Great Lakes Severe Weather Outbreak
November 17th, 2013
November tornado outbreaks are rare, but very dangerous. They are certainly not an unheard of occurrence. Often the atmospheric dynamics during the seasonal flux of Autumn can create favorable environments for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. There have been two instances where the Storm Prediction Center has issued a High Risk in the month of November.
Many may remember November 10th, 2002 (pictured to the left above) which included widespread and significant torndoes in Northwest Ohio -- Including the F4 tornado that demolished parts of Van Wert, Ohio. That makes this most recent November outbreak the second one in just over a decade.
Sunday, November 2013 was the third time the Storm Prediction Center has issud a High risk in November. It was a 24 hour period that sent a wave of severe storms and tornadoes racing across the Great Lakes. Here is time lapse of the watches and warnings issued in less than 24 hours from Illinois through Ohio and eventually racing off the East Coast. The red indicates tornado warnings and the orange indicates severe thunderstorm warnings.
Here is the reported instances of severe weather from Sunday
There were a total of 5 tornadoes in Ohio with 4 of them occurring in northwest Ohio. Here are the details of the tornadoes that impacted the local area.
EF-2 TORNADO /PAULDING COUNTY OH AND PUTNAM COUNTY OH/... PATH LENGTH: 8 MILES MAXIMUM ESTIMATED WIND SPEED: 130 MPH MAXIMUM ESTIMATED PATH WIDTH: 440 YARDS START TIME: ESTIMATED AROUND 451 PM EST END TIME: ESTIMATED AROUND 459 PM EST LOCATION: TOUCHDOWN OCCURRED ABOUT 0.25 MILES SOUTH OF THE INTERSECTION OF ROUTE 66 AND COUNTY LINE ROAD IN SOUTHEAST PAULDING COUNTY AND LIFTED ABOUT 5 MILES NORTHEAST OF CLOVERDALE IN WEST CENTRAL PUTNAM COUNTY.
EF-2 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN WOOD AND LUCAS COUNTIES... LOCATION...LIME CITY ROAD & US ROUTE 20 IN PERRYSBURG OHIO (WOOD COUNTY) TO CORDUROY ROAD & WYNN ROAD IN OREGON OHIO (LUCAS COUNTY) DATE...NOVEMBER 17, 2013 ESTIMATED TIME...535 PM EST TO 555 PM EST MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF-2 ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...120 MPH TO 125 MPH MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...150 TO 200 YARDS WIDE PATH LENGTH...APPROXIMATELY 12 MILES THE TORNADO FORMED NEAR LIME CITY ROAD AND US ROUTE 20 IN PERRYSBURG. THE TORNADO REACHED EF-2 STRENGTH NEAR OREGON ROAD AND ROUTE 795 NEAR PERRYSBURG. IT THEN CONTINUED MOVING NORTHEAST AT MOSTLY EF-1 OR EF-0 STRENGTH AND THEN REACHING EF-2 STRENGTH AGAIN IN THE CITY OF OREGON WHERE SEVERAL HOMES WERE DESTROYED.
EF-1 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN WOOD COUNTY... LOCATION...THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ON THE EAST SIDE OF JERRY CITY NEAR MAIN STREET AND HUFFMAN ROAD AND LIFTED ABOUT 1 MILE EAST ALONG JERRY CITY ROAD. DATE...NOVEMBER 17, 2013 ESTIMATED TIME...535 PM EST TO 540 PM EST MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF-1 ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...105 MPH TO 110 MPH MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...75 TO 100 YARDS WIDE PATH LENGTH...APPROXIMATELY 1 MILES
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CLEVELAND OHIO ...EF-1 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN OTTAWA COUNTY... LOCATION...3 MILES EAST OF ELMORE IN OTTAWA COUNTY DATE...NOVEMBER 17, 2013 ESTIMATED TIME...600 PM EST MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF-1 ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...95 MPH MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...50 TO 75 YARDS WIDE PATH LENGTH...APPROXIMATELY THREE QUARTERS OF A MILE THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NEAR YEASTING ROAD AND STATE ROUTE 590 AND MOVED NORTHEAST ABOUT THREE QUARTERS OF A MILE BEFORE DISSIPATING.
This was the largest and most significant outbreak of tornadoes in the areas since the June 5th, 2010 Lake Twp and Millbury tornadoes. Fortunately this time around, despite total tornado tracks of nearly 22 miles there were ZERO fatalities and only minor injuries.
~Meteorologist Chris Vickers