Wednesday Afternoon Weather Update:
Skies are mostly cloudy across the Cleveland area this afternoon. A cold front continues to move across the eastern part of the state, bringing more showers and thunderstorms to parts of our viewing area. A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Columbiana County until 5 p.m.
High pressure will begin building in tonight and will remain nearly stationary over the Great Lakes region through the weekend providing a beautiful weather setup for northern Ohio.
Temperatures will be lower to mid 80s with plenty of sunshine. Just remember, you sunscreen if you plan on being outdoors as UV indices will be on the high side.
Beach Hazards Statements Expiration:
Rising water levels along the Lake Erie shoreline will ease off this evening as any minor flooding should come to an end, especially over our western lakeshore communities.
A Beach Hazards statement was issued by the National Weather Service earlier in the day and expired at 4 p.m. Swimmers were asked to be alert for changing conditions that could make swimming or boating activities hazardous.
We have been getting multiple reports of funnel clouds across our southern counties this afternoon.
As we discussed in an earlier blog post, funnel clouds that form over Lake Erie are called waterspouts. But what if they form over land? They are called landspouts.
Landspouts share a very strong resemblance and development to waterspouts meteorologically. According to the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA, "A landspout is a tornado with a narrow, rope-like condensation funnel that forms while the thunderstorm cloud is still growing and there is no rotating updraft - the spinning motion originates near the ground."
Think of it begin like a dust devil that spins near the ground, then moves upward instead of downward.
This is what you are seeing across our southern viewing area this afternoon. Viewer David Becker tweeted out this photo from Stark County.
Please tag us with #3weather in your photos if you captured this landspout on camera or any others that form this afternoon. Remember: your safety first!
90 degree Days:
Does it seem like the northern Ohio is seeing more days each summer over 90 degrees? So far for 2019, 12 days have been over 90 degrees, including 10 in July alone.
Last year, Cleveland saw 22 days of searing heat above 90 degrees and in 2016, the number of days jumped to 29 days.
The most ever recorded in a single summer year since 1938 occurred in both 1952 and 1955 when 37 days saw a high temperature over 90 degrees in a single year.
Over the past 10 years, the average has been about 16.7 days per year, versus 11.6 days per year from the period of 1980 to 2018.
Despite being in the height of summer, we want to prepare you for what's ahead. So we asked our AccuWeather partners and expert long-range forecaster Paul Pastelok to break down the Fall outlook across the country and why the summer clothes may need to stay out a little longer.
Hint: This is good news!