Tonight's storm, two worlds apart?

So I was watching 13abc after the sirens went off thinking something may be bad. Well I looked at the radar, heard the commentary, and thought oh we will get a bad one. I once I saw the rain approaching, I went and shut our windows so the rain would not come in. I waited and waited. Well I was disappointed that there was only enough rain to wet the sidewalk. There was a ton of wind and some gusts were pretty bad, and there was hardly any lightening I could see. On the scale of storms: not that bad. So how was your experience? Was it bad or was it a bust? I am not out driving, but I don't see many branches down from what I can see around our block.

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S. Detroit between South and Arlington. BUST!

Heck I still have dry areas on the sidewalk and street where the trees overhang. Hardley any wind. No hail. Just a light springtime rain although the light show was pretty.


- Just the KAT, thinking out loud again.

If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth. ~Japanese Proverb

Lots of wind back here on Airline a little bit of rain and that was about all I saw although my cable blacked out for maybe a minute.
I'm afraid that messed up my BSG recording. Frown


Some wind and a brief period of light rain here at home in West Toledo (Douglas and Sylvania area), but that was it. Temperature dropped only eight degrees when the line of storms zoomed by. The lights blinked here at home, but the power never went out. Other areas, however, not so lucky.

I've been listening to the local skywarn net and checking WTOL occasionally. They report power outages, downed power lines, and other damage in Wauseon, Grand Rapids, Sylvania, Perrysburg Township, Rossford, East Toledo, southern Wood County, Hancock County, and I think Seneca County.

A tornado was reported near Fostoria. A tornado was reported near Findlay airport. A funnel cloud was reported in Lake Township.

The line of storms moved northeast around 50 mph, but it dissipated rapidly as it moved through the area, which is why some areas of Toledo got spared. But one small, strong cell along the border of Lucas and Wood Counties moved northeast, possibly through South and East Toledo.

WTOL reported a while ago that Toledo police said numerous downed power lines exist in Toledo.

The horns sounded and we emerged to observe.

Cloud masses hove into view in the fading light; first a little red, then glowing madly orange. Over the next 30 minutes, my nose began to run and my eyes stung and watered. There must have been a lot of dust in those.

Great lighting strikes occurred to the west, then progressively to the north.

A great wind came after a period of calm. Across the street, all the trees in an easement began to move violently. Then there were great cracking sounds. Once. Twice. Thrice. BOOM! -- a large tree fell over and smashed a neighbor's fence.

After 30 min past the horns, it was merely dark and calm. Anti-climactic.

End report.

Here are a few saved looped radar images, so you can see how fast the storms passed through the area and how quickly the storms broke down.

  • First loop is from 8:37 p.m. to 9:16 p.m. The sirens in Toledo sounded at 9:18 p.m. According to radar, it appears Fulton County and Henry County got hit hard.
  • Second loop is from 9:11 p.m. to 9:50 p.m. You can see the small, strong cell that moved approximately along the Maumee River.
  • Third loop is from 9:45 p.m. to 10:28 p.m.

Heard the sirens and tuned into TV.

Watched the winds pick up, no rain, saw minimal lightning and then it was over.

Other cities and towns in the Mid-West not so lucky.

We had the wind come through here something fierce, and it poured for maybe a good minute or 2 before it moved on... and that's over by Southwyck.

On the other hand, I heard a tornado touched down just west of my mom's house (OH-109 & County Road EF in Delta)... they were out of power for a while. It's crazy how these storms work.

We were without power most of the night. (Sylvania Twp) Lots of downed branches in our neighborhood, from what I could see. Haven't been out and about very far yet today, so I don't know the full extent in our area.

I laugh in the face of all those who let Blizzard Bill Spencer scare them again.

Have you people not learned your lesson. I actually tuned to 13ABC to see and hear what outlandish claims he was predicting. What began as 60mph winds was later embellished... he said 60,70,80,90, possibly 100 mph wind gusts.

My location barely noticed the storm. The wind picked up and I saw some really interesting cloud colors then it was gone. Lasted maybe 15 mins. I was disappointed.

Gotta cut Bill some slack. The storm's effects were very spotty. That's what you get with tornado weather.

In West Toledo, I watched the wind burst tear a large tree down. The dust from the orange clouds really screwed with my respiration. We got no rain worth mentioning, while other areas report short downpours. I then drove to South Toledo, seeing occasional large branches laying about. When I returned to South Toledo past the Zoo, I found myself in darkness that lasted 9 hours, interrupted with something I've never seen before: spikes of the power trying to come back on.

This was as hazard any way you slice it. Tornado weather is spotty, so it's best to warn anyone in the larger path.

tomato juice colored clouds were really strange. I would have to admit that. I regret not taking any pictures of them.

early yesterday morning around 3:00AM that stated that a tornado was spotted in my area and to take cover IMMEDIATELY. This recording lasted about 1 minute or longer. It woke me up out of a dead sleep. It told me to take cover immediately in the basement or in a inner room.

About 20 minutes later I received another recording that stated the emergency was over. Did anyone else get this recorded message?

Did you happen to save the message?

There were a couple of large branches down in the Old West End today.

it was a recorded message. So I couldn't save it. I have my service through Buckeye but have not been able to get through to them.

The storm fizzled just about the time it crossed US-23 for most of the county, and we dodged a bullet. It had all the makings of a really nasty Derecho storm front, only we happened to be located at the point where the storm dissipated.

My immediate neihborhood was spared, and received little rain, but I saw lots of downed trees and limbs in my travels today through western Lucas County.

So I'm not going to pile on Blizzard Bill and the rest of the weather forecasters, since we could very well have been speaking today of damaged homes and (God forbid) human casualties.

Storm geek that I am, I was irritated when I couldn't find my tripod to get some pictures of the aforementioned clouds. There were lots of odd rotational formations and some eerie colors, but my kid had the tripod in his room to make a YouTube video.


I was surprised at how much fuss the media was making over a 'thunderstorm watch'. It's the mid-west - it rains, snows, gets icy, has tornados. Unless it says 'tornado watch or warning', I don't see why the horns went off.

Surely you've seen cars crushed by tree limbs? I have. I moved my car on Friday night, just to be sure. I watched a large tree fall in the near darkness, as the wall of wind took it down once the orange cloud bank passed over. It only crushed a neighbor's fence, but why take chances?

I approve of the warning. As Historymike said, it was probably a "progressive derecho" (line of sudden storms) and those could produce tornado-like damage from wind gusts.

I couldn't agree more GZ. Tornados strike in a heartbeat so we should be thankful for every second of heads up that we get.

I wasn't "scared" as one poster suggested, (I was watching 13abc first time I've noticed the new blizzard bill guy)  but I did take steps based on what was being reported. I live in a house without a basement so I did make sure my son in, what would seem to be, the safest room in the house and I was close enough to get to him if needed.

Being ready isn't being scared.

He sat there playing his DS and I finished reading a Dean Koontz book.

My post further up was made before I left the house the next day and noticed a large limb broken off a tree across the street and down a few houses. 


You can almost see my house from this shot:

... as long as you can stand the sight of "Carty's Folly" (that horrible set of steel sombreros or whatever they are in that ridiculous fountain).

I had to break out the candles and enjoy frontier living for over 9 hours when I got home.

if we have a storm with any wind, there are always some big limbs down at Walbridge Park.

Our power was out for 9 hours, too- I had visitors from out of town, it was so hot and sticky and I felt so bad that their first night here wasn't so fun. We made up for it Saturday though!

My boss' sailboat clocked winds at 58 MPH in his marina (near Port Clinton).

And may I ask all of you- why the heck is there a headline on 13ABC that says "Siren Controversy"? The last sentence reads: "Others called and complained that their sirens were activated and nothing ever happened" Does that mean that people seriously were upset that they did not experience death and destruction from an actual tornado? I thought that the way the sirens operated was that if there was a funnel spotted within 6 miles of an area they activate; so in the case of Lucas Co.- since all sirens operate together- anything within the county or 6 miles surrounding would warrant a siren. Does anyone know if that is governed locally or state-wide?

gz - you're right, hadn't thought of that.

gz said " as long as you can stand the sight of "Carty's Folly" (that horrible set of steel sombreros or whatever they are in that ridiculous fountain)." .............................................................I'd never thought of them looking like sombreros before (I see it now). I always thought they looked like huge penis's. (Circumsized, of course.)

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