Wood County Emergency Management Agency

Storm headed this way tonight & into Tuesday

Brad Gilbert, Emergency Management Agency director for Wood County, has issued the following advisory: A strong storm system moving into the lower Great Lakes late tonight and Tuesday will bring windy conditions overnight and into the day on Tuesday.  The latest forecast models indicate a little better news than what we expected a few days ago.  Although a thunderstorm cannot be ruled out especially overnight tonight, the widespread severe weather threat will stay well south and southeast of NW Ohio.  Rain (with some isolated thunderstorms) will move into the area late tonight and it could be heavy at times overnight, but there are indications that the steady rain will move east of the area by the mid-morning hours with just widely scattered showers possible into the mid-afternoon.  Winds will increase and be sustained at 20-30 mph with gusts as high as 40 mph.  Winds should subside slowly (but still breezy) towards Tuesday evening and Tuesday night. Get ready for some winter-like temperatures this upcoming weekend.  Time to bring in the garden hoses and those type of things that are susceptible to freezing!    


Hold tight to those signs, high winds predicted for Election Day

Brad Gilbert, Emergency Management Agency director for Wood County, has issued the following advisory: A very strong storm system will move across the Great Lakes this Tuesday and Tuesday night.  The storm system alone will bring prolonged times of very gusty winds ahead of and behind a cold front.  In addition, ingredients may be possible for strong to even severe thunderstorms to develop ahead of this strong cold front as it will warm (into the 60s) on Tuesday.  Although it is early for details yet, I just wanted  you to be aware of the potential for wind and possibly strong storm issues on Tuesday.  We will be monitoring the situation and we will provide an update on Monday. *** Remember to move your clocks back one hour early Sunday morning (or late Saturday night) for the end of Daylight Savings Time!


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.


Plan to be outdoors this weekend? Check the weather

Brad Gilbert, Emergency Management Agency director for Wood County, has issued the following advisory: An unsettled and warming weather pattern will continue across the area from this weekend into at least the first half of next week.  A quick shot of cooler air on Friday will transition via rain showers (low chance of lightning) Friday evening to warming conditions for the weekend.  Warmer air will cause instability which will trigger showers and thunderstorms on and off throughout the weekend.  Additional atmospheric conditions late Saturday afternoon into Saturday evening will allow some thunderstorms to become strong to even severe at times across the lower Great Lakes.  The SPC has extreme NW Ohio in the “Marginal” risk category for severe weather later on Saturday.  Please plan on monitoring weather conditions this weekend especially if you have outdoor plans.


Nationwide test of Wireless Emergency Alerts today

Brad Gilbert, Emergency Management Agency director for Wood County, has issued the following advisory: Be advised that FEMA and the FCC will be conducting a first-ever nationwide test of the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) and the Emergency Alert System (EAS) today at 2:18 p.m (for WEA) and 2:20 p.m. (for EAS).  Cell phones with WEA capability (including provider capability) and radio/television that are part of the EAS system will send a TEST alert at the designated times.  No action is required for these tests.


Thunderstorms forecast for later today

Brad Gilbert, Emergency Management Agency director for Wood County, has issued the following advisory: A break will develop late this morning and early afternoon from existing showers and thunderstorms.  Thunderstorms will redevelop later this afternoon and especially this evening.  Dynamics in the atmosphere today over NW Ohio will support the development of stronger to some severe thunderstsorms.  It has been awhile since we have been in the direct target of strong/severe storm potential development.  The SPC has NW Ohio in the “Slight” risk for severe weather today.  Primary threats are damaging straight-line winds, large hail, and a chance of an isolated tornado as wind sheer will allow for some rotation in the atmosphere.  Stronger storm potential will be this evening to possibly into the very early hours of Wednesday.   Please monitor weather conditions and local media/weather radios for the latest weather information and possible watches and/or warnings this evening.


Slight risk overnight Tuesday for severe weather

Brad Gilbert, Emergency Management Agency director for Wood County, has issued the following advisory: A storm system moving through the Great Lakes on Tuesday and early Wednesday will bring showers and thunderstorms.  Some of the thunderstorms could be strong to severe with damaging straight-line winds, hail, and an isolated tornado.  The Storm Prediction Center has NW Ohio in the “Slight” risk category for severe weather on Tuesday going into very early Wednesday morning.  We have seen numerous times this severe weather season how thunderstorms develop and intensify either to our west or our east; however on Tuesday, NW Ohio will be in the center of the “Slight” risk category giving us a better chance of seeing strong or severe thunderstorms.  A secondary threat from this storm system could be very heavy rainfall that could cause localized flooding issues.  Although showers and thunderstorms will be possible at any time in the afternoon and evening, forecast models indicate stronger energy in the atmosphere in the evening hours on Tuesday which could lead to stronger or even severe thunderstorms.   Please monitor weather conditions Tuesday afternoon and evening.  EMA will try to provide an update email Tuesday morning.


Friday forecast now has storms gone by kickoff

Brad Gilbert, Emergency Management Agency director for Wood County, has issued the following advisory: A couple of items have slightly changed in the forecast models for Friday since yesterday’s email.  Timing of the thunderstorms now indicate a 3-6 p.m. time frame for moving through NW Ohio.  Forecast models are still fairly consistent that severe weather and lightning producing storms will be well east of Wood County by Friday night football kick-off times.  Also, changed in the last 2 hours is the SPC’s update that shows the “Slight” risk category has been shifted slightly west to include Wood County in the next highest risk category.  With a “Slight” risk, there is a chance of an isolated tornado as well as damaging straight-line winds as primary threats.  Winds outside of thunderstorms throughout the day on Friday will be very breezy/gusty.  Some non-thunderstorm wind gusts could be 35-40 mph at times.  Once the storms have passed, there will be a notable drop in temperature through Friday evening.  Please monitor weather conditions closely Friday afternoon until this strong cold front has passed through the area. For our local schools… As stated, Friday night football games should be threat-free from severe weather and lightning; however, with the thunderstorms arriving later in the afternoon, there will be a chance of stronger weather around class dismissal times.  Although forecast models are leaning towards a line of thunderstorms moving through Wood County in the 4:30-5:30pm time frame, conditions will be favorable for scattered/isolated thunderstorms ahead of this line that could also become strong or severe, so please monitor weather conditions closely as dismissal times arrive on Friday. Much cooler weather but mostly sunny skies for the weekend!


Colliding fronts may bring severe weather on Friday

Brad Gilbert, Emergency Management Agency director for Wood County, has issued the following advisory: A strong cold front will move across Northern Ohio on Friday bringing showers and thunderstorms.  Because of the strength of the cold front and the warm/moist air that will be in place over Northern Ohio, thunderstorms may become severe.  The Storm Prediction Center has NW Ohio in the “Marginal” risk category for severe weather while area east and south of Wood County will be in the “Slight” risk category.  Damaging straight line winds and hail will be the primary threats along with heavy downpours of rain.  Timing of thunderstorm develop on Friday as of today incidates thunderstorms will likely develop and begin to strengthen over NW Ohio in the early-mid afternoon before moving east/south as more mature/stronger thunderstorms.  Much cooler air will move into the area Friday night and into the weekend as Fall officially begins at 9:54 p.m. Saturday night. As many on this email list are school officials with football games on Friday night, the timing at this point indicates thunderstorms will likely be out of the area by kick-off times.  Some lingering showers may still be in the area; however, the lightning and severe weather threat should be well east and south of Wood County by football time.  EMA will monitor forecasted conditions and provide an update Friday morning especially if timing changes and may impact football games Friday night.  


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.


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.


Shifting warm front increases chance of severe weather today

Brad Gilbert, Wood County EMA director has issued the following advisory: Forecast models are now indicating that a warm front will likely make it as far north as Central Wood County this afternoon, May 21,  (originally forecasted to move no further north than Findlay this morning).  As a result, the Storm Prediction Center has now included most of Wood County in the “Slight” risk category for severe weather this afternoon and evening.  Damaging straight-line winds, hail, and heavy rainfall will be the primary threats; however, near and just south of the warm front will have the potential to develop some rotation and an isolated tornado. At this hour, showers and some thunderstorms are developing across Indiana.  With the heating of the afternoon (and the more northerly position of the warm front), the atmosphere will destabilize and allow more thunderstorms to develop especially after 3:00 p.m. and into the evening hours.  Please monitor weather conditions closely this afternoon and evening.


Isolated chance of strong thunderstorms Thursday

Brad Gilbert, Wood County EMA director has issued the following advisory: Scattered showers and thunderstorms will become possible this evening and then become likely overnight tonight into the morning hours of Thursday.  If thunderstorms develop overnight tonight, widespread severe weather is not likely but there is an isolated chance of a stronger thunderstorm cell to move through the area.  Thunderstorms Thursday morning may become strong to some isolated severe cells.  The SPC has Wood County in the “Marginal” risk category  for Thursday.  An area of drier air may move into the area Thursday afternoon before more showers and thunderstorms move back into the area Thursday evening into early Friday morning.