A Tornado Watch has been issued for parts of our viewing area until 5PM. This watch from the National Weather Service has been classified as a Particularly Dangerous Situation Watch or PDS watch. Typically when this type of watch is issued, the development of several tornadoes is expected within the watch area.
Since we are on the very EASTERN edge of this Tornado Watch, our threat for the severe weather looks like it won’t come until closer to the 3 to 6PM time period. The latest short-term models both seem to agree that the line of severe storms will not begin to move into West Central Ohio until later in the afternoon.
HERE IS THE RPM AT ABOUT 4 PM
HERE IS THE HRRR AT ABOUT 4 PM
I talked about Wind Shear in my previous post, and no doubt about it, the strongest shear (change in wind speed or direction with height) will be focused right on Northern Indiana with wind speeds at about 5,000 feet screaming at over 100 mph!
Couple this with daytime heating and you have a very prime set up for a tornado outbreak. The Tornado Watch is only until 5 PM, but I suspect that our threat for severe weather in West Central Ohio will be more towards the late afternoon and evening hours.
Please stay tuned to Your Hometown Stations through the day for breaking weather coverage and our Facebook page for updates! If things get going later this afternoon we’ll do our best to keep you updated through social media.