Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Supercell in Darke County

This email and photo were received from Darke Journal reader TH ...

"My son and I chased the storms this afternoon, We went west to Lynn and caught a wall cloud that dissipated and reformed several times, it also had a great greenish color at times. We followed it back into Ohio and caught another one just NW of Greenville (below), it was a huge rotating wall cloud with a lowered rear base, it did everything except produce a funnel, the pics are of that supercell. The set up was high humidity and then a frontal boundary that provided the lift, then we got winds from the west and south west at different levels that provided the spin."


  1. Just curious, does anyone know why the tornado sirens did not go off in Greenville last night? I would think that if 3 wall clouds were spotted with rotation and the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning that Greenville would be smart enough to turn the sirens on. What does it take to turn them on, an actual tornado touching the ground (when it's too late)?

  2. Yea. I agree! There was a nice sized wall cloud near the water treatment plant on 502 (see pic on this website) and it was near where I lived! My parents live in town and can hear the sirens whereas I am too far away. So, they would end up calling me. Heck, my brother who lives in Sidney called me to warn me about hearing possible funnel clouds around 502! Now, what does that say!? So, yea, I would hope that if the NWS issued the warning for our county, I would have hoped that the sirens would have gone off. At least to get people to watch the weather if they haven't been outside. Great question from the comment above. So, now, what's the city's response to that???

  3. The NWS is the only agency that can issue those warnings.
    Neither Greenville nor Ansonia sounded their sirens for some reason.
    I don't think the cities need a NWS warning to sound the sirens however.

  4. Get a life!!!!! Find a hobby for you and your son where you are not putting him into danger.

  5. OK, got any suggestions? And BTW he loves to chase and wants togo to the Plains next spring chasing.


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