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Cleves 3NW (James Davis) - Temps were around normal with precip above.

Kidron 1N (Ronald Hahn) - May 2003 was the third wettest May at Kidron in 41 years of record-keeping.  Only May 1985 and May 1968 were wetter.  This May was also a cool month, though temperatures averaged almost normal.

Munroe Falls 1SW (Larry Huff) - May 2003 broke the previous high precipitation for May  with 7.19 inches of rainfall.  The previous May record was in 2000 with 6.27 inches.

Newcomerstown 1S (Don Keating)  - There were a total of six (6) days with thunder. Pressure dropped to an unseasonable reading of 29.41" on the 31st of the month.

Ottawa 4E (Phil and Bonnie Higley) - This month started out seeing temperatures in the mid 70's with lots of rain. The first 11 days, we only had 2 days which it didn't rain. The heaviest rainfall came in on the 9th with 1.93", more in other areas. After 3 more days of rainfall, the temperatures fell off. From 79 on the 9th to 54 for daytime high on the 12th. From that time onward we never saw temperatures 78F or warmer. Sure we had one day which made it up to 78F, on the 19th, that was it! It was a breezy month & stormy.  The ave. Hi wind gust was 22.8 M.P.H. .Precip. was surely a lot. Ended up with 6.57", double the amount from last month. Where's Spring??????

Thomspon 5SW (Vance Lunn) - May was cool and wet.  The high temperature for the month of 79 was actually 5 degrees lower than that for April.  There was frequent rain.  Major events occurred on the 6th (1.57 in.), 30-31 (1.42 in.), 12th (0.91 in.), and 20th (0.66 in.).  The precipitation on the 12th included a few very wet snow flakes mixing with the rain briefly.  Low clouds shrouded the top of the ridge where the station is located.  The base was at about the 1200 foot elevation causing a period of dense fog on the 31st.

Wooster 7N (Jack Sisler) - Mean temperatures were normal for the month although the warmer temperatures occurred during the  first half of the month. There was only one 80-degree temperature, that being 81 degrees on the first of the month. No temperatures were at or below freezing. Precipitation was 1.3 inches above normal with 5.02 inches. This is the sixth highest monthly total and the third highest for May at this location. Even with the above-normal precipitation for May, it is still two inches below normal for the year thus far.


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 67.3 49.4 58.3 81 1 41 14 6.79 1.38 30-31 19 0 0 - 0 19 12
A Akron-Canton 66.7 48.6 57.7 82 1 38 14 8.16 1.96 15-16 19 0 0 - 0 45 11
3 Aurora 3S 67.6 46.7 57.1 79 6 33 4 8.66 1.80 31 22 0 0 - 0 - -
107 Brookville 69.0 52.7 60.7 83 9 39 4 6.50 1.43 5 20 0 0 - 0 35 11
82 Centerville 1W 72.0 50.6 61.3 86 1 33 4 5.97 1.98 5 18 0 0 - 0 37 11
A Cincinnati 70.5 53.2 61.8 81 1 40 24 7.29 2.51 10 19 0 0 - 0 51 28
13 Cincinnati 5NW 70.4 54.0 62.2 82 1 39 4 7.49 2.65 10 17 0 0 - 0 - -
A Cleveland 66.7 48.9 57.8 80 1 38 14 6.49 1.66 31 19 T T 10 0 49 11
55 Cleves 3NW 73.5 53.5 63.5 85 9 39 4 6.82 2.12 4-5 20 0 0 - 0 34 11
A Columbus 69.5 52.1 60.8 82 1 40 4,14 5.92 1.07 20 20 0 0 - 0 45 11
A Dayton 68.3 51.6 60.0 82 9 36 4 6.62 1.16 5 21 0 0 - 0 48 11
22 Kent 2E 67.8 48.0 57.9 80 1 36 4,14 8.88 1.39 10 20 0 0 - 0 20 21
53 Kent 2W 67.6 47.1 57.3 80 1 35 14 7.80 1.42 31 18 0 0 - 0 44 11
2 Kidron 1N 69.8 49.7 59.8 83 1 38 22 6.67 1.08 15 21 0 0 - 0 33 12
87 Lagrange 2SW 68.9 47.7 58.3 83 1 36 22 6.51 1.56 31 16 0 0 - 0 38 12
23 Lodi 2S 68.7 47.2 58.0 84 1 34 22 6.60 1.73 1-2 19 0 0 - 0 43 11
A Mansfield 66.5 47.2 56.9 83 1 36 4 5.24 1.06 9 18 0 0 - 0 46 11
51 Middleburg Hts. - - - - - - - 6.55 1.50 31 18 0 0 - 0 - -
25 Munroe Falls 1SW 68.9 45.8 57.4 80 2,3,7 37 14 7.19 1.17 10,31 22 0 0 - 0 38 11
106 Newcomerstown 1S 70.2 50.5 60.3 82 1 37 14 6.09 1.26 9 22 0 0 - 0 41 11
15 Ottawa 4E 68.3 49.2 58.2 79 1,9 39 4 6.57 1.93 9 18 0 0 - 0 50 11
38 Perry 64.4 47.2 55.8 77 1,10 37 14,22 5.99 1.50 31 15 0 0 - 0 - -
79 Perrysville 4W 69.6 49.2 59.4 82 1 37 22 7.33 1.44 9 16 0 0 - 0 - -
33 Rockbridge 4W 68.8 52.1 60.4 82 1 39 4 7.20 1.67 9 19 0 0 - 0 - -
51 Sabina - - - - - - - 7.02 1.35 5 20 - - - - - -
43 Sharonville 71.1 54.6 62.8 83 1 39 4 7.06 2.38 10 15 0 0 - 0 40 11
1 Springfield 70.5 52.8 61.7 85 9 39 4 5.50 1.18 5 22 0 0 - 0 37 12
112 Sugarcreek 2SW 68.4 49.8 59.1 80 1 38 4,14 7.60 1.68 9 22 0 0 - 0 35 12
98 Thompson 5SW 66.5 46.5 55.5 79 1 36 4,14 7.18 1.57 6 19 T T 12 0 - -
A Toledo 66.5 47.3 56.9 77 29 38 4,14 5.69 1.16 9-10 13 0 0 - 0 52 11
16 Wooster 7N 69.4 48.8 59.1 81 1 37 22 5.02 .83 20 21 0 0 - 0 41 12
A Youngstown 65.7 46.5 56.1 82 1 35 14 6.84 1.43 9-10 20 T T 10 0 47 11
48 Zanesville 6N 68.0 52.1 59.4 81 1 41 22 5.84 1.18 5 15 0 0 - 0 30 11
OWON # Station Mean Max Temp Mean Min Temp Mean Temp High Temp Date Low Temp Date Total Prec Max 24hr Prec Date


Prec Days

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

      A = Airport   




Date:  Thu May 1, 2003  7:25 pm
Subject:  Hail

Pea-sized hail fell for 30 to 45 seconds around 6:30 PM during a
t'storm warning for Summit County.

Macedonia 2ESE

P.S. Several close cloud -to-ground strikes too.
Date: Sat May 3, 2003 10:04 am
Subject: Aprils Weather Statistics for Centerville 1W

Weather statistics for the month of April for Centerville 1W.
High Temp (Date) ... 84o / 15th
Low Temp (Date) ... 25o / 6th
Mean High ... 67.7o
Mean Low ... 42.2o
Monthly Mean ... 55.0o
Total Precipitation ... 2.20"
Max 24 hr Precipitation (Date) ... 0.76" / 7th
Number of Precipitation Days... 8
Total Snowfall... 0.0"
Max 24 hr Snowfall (Date) ... 0.0"
Max Snow Depth at time of observation ... 0"
High Wind Gust (Date) ... 41 MPH / 4th
Thunderstorm Days ... 3
Highest Barometer (Date) ... 30.40" / 6th
Lowest Barometer (Date) ... 29.61" / 4th & 5th
Average High Wind Gust... 20.4 MPH

Robert Flory - KA5RUC
Centerville 1W
Southeast Montgomery County
Ohio Weather Observer Network #82
Wilmington NWS Skywarn ID OMT405

Date: Sun May 4, 2003 5:04 pm
Subject: Heads Up Monday


As the saying goes today may have been the "calm before the storm".
Things could be coming together for a possible severe weather event
for parts of Ohio Monday. Some of the severe weather occuring in the
Plains and Mississippi River Valley states today and tonight could be
in our area during the day Tuesday and Tuesday night.

The morning models had the parameters for severe wx by tomorrow
afternoon; CAPES in western Ohio 2000-3000, 850mb LLJ of 40-50 knots,
LI's of -4 to -6, helicity values of 200-300, and both directional
and speed shear appear adqueate.

The SPC in their 1730 UTC (1:30 pm EDT) Outlook still has Ohio in
a "slight risk" area but in their discussion they say it could be
upgraded to a "moderate risk" in later outlooks. A few inhibiting
factors for keeping some of the severe wx down a little could be a
combination of convective debris left over from tonight's storms to
the west that may limit the heating until later tomorrow because of
cloud cover and any lack of moisture available in the area with any
storms to the south of Ohio absorbing much of the moisture.

I think some supercells and/or bow echoes are possible before things
congeal into a squall line preceding the cold front as it gets closer
later in the day.

Other thoughts or information? Don't forget to check out some of the
severe wx information in the Files and Links sections.

Wooster 7N

Date: Sun May 4, 2003 6:49 pm
Subject: Today's severe weather (Sunday 5/4)

As many of you might already know, at about 6:30 PM EST this evening
the NWS began issuing Tornado Warnings for most of the counties along
the entire Nebraska/Missouri border. Reports are coming in confirming
many tornadoes on the ground. There was also a series of Tornadoes in
South Dakota and there are warnings in southeastern Oklahoma (though no
sightings reported yet.)

I hope this system loses some of its energy before it hits us!

Elizabeth Stapleton - bandimal@yahoo.com
Joshua 1: 9-10

Date: Mon May 5, 2003 2:54 pm
Subject: Developing Severe WX Situ

Currently a surface Theta -E axis runs from W. Cent Ky. NE to
near Sandusky,Ohio.Convergence is occuring along surface trough /
dewpoint line from S. cen Mi.(triple pt.)southward into W.cent Ky.This
area has broken into sunshine and the air is de-stabilizing quickly
LI's running from 0 near a MFD to Chesapeke line to -4 LI over NW ,
Wcent to SW Ohio.Keep an eye on this area.Stay on your toes.CAPES in
W.Ohio range from 1500 to 2500 J/Kg.
There's a 75 knot flow @ 350mb now and surface environment
helicities are in the 150 -300 m^2-sec^2.


Date: Mon May 5, 2003 4:33 pm
Subject: Update

CAP appears to be very strong in N.Ohio.Storms to the south are
robbing energy as well.Convergence line is still to the west.


Date:  Mon May 5, 2003  9:58 pm
Subject:  Lake Erie T'Storms

Strong T'storms have broken out over Cen. Lake Erie & S. Ontario
where there is max. surface convergence just east of the triple
point.Max tops are 40K ft. over N.cen. LAke Erie.Theta-E
advection is
still ocurring into N.Ohio at this time.The convergence line
from cen.Lake Erie SW to SE Indiana.
A few cells are also located near the islands and over Ottawa

Date: Tue May 6, 2003 2:59 am

Thompson 5 SW 3:00am 05/06/03

A lot of thunderstorm activity going on here tonight. None of it
severe, but with very heavy rain and some hail thrown in for good
measure. We've had 1.54" since midnight, 1.20" of that during an
hour (1:30-2:30am), and in the 15 min. period between 2:00am and
2:15am, 0.62" fell.

Vance Lunn
Thompson 5 SW
OWON #98

Date: Tue May 6, 2003 8:55 pm
Subject: Fujita ratings site?

Does anyone know where I can look up the F-scale ratings for the recent
tornadoes? Doe NWS or NOAA have a site dedicated to these? I would
like to see what the ratings are... Some of the tornadoes, especially
in KCK and Pierce City appear to be F5 or strong F4.

God bless those who lived through it.


Date: Wed May 7, 2003 8:19 am
Subject: Re: Fujita ratings site?

Liz and Group:

I think a lot of reports are still preliminary and damage surveys are
still being conducted. I've seen the ratings between F0-F3. Here are
two sites you can refer to:

Missouri Public Information Statements

Very long list of reports

Storm Prediction Center Event Archives

Click on "Search Index of Events" on left then enter the info you
want listed on the left. You will find all the outlooks, storm
reports, analysis and discussions for that particular event and time


Date: Wed May 7, 2003 8:31 am
Subject: Message from a 2way device

Group and list, From Springfield.
Thunderstorm here began around 5:30 a.m. with rain continuing at 8.30
a.m. 5-7-03. Rain total thus far at .38 inch with wind gust around 6
a.m. to 29
m.p.h.. Ham radio reports of wind and hail tree
damage in nearby Miami county. Dick Groeber.

Date:  Wed May 7, 2003  9:00 am
Subject:  More Info on May 4 Outbreak

Liz and Group:

Here are two more sites you can refer to with summaries,
etc. of the outbreak in eastern Kansas including the Kansas City

NWS Kansas City, KS

NWS Wichita, KS

Date: Fri May 9, 2003 9:07 am
Subject: Message from a 2way device

Group and list, From Springfield.
Back to back thunderstorms here this morning dropped .80 inch rainfall
5:30 and 9:00 a.m. (5-9-03). Dick Groeber.

Date: Fri May 9, 2003 11:49 am
Subject: Rainfall

Hello List;
Between 7:15 and 9:15 a.m. 1.25" of rain fell in Newcomerstown.
This brings the monthly total for the month to 2.63" already.
Warm front is a little to my south at this time. Cloudy skies and
a temperature of 60F with a pressure reading of 29.89" and
falling off a bit.
The Tuscarawas River has gone up considerably in the past 24
hours. More later if necessary.
Don Keating #106
Newcomerstown 1S

Date: Fri May 9, 2003 5:46 pm
Subject: Rainfall report's

So far today we had 1.96" of rainfall.
With alot of thunder & lighten this morning.
We had a Hi temperature of 79F
With a over night low of 52F
Right now(5:41 p.m) it's 78F with a rel.
Hum. at 88%
An Dew Point of 75F.
Could this mean we are in for another
round of HEAVLY rainfall again??????
Baro. 29.58S
Winds SW-3 G-34 M.P.H.
Alot of street flooding this morning.........
Even major highways.
Most of the major highway's are NOT
flooded now.
But still some back road's.
Putnam, Co.

Date: Fri May 9, 2003 6:49 pm
Subject: CORN Report

I have posted the April Central Ohio Raingage Network report at

Larry Huff

Date: Sat May 10, 2003 3:49 pm
Subject: Dangerous Situation Developing


There are two situations that everyone needs to be aware during the
next 12 to 18 hours. The Storm Prediction Center 1630 UTC advisory
has most of Ohio in a Moderate and High Risk Area including strong
tornadoes especially in southern Ohio possible. In addition, because
of heavy rains that have already occured in certain parts of Ohio and
additional heavy rainfall expected, flooding is becoming a serious

I would like those experiencing any severe weather situations to post
them for the group. Be safe and take care.

Wooster 7N
Wayne County

Date: Sat May 10, 2003 6:05 pm
Subject: Re: [OhioWx] Dangerous Situation Developing

I'll be watching for sure!! I like severe weather, as long as
there's no major property damage, death or injuries. I mean I
gotta be reasonable here. I like attempting to photograph
lightning, but after last November 10'th, I have a much greater
respect for "bow echos". Scared the living you know what outta
me!! I'll keep all of ya posted.
Don Keating #106
Newcomerstown 1S

Date: Sun May 11, 2003 10:02 am
Subject: Recent Storms & Rainfall

Had two severe cells move over the station on Saturday.The first one
was @ 0045 and was preceeded by a great display of "anvil
crawlers".The second storm woke me up @ 0615 with a few very close
lightning strikes!Rainfall for the day totalled 1.78". This brings
the monthly total to 4.08".
No actual severe wx was observed at my station.Summit County was
under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning in both cases.

Macedonia 2ESE

Date:  Mon May 12, 2003  2:59 pm
Subject:  cold and rain

Thompson 5 SW 3:00pm 05/12/03

It has been cold and rainy today. With a temperature bottoming
at 44 degrees F, and winds at a beaufort scale of 6 (25-31mph),
wind chills have been down to around freezing. SO far today 0.64"
rain has fallen. Current temp. is 45.8 F.

Vance Lunn
Thompson 5 SW
OWON #98
Date: Mon May 12, 2003 6:48 pm
Subject: Re: cold and rain

Vance and Group:

I agree that it was a cold, rainy, windy, and raw day. We all got
used to those 70+ temperatures. Still getting wind gusts to 40 mph as
late as 3pm but I think overall the wind is slowly subsiding.

I can't believe all the heavy rainfall areas have gotten, especially
to the south and west of me. I've only had .32" the past three days
with 2.78" for the month so far. My son goes to Ohio University in
Athens and he said it's crazy down there with water lying everywhere.

Wooster 7N

Date: Tue May 13, 2003 3:17 pm
Subject: Re: cold and rain

In fact, as I was pulling out of my driveway to go to work at about
4pm, I noticed that a couple of the raindrops actually seemed to
contain the mostly melted remnants of snowflakes or sleet grains in
them. The splattered drops seemed to contain prticles of ice in
them. It was 45 degrees and I have seen sleet at that temperature in
the past, so this is not too surprising.


Date:  Fri May 16, 2003  2:27 am
Subject:  Thompson 5 SW April summary

OWON Number
Station Name
Thompson 5 SW
Mean Max Temp
59.2 F
Mean Minimum Temp
35.6 F
Mean Temp
47.4 F
Highest Temp
84 F
Lowest Temp
25 F
Total Prec
2.69 in.
Max 24hr Precip
1.25 in.
Number of Precip Days
Total Snowfall
1.2 in.
Max 24hr Snow
0.5 in.
1 and 7
Number of 1+ Snow Days
Wind Gust

Althought the low temperature dropped to 32 and below on 14 days,
April was not an especially cold month. Snowfall was light with 3
days seeing measurable amounts and several trace amounts.
snow depths were rounded-up 1 inch depths on the 1st and the 7th.
Freezing rain occurred on the 7th-9th. THere were several warm
afternoons with two seeing 80 plus. A smoke cloud from a large
in Mentor Marsh invaded the area on the 29th. There were 3 days
thunder, 3 with fog 3 with freezing rain, and 1 day with sleet.

Vance Lunn
Thompson 5 SW
OWON #98
Date:  Fri May 16, 2003  7:15 pm
Subject:  Rainfall and Temperatures


Both temperatures and precipitation are above normal for the
month so
far here. Mean temperatures are averaging about five degrees
normal and precipitation is at 3.31" which is about 1.4" above

I guess flooding due to heavy rains has been a problem the last
several days in various parts of the state. Twenty-four
amounts the past seven days here have been under a half-inch. Has
anyone had flooding problems this past week?

Wooster 7N
Date: Fri May 16, 2003 8:59 pm
Subject: Stats Medina County

May Rainfall

2 1.23"
5 0.32"
6 0.03"
8 0.30"
9 0.64"
10 0.79"
11 0.01"
12 0.33" High Wind 37 mph
13 0.36" High Wind 24 mph; High Temp 49
14 0.00 High Wind 22 mph; High Temp 66
15 0.02" High Wind 11 mph; High Temp 75
16 0.25" High Wind 16 mph; High Temp 75

No flooding in this area.

Amber Dalakas
Brunswick 2 NE

Date:  Fri May 16, 2003  9:50 pm
Subject:  Re: [OhioWx] Rainfall and Temperatures

Hello Jack;
    Average high through the first 16 days of May has been 71.8
degrees and the average low has been 52.0 degrees. Rainfall thus
far has been 4.39". A year ago tomorrow I observed the latest
season snowflakes. What a difference a year makes, huh?
    Nothing here in or near town for flooding problems, but the
Muskingum River in Coshocton remains above flood stage of 13.0'.
The NWS in PGH issued a flash flood warning last night for
Tuscarawas County for mainly the eastern part of the county.
Don Keating #106
Newcomerstown 1S
Date: Sun May 18, 2003 8:45 am
Subject: May Rainfall

Thus far this month of May, I have received 5.00 inches of rain.
This ranks as the fourth wettest May since I began records in
1992. My guess is that the end result will show this month as
the 2nd wettest month since 1992.

Larry Huff
Munroe Falls 1SW
Summit County

Date: Sun May 18, 2003 11:29 am
Subject: May Precip. Macedonia,Ohio

Total precip. for May so far is 5.58".No flooding here as I
live in a high ground region of N.Summit County( Nordonia Hills area).
Grass is green and THICK!

Macedonia 2ESE

From: "Phil Higley"  
Date: Sun May 18, 2003 12:22 pm
Subject: question to all

I think we will be in for a cool summer.......What do all of you
folks think?
Are we in for below normal in temperature this year?
A cldy. day today & yesterday too. But still NO precip.
Yesterday Hi was 69F, low was 53F.
Right now it's 64F, has already made it to 65F.
After being down to 56F.
The winds are from NE-21 M.P.H. with gust up to 23 M.P.H.
Baro. is falling from 29.98. Just hold standy now at 29.99
Any taker's on this question???????
Putnam, Co.

Date: Sun May 18, 2003 12:29 pm
Subject: Re: [OhioWx] question to all

Phil & List;
I'll bite. No, I don't think we're in for a cool summer. In fact, I'd
bet for above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation again
as with last year. Remember, official "Summer runs Jun-Aug. We have yet
to see a 90 degree reading but that's no surprise. The first 90 reading
here in 2002 was hit on June 24'th @ 90 degrees. That date is still over
a month away. After that it ended up oppressively hot and humid.
I also have a question which Jim K from the NWS at CLE may be able to
answer. A couple of days ago the NWS issued a Tornado WARNING for
Ashland County. This when a thundershower or storm wasn't even in
Ashland, but Richland County. I'm curious... the cell was very small and
only showed a moderate level of precipitation. Was there rotation
indicated with Doppler? Thank you. Just curious.
Don Keating #106
Newcomerstown 1S

Date: Sun May 18, 2003 1:34 pm
Subject: unseasonably cool

Hello List,
im here in NE lucas co.point place area about 1/2 mile from
maumee bay....
yesterdays high was only 61 and that came at 3:10 pm after a low of
winds were E-NE 10-20 mph...
today sunday 5/18....the low this morning was 54 and the current
temperture at
1:15 pm is only 58...the high so far was 59.
winds are E-NE again off the lake at 10-20 mph... its mostly cloudy with
some breaks as low stratus is coming in off lake erie...the normal high
for yesterday and today is 71...
about a month ago i looked at the nws. outlook for the summer months
j-j-a and ohio was in above normal temperatures for all 3 months. there
were several shades of temperatures and we were in the second shade of
color which was a pretty good chance of above normal temperatures. i
looked again yesterday and there has been a big change in the
forecast...for the summer months all those shades are gone
and ohio is now equal chance of above or below normal temperatures and
precipitation the entire summer and also
thru november... the change they said was now an increasing shift toward
a developing La Nina expected to develope before july...
here in toledo so far thru 5/17 the month is averaging -1.9 degrees....

mike bielski
point place
5 ne, ne lucas co.

Date: Sun May 18, 2003 6:14 pm
Subject: Re: [OhioWx] question to all

Don & Phil,
From what I've heard, it was spotted by a "trained
I also watched it on WeatherTap radar and even did a
close up view of it. From what I saw and read, there
was no rotation at all and the wind profiles agreed
with no rotation.
I figured the "spotter" jumped the gun and might
have observed scuds, which could be mistaken as a
funnel cloud but with no rotation with it or the
parent cloud.
This is just my opinion. Maybe Jim Kozarik, who I
think gets these e-mails, might have a better answer.
Rich Rabatin
Ravenna 1E
Portage County

Date: Sun May 18, 2003 7:11 pm
Subject: Re: question to all

Don, Rich and Group:

At one time or another the funnel cloud was spotted near Loudonville,
which is in extreme southern Ashland County about 20 miles southwest
of me. I saw the scroll come across Channel 5 and heard the weather
radio go off and said "What's all this?". I looked to the southwest
and couldn't really detect any towering cumulus or anvil tops in that
direction perhaps partly because of the haze. I didn't see anything
in the newspaper or SPC reports. I kind of question it myself.


Date: Sun May 18, 2003 7:15 pm
Subject: Message from a 2way device

Group, From Springfield.
Rainfall for May, 2003 through the 16th is 4.40 inches. For the season
March 1 to date is 10.54 inches. For the year to date is 14.86 inches.
Dick Groeber.

Date: Mon May 19, 2003 7:32 am
Subject: Re: Tornado Warning in Ashland County

Don and all:

The NWS issued a tornado warning for Ashland County on Saturday evening based
on several SKYWARN reports of funnel clouds. The 88-D showed no rotation but it
will rarely detect small funnels, especially cold air type funnels. We normally
do not warn for this type of storm, but if we get several SKYWARN reports and
it is backed up by a local official (law enforcement and/or Emergency
Management) we have been instructed (as
office policy) to issue a warning even though there is little chance of a
touchdown. People get so riled up at any site of a funnel it is sometimes
better to issue a warning, essentially just so folks know that we are
acknowledging the storm, and after all, there is always a small chance for a
touchdown. It is a tough call.

Also, I second your opinion of a warm summer. I speculate that we might have
above normal rainfall though as a west southwest flow aloft may prevail with
the threat of of cold fronts becoming hung up somewhere over the Ohio Valley
and focusing convection. I guess only time will tell. I will try to dig up the
official NWS summer forecast and post it on the "news of the day" section of
the home page.

Jim Kosarik
NWS Cleveland

Date: Mon May 19, 2003 8:41 am
Subject: Re: Tornado Warning in Ashland County


For another explanation and picture of a cold air type funnel go to
http://www.theweatherprediction.com/habyhints/329. Thanks Jim. That
seems to make more sense as to what was happening that day.

I've also read that these can be associated within an environment of
large closed lows in the upper atmosphere that can stir the air
enough to generate small-scale rotations in an unstable enough
atmosphere to create these cold-air type funnels. I'm trying to
recall if we were still under the influence of that upper low
associated with all the severe weather to the west of us a few days


Date:  Mon May 19, 2003  8:45 am
Subject:  Re: Tornado Warning in Ashland County

Correction on the web address:


Date: Mon May 19, 2003 12:21 pm
Subject: Re: [OhioWx] Re: Tornado Warning in Ashland County

Hello Jim;
Thank you for your reply. Makes sense to me. My thought originally was
that the warning was issued because of the instability of the upper low
moving through the area. However, one thing I'm still confused about is
why the warning was issued for Ashland County when clearly the cell was
in Richland County, home of Mansfield. In fact, when I saw it on radar
right after the warning was issued the cell was a little west of north
of the city of Mansfield.
I guess my question is this. If the cell was in Richland County, why
wasn't the warning issued for Richland County instead of Ashland? Did I
miss something? Better safe than sorry as the saying goes so it is good
to see the NWS issued the warning. I commend them on that. It's just
that I'm confused about the County issue. :-)
Don Keating

Date: Tue May 20, 2003 5:23 am
Subject: "The Ashland Funnels" Satellite Image: G-12 5/16/2003 23:45z

I'll be uploading a large (x2 image resize) VIS satellite image
later today/tonight in the [ESSI] group.

I'll post the link then.

I had other images that day, and clicking [FWD]/[Back] in
my browser (hand-animation) showed a faster wind moving
through the area. That is, some clouds were rather static
while others were in a hurry to get somewhere.


- Patrick

Date: Tue May 20, 2003 5:31 am
Subject: Re:Tornado Warning in Ashland County

Don and all:

The tornado warning on Saturday evening was issued for Ashland County because
that is where the SKYWARN reports came from. If the radar is not seeing the
funnel then the other echoes are not necessarily relevant.

Afterward there was some question about whether there were also SKYWARN reports
from Richland County as well. This is a good lesson about how important
accurate SKYWARN reports are to us at the NWS. I have a feeling that there was
little threat from the supposed funnels but we are almost forced to issue a
"better safe than sorry" warning due to the reports. This should not deter
folks from reporting but it reinforces the importance of accurate reports.

Everyone should take their time observing and remember what kind of atmosphere
we are in. Yes, cold air funnels should be reported (any funnel/waterspout
should be reported). In an ideal situation we try to keep in touch with the
observer of a cold air funnel to see if it is making a move toward touching

Jim Kosarik NWS CLE

Date: Tue May 20, 2003 2:25 pm
Subject: Re: [OhioWx] "The Ashland Funnels" Satellite Image: G-12
5/16/2003 23:45z

Ok folks,

Try this direct link to the image. The link may take
little more time than usual (as in "Waiting...")

If it does not work, use the other link to get to message 51:



- Patrick

Date: Tue May 20, 2003 8:08 pm
Subject: Message from a 2way device

Group, From Springfield.
Rainfall here today was .54 inch bringing my month total to 4.94
inches. This was the 16th day of measureable rainfall here.
Dick Groeber

Date: Tue May 20, 2003 8:13 pm
Subject: Re: [OhioWx] Message from a 2way device

Rainfall here at Newcomerstown 1S has been 0.80" since midnight. This
brings the monthly total to at least 5.19". More on the way.
Don Keating #106

Date: Wed May 21, 2003 6:47 pm
Subject: Rainfall and possible frost


My rainfall the past 48 hours was 1.16 inches putting the monthly
total at 4.47 inches. This is almost 2 inches above normal for the
month so far. If we ever get any kind of warm spell with this amount
of moisture in the ground I think the mosquitos will have a hay day.

Also, was looking at 6 pm observations around the state and noticed
dewpoints in the middle 30's including my area. I think if the winds
calm down enough there could be some frost in some backyards tomorrow

Wooster 7N

Date: Tue May 27, 2003 10:51 pm
Subject: Rainfall totals

Hello List;
Today is May 27'th. Thus far in May I have had measurable rainfall on 19
of 27 days. Last May (2002) there was measurable rainfall on 21 of 31
days. The total rainfall last year was 3.75". So far this May we have
recorded 5.26" of rainfall. This is a little much don't you all agree?
Where's the summer heat!?
Don Keating #106
Newcomerstown 1S

Date: Fri May 30, 2003 10:32 pm
Subject: Record May Rainfall

Although the month is not yet complete, I did break my highest
May rainfall this evening. At that time, I received 0.40 inch of
which brought by monthly total to 6.42 inches. The previous
record for May since I began records in 1992 was 6.27 inches
set in 2000.

Larry Huff
Munroe Falls, Ohio

Date: Sat May 31, 2003 3:47 pm
Subject: Re: Record May Rainfall

Larry and All,
As of 335pm today, Ravenna 1E has had 1.35" of rain since midnight
with a monthly total for May 2003 to 8.69" so far. It looks like I
will likely break 9.00" of rain for the month. Enough is enough
with this rain, I need to cut my grass.

Rich Rabatin
Ravenna 1E
Portage County

Date: Sat May 31, 2003 5:02 pm
Subject: Re: Record May Rainfall

We've had 1.10" rain for May 30th and 31st so far. The month's total
is 6.86" and rising since it is still raining. Earlier this
afternoon, the local cloud ceiling lowered to cover this ridge top
and create a period of dense fog which was not evident at lower
elevations. It has been windy and the temp. has slowly fallen to
50.8 F now (4:55pm).

Vance Lunn
Thompson 5 SW
OWON #98

Date: Sat May 31, 2003 7:05 pm
Subject: Re: Record May Rainfall


It appears some of you in the northern part of the state has had much
more rainfall this May than I. I will end the month of May with 5.02
inches which, for my records since 1991, makes this the third wettest
May and the sixth wettest month on record. Even with all the rainfall
this month I'm still almost two inches below normal for the year.






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