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.
5E (Lucas County) Mike Bielski
were 3 record lows for the month.....
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|
|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|
|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|
A = Airport
Thu Mar 7, 2002 8:49 am
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
Thu Mar 7, 2002 7:08 pm
this morning.............. 30.5
today....................... 32 @ 1:32 pm
temp.. @ 7:00 pm.. 32
............. east, ne, @ 9 mph
rain and sleet this morning
total this morning..... .04
Sat Mar 9, 2002 3:50 pm
cold front/ strong winds
pm..... south winds 23--- gusts to 36
front shortly after 3pm.... winds were
@ 54 mph gusting to 69 mph...
very heavy rains..............
was at the toledo airport....
place....toledo..... 3:10 pm...
heavy rain, wind gusting to 65 mph
reading @ 3:10 pm was 29.43
3:15 pm 29.54.....
was 58 at 3pm....
at 3:46 is.... 44 degrees
still gusting to 53 mph
Sat Mar 9, 2002 5:50 pm
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.
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.
Sat Mar 9, 2002 5:53 pm
weather data report
been a very breezy day. Had a wind
gust of 63 M.P.H. + . Had ice for a
little bit also.
precip. so far, has been 0.42".
was off for a little bit also.
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.
N.W.S. issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for this after noon & this
Sat Mar 9, 2002 6:06 pm
cold front passed over Ravenna 1E just about
today. Only damage was just some limbs and
down. Our lights only flickered but didn't
any power. Between 5pm and 6pm the temperature
almost 12 degrees.
link is to Weather Underground showing the
from my Wx Station and you can see when the
passed by the Baro. graph. On WeatherTap radar,
line looked like a squall line, but never heard or
thunder or lightning. Highest wind gust was at
with 26.6 mph.
Sat Mar 9, 2002 6:26 pm
Medina County Weather Update
Wind Gust: 36 mph, 5:34 p.m.
Temp: 37 degrees
29.61 and rising
pellets observed at 6:00 p.m.
was in Fairlawn/Montrose area (Summit County) when the front came through,
was flickering, heavy rain, low visibility, tree limbs and signs
into/across the roads, power lines down, power out along Rt.
going into Medina.
Sat Mar 9, 2002 7:53 pm
front went through with highest wind gust of 60 mph @ 4:51pm.
is scattered damage throughout the area; power outages, tree
down, signs down, etc. Power didn't go out here though which
a surprise. Out here in the county if you sneeze hard enough the
will go out. Had sleet around 6pm.
7pm winds were still west southwest @ 24 mph with gusts to 50 mph.
so far is .39". The temperature dropped 22 degrees
5 and 7pm.
Sat Mar 9, 2002 9:27 pm
Severe Weather at Station
weather starts early this year as "bomb" low
moves through the central Gr.Lakes.Warm sector weather with
winds during the day. HIGH WIND
WARNING issued early for winds to 70 MPH. This verifies today!
THUNDERSTORM WATCH issued as well from 1400EST to 0000EST.As
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
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!
jump from 1003.4mb to 1006.1mb from 1710 to
Sat Mar 9, 2002 11:00 pm
wind gust at Lodi 2S thus far has been 52 MPH at
PM. Have had many gusts between 47-50 MPH this
No signs of damage around my home yet! In
opinion this has been one of the most exciting
days Ohio has had in a LONG time!
Sun Mar 10, 2002 1:17 am
Saturday's Peak Wind Gusts
WEATHER SERVICE CLEVELAND, OH
PM EST SAT MAR 9 2002
WINDS FROM SATURDAY MARCH 9TH IN NORTHERN OHIO AND NORTHWEST
258 PM 69 MPH
423 PM 63 MPH
607 PM 63 MPH
429 PM 62 MPH
448 PM 62 MPH
523 PM 62 MPH
520 PM 60 MPH
PA 636 PM 60 MPH
415 PM 55 MPH
PA 758 PM 55 MPH
610 PM 54 MPH
454 PM 53 MPH
517 PM 51 MPH
Sat Mar 9, 2002 6:43 pm
cold front passed through Streetsboro 2N with a vengance at
Strong winds had been blowing all afternoon. At a station
a 10mph 5min. avg. is infrequent, the 5min. avg. wind speed had
in double digits all afternoon with a peak 5 min. avg. of 23
from 4:40 to 4:45 pm gusts topping 40 mph with a peak gust of 42
at 4:05 pm. The temperature dropped from 61.5 degrees F at
down to 44.0 degrees F by 5:25 pm. This is a drop of 17.5
in 5 minutes! By 6:20 pm the temp. was 38.0 F for a total
drop of 23.5 F degrees. Heavy rain accompanied the
Both the wind and rain decreased with passage. The rain
to a light sleet/rain mix then over to the current light
mix. With that mix we currently have a wihnd speed of
and a temp. of 36.3 F and I just heard some thunder.
Sun Mar 10, 2002 9:06 am
March 9th winds
high winds did quite a bit of damage in our area (see story below).
degrees, sunny, still windy (18 mph, gusts to 30)
today's Middletown Journal:
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.
Sun Mar 10, 2002 9:27 am
More on yesterday's winds
more stories on yesterday's cold front passage. It was the wildest weather day
we've had in a long time.
degrees, sunny, winds 18 mph gusting to 30
the Cincinnati Enquirer:
blown away by cold front
knocks out power to 63,000
Robert Anglen, The Cincinnati Enquirer
The Associated Press
exceeding 60 mph stripped bark from trees, power lines from poles and cars from
streets Saturday afternoon in Greater Cincinnati.
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
the strong winds calmed considerably nearly as quickly as they came. By
nightfall, the only evidence of problems was darkened neighborhoods across the
have 5,000 customers without power,” Cinergy spokesman Dave Woodburn said late
Saturday night, adding that all customers should have their power back sometime
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.
Woodburn said100 electric and tree crews were working Saturday night.
of the problems were at individual residences, but interruptions also affected
neighborhoods and business districts from Clermont County to Price Hill to
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.
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.
really took a beating,” Hamilton County dispatcher Tori Britton said. “It
said calls came in by the hundreds — many on 911 emergency lines — from
residents wanting to know when power would be restored.
processed 1,100 details since 2 o'clock,” she said. “A lot of it was on the
west side of town, in Colerain (Township).”
late Saturday, emergency dispatchers from Butler County to Covington said most
of the cleanup was over.
in Ohio, though, the storms leveled a mobile home in Pleasant View in Fayette
County. No one was seriously injured.
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.
of 85 mph were recorded in the Columbus suburb of Grove City, and area roads
were closed for the removal of downed power lines.
Fairgrounds Coliseum in Columbus temporarily lost power Saturday night, delaying
the start of a boys high school basketball playoff game by about two hours.
Canton, Interstate 77 was closed briefly after overhead highway signs fell to
the road because of the wind, police said.
National Weather Service forecaster John Center said the highest winds were
recorded at Wilmington (61 mph) and Dayton, Ohio, (58 mph) and Covington (56).
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.
the Dayton Daily News:
winds wreak havoc in Valley
rip roof from Lowe’s in Sugarcreek Twp.
rainstorm accompanied by 70 mph winds lashed the Miami Valley on Saturday,
toppling trees and tearing down power lines.
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.
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.
two injured customers and an employee who cut his hand were in good condition at
Miami Valley and Southview hospitals Saturday afternoon.
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.
don't know when it will reopen," Branstetter said. "They have lost
structural integrity of the roof."
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sat Mar 16, 2002 6:22 pm
just received my first copy of the "Ohio Weather Journal" (2/2002) and
the article "Behind the Scenes" talking about sun dogs or parhelions
I had never heard of before. At
5:30 this evening leaving South Park
in Strongsville, there was a sun dog. What a coincidence! I had never
one before and would certainly not known what I was looking at if I
read that article earlier today.
Sun Mar 24, 2002 5:11 pm
This is spring??? (cont.)
got this email...
degrees, mostly sunny
- WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
WEATHER SERVICE WILMINGTON OH
PM EST SUN MAR 24 2002
SNOW ACCUMULATIONS POSSIBLE...
LOW PRESSURE CENTER MOVING NORTHEAST TOWARDS THE OHIO VALLEY WILL
MOISTURE TO THE AREA. THIS MOISTURE WILL MOVE NORTH AND
OUT ALONG A WARM FRONT THAT IS SITUATED FROM CENTRAL INDIANA
CENTRAL OHIO. NORTH OF THE WARM FRONT...ACCUMULATING
IS EXPECTED. ALONG THIS FRONT...A MIX OF RAIN...SLEET...AND
IS POSSIBLE...WHILE SOUTH OF THE FRONT...RAIN WILL HAMPER ANY
TO THE THIN LINE BETWEEN RAIN AND SNOW...AMOUNTS ARE DIFFICULT
DETERMINE. ANY PROGRESSION SOUTH OF THE WARM FRONT WILL EXPAND
CHANCE OF ACCUMULATING SNOW INTO THE NORTHERN MIAMI VALLEY AND
OHIO. A NORTHWARD PROGRESSION WILL CUT SNOWFALL TOTALS
TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO FOR FUTURE UPDATES ON THIS WINTER
Sun Mar 24, 2002 6:09 pm
eye's of march!
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.)
maybe early May, or we may even have a year without a summer!
are having lt. rain here now with a outside temperature of 38 degree's with a hi
temperature today of 44.
Mon Mar 25, 2002 10:55 am
10:45 am have been getting moderate to heavy snow for about the
1 1/2 hours with visibilities down to 1/4 mile at times. Have
up 2.2" since 8am with total storm accumulation of 3.5" so far
moderate snow still falling. Roads are completely snow covered.
Tue Mar 26, 2002 11:04 am
freezing rain, 10:56 am
rain has been falling in toledo and point place area of lucas
sleet at the onset....
at 11 am freezing rain 29 degrees... winds NE 10 mph, pressure
Mon Mar 25, 2002 10:56 pm
first glaze of winter.......in spring.
know this is a lot less impressive than what a lot of you are
but temp dropped to 32 at 1700 and 31 by 1800. It was 32
rain started at 2100 and it continues. Instrument shelter and
are iced! Amazingly, this is the first glaze of the winter
here. Told you not to count winter out, especially those of
Sat Mar 30, 2002 8:54 am
came through N. Summit County from 1630 to 1730 EST yesterday
ahead of the occluded front / triple pt.Nice cloud -to
strokes were observed within 1-2 miles of the station. .45" of
for the day.
Sat Mar 30, 2002 9:20 am
here yesterday @ 3:34 pm....
yesterday was...... .41
yesterday was.......... 50
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