Cold front will cause thunderstorms later today

Brad Gilbert, Emergency Management Agency director for Wood County, has issued the following advisory: After record setting warmth in NW Ohio yesterday, we will experience ONE more very warm day before a very strong cold front moves into the area late tonight (Oct. 10).  Scattered showers and some thunderstorms will be possible this afternoon with thunderstorms becoming likely this evening as the cold front approaches the area.  Some of the storms could be strong to even severe.  The SPC has placed Wood County in the “Marginal” risk category for severe weather this evening.  Damaging straight-line winds will be the primary threat.  Please monitor weather conditions late this afternoon and evening.

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Unsettled weather in weekend forecast

Brad Gilbert, Wood County EMA director has issued the following advisory: A storm system moving through the Great Lakes this weekend will bring unsettled weather to the area both days.  Showers and thunderstorms will be likely early Saturday morning with some clearing by late morning and into the afternoon hours.  Scattered thunderstorms will be on the increase again in the late afternoon and evening on Saturday.  Some of the thunderstorms could be strong to even isolated severe.  A repeat of this scenario is likely on Sunday with rain early in the morning and a little better chance of thunderstorms in the late afternoon and evening.  More widespread severe weather will be likely across lower Michigan all the way to the Ohio/Michigan line on Sunday.  There will be periods of sunshine with very warm and humid conditions throughout the weekend as well. The Storm Prediction Center has most of NW Ohio in the “Marginal” risk category for severe weather on both days.  A higher risk category of “Slight” will be in place across southern lower Michigan down to the Ohio/Michigan line, so stronger weather is expected to our immediate north.  Please monitor weather conditions this weekend especially if you have outside activities.

Solar engineer shines light on climate change solutions

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Growing up as a Boy Scout, Bob Clark-Phelps believed in the camping mantra, “Leave no trace.” As an engineer with First Solar, Clark-Phelps knows it is no longer possible for humans to leave the earth unscarred for future generations. But he’s not yet given up on leaving behind the best planet possible. Clark-Phelps, who had been with First Solar for six years, spoke about climate change on Thursday to the Bowling Green Kiwanis Club. A large majority of Americans believe that climate change is occurring and should be met with policies, he said. However, the people able to make those policies don’t seem to have the stomach to do so. And debates on the topic are increasingly polarized. “All we’re missing is the political will to get it done,” he said. “It’s not going to go away on its own.” Clark-Phelps referred to a Yale Climate Study, which gauged the public’s views on global warming. More than two-thirds of those studied said climate change is happening, with 54 percent saying it is caused by humans. Meanwhile, 97 percent of publishing climate scientists agree that global warming is occurring. “There’s almost unanimity,” he said. But less than half of the people surveyed know that the vast majority of scientists back the climate change theory. That may be because journalists are trained to present all sides of controversial issues. So in an attempt to present balanced reporting, it may appear that both sides of the climate change issue are well supported by scientists. But that simply isn’t true, Clark-Phelps said. Even with climate deniers getting news time, nearly three-quarters of Americans studied agreed that the U.S. should regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant. “Why is there continuing division and policy paralysis,” Clark-Phelps asked. The evidence can be seen and felt all around the world, he said. The increasing number of forest fires out west are worsened by higher temperatures, less snow, drought conditions – all of which lengthen the fire season. “Climate change is a massive risk multiplier,” Clark-Phelps said. Some researchers predict forest fires in the western U.S. will increase by six times by the year 2050. In Florida, pumping water back into the ocean is becoming commonplace as the state loses its coastline. “Florida is a place where it floods on sunny days now,” he said. In Alaska, the glaciers are disappearing and the roads are crumbling as the permafrost melts beneath them. In Ohio, climate change takes the form of excess rain from heavy downpours and higher temperatures – which add up to harmful algal blooms. According to Clark-Phelps, the Cincinnati area has experienced seven 100-year floods in the last 14 years. While the warmth and rain are creating a longer growing season now in Ohio, in the long run the trends will suppress crop yields, he said. Clark-Phelps, who just returned from a work trip to Germany, said that nation is seeing a 20 percent drop in grain production this year – blamed on climate changes. Still a Boy Scout at heart, Clark-Phelps is an optimist. He is part of an organization called the Citizens’ Climate Lobby that is working with diverse groups of people to come up with some answers. “We are creating the political will for climate solutions,”…

Isolated severe thunderstorms possible Wednesday & Thursday

Brad Gilbert, Wood County EMA director has issued the following advisory: A storm system will move into NW Ohio Wednesday afternoon and evening and then continuing into Thursday (8/15 & 16).  Although widespread severe weather is not expected, some isolated thunderstorms could become strong or even severe at times. The primary threat from this storm system will be an abundance of tropical moisture from the Gulf of Mexico that will be available to the storm system.  Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be possible Wednesday afternoon with a better chance of persistent rain/storms likely by evening into the overnight hours and a good portion of Thursday.  It will be possible for thunderstorms to start “training” (one right after the other) over the area which could lead to flooding issues in some areas where these training storms may set up. Please exercise extra caution if you have to travel Wednesday night and into Thursday as roadways may have ponding of water or may even have deeper flooding water at times especially in areas of training thunderstorms.

Rain on its way for weekend

Brad Gilbert, Wood County EMA director has issued the following advisory: An unusual slow moving storm system will move into the lower Great Lakes area on Friday and linger around for most of the weekend.  Widespread severe weather is not expected; however, the Storm Prediction Center has placed NW Ohio in the “Marginal” (lowest) risk category for severe weather on Friday.  This means that isolated thunderstorms may become strong to even severe on Friday especially Friday evening.  The remainder of the weekend showers and thunderstorms will be likely with potentially heavy rain at times.  Although ground conditions are very dry, there is a small risk of flooding issues should conditions produce excessive rainfall in isolated areas.  In general, 1” to 2” of rain can be expected from Friday through Sunday.  Some areas west of Wood County may see more rainfall.

Going to be a scorcher

Brad Gilbert, Wood County EMA director, has issued the following advisory: Information just in from the National Weather Service shows a heat advisory will be in place for Wood County from noon until 10 p.m. on Saturday.  The heat index (air temperature + humidity) will be 100-104 degrees on Saturday.  Portions of Northwest Ohio, including Wood County, could have heat index values higher than 105 degrees which would trigger an Excessive Heat Warning on Saturday.  People should limit outside activities or at least be very cautious with extra breaks and plenty of water.  People are asked to check on family, friends and neighbors who may be vulnerable to these excessive heat conditions.  Intense heat and humidity will continue on Sunday; however, the core of the most intense heat will shift toward Northeast Ohio on Sunday.  Thunderstorms are possible late Sunday and into Monday as a very weak cold front passes.  Widespread severe weather is not expected at this time, but the chance of an isolated stronger storm with this heat cannot be ruled out. The Wood County Senior Center on Main Street in Bowling Green will have extended hours today and on Saturday for a cooling center if needed.

As remnants of Alberto move in keep an eye on weather

Brad Gilbert, Wood County EMA director has issued the following advisory: The remnants of sub-tropical storm Alberto will move into Indiana today and impact Ohio.  Periods of heavy rain will be possible late this afternoon into the overnight hours.  Rain chances will continue on Thursday.  Total rainfall through Friday morning will be 0.50” to 1.5” of rain in isolated areas.  The SPC also has NW Ohio in the “Marginal” risk category for severe weather late this afternoon and evening.  This storm system will allow for some rotation in the atmosphere that could cause an isolated brief tornado as well as damaging straight-line winds.  Please monitor weather conditions today and into this evening.