The National Weather Service recently shared their warning statistics for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes thus far in 2013. It’s probably not a surprise that the number of total warnings issued so far this year is BELOW their yearly average. The National Weather Service is responsible for issuing all types of warnings including SEVERE THUNDERSTORM and TORNADO warnings, it is the duty of the broadcast meteorologist (me) to relay that information in the best and most efficient way possible. As you can see here by the graphic below, there are three NWS offices that are responsible for issuing warnings for storms here in West Central Ohio. Each individual office is responsible for their own counties, and thus, any warned storms moving through. Here are the counties each office of the National Weather Service covers:
North Webster, Indiana- Defiance, Paulding, Van Wert, Henry, Putnam and Allen
Wilmington, Ohio- Mercer, Auglaize, Shelby, Logan and Hardin
Cleveland, Ohio- Hancock and Wyandot
Here is a map showing the percent of SEVERE THUNDERSTORM and TORNADO warnings issued compared to a normal year. Each office is running below average.
While these numbers could still change by a little bit, it is likely they will remain pretty close to where they are now as we head into the Fall. We do get severe weather during the Fall season, the Van Wert tornado (November 10, 2002) and the Cridersville tornado (October 26, 2010) are perfect examples. But historically, severe weather tapers off heading into the latter part of the year with its peak during late Spring/early Summer.
Here is a link to North Webster’s Facebook page and the rest of the countries statistics!