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Zack's Severe Weather Page

I'm an avid weather watcher and am particularly interested in severe weather such as thunderstorms, tornados, and blizzards. It's just fascinating what mother nature can whip up and the destructive nature some of these storms can cause.

A trained weather spotter can help the National Weather Service and surrounding citizens by spotting severe weather and reporting and relaying damage.  In fact a little known secret is that television studio weather reporters use scanners to listen to what ham radio weather spotters report and relay that information to their viewers.
I'm NOT a weather chaser, but a weather spotter.  I remain in one place and report what I see.  I've chased some storms before, but you've really got to have at least two people to chase a storm with due to safety reasons.  You've got to watch the road, and have somebody else navigate and watch the radar and storms also.
Here are some images of local weather in Perrysburg, Ohio (Wood County and Northwest Ohio) has experienced.
You can catch me on the Lucas County and Wood County Skywarn Nets when activated and they go condition Yellow or Red.
Be safe!
This storm front rolled through Perrysburg, OH about 9:30pm on June 18, 2010 and reported wind gusts in excess of 45 miles per hour.  It was a very quick storm that lasted about 15 minutes, but came through quick.
Here's another storm that looked very weird on radar.  I was almost like Northwest Ohio was surrounded.  Lake Erie does some really weird things to storms.  You'd think moisture from the lake would help feed a storm, but it almost acts as a shield sometimes.

This storm was rolling into the Northwest Ohio area starting Monday January 31, 2011 at about 10:00pm and lasted until Wednesday morning February 2, 2011.

Total snow accumulations were predicted to be 12-16 inches of snow.  People acted like it was the end of the world.  I was at Home Depot picking up a new grill (my old one rusted out and fell to the ground the night before as I put a slab of ribs on it), and people laughed at me..."wishful thinking".  I saw lots of snow blowers and even generators being sold and I just laughed back!  Others on 2m FM reported shelves at the local WalMart and Meijer were also void of bread, etc.

The drive into work on Tuesday was uneventful, only about 2 inches of snow from what I could see.

I think the weather service got this storm wrong!

Here was a forecast model for the above storm, and like I predicted - it was a bust.  The wind was a little brutal, but the snowfall was maybe 8 inches.  I drove into work Wednesday morning and got there about 8:30, and opened the office for the other workers.  Nobody else showed up until about 11:00 and the streets and highways were fine - I could see pavement all the way there.   Come on Mother Nature - that's all you got?