Saturday, March 24, 2012

Weekend Weather from Columbus-Special Entry

I apologize first and foremost if my sentences do not make complete sense. I am typing this during commercials and watching Ohio State try to get into the Final Four of the NCAA Tourney. I am currently in Columbus, but instead of watching the game at a sports bar or somewhere down on campus, I am at WSYX/WTTE's television station watching the game. If you remember last August in Dayton, we had one of the Columbus meteorologist from our sister station fill in during my wedding so Jeff Booth and Mike Terwilleger could go to my wedding. This is similar. Their morning meteorologist just had a new baby and their evening chief meteorologist is on vacation so they are short staffed. I was honored to be asked to come fill in and I accepted it as a return of a favor for my wedding. The station is High Def and a step into the future. The weather center is HUGE and a taste of what is to come in Dayton. We are building a new station in Dayton that should be ready hopefully by the fall of this year and our new station will be similar, but maybe a little more advanced than here in Columbus. So far the 6PM show went well, but my brain really wants to say Miami Valley instead of Central Ohio. I only had one minor slip-up, but I stopped myself before I said Miami Valley. Gotta think further in advance and can't just put my brain on cruise control, haha.

I did get called into work(kinda) yesterday evening for a tornado warning. The warning was issued for Clinton and Greene County. I was out to dinner with my wife and a few friends of ours and one of the girls got an alert on her phone so I had to head back to the station, but luckily I was worried I was going to get called in and put a suit in my truck before we left for dinner. I was very surprised that a warning was issued because the rotation was not super defined, but sure enough the National Weather Service did confirm an EF0 tornado touched down in Clarksville in Clinton County and an EF0 in Harlan Twp in Warren County. They were the same storm and actually the Harlan Twp tornado was first spotted by a police officer and then the storm was issued a warning. The damage was minimal and no one was injured or killed so that's the good news.

We had a few heavy showers for the Miami Valley AND Central Ohio this evening. No lightning, so luckily nothing was severe. We could see a few lingering showers tonight, and tomorrow as another cold front pushes through. We should only be seeing light showers through the middle of the day so the late afternoon looks to remain dry. Cooler weather will move in for the first of the week with highs back in the mid-upper 50's. We will warm up for the second half of the week and maybe another shot for storms Wednesday and next weekend. Well, this game is tied up in the second half so I am going to get off of the computer and root for my Buckeyes! Have a good one and GO BUCKS!

Andrew Buck Michael

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