Last Minute Ohio Chase

imageI was not expecting to be in Ohio on Wednesday, but after waking up early and reviewing data, I had to give it a shot.

While I wait for the next extended chase out west, I remain open to one-day chases across the eastern U.S. Ohio is pushing it, being an eight hour drive just to the eastern border from Connecticut. However, I consider Ohio to be on the edge of a broad portion or the country that regularly sees tornadoes. Ohio has also seen their fair share of significant and long track tornadoes.

As a quick summary, I intercepted two tornado warned cells early/mid-Wednesday afternoon, encountered large hail twice and got to see some good storm structure just before sunset. Although the ultimate goal of seeing a tornado was not met, I still consider it a successful chase day with plenty learned/re-established.

As is often the case, time is critical and it never hurts to have too much of it. Storms were already firing shortly after midday (despite most model guidance suggesting 2-3 hours later) and the first Tornado Warning was a bit earlier than I expected. With that said, I was ready to go by about 2 p.m. after leaving Connecticut at 5 a.m.

While much of Ohio is relatively chaser friendly with farmland and a low forest canopy, the eastern third of the state is still very much hilly and forested. I was largely stuck chasing in the eastern part of the state and visibility was somewhat of an issue for this day.

As I return back home, I’ve already driven 1,140 miles in 24 hours and will finish up with more than that in the end. I have some footage to edit with a time lapse of a supercell just before sunset likely being of most interest. There will be some footage of hail as well, but the largest I saw was just 1″/quarter-sized and that was two times.

Stay tuned for more footage and such, hopefully being uploaded by later today.

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Quincy

Quincy is a meteorologist and storm chaser who travels around the country documenting and researching severe weather. He has on-air experience with stations such as WTNH-TV in New Haven, CT and WREX-TV in Rockford, IL. He was most recently a digital meteorologist for weather.com.

After achieving his B.S. degree in Meteorology at Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) in 2009, he returned as a University Assistant to help produce weather broadcasts. He also gave guest lectures and worked on website design.

He has over nine years of professional weather forecasting experience and his forecasts have been featured in newspapers and on radio stations in multiple states.

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