Severe Storms Possible This Evening: Local Details

7/20/2022 10:00 AM EDT

This is just a quick post to get you aware of what we might expect later this evening here in the Valley.

  • Sunny, hot, and humid conditions will set up during the daytime hours. Temperatures locally this afternoon will hover around the 90° mark in most locations. With dewpoints in the low-70s, it will feel very uncomfortable outdoors. Heat indices will approach the mid-90s.
  • A weak cold front approaches eastern Ohio early this evening. A line of showers and thunderstorms will develop ahead of the front and travel southeast into east-central Ohio this evening. With a warm, humid, and unstable atmosphere in place, thunderstorms will have plenty of fuel to tap into. Some storms could be severe.
The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center has most of Ohio highlighted for a Slight Risk (Level 2 on a scale of 1-5) for severe thunderstorms later today and this evening.
  • Strong wind gusts are the primary threat. However, the strongest cells will also be capable of producing hail and heavy rainfall. There is also a small threat (2% probability) of an isolated tornado. Small but not zero.
  • NOTE that the line of storms is not expected to approach our area until after sunset this evening.
  • Storms will hit quickly and exit quickly. This morning’s model guidance suggests the best time for strong storms in the New Philadelphia area is between 9:00 PM and 11:00 PM this evening.
  • This is not much of a cold front and it will have little impact on our hot and humid weather pattern for the remainder of the week.

Futurecast radar for today through 8:00 AM Thursday:

Pay particular attention that the line of storms will move through our area when it’s dark. Have a reliable way to get warnings other than outdoor tornado sirens.



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