Cleves 3NW (James Davis) - March ended up 2.2 degrees above normal.

Cincinnati 5NW (Ron Rothhaas) -  Rain and snowfall were below normal in March. The month's total of 3.37 inches liquid fell over 15 separate days. The total of 3.0 inches of snow fell in one 3 hour period on the 16th. The average temperature for the month was well above normal.

Kent 2W (Eric Wertz) - March 2004 was characterized by above average snowfall and slightly above average liquid equivalent precipitation.  Measurable snowfall occurred on 11 days.  The most notable snow events were 7.8 inches on the 16th and 4.3 inches on the 21st.  Liquid equivalent precipitation was observed on 25 days.  The heaviest 24 hour rainfall was 0.85 inch on the 26th.  A powerful storm system moved through the Great Lakes on the 5th causing the strongest high wind gust so far this year at Kent 2W (47 m.p.h.).  There were six advisories/watches/warnings issued this month.  One thunderstorm occurred on the 20th with fog noted on four days.

Kidron 1N (Ronald Hahn) -  There were two main mild periods in March, 2004.  The first extended from the 1st to the 6th, and the second lasted from the 26th to the 29th.  Temperatures overall in March averaged 4 degrees above normal, while liquid precipitation was 0.32 inches above normal, and snowfall was about 3.4 inches above normal.  The 5.8 inches of snow on the 18th was a new record for that date.

Munroe Falls 1SW (Larry Huff) - Snowfall total of 20.0 inches for March 2004 is the highest March total for the past 11 years since snowfall records began at this station.

Newcomerstown 1S (Don Keating) - There were 2 thunder days; 1 hail day and 1 sleet day. Average high was 0.4 above normal while the average low was 3.3 above normal. Mean temperature was 1.8 above normal. Precipitation was also above normal, with precip. 0.20" above and snowfall 0.7" above. Measurable snow fell on 8 days.

Ottawa 4E (Phil & Bonnie Higley) - The month started out with close to normal temperature's with little amount of precip.. But as soon was we had those Hi winds on the 5th,the day time Hi temperature's surely went DOWN! Day time Hi's get out of the 40F. But as soon as we got 2.0" of snowfall on the ground we really cool down. There were a couple of day's where we didn't get out of the 40s for day time highs. But toward the end of the month we try to warm back up,with Hi's getting into the upper 50F. By the end of the month we got back in the upper 60F even hitting 70F one time on the 28th.

Perrysville 4W (Katie Gerwig) - Normal to slightly above normal temperatures, and slightly above normal precipitation.  Above normal snowfall due to the 7.5 inches which fell on the 16th.

Ravenna 1SE (Gary Locke)  For the most part, March was a relatively warm month despite producing a total of 18" of snow. My largest 24 hour snowfall of the season (8") occurred on 3/16/04. My total snowfall for the season is 65.2" through the end of the month. The month also produced the first thunderstorm of the year on March 20th.

Springfield (Dick Groeber) -  The month was warmest in the beginning and toward the end, with the coldest readings in the middle and during the last few days.  There was a wide range of temperatures from the high of 75 on the 5th to the low of 16 on the 12th.  The month saw a variety of precipitation.  The heaviest snowfall of the winter fell on the 16th with 7.5 inches.  The heaviest one day liquid precipitation total occurred on the 30th with 0.97 inches.  The overall total was 4.00 inches.  There were two thunderstorm days.  The winds were strong gusting to or greater than 30 miles per hour on 5 dates with the strongest gust of 42 miles per hour on the 5th.

Thompson 5SW (Vance Lunn) - March could be divided into three distinct periods. The first week was very mild. The middle two weeks were seasonably cold with frequent snowfall. The last week was again somewhat mild. The last of the season long snowpack melted on the 5th for a total of 99 days of a trace or more snow cover. All measurable snow occurred between the 7th and 22nd. The greatest snow depth was 10 inches on the 16th. There was also a thundersnow event on the 11th; 6 days with fog; and two days with sleet.

Wooster 7N (Jack Sisler) - It was a very windy month and quite snowy for about the first three weeks. Mean temperatures were four degrees above normal. There were two temperature records set; a record high of 72 on the fifth and a record low of 8 set on the 22nd. It was the snowiest March on record with 13.0 inches, more than half of that coming with a storm on the 16th. Winds were quite strong recording gusts of 25 m.p.h. or greater on fifteen of the thirty-one days.





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 48.3 33.3 41.1 74.0 5th 15.0 22nd 3.79 0.69 26th 22 14.8 7.4 16th 4 42 5th
A Akron-Canton 47.8 31.3 39.5 73.0 5th 14.0 22nd 3.39 0.78 26-27 22 12.2 5.6 16th 4 58 5th
82 Centerville 1W 52.4 34.3 43.4 76.0 28th 15.0 13th 3.33 0.86 30th 14 6.0 6.0 16th 1 38 5th
A Cincinnati 54.4 36.4 45.5 78.0 28th 18.0 23rd 2.97 0.56 29th 15 1.8 1.8 16th 1 45 7th
13 Cincinnati 5NW 56.0 37.4 46.7 77.0 28th 19.0 12th 3.37 0.80 30th 15 3.0 3.0 16th 1 -- --
A Cleveland 47.5 33.4 40.5 73.0 5th 20.0 10th 4.59 0.92 29-30 24 18.6 7.0 17-18 6 59 5th
55 Cleves 3NW 56.1 36.1 46.1 80.0 28th 19.0 13th 3.18 0.69 15-16 18 2.6 2.0 16th 1 37 5th
A Columbus 51.9 35.0 43.5 74.0 28th 16.0 13th 3.27 0.51 30th 20 4.8 3.2 16th 1 54 5th
A Dayton 51.4 34.5 42.9 74.0 28th 16.0 13th 2.48 0.35 1st 16 5.8 5.0 16th 1 54 5th
22 Kent 2E 49.3 32.0 40.6 74.0 5th 14.0 22nd 4.79 0.71 16th 24 19.5 8.9 16th 6 27 5th
430 Kent 2W 47.9 30.9 39.4 73.0 5th 9.0 22nd 4.88 0.85 26th 25 20.0 7.8 16th 9 47 5th
2 Kidron 1N 50.9 33.6 42.3 74.0 15th 13.0 22nd 3.27 0.60 20th 22 10.0 5.8 16th 3 46 5th
87 Lagrange 2SW 49.2 31.8 40.5 74.0 5th 18.0 10th 4.22 1.07 29th 20 6.7 3.6 16th 2 51 5th
A Mansfield 47.6 31.9 39.7 71.0 5,28 14 13,22 4.00 1.12 29-30 20 9.5 5.0 17-18 2 59 5th
51 Middleburg Heights  2N -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 4.29 0.56 26th 21 15.0 5.0 16th 7 -- --
25 Munroe Falls 1SW 48.7 30.7 39.7 75.0 6th 8.0 22nd 5.02 0.72 27th 21 20.0 5.4 17th 1 -- --
32 North Ridgeville 1N 50.7 33.3 42.0 75.0 5th 19.0 10th 4.56 0.59 30th 24 13.5 4.5 16th 7 46 5th
106 Newcomerstown 1S 52.3 32.0 42.1 76.0 5,29 14.0 22nd 3.11 0.81 30-31 24 5.5 2.0 17,24 2 50 5th
15 Ottawa 4E 49.9 34.1 42.0 70.0 28th 13.0 13th 1.91 0.68 4th 21 2.1 2.0 16th 1 52 5th
79 Perrysville 4W 50.0 32.8 41.4 72.0 5,28 15.0 13,22 3.28 0.93 20th 12 11.3 7.5 16th 3 -- --
121 Ravenna 1SE 49.0 29.1 39.1 75.0 5th 13.0 21st 4.89 0.72 26th 19 18.0 8.0 16th 7 -- --
  Rockbridge 4W 53.3 34.6 43.9 76.0 28th 14.0 13th 3.49 1.00 29-30 19 3.2 1.8 16th 2 -- --
  Sabina -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.87 1.00 30th 17 -- -- -- -- -- --
1 Springfield 2 52.0 35.0 44.0 75.0 5th 16.0 13th 4.00 0.97 30th 17 7.6 7.5 16th 1 42 5th
112 Sugarcreek 2SW 51.5 32.7 42.1 75.0 5,29 9.0 22nd 3.97 1.06 30th 25 10.2 5.0 16th 4 43 5th
98 Thompson 5SW 45.5 30.8 38.2 73.0 5th 16.0 18th 4.98 0.80 16th 23 30.5 8.9 15-16 9 -- --
A Toledo 48.7 32.4 40.6 70.0 5th 13.0 13th 2.35 0.69 4-5 16 3.9 2.0 17-18 2 48 5th
16 Wooster 7N 50.1 32.2 41.1 72.0 5th 8.0 22nd 2.45 0.67 16th 26 13.0 7.6 16th 3 50 5th
A Youngstown 47.1 31.1 39.0 71.0 5th 17.0 13th 3.60 0.75 20-21 21 13.9 6.4 16th 4 51 5th
OWON # Station Mean Max Temp Mean Min Temp Mean Temp High Temp Date Low Temp Date Total Prec Max 24hr Prec Date


Prec Days

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

 = Airport         



From: "Phillip Higley" <>

Date: Mon Mar 1, 2004 4:11 pm

Subject: end of month reports


Ave. Max.: 35.8F

Ave. Minn.: 20.1F

Ave. Temp. 28F

Highest was 59F on the 29th(Leap year)

Lowest was -6F on the 1st

Precip. 0.36" 24 hour 0.16" on the 5th

Snowfall .9" 24 hour snowfall .4" on the 5th

Highest Baro. 30.50 on the 16th

Lowest Baro. 29.03 on the 20th

Highest Wind Gust 43 M.P.H. on the 20th


Putnam, Co.


Date: Mon Mar 1, 2004 7:27 pm

Subject: February Statistics - Ravenna 1SE



Here are my statistics for February 2004:

High Temp - 62 (2/29/04)

Low Temp - -3 (2/1/04)

Mean High Temp - 40.66

Mean Low Temp - 16.24

Mean Temp - 28.45

Rainfall - 1.09

Highest 24 hr Precip - 0.40" (2/2/04)

Snowfall - 4"

Highest 24 hr Snowfall - 1.00" (2/5/04)

Precipitation Days - 7

Thunderstorm Days - 0

Most snow on Ground - 9" (2/1/04)

February was a mild and relatively dry month with no major weather events.

Only had 4 days with measureable snowfall with no more than 1 inch on any one day.

Gary Locke

Ravenna 1SE

OWON # 121


Date: Wed Mar 3, 2004 7:39 pm

Subject: Snowfall for this season so far - Ravenna 1SE



Just taking a quick tally, my total snowfall this winter as of today is 47.2". I would like to think that could be

it for the winter but we all know better.

In regard to the virus, I am the moderator of another group on Yahoo and I have not seen any suspicious

emails there yet (knock on wood).

Gary L

Ravenna 1SE


Date: Wed Mar 3, 2004 11:52 pm

Subject: Re: [OhioWx] Snowfall for this season so far - Newcomerstown 1S


Gary & Group;

Snowfall this season here at my location has been 30.3"

Don Keating

Newcomerstown 1S


Date: Thu Mar 4, 2004 7:00 am

Subject: Ohio Weather HISTORY




1988... Snow and freezing rain made travel hazardous in Ohio

and Indiana. A six car pile-up resulted near Columbus

OH, with seven injuries reported. Up to two inches of

ice glazed central Indiana. Up to ten inches of snow

blanketed northern Ohio.


Larry Huff


Date: Fri Mar 5, 2004 1:00 pm

Subject: Winds/Temperatures




Winds here have increased dramatically over the past hour. I've had

a wind gust of 45 m.p.h. @ 12:15 p.m. At noon the 992mb (29.29")

surface low was over central Lake Michigan. Winds at the 850mb level

(5000 feet) were as high as 70 knots in Ohio.


The temperature here is 68 degrees which is only two degrees from

tying the record of 70 for this date set in 1992.


Anyone getting any wind damage?



Wooster 7N


Date: Fri Mar 5, 2004 4:08 pm

Subject: Re: [OhioWx] Winds/Temperatures



Here in Ravenna, I have 75 Sunny degrees with wind

of 15mph with a high gust so far of 28.9mph at

11:59am. When I got home from work at 350pm, I

noticed I lost power around the high gust time.

As for any wind damage, I haven't noticed any, but

there is still a lot of time remaining before the

winds die down.

I don't know if Gary Locke had a power outage or any

damage, but I am sure he'll report if he noticed any.

Rich Rabatin

Ravenna 1E

Portage County


Date: Fri Mar 5, 2004 4:31 pm

Subject: Re: [OhioWx] Winds/Temperatures



Hi wind here in Newcomerstown thus far has been 50 mph @ 1:29 p.m. High temperature has been 75 but that's still

six shy of the record of 81 in 1983. The high wind of 50 is the highest since December 14, 2001 when we hit 61


Don Keating #106

Newcomerstown 1S


Date: Fri Mar 5, 2004 6:06 pm

Subject: Re: [OhioWx] Winds/Temperatures


Rich, Jack and List:


As of 6 pm Friday, I had not seen, experienced or heard of any major damage

in the Ravenna area but I have not been checking into that. May hear of

something tomorrow. According to my wife, our lights flickered briefly but

did not go out for any length of time. My high temp today was 75 degrees.


Gary Locke

Ravenna 1SE


From: "Phillip Higley" <>

Date: Fri Mar 5, 2004 6:29 pm

Subject: winds/temperature's


Well we had a VERY windly day today.

We had a Wind gust of 52 M.P.H. @ 1:39 p.m., didn't

see no damage yet. But alot of people in the area

saying that they were out of power. We had a Hi

temperature of 68.8F @ 2:37 p.m. after being down to

45.9F @ 9:29 p.m.(the day before) seeing I clear my

unit's out at 9:30 p.m. everyday!

Did pick up another 0.02" of rainfall.

Right now (6:26 p.m.) it' cldy. with a temperature of

62.6F & a Rising Baro. from 29.43".03", winds are SW-

26 M.P.H. still.

But dieing down.


Putnman, Co.


Date: Fri Mar 5, 2004 7:02 pm

Subject: Wind Update/Lack of Precip




I did eventually have a wind gust of 50 m.p.h. @ 2:27 p.m. Lights

flickered and there were some traffic signs blown over.


It appears there is a warm air inversion (cap) in the atmosphere at

the moment limiting any rain/thunderstorm development. Wouldn't be

surprised to see most areas go rain-free the rest of the night.

Doesn't really look like there is enough instability to act as

a "kicker" to break the cap. Looks like were back to reality




Wooster 7N


Date: Fri Mar 5, 2004 7:26 pm

Subject: Want Snow?




Was just looking at some weather headlines and saw where many areas

in upper Michigan has received from 8 - 13 inches of snow with this

storm with 2 - 3 feet of snow on the ground.


They can keep it there as far as I'm concerned.




From: "Phillip Higley" <>

Date: Sat Mar 6, 2004 1:46 pm

Subject: Re: [OhioWx] Want Snow?


Sound like to me someone really want Spring to come in early.........

Mother nature isn't done with winter yet. The month might say Mar.

but she is thinking the middle of Jan. or late Feb.. We can still get s-n-o-w up


As the day's get's longer & the sun is out longer in the day. We are having warmer

day's............Before you know it, we be turning our clock ahead. Which is about 5

more weeks away........Then we be talking about how HOT it is. So which is it. Hot

tempertures, or temperatures like we are having now? I would like see these

temperature's........That way we WON'T get bad thunderstorms...........Think about



Putnam, Co.


Date: Sat Mar 6, 2004 4:28 pm

Subject: Re: [OhioWx] Want Snow?



That's not totally the case. I like snow. It's just with spring less than 3 weeks away, we need to progress

towards SPRING and not get and of white stuff into April. I recall seeing wet snow in May of 2002. MAY, not


And I think much of Ohio got off VERY lucky yesterday with not a single severe t'storm. I know there were a

few flood watches / warnings in southern Ohio, but we escaped VERY luckily yesterday. I don't think there's

any arguing that point at all. I think 7 of 10 times with the setup we had yesterday, someone woulda got hit

hard in Ohio.

I for one will not complain when it hits 90, as long as I'm not dying from heat stroke conditions!

Don Keating


Date: Sun Mar 7, 2004 1:55 pm

Subject: February's Weather Statistics for Centerville 1W


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

High Temp (Date) ... 64 / 29th

Low Temp (Date) ... 3 / 1st

Mean High ... 41.0

Mean Low ... 22.9

Monthly Mean ... 31.9

Total Precipitation ... 1.57"

Max 24 hr Precipitation (Date) ... 0.47" / 5th

Number of Precipitation Days... 7

Total Snowfall... 1.3"

Max 24 hr Snowfall (Date) ... 1.3" / 7th

Max Snow Depth at time of observation ... 4"

High Wind Gust (Date) ... 34 MPH / 20th & 21st

Thunderstorm Days ... 0

Highest Barometer (Date) ... 30.58" / 8th

Lowest Barometer (Date) ... 29.44" / 20th

Average High Wind Gust... 18.3 MPH

Year To Date Precipitation . 8.22"

2.71" Above Normal


Robert Flory - KA5RUC

Centerville 1W

Southeast Montgomery County

Ohio Weather Observer Network #82

Wilmington NWS Skywarn ID OMT405


Date: Sun Mar 7, 2004 3:58 pm

Subject: Thunder


Just a note... a passing shower with thunder to my SW is currewntly moving

though. Currently 49 degrees.

Don Keating #106

Newcomerstown 1S


Date: Sun Mar 7, 2004 4:24 pm

Subject: Snow Pellets




I guess about the time Don was having his thundershower I had a

brief period of snow pellets that lasted about one minute. Was

watching a basketball game on t.v. and my wife looked out the window

and yelled "What the..... Surface temperature here is 46 but just

looked at the 3 p.m. observation at the 850mb level where

temperatures are just below freezing. Lot of instability in the air

right now.



Wooster 7N


Date: Mon Mar 8, 2004 1:12 am

Subject: A mixed weather event day (March 7)



After our first thunder episode, at about 5:05 p.m. we had a second round of thunder. With this round we had soft

hail. As I was heading to my house from my moms house, to the SE I noticed a small group of mammatas clouds.

I got several good photos of cloud formations with shafts of sunlight above the clouds. I have posted two photos

from today (March 7) on my site. It is at Please check them out. Thank you.

Don Keating #106

Newcomerstown 1S


Date: Mon Mar 8, 2004 7:00 pm

Subject: Re: [OhioWx] A mixed weather event day (March 7)


Don & Group:

Just curious, what were the temps when you saw the mammatus? We did not have any thunder up here

(at least I didn't hear any) but I did measure 4" of snow this morning!

Gary L

Ravenna 1SE


Date: Mon Mar 8, 2004 7:34 pm

Subject: Re: [OhioWx] A mixed weather event day (March 7)



It was 47 degrees and we received one inch of snow last night through this


Don Keating


Date: Tue Mar 9, 2004 8:29 am

Subject: Weather Transition




Between yesterday and this morning I've had 2.2" of snow which

is .3" more snow than I had all of last month so far. Friday I set a

high temperature record with 72 degrees breaking the previous record

of 70 for the date set in 1992.


Oh well, it beats the boring weather we've been having the last few




Wooster 7N


Date: Wed Mar 10, 2004 12:58 am

Subject: Rating Winter Storms



Click on the link below to read the article. In my opinion, this is a farce! A load of bull. They might as well just call

it a NE US winter ratings system instead of a winter storm rating system. Once again it all regresses to the biast

coverage/reporting/forecasting for the NE part of the US. I hardly ever watch TWC anymore. I get more unbiast

information on the internet. Just my opinion.

Don Keating



Date: Wed Mar 10, 2004 9:09 am

Subject: Re: [OhioWx] Rating Winter Storms



I agree and put in my two cents worth. Might be a good time to ask the group what memorable winter storms they

remember in Ohio. I'm sure one would be a no-brainer but I'd be interested in knowing why. I think anyone who

experiences a bad storm first-hand is a lot more reliable information anyway. Any opinions?


Wooster 7N


Date: Thu Mar 11, 2004 5:23 pm

Subject: last week's weather at thompson 5 sw


I've been offline for awhile just as things began to get more

interesting lately. So here's the summary for the last week here at

Thompson 5 SW:


The temp. reached 73 on Fri. March 5th, melting away the last of the

winter snow. This ended a 99 day period of continuous trace plus

snow cover (Nov. 28,2003-Mar. 5,2004).


That bare ground only showed for a day and a half as more snow fell

from the 7th-9th. 6.6" fell from this system, of which, about 1"

remains on the ground. We had a period of light snow and flurries

fall this afternoon despite the 41 degree temperature. This mixed in

with rain at times.




Date: Thu Mar 11, 2004 5:32 pm

Subject: Re: Rating Winter Storms


Why do they just want to rate winter storms on the East Coast? I

reallize that some of those nor'easters can take on a frozen

hurricane-like quality, but those blizzards on the Great Plains are

quite interesting, too. The problem with rating winter storms is

that there are many different kinds. Some are memorable for the

severity of the winds. Others are remembered becuase of the huge

amount of snow recieved, or freezing rain ice. Finally, a few

systems are notable simply because they occure when they shouldn't-or

where they shouldn't.





Date: Thu Mar 11, 2004 6:30 pm

Subject: Re: [OhioWx] Re: Rating Winter Storms




I can tell you, having been in the thick of both the Blizzard of 1993

and the January 1996 storm, that neither was very fun.


March 1993:


I was at the University of Delaware in Newark, DE, and it was my

freshman year.


It was over 65 degrees the day before the storm. Nobody I spoke with

believed that we were in for a blizzard. I told my friends that it was

warm because the storm was sucking in energy and that we were in for a

big one. Anyone who had been watching the news knew that the

forecasters were predicting a big one, but the heat of the day before

gave them false information about how bad it would be.


I slept fitfully that night (luckily it was Friday) and kept getting up

and looking out the window. By 6 AM the snow had started. I don't

recall a lot of wind, but I remember that the snow was falling at such

a rate that I couldn't see the other dorm in our pod -- no more than 40

feet outside my window. At lunch time quite a few people went to the

dining hall and stuffed food in their coats because they didn't want to

have to go back through the storm for dinner. Two of my neighbors

decided to walk to ACME, about a mile away, to get food they could cook

in their rooms. It took them almost four hours.


By that evening we had 14 inches of snow on the ground. It had piled

up against the back (north side) of the dorm, blocking the fire doors.

I asked the RAs for a shovel but they wouldn't give me one because they

said, "you might hurt yourself." We had a massive inter-dorm snowball

fight. The next day I decided I couldn't stand the thought of those

doors being blocked so I cleared away the snow and ice by hand.

Several people thought I was absolutely nuts, but I was determined.


On Sunday evening, the dining hall was self-serve. They simply

couldn't get the staff in to serve us, and the regular menu was

suspended in favor of breakfast foods (easy to cook.) The roads were

still terrible and I could see that the Newark authorities had no idea

of how to get rid of the snow on the roads. They began plowing the

snow up onto a practice field -- the marching band's practice field --

behind the university's music building. The mound of snow was nearly

eight feet high and probably 100 square feet; as the snow melted it

became obvious that the plows didn't discriminate against concrete

parking space barriers or fallen street signs in their attempt to clear

the roads. Six months later we were still finding pieces of metal and

concrete on the field when we had band camp.


Despite the road and sidewalk conditions, U.D. opened for classes on

that Monday. It was probably Wednesday before more than 50% of the

staff and faculty could actually resume classes. I was one of at least

five people to write letters to the editor of the student newspaper,

complaining that the university had put our safety in jeopardy by

continuing classes.



January 1996:


A much different story. We were in Winter Session, a five-week session

of intensified classes. You could take two to three semester courses

in five weeks, which meant that it was approximately one class meeting

per week of regular semester work. The blizzard hit on Saturday and

continued through Sunday and part of Monday. The university cancelled

classes on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. We were ready to get back

to class on Thursday because we all knew we would have to quicken the

pace even more. I was living in a different dorm with a different

residence staff and a different maintenance person. The man appeared

to be in his late 50s or early 60s, and was a sweetheart. I asked him

if he had an additional shovel and he gave me one; we shoveled together

for hours. He gave me the key to the maintenance closet and since I

knew we didn't have classes on Wednesday, on Tuesday night I was out

shoveling the back (fire) door until 2 AM. It was great exercise and

made me feel good.


So that's my story.



Elizabeth Stapleton -


Date: Fri Mar 12, 2004 7:13 pm

Subject: Last Snowflakes




I know the 72 degrees a week ago I had was just a teaser. For some

reason this winter just seems to be longer than usual. Probably just

a "you're getting older" thing. For curiosity sake I looked back in

my records over the past 13 years at this location and the last

snowfall of a trace or more occurred April 23, 1996.


As if you couldn't tell I'm ready to see some green. My wife's

crocuses (sp?) are beginning to pop out of the ground. Anyone else

have some "last snowfall" records?



Wooster 7N


Date: Fri Mar 12, 2004 7:30 pm

Subject: Re: [OhioWx] Last Snowflakes



The latest I've had a Trace of snowfall (snow flurries qualify as a trace) was MAY 18'th, 2002. That's far too late in

the season for me, and I'm sure about anyone else as well. Heck, if ya like snow that much, go to a far northern or

southern hemispherical location!

Don Keating #106

Newcomerstown 1S


Date: Mon Mar 15, 2004 7:33 pm

Subject: Upcoming Winter Storm




As most of us know who live in Ohio even if the calendar says the

first day of Spring is Saturday that doesn't mean much.


From any of the models I've seen everything seems to point to snow

and in many places lots of it. The 23Z (6 p.m.) RUC model has the

low over central Kentucky by 4 a.m. Tuesday and continuing to move

east. Usually with a low in that location one can figure the

heaviest snow will usually fall around 150 miles north of the low's

path. Current models do show 6" or more from the eastern half and

norhteastern quarter of Ohio by late tomorrow afternoon.I've heard

accumulations of up to 10 inches in some areas around me but I think

that's pushing it. I'm going to say the heaviest snow will fall

within a line from about 50-75 miles north and south of Columbus

from border to border east and west. I think if the low moves

further north than anticipated it will cut down on the snow amounts

greatly since there would be more warm-air overrunning.


As one of the Cleveland forecasters said, if any school districts

have any extra snow days left that are in the affected areas it

might be wise to go ahead and use them. Other thoughts?



Wooster 7N

Wayne County


Date: Mon Mar 15, 2004 8:33 pm

Subject: Re: [OhioWx] Upcoming Winter Storm



No forecast here at all. I'm not touching this one with a 10 foot pole. I'm thinking they're overdoing it on the forecast

of accumulations, but they get paid to forecast that stuff, not me. :-) Honestly I didn't see this one coming or

anything. Been kinda busy outside of the weather field lately. We'll see. That heaviest area would be in my back

yard. I see the NWS in PGH is forecasting RAIN for tomorrow. Things that make ya go hmmmm.

Don Keating


From: "Phillip Higley" <>

Date: Mon Mar 15, 2004 9:14 pm

Subject: Re: [OhioWx] Upcoming Winter Storm



As I look at the forecast map's & local maps here in N.W.O., I DO beleive that we may end up with 4"+

around here & there is a GOOD possiably that Eastern Ohio from Cleveland South to Akron, Oh. EAST

ward should get about the same. But there one possibly that they may not even get that amount if the

JET Stream should come North again & warmer air get back into the system. Right now it sure look like

places like Akron & East ward to the Pa. line will get 4" of snowfall.................

Being that fall along in the winter months & NOT to fall away from Spring, we are in for a GOOD snowfall.

An I think this is IT.....................

See what happens.........


Putnam, Co.


Date: Mon Mar 15, 2004 9:21 pm

Subject: The March Winter Storm of 2004


The snow has already arrived and

in drifts at 5am.


- Patrick (...Wadsworth)



Satellite - 1km IR Color - Counties:


Snow/Ice/Rain Regional Radar - Anim:


x2 Zoom CLE Radar:


x2 Zoom CLE Radar - 3-Frame Anim:


x4 Zoom CLE Radar - 3-Frame Anim:


Surface Maps:















Date: Tue Mar 16, 2004 9:08 am

Subject: Getting Buried




Forecasts, at least in my area, have been right on. I had 4.7 inches

of snow the past 12 hours as of 7 a.m. and it continues to snow,

heavily at times. Visibilities have been less than one-half mile and

the county has been put on a level 2 snow emergency. Roads are in

terrible shape and winds are beginning to really pick up causing

some drifting.



Wooster 7N

Wayne County


Date: Tue Mar 16, 2004 10:55 am

Subject: steam devil from Perry plume


I saw what appeared to be a vortex of the "steam devil" variety

extending from the steam cloud produced by the Perry Nuclear Power

Plant yesterday afternoon. This steam plume varies according to the

weather conditions. Sometimes it is almost non-existant, but

yesterday it was very pronounced, towering higher than the natural

cloud deck (medium height clouds) then stretching horizontally at a

hieght similiar to the natural clouds for a distance of probably a

couple to several miles. The vortex extended from near the joint of

the vertical column and the horizontal tail, and lasted for aboud 2

minutes after I first spotted it. It did not appear to extend down a

great distance from the base


Date: Tue Mar 16, 2004 11:11 am

Subject: Storm update


A light snowfall of 0.3" fell yesterday evening, probably between

9pm and midnight. The main storm began in the late night or early

morning hours and had accumulated 1.9" (including last night's

dusting) by my 9am snow report. Snow was falling moderately to heavy

at that time, but became very heavy between 9am and 10am. Currently,

at 11am, I roughly estimate that the snow is passing the 5 inch

mark. That would give us about 3" in the last 2 hours. The wind is

starting to pick up also. Current temp. is 27.



Thompson 5 SW (northern Geauga Co. Ohio)


Date: Tue Mar 16, 2004 2:36 pm

Subject: Enough already !!!


Looking at the eight day forecast, I see we're in the wrong half of the country, again, to benefit from any

temperatures at or above normal in the next week. If this spring and summer ends up like 2003 did, I'll be motivated

to move from this state. The colder than normal weather was a nice little novelty for a while, and now it's time to get

back to at least normal temps. Like today, 20 degrees below normal. Just my opinion, and frustrations.


Don Keating


Date: Tue Mar 16, 2004 2:55 pm

Subject: February CORN Report


The February Central Ohio Raingage Network (CORN) report has just been




Larry Huff


Date: Tue Mar 16, 2004 4:32 pm

Subject: Re: [OhioWx] Enough already !!!



As of 4:15 PM today, I had measured a storm total of 8" here at my house in Ravenna. It was still snowing

at that time. Liquid equivalent was 0.68"

I'm with Don on the moving idea.

Gary L

Ravenna 1SE


Date: Tue Mar 16, 2004 6:11 pm

Subject: Snow Event




Everyone in this area have pretty much gotten dug out. My storm

total is at 7.6 inches, most of that falling overnight. This is the

greatest 24-hour snowfall I've had since January 3, 1996. I think

had it not been for the time of year with the higher sun angle,

conditions would have been much worse. Everything in Wayne County

was cancelled for the day.


Jack Sisler

Wooster 7N

Wayne County


From: "Phillip Higley" <>

Date: Tue Mar 16, 2004 8:14 pm

Subject: miss out on the snow........



We didn't get as much of anything over here. In Putnam, Co.

At 8:10 p.m. have 1.5" on the ground 0.07" in the gage & winds are dieing



Low 27F

Present 27F

Hi 36F

Baro.; 29.86R 0.02

Ptly. Cldy. skies.


Date: Wed Mar 17, 2004 12:37 am

Subject: Thompson 5 SW storm update


Snow was mostly heavy to occassionally moderate through most of the

morning and afternoon. This tapered to a lighter snowfall in the

early evening and we are currently getting light snow at midnight.

THere was some wind with blowing and drifting snow during the

afternoon. 8.8" fell today with a total of 9.1" for the storm so

far. This pushed this season's total snowfall past that of last year

and that currently stands at 176.3".



Thompson 5 SW (northern Geauga Co. Ohio)



Date: Wed Mar 17, 2004 12:41 am

Subject: Re: [OhioWx] Thompson 5 SW storm update


Meanwhile, Newcomerstown 1S recorded 1.5" of snow for the storm. We also had sleet early this morning.

Seasonal snowfall is 33.2".

Don Keating #106

Newcomerstown 1S


Date: Wed Mar 17, 2004 9:36 am

Subject: Re: Thompson 5 SW storm update




That must be at least near your average or maybe a little above.

Southern Tuscarawas Co. is generally in the 20-30" range on my state

snowfall map. We'd get about 30-40" here if it weren't for the

lake,becuase other than the light snows from frequent Alberta

Clippers, we don't often get hit head on by storm systems.

Yesterday's storm was the biggest non-lake-effect storm of the season

so far!


Did that snow cange to rain or did you just not get hit very hard?




Date: Wed Mar 17, 2004 10:06 am

Subject: Re: [OhioWx] Re: Thompson 5 SW storm update


Hi Vance;

Precip began as a mixture of sleet and snow then changed to a short period of moderate snow. We ended up

with 1.5" of snow. We had a few scattered snow showers in the afternoon that added up to a couple tenths of

additional accumulation. That made it the total of 1.5"

Our average ' Winter ' snowfall is 31.0". That figure is brought about from my own personal records. I know

we are in the 20-30" range on the Ohio snowfall map. I seen that in Goddards 2004 Almanac.

Currently @ 10:05 a.m. it's 32 and scattered flurries.

Don Keating #106

Newcomerstown 1S


Date: Sat Mar 20, 2004 6:57 pm

Subject: Meltdown




The 6-8 inches of snow cover I had over the past 3-5 days is

completely gone. I had at least three thunderstorm episodes today

with a total of .6" of rainfall.


I still expect to see a few measurable snowfalls between now and the

end of the month. Still looking forward to mowing grass in a month




Wooster 7N


From: "Phillip Higley" <>

Date: Sat Mar 20, 2004 7:37 pm

Subject: weather


Hear the first sound of Spring today. We had a Thunderstorm come in & only got .06", but to the

SouthEast of us they had MORE..........

Does that mean spring is HERE???????????

HI- 57F

Low- 34F

@ 7:30 p.m. it's 51F

Baro. 29.70F .01

Winds SW-5



Putnan, Co.


Date: Sun Mar 21, 2004 8:51 am

Subject: Seasonal Snowfall


Snowfall this season for my station now stands at 69.5 inches. This brings us

to the 3rd highest seasonal total since beginning records in 1992. With the

snow of this week and the snow that is coming down this morning, we could at

least move into second place by season end. You can view my snow data at:


Larry Huff

Munoe Falls, Ohio

Summit County


Date: Mon Mar 22, 2004 7:41 am

Subject: Snowfall/Record Low




Spring "officially" arrived Saturday but looking outside this

morning you'd think it was the middle of Winter. Along with 1.8" of

snow last night covering the roads I also had a record low of 8

degrees at 6:07 a.m. braking the record of 12 degrees for the date

set in 2002.


Will there be hope later in the week? Maybe.



Wooster 7N

Wayne County


Date: Mon Mar 22, 2004 11:42 am

Subject: Historical Ohio Weather




1913... The Ohio River Basin flood reached a climax. Ten inch

rains over a wide area of the Ohio River Basin

inundated cities in Ohio, drowning 467 persons, and

causing 147 million dollars damage. The Miami River at

Dayton reached a level eight feet higher than ever

before. The flood, caused by warm wather and heavy

rains, was the second mostly deadly of record for the





Also, had a low this morning of +8 degrees with a 24 hour snowfall (ending at

7am this morning) of 4.3 inches.


Larry Huff

Munroe Falls, OH

Summit County


Date: Tue Mar 23, 2004 12:36 pm

Subject: Winter Winding Down



The following is an article I have submitted to the Newcomerstown News for printing in a near future issue of

their paper.

Don Keating

Winter Winding Down

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by Don Keating

The Tuscarawas Valley and Newcomerstown and vicinity have weather yet another above normal snowfall season,

and below normal temperatures. Let's take a look back at some of the `highlights' if you will, of the 2003-04 winter


From the first flakes of snow in November until March 23'rd, we have had 35.8 inches of snowfall. A "normal"

winter through that date would have a total of 28.8 inches, making the winter of 2003-04 seven inches above normal

for snowfall.

Total precipitation from December through February was 9.44", or 0.95" above normal. Precipitation is snowfall,

sleet, hail, freezing rain, etc., melted to liquid content.

The unique occurrence of winter thunderstorms also showed its ugly head. Thunder was heard on two separate days

in January. Normally thunder is not heard in the first month of the year.

The warmest daytime high since the climatological start of winter (winter runs December through February

climatologically) was 60 degrees on December 28'th, 2003 and on February 3'rd, 2004. The coldest morning low

was minus five degrees on January 25'th.

Quite windy conditions blew through the village. Notable was the wind gust of 50 miles per hour on March 5'th. A

40 mile per hour gust was recorded on February 20'th.

I might also add that residents of Newcomerstown and vicinity do not need to wait for the following weeks issue of

the Newcomerstown News to come out to learn what rainfall, snowfall, or other weather extremes were. They may

go to Don Keating's Newcomerstown, Ohio Weather web site located at

Local conditions which are normally updated every 20 minutes may be found on the site along with the latest

National Weather Service forecast and regional satellite views and radar images from the National Weather Service

in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Date: Fri Mar 26, 2004 6:39 pm

Subject: Photo Gallery


Developing a photo gallery of "Great Backyard Weather Stations" at:


I will be adding more from my files. Submit your photo(s) to:


Larry Huff


Date: Sat Mar 27, 2004 7:01 pm

Subject: Seasonal Snowfall




I have had a total seasonal snowfall for 2003-04 of 44.7". As

strange as it may seem, March has(was) the second highest monthly

total out of the five months I had measurable snow beginning with



There is still a chance for some additional measurable snow since

I've seen measurable snow as late as Easter although it didn't stay



The warm temperatures the last few days have really greened up the

grass. Will probably be mowing grass in about a few weeks which

doesn't disappoint me at all.



Wooster 7N

Wayne County


Date: Sat Mar 27, 2004 7:21 pm

Subject: Last Freeze Occurrence




Here are a list of several stations with dates of their last

recorded freezing temperature. Of course these will vary but it may

help give you some indications as to planning some outdoor chores or





Akron, May 21

Ashland, May 21

Ashtabula, May 17

Athens, May 31

Barnesvill, May 29

Bellefontaine, May 19

Bowling Green, May 16

Bucyrus, May 19

Cadiz, May 14

Caldwell, May 23

Cambridge, May 23

Canfield, May 30

Chardon, May 27

Chippewa Lake, May 27

Cincinnati, April 29

Circleville, May 15

Columbus, May 9

Coshocton, May 23

Dayton, April 27

Defiance, May 18

Deleware, May 18

Elyria, May 18

Findlay, May 9

Fredericktown, May 19

Gallipolis, May 12

Greenville, May 18

Hillsboro, May 7

Hirum, May 14

Ironton, May 6

Irwin, May 19

Jackson, May 26

Kenton, May 18

Lancaster, May 16

Lima, May 19

London, May 17

Mansfield, May 30

Marysville, May 17

Milford, May 13

Millersburg, May 23

Hillport, June 4

Mineral Ridge, May 29

Montpelier, May 19

Napoleon, May 17

Newark, May 19

New Lexington, May 22

Norwalk, May 17

Oberlin, May 30

Painesville, May 11

Pandora, May 19

Paulding, May 21

Peebles, May 16

Philo, May 12

Plymouth, May 21

Portsmouth, April 26

Put-in-Bay, April 24

Sandusky, April 29

Senecaville, May 25

Steubenville, May 16

Tiffin, May 10

Upper Sandusky, May 17

Urbana, May 18

Van Wert, May 18

Warren, May 30

Washington Court House, May 10

Wauseon, May 20

Waverly, May 22

Wilmington, May 18

Wooster, May 25

Xenia, May 12

Youngstown, May 24

Zanesville, May 21


Date: Sun Mar 28, 2004 8:03 pm

Subject: Re: list on last freezen date's


Phil and Group:


Maybe I should have clarified myself. The dates given are the

AVERAGE last freeze occurence over a thirty-year period, not that

one particular date where there is a 10% probability of these

temperatures being reached. The greatest probability of the last

freezing temperatures can occur a month before these dates. All this

information comes from the NCDC provided from many coop stations

within the state.


I know many times the wife and I put out flowers such as annuals or

anything that's going to be above ground in a small garden we

usually wait a week or so longer than the last expected freeze.











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