Tornado Watches: Crying Wolf?

Not every severe weather watch pays off... or does it?

Humid conditions and high temperature frequently spell severe weather in the mid-West, and this week was no different.

Except, the strong storms that were possible, never arrived in the MOV.

On Wednesday, a Tornado Watch was posted for all the WTAP viewing area.  WTAP was on top of the alert, sharing it on air, crawling it every half hour, passing the word on our web-channel, sending out a text alert, etc.  Even when the watch was downgraded to a severe Thunderstorm Watch, we passed the word overnight.

But a look at the radar through the evening showed that the storms were blossoming north of the watch area, in eastern Ohio. At least one tornado warning was issued for Carrol County simultaneously with the watch for our area.

Though we maintained a close watch on the skies, no severe storms erupted in the WTAP viewing area.

So, was that good or bad?  

Some people would say that it was bad, because storms didn't arrive after the public was told to keep watch. Did we cry "Wolf?"

Others say it was GOOD that severe weather bi-passed us. (I tend to lean this way: I don't ever want a tornado here. Ever.)

As much as we'd like to present the face of a predictable, understandable atmospheric science, there are some times when Mother Nature doesn't behave as expected.

On Wednesday evening, the storms pounded those counties just north of us...and the later the hour grew, the closer thunderstorms strayed.  Finally, a few clipped Monroe and Washington counties, but they were mild.

So, should we be upset that we didn't get severe, damaging storms though conditions were favorable? I vote no.

We'll get another chance at them all too soon.



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