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Tornado siren

Just went off in the Toledo/Maumee area. Nothing on local channels. Anyone know anything?

created by renegade on Aug 11, 2014 at 03:37:21 pm     Comments: 15

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Nope. Even NOAA doesn't have anything. Just heard it downtown.

posted by Anniecski on Aug 11, 2014 at 03:38:55 pm     #  

Heard it in West Toledo. Nothing came across on my email or phone for the auto-generated county messages.

posted by historymike on Aug 11, 2014 at 03:40:26 pm     #  

Local stations are now reporting the outdoor sirens have indeed sounded, but there are no warnings officially. The sirens were sounded to alert the pubic what was considered something dangerous coming into the area after law enforcement identified a possible funnel cloud. Sylvania Twp police apparently reported it.

posted by renegade on Aug 11, 2014 at 03:42:13 pm     #   1 person liked this

Now they are saying law enforcement in Whitehouse saw a funnel cloud, which is why the sirens were sounded. Local stations are saying a thunderstorm is now moving toward West Toledo and Ottawa Hills. Despite nothing from the National Weather Service, local news stations are asking people to be cautious about thunderstorm, possibly becoming severe.

posted by renegade on Aug 11, 2014 at 03:48:20 pm     #   1 person liked this

Weird - this cell was not even showing up on radar. It almost instantaneously formed right over Lucas County; look how it mushroomed in a little less than 30 minutes:

Storm 8-11

posted by historymike on Aug 11, 2014 at 03:52:31 pm     #  

You're telling me a real life Deputy Dips**t is responsible for this?

posted by TrilbyGuy on Aug 11, 2014 at 03:56:47 pm     #  

Sheriffnado. ;)

posted by JustaSooner on Aug 11, 2014 at 03:57:14 pm     #   2 people liked this

Strange. Didn't hear siren in Monclova. Received text from Lucas County a full 15 minutes after this thread was posted.

posted by wahhutch9 on Aug 11, 2014 at 03:57:47 pm     #  

Yeppers - sirens at 4:34 pm, text did not arrive on my phone until 4:54 pm. Thanks for the high-tech, real-time, integrated warning system, Lucas County. <sarcasm alert>

posted by historymike on Aug 11, 2014 at 04:01:35 pm     #   1 person liked this

must have been one of those assault clouds, the ones that look scary but are no more dangerous than regular clouds.

posted by jhop on Aug 11, 2014 at 04:25:40 pm     #  

It was a maumee bay algae warning.

posted by a_fan on Aug 11, 2014 at 04:40:20 pm     #  

a_fan posted at 05:40:20 PM on Aug 11, 2014:

It was a maumee bay algae warning.

Maybe that will occur later this month. With 4 to 7 inches of rain falling over the area today, a lot of run-off will flow into our watershed. That might fire up the green wave, no offense to Tulane University. Their logo could be adapted to Toledo, since we share the same letter.

Recent Blade photo of Lake Erie:

Tulane U. logo:

If this afternoon's cloud showed distinct rotation, then I can understand sounding the sirens.

But the National Weather Service never sounded the alarm, so maybe they were not convinced based upon what they saw or didn't see on Doppler radar, or the NWS never got the report.

Since law enforcement reported the funnel cloud, I assume that they notified the NWS. And law enforcement should know the difference between a funnel-shaped cloud and a cloud that's showing rotation.

The sheriff's department does not have to wait for a tornado warning to be issued by the NWS in order to sound the sirens. Sheriffs can make that decision on their own.

posted by jr on Aug 11, 2014 at 05:21:04 pm     #  

Is Lucas County still on an old singular system or are different parts of the county/cities segmented out?

posted by JustaSooner on Aug 11, 2014 at 06:52:58 pm     #  

Jr....problem I have is I rarely see a patrol Sherriff in the NWA Skywarn Spotter meetings. I did not see the cloud myself and I still can't find any reports of a trained spotter reports that it was an actual funnel cloud. My question - why are we still allowing someone who isn't trained to sound the alarm? I have seen a couple of wall clouds this year and some had slight rotation but within a couple of minutes they were gone...

posted by avinsurer on Aug 12, 2014 at 08:56:56 am     #  

LE used to be the ones who reported funnel clouds because they are on the road 24-7. Then more sophisticated technology was able to warn the public about threatening weather. I don't mind LE reporting possible funnel clouds. Despite the improved technology, there are times when the local networks will report a severe thunderstorm warning for my county after the storm has already gone through. These things can develop suddenly, without showing up on radar right away.

posted by renegade on Aug 12, 2014 at 04:33:05 pm     #