Abstract: "Severe Storms" encompasses thunderstorms, lightning, tornadoes, and flash floods. This presentation is designed for the weather beginner. It will examine the ingredients needed for severe storm formation; the most common time of year for severe storms in Ohio; severe weather safety tips; and a slide show on thunderstorms and tornadoes to explore their many different sizes and forms. Tornado damage photos from Ohio will also be analyzed to show the different intensities of tornadoes. Hail formation will be discussed along with how lightning forms and scenarios that lead to flash flooding. The latest Doppler Radar technology for detecting severe storms will also be examined.
Bio: Eric Wertz served as Vice President of the Northeast Ohio Chapter of the American Meteorological Society from 1994 to 2004 and President from 2004 to 2006. He currently is active in outreach projects for the local AMS chapter including judging meteorology projects at State Science Day at Ohio State University and developing meteorology tests used at regional Science Olympiads at Case Western Reserve University and The University of Akron. Eric has run his own weather station from home since 1978 and keeps daily weather records. He reports monthly weather data from Kent, Ohio to the Ohio Weather Journal.
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