Category Archives: Reflections

A Sycamore Story: Putting A Weather Station On The Roof

Since I returned back home to Cincinnati in late 2011, I’ve been connected with Sycamore Community Schools in a lot of ways: through teachers, through friends, and by getting involved in district activities. Sycamore is a district with award-winning education, … Continue reading

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All I Really Need To Know I Learned From My High School Physics Teacher

Meet Mr. G. Some call him Mr. Gutekunst. Some (not me) call him Mike. Regardless of what you call him, he was my physics teacher junior year of high school. I have seen him twice since I graduated. One of … Continue reading

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Why Josh Knight Will Be Missed

You might know him as a a meteorologist. You might know him as a feature reporter covering local events and businesses. You might know him as both. Regardless of how you know him, he will be missed. Josh is exactly … Continue reading

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My Take On Upcoming SPC Severe Weather Risk Changes

For years (really decades), the Storm Prediction Center has issued severe weather risks for the contiguous United States using “slight,” “moderate,” and “high” risk categories. Areas of the country that are most likely to see severe weather are typically placed … Continue reading

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Why Tornado Warnings Should Be Issued For Every Tornado

One of the tenets of meteorology is debate. Computer forecast models are consistently at odds with each other about the timing of intensity of weather systems. There are disagreements between meteorologists about the differences between what a mostly sunny, partly … Continue reading

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A Personal Reflection Of The April 9, 1999 Tornadoes

It was the loudest thunderstorm I’ve ever heard in my life. There was a cadence of thunder. Lightning resembled a strobe light. The lightning and thunder was so intense that you couldn’t sleep through it if you tried. It didn’t … Continue reading

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Reflections On Recent Tornadoes And Lessons Learned

For the last two weeks, it seems there has been an endless stream of stories about storm damage and tornadoes in Oklahoma. First, tornadoes cut through central and northeastern Oklahoma on May 19th. Second, it was the EF5 tornado that … Continue reading

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