Late August Heat With Storms Possible Tuesday!

There hasn’t been a SINGLE 90 degree day so far yet this August in Lima, but that may be changing by the end of the week with daytime highs expected to flirt with 90 degrees all week-long. The anticipated heat is thanks to a STRONG area of high pressure that has settled into the Midwest. This area of high pressure will meander over the Central part of the U.S. for the next few days keeping any thunderstorm activity contained to the outer edge of the system. This is a pattern we see quite often during the Summer months, it sets up what we call a “ring of fire” pattern  with showers and thunderstorms riding along the periphery of the high.

The "Ring Of Fire" Setting Up For The Next Few Days

The “Ring Of Fire” Setting Up For The Next Few Days

Since West Central Ohio is right on the edge of this system, we could potentially be in line for any developing showers and thunderstorms riding around the high. The National Weather Service has us under a “slight risk” for severe weather on Tuesday for this very reason.

Slight Risk Area For Severe Weather Tuesday

Slight Risk Area For Severe Weather Tuesday

Where and when these clusters of showers and thunderstorms develop in situations like this is very difficult to pinpoint at this time, but the SET UP is there! Temperatures tomorrow will near 90 degrees and there will be plenty of fuel in the atmosphere to maintain potential storms. Situations similar to this in the past have produced storms with mainly a damaging wind concern and to a lesser extent hail. Tornadoes are not usually a big concern in situations like this, but again, you can never rule out an isolated spin up.

My Severe Threat Outlook For Tuesday

My Severe Outlook For Tuesday

As is the case with most severe weather, I’ll be looking towards the afternoon and evening during peak daytime heating for any storms to develop! I’ll have more tonight at 10 and 11 on Your Hometown Lima Stations!



Wakeboarding And The Warrior Dash!

The past couple of weekends I have had the chance to take advantage of some really nice weather and get outside to really enjoy the outdoors! One of the things I did (thanks to our meteorologist Wes Houx) was wakeboarding! IF you know anything about me, you know that I love to ski, so I thought wakeboarding might be an easy thing to pick up during the summer months to make up for my ski withdrawals! Little did I know that wakeboarding would be VERY tough to learn! Our weekend meteorologist Wes Houx is a HUGE wakeboarder and makes trips to Indian Lake on a regular basis to have some fun. So a couple of Sundays ago, we headed out to the lake bright and early with an air temperature of 53 degrees at about 7:30 AM!

Indian Lake! Air temperature, 53 degrees! Water temperature, 75

Indian Lake! Air temperature, 53 degrees! Water temperature, 75

Wes in his element!

Wes In His Element!

If you have ever been water skiing, wakeboarding is just like the snowboarding equivalent of water sports. You are being pulled between 20 and 25 mph by a boat and riding mostly in between the “wake” of the vessel. Sounds easy right? It’s not! BY FAR the hardest part about learning to wakeboard is getting up and out of the water. Learning how to balance yourself and your board while being pulled at 20 mph by a very powerful boat is no easy task! I literally was pulled (and failed) to get up and out of the water about 20 times or so before I was finally able to get my balance and wakeboard. Every time you fail you either face plant into the water or are  jerked very roughly by the boat as you try to hold on for dear life. Needless to say I was VERY sore the following days. But after a couple of hours of falling down over and over again I finally got it and was able to stand up and ride along behind the boat!!!



I still have a  LONG way to go though, Wes Houx has been at this for quite some time and makes it look VERY easy!

Wes Makes This Look Easy

Wes Makes This Look Easy, Getting Some Air!

This is something I will hopefully continue to do in the future, it was A LOT of fun!!!

The other outdoor event that I am more familiar with is the Warrior Dash! This is the second year in a row that I ran the event and once again, it didn’t disappoint! Basically the Warrior Dash is a 5k run with about 10 to 15 different obstacles throughout the course. Some of the obstacles included swimming over logs and barriers in a lake (all with your shoes on) jumping over fire and making your way through a mud pit at the very end or the race.

Mud Pit

I ran the race with a bunch of my family members this year, it really makes for quite the good time! Here we all are afterward soaked from head to toe in mud!

Group Dash

Looks like fun right?

Hopefully you all are getting the chance to be outdoors and enjoy the summer weather as much as I am!


Severe Weather Possible Wednesday

It’s been pretty calm for about the last month here in West Central Ohio but a threat for severe weather will return tot he region for Wednesday. The National Weather Service has us under a SLIGHT RISK for severe weather during the day Wednesday with the biggest concern being damaging winds.


The reason being is that a cold front is expected to move through late tomorrow afternoon and evening here into West Central Ohio. The timing of the front is favorable for severe weather but a couple of things earlier in the day could bring down our severe chance later in the day……

Short term models are showing a good chance for thunderstorms in between 8 AM and noon Wednesday. This would very much hinder the atmosphere’s ability to destabilize later in the day when the front moves through. Basically the more cloud cover there is, the less of a threat for severe weather there will be. Thunderstorms thrive on daytime heating, and a couple short-term models are showing rain and thunderstorms in the region early on in the day.

Our RPM model shows rain and cloud cover in the region around 8 AM. NOTE the front still well off to the West. It won't move through until later in the day.

Our RPM model shows rain and cloud cover in the region around 8 AM. NOTE the front still well off to the West. It won’t move through until later in the day.

Another short-term model, the HRRR, shows rain and possible thunderstorms as well around 8 or 9 AM.

Wednesday morning could be a damp one, but it may end up saving us from stronger storms later.......

Wednesday morning could be a damp one, but it may end up saving us from stronger storms later…….

Any morning showers and thunderstorms we see will likely affect development later in the afternoon and evening. These storms in the morning will very likely stay below severe limits. If we don’t see rain in the morning and we have a good deal of sunshine our severe chance will be a little higher later in the day when the cold front moves through. Overall, the severe chance is low Wednesday. BUT it is definitely worth watching….As of now here is what I think the biggest threats are Wednesday.


Please tune in tonight at 10 and 11, along with tomorrow morning at 6 with Brian for all the latest!