Ohio Weather Observers Network

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    Cincinnati 5NW #13 (Hamilton County) Ronald E. Rothhaas Jr. - March seemed very wintry, but only by virtue of the fact that it was the first "normal" winter month.  Temperatures and precipitation were within a fraction of normal.  The 4th was the coldest day of the winter, and the first of 2002 with a high below freezing.  The high was 26F and the low was 9F, also the coldest of the winter.  Snowfall was again almost non-existent.  Enough fell on the morning of the 3rd (0.2) for us to salt our church lot, but it melted off everything by the time church started.  Why all the salt!?  While rainfall was normal, it fell on 15 of 31 days, making it seem very wet.  1 gusty spring-like thunderstorm occurred on the evening of the 15th, but a London-like 14 of 31 days saw foggy conditions.  A minor icing event occurred on the 25th and 26th.  While glaze occurred on mainly trees, it was notably the first and only glaze event of the entire winter, and it was 3 days into spring!  Interestingly, I had been out the evening of the 25th.  When I went to my truck in the rain, it was wet with no ice.  When I got home, again all was wet but inside my Computemp registered 31F.  Puzzled, curiosity got the best of me and I sloshed through the rain to my instrument shelter, concerned the thermometer was wrong.  However, the shelter and its surroundings were coated in ice, so all is well!

    Cleves 3NW #55 (Hamilton County) James F Davis- March ended up wet and slightly below normal in temperature.  Had my all time max wind gust of 44 mph.  Had the coldest min temperature this winter, 10 degrees. 

    Kent 2W #53 (Portage County) Eric E. Wertz - Measurable liquid equivalent precipitation occurred on 16 day and the monthly total of 3.16 inches was normal.  Measurable snowfall occurred on 6 days and the monthly total snowfall of 10.2 inches was slightly above normal.  The most notable snow events were 3.8 inches on the 21st-22nd, and 4.5 inches on the 25th.  A total of 9 watches/warnings/advisories were issued during the month.  An intense low pressure system and potent cold front moved through the region on the 9th causing a high wend gust of 46 m.p.h. at Kent 2W with even higher winds elsewhere and temperature drop of 30 degrees F within four hours.  There were 3 thunderstorm days and 3 fog days.  Glaze was noted on the 25th and 26th.  

    Middleburg Hts #51 (Cuyahoga County) DickVader - I was on vacation March 20-25 in  Florida, but i had acess to the weather channel and free internet at this one motel so I knew the snow was coming to cleveland-in fact  our plane was cancled on the 25th.

    Munroe Falls 1WS #25 (Summit County) Larry Huff - High wind gust of 52 mph on the 9th set a new all-time record for this station (records began in 1992).

    Newcomerstown 1S #106 (Tuscarawas County) Don Keating - There were 3 days with sleet, 3 days with fog and one with thunder.  Highest pressure was 30.48 on the 11th and the lowest pressure was 29.53 on the 29th.  There was 3/4" of sleet accumulation on the 25th while in Millersburg, a short distance away, there was 7" of snowfall.  

    Ottawa 4E #15 (Putnam County) Phil & Bonnie Higley - Month started out above normal & wet.  Toward the middle, it got even warmer.  Then winter came back into play giving us 6.0" on the ground by the 29th.  By the time the end of the month came around, we were closer to normal.  

    Perrysville 4W #79 (Richland County) Katie Gerwig - March 2002 lived up to its reputation with an average high wind gust of 19.6 and a severe wind storm on the 9th which caused many area power outages and a record wind gust for this site of 54 mph.  Average temperature was approximately 0.5 degrees above the monthly normal and precipitation slightly above normal with deepest snow of the season falling on the 25th (5.7").


    Ravenna 1E #101 (Portage County) Rich Rabatin - Total snowfall for Ravenna 1E as of 4/3/02 is 28.13".


    Springfield 2N #1 (Clark County) Dick Groeber - TEMPERATURE:  The first week of the month saw the warmest and the coldest readings.  The 4th low of 4 degrees Fahrenheit was not only the lowest of the month, but of the year and winter season as well.  Three days later on the 7th, the high of 69 degrees was the high.  The readings varied through the remainder of the month.  Overall the averages were above normal. 

    PRECIPITATION:  Three periods of notable totals stood out.  The first was on the 2nd and 3rd totaling 0.59 inches with the only measurable snowfall at 0.3 inches.  The second was the 15th through the 20th with 0.94 inches.  The third was the 24th through the 26th with 0.42 inches from two major ice storms.  This also gave the greatest one day total of 0.73 inches on the 26th for the year to date.  Ice from the last storm system measured 0.5 inches on the ground.

    WIND:  Winds gusts to or above 30 miles per hour during the two periods.  The first was the 8th through the 10th with peak gust of 52 miles per hour on the 9th which was the strongest of the year to date.  The second was the 26th through the 28th with winds to 30 miles per hour during the ice storms. 


    Streetsboro 2N (Portage County) Vance Lunn - The temperature for the month was 1.7 degrees F above normal and the precipitation was 0.77 inch above normal.  During the period from the 15th through the 28th, all days except for the 23rd had measurable precipitation and two significant snow events of 3.9 inches (21/22), and 5.1 inches (24/25) occurred. Maximum snow depth was 6 inches on the 1st.  One day had thunder (during a snowfall on the 9th).  One day had sleet.  One day had freezing rain, and one day had fog.


    Toledo 5E (Lucas County) Mike Bielski - There were 3 record lows for the month..... 3/4... 6    previous.. 14,1995 ; 3/5... 15   previous.. 17,1988 ; 3/28.. 21   previous.. 24,1990 ; maximum snow depth was 8" 3/26 ; coldest daytime high was 18 on 4/4 with a record low morning temperature of 6.....Thunder was heard on 3/29..On 3/25, 4.6 inches of snow fell....On 3/26, 4.7 inches of snow fell, along with freezing rain that accumulated to 1/4"

    Wooster 7N #16 (Wayne County) Jack Sisler - Pretty much had everything but hail. Had damaging winds of 60mph with the frontal passage with scattered damage and power outages on the 9th. Received 5.4 inches of snowfall on the 25th along with freezing rain. This was the most 24-hour snowfall since December 2000. Temperatures for the month were about two degrees above normal and precipitation was average.





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 # of 1"+ Snow Days Max Wind Gust Date
A Akron/Canton 47.3 28.2 37.8 69 3/8 06 3/4 3.88 0.72 15,16 15 7.6 3.9 3/25 03 49 3/9
35 Aurora 47.7 27.0 37.3 70 3/8 07 3/4 3.28 0.55 3/25 07 10.6 4.9 3/25 04 -- --
A Cincinnati 51.5 32.2 41.9 71 3/8 07 3/4 4.60 1.38 15,16 13 0.4 0.2 3/21 00 45 3/9
13 Cincinnati 5NW 52.3 33.8 43.1 69 3/29 09 3/4 4.27 0.86 3/26 15 0.3 0.2 3/3 00 35 3/21
82 Centerville 1W 51.0 31.3 41.1 73 3/8 04 3/4 4.31 0.94 3/26 13 0.0 0.0 -- 00 44 3/9
A Cleveland 46.3 28.5 37.4 69 3/8 08 3/4 4.13 0.65 3/26 17 15.9 6.9 3/25 05 46 3/9
55 Cleves 3NW 52.8 32.4 42.6 73 3/8 10 3/4 5.24 1.33 25,26 14 0.2 0.2 3/3 00 44 3/9
A Columbus 50.5 32.1 41.3 72 3/8 07 3/4 3.45 1.16 25,26 14 1.4 1.2 3/25 01 47 3/9
A Dayton 48.2 30.5 39.4 70 3/8 01 3/4 3.89 1.01 25,26 15 0.5 0.3 3/25 00 49 3/9
22 Kent 2E 48.2 28.4 38.3 71 3/8 08 3/4 3.21 0.44 3/25 20 10.4 4.5 3/25 04 40 3/9
53 Kent 2W 47.4 27.5 37.5 69 3/8 07 3/4 3.16 0.44 25,29 16 10.2 4.5 3/25 03 46 3/9
87 Lagrange 2SW 47.4 25.9 36.7 70 3/8 08 3/4 3.69 0.63 3/29 13 8.3 3.8 3/25 03 62 3/9
23 Lodi 2S 48.5 28.3 38.4 69 3/8 06 3/4 3.67 0.75 3/25 20 10.8 8.0 3/25 02 52 3/9
A Mansfield 45.6 27.5 36.6 68 3/8 03 3/4 3.81 0.67 3/9 15 9.6 5.9 3/25 03 44 3/9
51 Middleburg Hts -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 3.13 0.71 3/25 09 10.0 7.0 3/25 02 -- --
25 Munroe Falls 1SW 48.7 27.3 38.0 73 3/8 08 3/4 3.59 0.79 3/26 16 8.3 4.0 3/26 02 52 3/9
106 Newcomerstown 1S 50.6 28.4 39.5 72 3/8 10 3/4 3.49 0.74 3/26 16 2.0 1.2 3/21 01 47 3/29
32 North Ridgeville 1N 47.9 27.4 37.6 71 3/8 07 3/4 3.74 0.64 3/25 20 14.9 6.8 3/25 05 49 3/9
15 Ottowa 4E 46.0 27.4 36.7 74 3/26 04 3/4 3.15 0.74 3/26 15 6.7 6.0 3/26 02 63 3/9
38 Perry 3SE 44.5 27.8 36.2 68 3/15 10 3/4 4.22 0.57 3/29 19 21.6 6.0 3/4 08 -- --
79 Perrysville 4W 48.5 29.9 39.2 69 3/8 05 3/4 3.36 0.61 3/25 14 7.0 5.7 3/25 01 54 3/9
101 Ravenna 1E 52.2 30.7 41.4 74 3/8 08 3/4 15.08 0.47 3/30 16 11.0 3.5 3/25 02 33 3/21
33 Rockbridge 4W 51.4 29.9 40.6 73 3/8 04 3/4 4.27 1.35 25,26 16 0.2 0.2 3/3 00 -- --
113 Sabina -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 3.51 0.88 3/25 12 -- -- -- -- -- --
04 Sandusky 1N 44.6 28.2 36.4 71 3/8 06 3/4 3.80 0.72 3/29 -- 9.6 4.0 3/26 -- 61 3/9
43 Sharonville 2NE 52.1 33.8 43.0 71 3/8 08 3/4 4.42 0.74 3/15 15 T T 3/21 00 51 3/9
01 Springfield 2N 50.7 30.5 40.6 73 3/8 04 3/4 4.06 0.73 3/26 15 0.8 0.8 3/3 00 52 3/9
105 Stow 1SE 53.4 31.2 42.3 73 3/15 10 3/4 3.71 0.54 3/26 17 11.1 4.9 3/25 03 -- --
98 Streetsboro 2N 48.2 27.7 37.9 70 3/8 08 3/4 3.57 0.59 3/15 13 11.8 5.1 24,25 03 42 3/9
112 Sugarcreek 2SW 48.7 29.8 39.3 70 3/8 08 3/4 3.56 0.75 3/25 16 4.6 4.0 3/25 03 42 3/9
A Toledo 45.5 27.6 36.6 71 3/8 07 3/4 3.07 0.77 3/27 13 11.4 4.7 3/26 03 46 3/9
66 Toledo 5NE 43.9 27.1 35.5 69 3/8 06 3/4 2.98 0.78 3/26 13 12.0 4.7 3/26 03 54 3/9
16 Wooster 7N 48.3 29.1 38.7 69 3/8 04 3/4 3.09 0.60 3/25 20 7.1 5.4 3/25 01 60 3/9
A Youngstown 47.4 27.8 37.6 71 3/8 09 3/22 3.17 0.55 25,26 15 10.6 6.1 3/25 03 48 3/9
48 Zanesville 6N 50.5 31.2 41.2 74 3/8 08 3/3 3.54 0.84 3/26 09 00 00 -- 00 47 3/9

A = Airport


Date:  Thu Mar 7, 2002  8:49 am

Subject:  Ice


8:30 am, 3/7/02

freezing rain and some sleet has fallen in the toledo area this early morning....current temperature is 30.5.....my car is covered with ice....winds are NE @ 11 mph


mike bielski

toledo 5 ne

lucas co.

point place


Date:  Thu Mar 7, 2002  7:08 pm

Subject:  temperatures


toledo, 3/7/02

5 ne

lucas co.

point place


low this morning.............. 30.5

high today....................... 32 @ 1:32 pm

current temp.. @ 7:00 pm.. 32

winds ............. east, ne, @ 9 mph

freezing rain and sleet this morning

precip. total this morning..... .04


Date:  Sat Mar 9, 2002  3:50 pm

Subject:  cold front/ strong winds


3 pm..... south winds 23--- gusts to 36

cold front shortly after 3pm.... winds were

west @ 54 mph gusting to 69 mph...

with very heavy rains..............

this was at the toledo airport....


point place....toledo..... 3:10 pm...

very heavy rain, wind gusting to 65 mph

pressure reading @ 3:10 pm was 29.43

@ 3:15 pm 29.54.....

temperature was 58 at 3pm....

now at 3:46 is.... 44 degrees

winds still gusting to 53 mph


mike bielski

toledo 5 ne

lucas co

point place


Date:  Sat Mar 9, 2002  5:50 pm

Subject:  Is that it?

        Pressure rose from 29.71 to 29.80 in 5 minutes

        Temperature dropped from 62 to 48 in 20 minutes

        Wind gusted to 42 at 5:25 p.m.

        Rainfall from this passage amounted to 0.14 in 20 minutes.

On a side note.... between 3:20 and 3:45 p.m. I went to a higher area just west of here near Orange in eastern Coshocton county. I set up my Kestrel 4000 to measure wind speeds. The highest I measured was 38.6 and the 20 minute average was 24.8 mph. Even with a 62 degree reading at the time, that wind chills ya to the bone, especially with no jacket on.

Don Keating #106 

Newcomerstown 1S


Date:  Sat Mar 9, 2002  5:53 pm

Subject:  weather data report

It's been a very breezy day.  Had a wind gust of 63 M.P.H. + .  Had ice for a little bit also.

Total precip. so far, has been 0.42".

Power was off for a little bit also.

The winds are still blowing 45 MPH. out of the WSW.  As of right now it's 30 degree's (5:50 p.m.) dropping off very fast. The baro. is going back up at 29.72 at a rate of 0.07" an hr.

The N.W.S. issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for this after noon & this evening.


Putnam, Co.


Date:  Sat Mar 9, 2002  6:06 pm

Subject:  Frontal Passage


The cold front passed over Ravenna 1E just about

530pm today. Only damage was just some limbs and

branches down. Our lights only flickered but didn't

loose any power. Between 5pm and 6pm the temperature

dropped almost 12 degrees.

The link is to Weather Underground showing the

graphs from my Wx Station and you can see when the

front passed by the Baro. graph. On WeatherTap radar,

the line looked like a squall line, but never heard or

saw thunder or lightning. Highest wind gust was at

530pm with 26.6 mph.


Rich Rabatin

Ravenna 1E

Portage County


Date:  Sat Mar 9, 2002  6:26 pm

Subject:  Medina County Weather Update


6:20 p.m. 03/09/02

Rainfall: 0.38"

Max. Wind Gust: 36 mph, 5:34 p.m.

Current Temp: 37 degrees

Barometer: 29.61 and rising


Ice pellets observed at 6:00 p.m.


I was in Fairlawn/Montrose area (Summit County) when the front came through,

lights was flickering, heavy rain, low visibility, tree limbs and signs

blown/blowing into/across the roads, power lines down, power out along Rt.

18 going into Medina.


Amber Dalakas

Brunswick 2NE

Medina County


Date:  Sat Mar 9, 2002  7:53 pm

Subject:  Storm Event


The front went through with highest wind gust of 60 mph @ 4:51pm.

There is scattered damage throughout the area; power outages, tree

limbs down, signs down, etc. Power didn't go out here though which

was a surprise. Out here in the county if you sneeze hard enough the

power will go out. Had sleet around 6pm.


At 7pm winds were still west southwest @ 24 mph with gusts to 50 mph.

Precipitation so far is .39". The temperature dropped 22 degrees

between 5 and 7pm.


Jack Sisler

Wooster 7N

Wayne County


Date:  Sat Mar 9, 2002  9:27 pm

Subject:  Severe Weather at Station


Severe weather starts early this year as "bomb" low

pressure moves through the central Gr.Lakes.Warm sector weather with

increasing winds during the day.  HIGH WIND WARNING issued early for winds to 70 MPH. This verifies today!

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH issued as well from 1400EST to 0000EST.As

cold front swept the area from west to east, primarily the winds from the synoptic situation dictate the wind field. However, the dynamically forced squall line that did develop aided in bringing down(downward transport) of the high velocity winds from 2 to 3K Ft. up, which were 60 to 70 Knots! Cold fropa with damaging winds hit the STATION at 1710EST, downing a large tree.  Tree approximately 60 FT. long and with a diameter of 3 Ft. This tree was alive and no leaves obviously present. The tree falls between our home and the

neighbors thankfully!! Heavy rain showers accompany the front but pass quickly leaving only.22".Precip. changes to ice pellets then snow by obs time.  WOW, what a day!


Dan Jakubowski


Summit County


P.S.Pressure jump from 1003.4mb to 1006.1mb from 1710 to



Date:  Sat Mar 9, 2002  11:00 pm

Subject:  High Winds


Peak wind gust at Lodi 2S thus far has been 52 MPH at

10:40 PM. Have had many gusts between 47-50 MPH this

evening. No signs of damage around my home yet! In

my opinion this has been one of the most exciting

weather days Ohio has had in a LONG time!


Matt Higgins

Lodi 2S

Medina County


Date:  Sun Mar 10, 2002  1:17 am

Subject:  Saturday's Peak Wind Gusts




1150 PM EST SAT MAR 9 2002





















Date:  Sat Mar 9, 2002  6:43 pm

Subject:  Frontal passage


A cold front passed through Streetsboro 2N with a vengance at

5:20pm. Strong winds had been blowing all afternoon. At a station

where a 10mph 5min. avg. is infrequent, the 5min. avg. wind speed had

remained in double digits all afternoon with a peak 5 min. avg. of 23

mph from 4:40 to 4:45 pm gusts topping 40 mph with a peak gust of 42

mph at 4:05 pm. The temperature dropped from 61.5 degrees F at

5:20pm down to 44.0 degrees F by 5:25 pm. This is a drop of 17.5

degrees in 5 minutes! By 6:20 pm the temp. was 38.0 F for a total

temperature drop of 23.5 F degrees. Heavy rain accompanied the

front. Both the wind and rain decreased with passage. The rain

changed to a light sleet/rain mix then over to the current light

sleet/snow mix. With that mix we currently have a wihnd speed of

15mph and a temp. of 36.3 F and I just heard some thunder.


Vance Lunn

Streetsboro 2N

OWON #98


Date:  Sun Mar 10, 2002  9:06 am

Subject:  March 9th winds


Yesterday's high winds did quite a bit of damage in our area (see story below).


Barb LaPierre

Middletown OH

Butler County

32 degrees, sunny, still windy (18 mph, gusts to 30)


From today's Middletown Journal:


High winds rip through areaBy Sheri King As a line of thunderstorms ripped through southwest Ohio Saturday afternoon, winds of up to 70 miles per hour toppled trees and downed power lines, said Jim Lott, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wilmington. In Middletown, a strong gust ripped a steel-girded canopy from Powers Auto Sales, 107 Charles St., at about 3:15 p.m. The sheared-off canopy crushed four cars and damaged seven more as it was carried along by the gusts, owner Rick Powers said. Powers said the canopy was 80 feet long, 40 feet wide and 16 feet high ‹ and the wind wadded it up like a discarded gum wrapper. ³It looks like Ground Zero down here,² Powers said. ³I don¹t know the extent of the damage, because there¹s just so much of it.² No one was injured from the falling canopy. Powers estimated the cost of the destroyed canopy to be about $50,000, but said he had not yet calculated the hit to his stock of used cars. Tom Lindsay, owner of the Lindsay¹s Shell station on North Verity Parkway, said he lost electricity about 2:45 p.m., but when it came back on several hours later, he was still out of business. ³My computer got whacked, so we can¹t pump gas or operate the register,² he said. Lindsay said when he called corporate headquarters, company officials told him other Shell service stations throughout Ohio were experiencing the same problem. Throughout the afternoon, lights were out in a number of fast food restaurants and Middletown police directed traffic at several intersections where lights were out. Among the more prominent locations where power was out were along North Verity Parkway and the Ohio 73-Breiel Boulevard intersection. Elsewhere around the city, Middletown police reported extensive power outages and trees down along roads. Middletown Regional Hospital personnel reported several injuries from storm-related vehicle accidents and treated one woman who had a tree fall through her house. The woman¹s identity and condition were not known Saturday. In Monroe, an uprooted tree in front of Mount Pleasant Retirement Village knocked out power lines, cutting electricity to much of the city, including Britton Lane, Main Street, Todhunter Road and the Ohio 63 corridor, police officer Gregg Myers said. ³We called in four off-duty officers to help direct traffic because all the traffic lights along 63 were out,² Myers said. The report of the uprooted tree was received at about 3 p.m., but power was restored in Monroe by 5 p.m., he said. Reports of felled trees and power lines across roadways were received from all corners of Butler and Warren counties, said sheriff¹s office personnel. The Butler sheriff¹s office also received numerous reports of storm-related traffic accidents, though none believed to have anything more than minor injuries. The Warren County Sheriff¹s Office reported power outages in Franklin and Mason, among other locations. Numerous attempts to reach Cinergy Gas and Electric officials Saturday were not successful.


Date:  Sun Mar 10, 2002  9:27 am

Subject:  More on yesterday's winds


Two more stories on yesterday's cold front passage. It was the wildest weather day we've had in a long time.



Middletown OH

Butler County

33 degrees, sunny, winds 18 mph gusting to 30


From the Cincinnati Enquirer:

Tristate blown away by cold front

Storm knocks out power to 63,000


By Robert Anglen, The Cincinnati Enquirer

and The Associated Press

Winds exceeding 60 mph stripped bark from trees, power lines from poles and cars from streets Saturday afternoon in Greater Cincinnati.

The area wasn't alone. The powerful gusts caused damage throughout most of Indiana and Ohio and toppled a tree in Lorain, near Cleveland, killing a man who was crushed underneath.

But the strong winds calmed considerably nearly as quickly as they came. By nightfall, the only evidence of problems was darkened neighborhoods across the Tristate.

“We have 5,000 customers without power,” Cinergy spokesman Dave Woodburn said late Saturday night, adding that all customers should have their power back sometime today.

Rain that began in the morning started falling in horizontal sheets as a strong cold front moved in from the west. At the peak of the storm — around noon — about 63,000 Cinergy customers were without power.

Mr. Woodburn said100 electric and tree crews were working Saturday night.

Many of the problems were at individual residences, but interruptions also affected neighborhoods and business districts from Clermont County to Price Hill to Northern Kentucky.

Runways were shut down for about 10 minutes at the Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport, causing minimal delays, and the airport lost power to some outside gates, said spokesman Ted Bushelman.

Police and fire crews in Cincinnati kept busy responding to uprooted trees, downed power lines and minor wrecks. Police said calls for service were about double that of a typical Saturday, but they reported no major damage.

“We really took a beating,” Hamilton County dispatcher Tori Britton said. “It was nuts.”

She said calls came in by the hundreds — many on 911 emergency lines — from residents wanting to know when power would be restored.

“We processed 1,100 details since 2 o'clock,” she said. “A lot of it was on the west side of town, in Colerain (Township).”

By late Saturday, emergency dispatchers from Butler County to Covington said most of the cleanup was over.

Elsewhere in Ohio, though, the storms leveled a mobile home in Pleasant View in Fayette County. No one was seriously injured.

In Lorain, firefighters used chain saws to get a 41-year-old man out from under a tree that fell on him in a residential neighborhood. He was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Winds of 85 mph were recorded in the Columbus suburb of Grove City, and area roads were closed for the removal of downed power lines.

The Fairgrounds Coliseum in Columbus temporarily lost power Saturday night, delaying the start of a boys high school basketball playoff game by about two hours.

In Canton, Interstate 77 was closed briefly after overhead highway signs fell to the road because of the wind, police said.

Locally, National Weather Service forecaster John Center said the highest winds were recorded at Wilmington (61 mph) and Dayton, Ohio, (58 mph) and Covington (56).

The front chased out the Tristate's brief spell of warm temperatures. Saturday's high of 63 will be followed by a high today of 40.



From the Dayton Daily News:


High winds wreak havoc in Valley

Gusts rip roof from Lowe’s in Sugarcreek Twp.

By Tom Beyerlein

Dayton Daily News

A rainstorm accompanied by 70 mph winds lashed the Miami Valley on Saturday, toppling trees and tearing down power lines.

The damage was particularly severe in Sugarcreek Twp., where gusty winds ripped an air conditioning unit off the roof off the Lowe’s store at 6300 Wilmington Pike, leaving a hole in the roof and forcing the evacuation of about 200 people from the store, said Fire Chief Randall J. Pavlak.

High winds also caused outdoor storage sheds to be blown around in the Lowe’s parking lot, hitting one customer in the head and damaging parked vehicles. Another customer got broken glass in the eye, Pavlak said. Displays just outside the building also blew into and smashed two of the store's glass doors.

The two injured customers and an employee who cut his hand were in good condition at Miami Valley and Southview hospitals Saturday afternoon.

Assistant Fire Chief Gary Branstetter said the store sustained an estimated $10,000 to $15,000 damage and will remain closed until county building inspectors can determine how bad the damage is. An inspection is expected today.

"We don't know when it will reopen," Branstetter said. "They have lost structural integrity of the roof."

The wind caused other problems in Sugarcreek Twp. at about the same time, Pavlak said. On Waynesville Road, a car crashed into a ditch after swerving to avoid a falling utility pole that had snapped in half, he said. There were no injuries. A utility pole also snapped on Carpenter Road, and on Washington Mill Road, downed power lines set a tree on fire.

The wind also brought wires down in about 10 places in Beavercreek and Dayton, officials said. Montgomery County sheriff's Sgt. Ken Greco said there had been many trees down, especially in Washington Twp., but the damage was typical for a thunderstorm. "We haven't been slaughtered," he said.

National Weather Service meteorologist Tom Johnstone said the collision of warm air here and cold air rushing in from the west created the storm. The cold front brought winds of about 30 to 40 mph, with gusts up to 70 mph.

Winds were expected to subside overnight to 15 to 20 mph, Johnstone said. Today's expected high is 37 degrees, but on Monday, temperatures should rise to 50.


Date: Sat Mar 16, 2002 6:22 pm

Subject: Sun Dog


I just received my first copy of the "Ohio Weather Journal" (2/2002) and

read the article "Behind the Scenes" talking about sun dogs or parhelions

which I had never heard of before.  At 5:30 this evening leaving South Park

Mall in Strongsville, there was a sun dog. What a coincidence! I had never

seen one before and would certainly not known what I was looking at if I

hadn't read that article earlier today.


Simple pleasures!




Date: Sun Mar 24, 2002 5:11 pm

Subject: This is spring??? (cont.)


Just got this email...



Middletown OH

Butler County

50 degrees, mostly sunny



WWUS41 KILN 242138




438 PM EST SUN MAR 24 2002

















Date: Sun Mar 24, 2002 6:09 pm

Subject: eye's of march!

You have to remember spring has a lot of changing weather. How many of you remember the Palm Sunday tornado out break's? I do and I am not that old. (46) We kind have this of type weather until the middle of April. A year without a summer did happen! Where there was snow on the ground in July & Aug..(1816 for those of you that don't remember.)

And maybe early May, or we may even have a year without a summer!

We are having lt. rain here now with a outside temperature of 38 degree's with a hi temperature today of 44.


Date: Mon Mar 25, 2002 10:55 am

Subject: Heavy Snow


At 10:45 am have been getting moderate to heavy snow for about the

past 1 1/2 hours with visibilities down to 1/4 mile at times. Have

picked up 2.2" since 8am with total storm accumulation of 3.5" so far

with moderate snow still falling. Roads are completely snow covered.


Jack Sisler

Wooster 7N

Wayne County


Date: Tue Mar 26, 2002 11:04 am

Subject: freezing rain, 10:56 am


tuesday 3/26/02


freezing rain has been falling in toledo and point place area of lucas

co. since


some sleet at the onset....

currently at 11 am freezing rain 29 degrees... winds NE 10 mph, pressure

30.01 F...


mike bielski

toledo 5 ne

lucas co.

point place


Date: Mon Mar 25, 2002 10:56 pm

Subject: first glaze of winter.......in spring.


I know this is a lot less impressive than what a lot of you are

seeing, but temp dropped to 32 at 1700 and 31 by 1800. It was 32

when rain started at 2100 and it continues. Instrument shelter and

environs are iced! Amazingly, this is the first glaze of the winter

season here. Told you not to count winter out, especially those of

you getting buried.


Ron Rothhaas


Date: Sat Mar 30, 2002 8:54 am

Subject: Spring Thunder

T'storms came through N. Summit County from 1630 to 1730 EST yesterday

afternoon ahead of the occluded front / triple pt.Nice cloud -to

-ground strokes were observed within 1-2 miles of the station. .45" of

precip. for the day.





Date: Sat Mar 30, 2002 9:20 am

Subject: Thunder


Thunder here yesterday @ 3:34 pm....

rainfall yesterday was...... .41

high yesterday was.......... 50


mike bielski

toledo 5 ne

lucas co.

point place

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