Thursday Evening Weather Update:
What a beautiful way to end a summer day in Cleveland from the Channel 3 CSU Cam. Watch live anytime: CSU CAM
Skies are mostly cloudy northern Ohio this afternoon as a cold front is draped through the center of the state where a band of showers and thunderstorms run from north of Dayton to just south of Youngstown.
With the front passing, much cooler air will begin to work in this evening. This will be some of the coolest temperatures we've seen in quite a while.
A large area of high pressure will build south into the Great Lakes region Friday through the weekend. The high will shift east into New England on Monday. A cold front will move east through the region on Tuesday.
Here's your short term from the Channel 3 Weather team...
TODAY | Considerable cloudiness with a few showers and storms. Turning drier late. | Low to mid 70s
FRIDAY | Becoming mostly sunny and noticeably less humid. | Mid 70s
Ohio Drought Monitor:
On the latest Ohio drought monitor issued for today for data on August 20, 2019, a large area of unusually dry weather exists over southwest Ohio. This area has expanded from 5% to 13% of Ohio.
Also, two small pockets exist in a few southern Ohio counties.
The good news is 87% of Ohio has yet to see any drought conditions this summer.
Your Weather Questions:
Question 1: What causes lightning?
Lightning is produced in thunderstorms when rain drops and ice particles above the freezing level in the atmosphere collide. This collusion then builds up large electrical fields in the clouds. At some point, a giant "spark" occurs and the charge is released in the form of the lightning you see.
There are different kinds of lightning sparks including in between clouds, between the cloud and air or between the cloud and ground.
Question 2: What is a cold front?
A cold front is one three types of fronts we have to deal with with. The others are warm front and stationary front.
When a cold front approaches it means the air is colder behind the front than at your current location. The cold air then begins to push under the warm air and showers and thunderstorms form.
Cold fronts are always associated with low pressure centers and can often be proceeded by a warm front that does the exact opposite.
Question 3: Which has higher winds: tornadoes or hurricanes?
Tornadoes. Hurricanes can have high winds over a larger area, but tornadoes are tightly wound areas of low pressure and can be two or three times as strong as hurricanes.
Thanks for your questions. Please don't forget to send us yours!