I'm a 31 year old weather enthusiast from Central Ohio. Certified SKYWARN storm spotter.
By: Buckey2745 , 11:44 PM GMT on June 30, 2012
Yesterday was an absolutely incredible severe weather day here in Central Ohio that created hundreds of severe weather reports, high winds, down trees, and heavy rain. Yesterday's derecho was one of the most impressive storms I've seen in Central Ohio. Period. From the structure of the system, to the amazing cloud formation of the gust front, and especially the incredible high winds.
Unofficially here in Canal Winchester I recorded a high wind gust of 90.3mph. I will be the first one to dispute the accuracy of that reading since I didn't see any reports higher than the 80's around me, but still... these winds were some of the strongest I've ever been in. Tropical or otherwise.
The NWS and SPC put out this amazing graphic of the life of this derecho with wind gusts included:
When the storm hit I found myself running in teh driveway to catch a 90 gallon dumpster that blew over, sending trash flying throughout my new neighborhood. As I ran out I figured this storm would just have a strong initial gust front and the worst had already passed. While holding the dumpster the brunt of the storm hit. I could see debris flying toward me, everything from roof shingles, to tree limbs (not branches), and other large dumpsters being drug from their resting places.
I got lucky. All that happened with my house was some torn siding. Others in my neighborhood weren't as fortunate. I also escaped any power outages. Again, not everyone was as fortunate.
Just some of the neighborhood damage I could see before sunlight faded.
Ohio is under a state of emergency right now as even 24 hours later millions of homes are without power. It could take days, even weeks for all service to be restored.
Derechos can be some of the most widespread distructive storms in nature, but the good news is there was plenty of warning. Because of the history of this system, warnings were able to be issued up to an hour ahead of time. And if you're like me, watching the storm move from Chicago, you knew hours ahead of time that this was going to be destructive.
Not since the remenants of Hurricane Ike in 2008 has Central Ohio seen such destruction, and it may take a while to know the exact extent of this storm. But one thing we do know... everyone knows what a derecho is now.
Severe Weather Stats:
Severe Thunderstorm Watches: 3
Severe Thunderstorm Warnings: 8
Tornado Watches: 3
Tornado Warnings: 0
Flood Watches: 2
Flood Warnings: 1
Heat Advisories: 3
Excessive Heat Warnings: 1
Red Flag Warnings: 1
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