Severe Weather Recap 05/03/2022

Tornado Reports: 2
Wind Reports: 45
Hail Reports: 17 (4 2+ inches in diameter)

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Day 1 Outlook

Categorical Outlook
Day 1 tornado probabilities
Day 1 Wind Probabilities
Day 1 Hail Probabilities

On Tuesday May 3rd, the threat of severe storms returned to the Ohio Valley, bringing with it the threat for damaging winds, large hail, and a few tornadoes. As is typical for events in the Ohio Valley, they day started with with rain across most of the state, keeping temperatures down through the morning. By afternoon, clouds began to break in SW and Central Ohio as a low pressure system crossed Northern Indiana. The approach of the low pressure allowed more moisture to move North deeper into Ohio, at the same time temperatures began to warm thanks to the breaks in the clouds. With a close proximity to the Low pressure, ample shear (mainly speed shear) was in place across most of Southern Ohio.

By 1:30pm, storms began to fire in SE Indiana and SW Ohio.

Radar Image just before 1:30pm

At 1:57pm, a storm near Washington Court House had shown considerable strengthening, and our first thunderstorm warning was issued.

First warned storm at 1:57p

This first storm would continue on for some time, producing large hail near Lancaster and Zanesville, and strong winds along the way.

Strong Storm with Large Hail Near Lancaster

At 2:45pm, a tornado watch for a large chunk of Ohio was issued. This would later be expanded North to cover a storm complex moving across Northern Ohio.

While most of Southern Ohio and the Mid Ohio Valley was dealing with severe storms with wind and hail, a new complex of storms was forming in Eastern Indiana.

Complex of Storms in Eastern Indiana shortly after 4pm.

This complex of storms would race NE into Ohio, eventually prompting the first tornado warning of the day.

Twitter Post of First Tornado Warning at 5:22pm
Start of Tornado Warning Coverage
Reflectivity and Velocity of the storm at the time it was warned.

This storm would continue moving off to the East and slightly North, showing rotation as well as an increasing threat for damaging winds and large hail. As the storm approached the Norwalk area, the tornado threat had mostly diminished and a straight line wind threat became the main concern with the bowing structure.

Reflectivity and Velocity from near Norwalk. Note the bright colors indicating strong winds detected by the radar.

At 7:10pm a new Tornado warning was issued near Lagrange, Ohio as the storm attempted to spin up once again.

Reflectivity and Velocity near LaGrange, Ohio

Shortly after this storm would weaken and die off and most of the region would be left with heavy rain and non severe wind gusts. Elsewhere during this time, Eastern Ohio was dealing with the few remaining strong storms in the area.

Storms in Eastern Ohio

The National Weather Service in Cleveland sent teams out to Hancock and surrounding counties to look over damage reports and determine if any of it was caused by a tornado. They determined that an EF-0 Touched down near Findlay in Hancock County, and an Ef-1 near Monroeville in Huron County.

Rawson-Findlay Tornado Stats
Huron County Tornado Stats
SPC Verification
  • Tornado Reports: 2
  • Wind Reports: 45
  • Hail Reports: 17 (4 2+ inches in diameter)

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