Category Archives: Reflections

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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Remembering The April 3, 1974 Super Outbreak

Unless you’ve recently moved to the Tri-State, the words “March 2nd” probably trigger thoughts of tornadoes and severe weather. If you’re a long-time resident of the Tri-State, you’ll likely remember where you were on April 3, 1974. Often coined the … Continue reading

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Remembering The March 2, 2012 Tornado Outbreak

I remember the Blue Ash/Montgomery/Symmes Township tornado on April 9, 1999. I was in Blue Ash that night, and it was the loudest thunderstorm I had ever heard in my life. My home was not hit, but nearby friends’ homes … Continue reading

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Remembering The Great Blizzard Of 1978

The winters of 1976-1977 and 1977-1978 were among the worst the Tri-State has ever seen. In January 1978, 31.5″ of snow fell in Cincinnati, the most amount of snow in a single month since official records began in November 1870. … Continue reading

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What Was The Biggest Local Weather Story Of 2012?

When you reflect on all of the weather events in the last year, what do you think was the biggest? Was it the 100°+ heat this summer? Was it the snow and ice late in December? Was it the daily … Continue reading

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December 26th Winter Storm Verification & Reflection

The biggest storm of the 2012-2013 winter season so far is behind us. Official records for Cincinnati are taken at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport; 2.9″ inches of snow fell at the airport, making today the snowiest single day since … Continue reading

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