioWx] A Recent Photo

Don & List:
Great shot! You sure have a knack for getting some good lightning pics. Just got back from Williamsburg VA
where I spent the last week. Evidently I took our Ohio weather down there with me. We had two decent days
and five rainy days. And we thought it was just bad here. Didn't have the cold temps though that some of
you were reporting.
On a separate note, can anyone point me in the direction of a store in NE Ohio that sells weather
instruments. I am in the market for a wireless rain gauge. I know that Radio Shack sells an entire wireless
package but all I want at this point is a rain gauge. I would rather buy locally than over the Internet but I may
have to send for one on-line. Thanks in advance for any help / advice.

Gary L

Date: Fri Jun 20, 2003 7:22 pm
Subject: Re: [OhioWx] A Recent Photo

Hi Gary;
Thanks for the nice comment. I take aerial photos too while hanging my head out the
pilots side window of a single engine Cessna C-172. The reason for bringing this up?
Because for every good photo I get, there are at least three that aren't nearly as good.
It takes lots of practice and trial and error to learn how to even set the settings on a
camera to get the good photos to begin with. I'm a perfectionist by nature. I will
continue shooting lightning photos and sharing them with all of you.
Don Keating

From: "Phil Higley"  
Date: Sat Jun 21, 2003 7:44 am
Subject: Weather up date

Well folks we finldy hit 80'sF. We hit 80F this past
Wednesday. An we are NOW going into Summer. Well we
hit 100F???????
We can turn off the rain shower's most anytime now........
Yesterday number's;
Hi- 73F
Low- 47F
@ 9:30 p.m. was 66F
Baro. 29.84R
Winds NW-2 G-22
Precip. 0.00/0.0
There's been 7 day so far this month with out no precip. We
are getting to much...........
Sound like the HEAT is going to be turn up this coming
I heard we should see 90F or greater for the first half of this
up coming week. I say we might even see 95F.......Any
Putnam, Co.

Date: Sat Jun 21, 2003 8:22 am
Subject: another record low

This morning 6/21/03 the temperature dropped to 51 @ 6:29 am... breaking
the pervious record of 58 in 1999....

mike bielski
toledo 5 ne
NE Lucas co.
point place

Date: Sat Jun 21, 2003 11:11 am
Subject: Record Low Temperature

Hello List;
At 2:25 a.m. on June 21, 2003 Newcomerstown 1S established a new record low
temperature. The reading was 47 degrees breaking the previous record low of 52
Don Keating #106

Date: Sat Jun 21, 2003 11:25 am
Subject: Re: [OhioWx] Weather up date

Hi Phil;
I'd go as high as 85 to 90, but I seriously doubt 95. The reason being is all of the
moisture in the ground. It has to dry out somewhat before we can get some really hot
readings in here. Remember, damp ground during the summer does the same thing as
snow cover in the winter... keeps the temperature lower. It's like a natural coolant.
Don Keating

Date: Sun Jun 22, 2003 2:38 am
Subject: some local observations

A couple of observations:


I noticed when I was out working in a very wet and low area of our
property that the humidity there was noticably higher. The
temperature read 61 F at about 8:30pm when I was out there and I
could see my breath in the low, wet area, but not up where our house
is (this distance is only about 250 feet). The house is about 6-8
feet above this area and is dry. I guess it would also be possible
for the temperature to be slightly cooler there than up at the house,
and that may have caused or helped caused condensation of breath.

Longest day:

I noticed that there was still twilight up to about 10:20pm. A faint
glow in the northwest persisted until after 10:30pm. THis is
considerably longer that I remember from when I lived near North
Canton where, as I remember it, it was night time dark by 10pm. That
is at a similiar longitude so there is no significant east-west
difference. The Weatherlink sunrise-sunset report for the day
indicates only a 4-5 minute difference between the two locations,
however. Actual sunset was at 9:02pm.

Otherwise, we had a low today of 52 F and a high of 67 F (the third
straight day where the temp. has failed to reach 70). Rainfall was
0.01" and 3.64" so far for the month. There were 6 heating degree
days for a monthly total so far of 82 HDD with 21 cooling degree days.

Vance Lunn

Date: Sun Jun 22, 2003 9:37 am
Subject: Record low # 3

This morning the temperature fell to 57 degrees @ 6:29 am breaking the
previous low of 58 set in 1999....

mike bielski
toledo 5 ne
NE Lucas co.
point place

Date: Sun Jun 22, 2003 10:48 am
Subject: Third Record Low in a Row

Hello List;
At 6:29 a.m. on Sunday June 22, 2003 Newcomerstown 1S established a record low
with a reading of 49 degrees. This breaks the previous record low of 51.
On a historical note, 15 years ago today (1988) we established a record high of 101.
Little did we know many locations in Ohio woul establish all time record high
readings three days later.
Don Keating #106
Newcomerstown 1S

Date: Sun Jun 22, 2003 11:17 am
Subject: Re: A Recent Photo


I would stear clear of Radio Shack regardless. Although I've dealt
with them over the years for electronic parts, wire, etc. with great
success, their "quality" is lacking in regards to other things. (My

I don't know of any store in the area that one can buy a wireless
rain gauge. Here are two web addresses of companies that you can buy
rain gauges separately and that I have dealt with personally without
any problems:

Robert E. White Instruments

Wind and Weather

I know there are others but some you have to buy a complete weather
station just to get the rain gauge which I think is something you are
not wanting to do.


Date: Sun Jun 22, 2003 11:36 am
Subject: Re: some local observations


I loved your account on your observations!

Just a note on "twilight". Something I learned years ago while into
another hobby of mine (astronomy), is that there are actually three
different kinds of twilight; civil, nautical, and astronomical. All
three have a direct bearing as to how far below the sun is below the
horizen. This can be for either sunrise or sunset, however, they will
occur in reverse order depending on whether it's sunrise or sunset.
civil twilight occurs when the sun is more than six degrees below the
horizon; nautical twilight occurs when the sun is more than twelve
degrees; astronomical twilight occurs when the sun is more than
eighteen degrees below the horizon.

The time it takes to go from the beginning of one stage to the end of
the last stage of twilight can take as long as two hours. This will
vary depending on the time of year.


Date: Tue Jun 24, 2003 6:27 pm
Subject: Temperatures and Precipitation


I had a high of 89 degrees @ 4:11 pm today which is the warmest since
September 10, 2002. Possible some of us might break that 90-degree
mark tomorrow. No complaints about the heat here.

Precipitation is still slightly above normal for the month but the
gap is narrowing with only .05" of rainfall the last 10 days. Could
use some rainfall about now.

Wooster 7N

Date: Thu Jun 26, 2003 3:15 pm
Subject: radar/sat, heat, and seeing

I would like to get local radar and/or satellite graphics displayed
on my site. What are the best services for that? Can I get that
from the NWS site? Some of these private services offer good
comprehensive packages of weather graphics but are pricey. would
just want those one or two things.

Yesterday was the hottest yet at Thompson 5 SW this summer with a
high of 90 F and a low of 62 F. Last night the low dipped to 65 F
and today's high so far is 90 F again.

Last night I did some casual astronomy with binoculars and a cheap
toy telescope. "Seeing" (how well the stars show)was pretty good
when I started at about 1:30am but gew somewhat worse within a few
minutes. There were no clouds, but perhaps a light fog moved in or
maybe the humidity increased in that time? I know some of you are
into astronomy. Does the quality of seeing typically vary over the
course of a short time, or was that my imagination?


Date: Fri Jun 27, 2003 6:43 pm
Subject: Re: radar/sat, heat, and seeing

Vance and Others:

I guess I can give you my answer regarding your question about
viewing conditions of the night sky. I think many think that, because
the sky is clear, conditions will always be ideal to view the stars,
moon, planets, etc. Such is not always the case. In addition to the
light pollution we face caused by all the city lights, etc. cutting
back ideal viewing of our night sky, conditions in the atmosphere are
always changing due to heat, cold,wind, and moisture, etc. in the
air. One or all of these things can kind of "stir up" the air. You
can have ideal conditions at one moment and five minutes later are
poor. These conditions can change back and forth several times during
a night.

There are a few things to consider when going out to see the night
sky. A lot of your better viewing is usually done at least a few
hours after sunset. One thing that works well to see how viewing will
be is to look at the stars. If they are doing a lot of "twinkling" it
means the air is unsteady and viewing will not be that great. If they
seem to be pretty steady the viewing shoudn't be that bad.

Right now, if you can get up early enough, Venuse rises in the east-
northeast about 5 a.m. which is about an hour before sunrise. It is
quite bright but you should be watching around that time as it rises
above the horizon before the Sun interferes.

Wooster 7N

Date: Fri Jun 27, 2003 8:20 pm
Subject: Re: radar/sat, heat, and seeing


I do not know what is all out there as far as graphics on the internet but I
make these observations about the NWS web page. The radar data is updated real
time, as fast as you will get on any site. You can loop our images but you are
limited to a particular radar site and there are not a lot of bells and
There may be better "regional" radar graphics out there, and there are sites
intellicast (sp?) that are free and update relatively quickly. The satellite
images we have on the web page are also real time. Again, there may be better
sites for regional images and better visible images. To access radar and
satellite data, scroll down toward the bottom of the front page and click on the

Jim Kosarik, NWS Cleveland





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