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June 5, 2010

Tornado Touchdown:
Wood & Ottawa Counties

EF4 Damage

Wood & Ottawa
East of Perrysburg
Begin Time:
11:20 PM EDT
End Time:

11:30 PM EDT

EF Scale
Wind Speed
170-175 MPH
Max. Path Width:
300-400 yards
Path Length
8-10 Miles

A team of National Weather Service Meteorologists performed an extensive survey of the tornado path in northeast Wood and western Ottawa counties. It was determined that a tornado with an intensity of EF4 with winds of approximately 170-175 MPH moved through the area.

The tornado first touched down near I-80 and Oregon Rd. (east of Perrysburg) at 11:20 PM EDT, moved across the south side of Moline, near Metcalf Airport, across the northwest side of Millbury, into Ottawa county following Trowbridge Rd., and finally lifting at 11:35 PM EDT just west of Clay Center.

The map below shows the path of the tornado. Click on the map to open an interactive page that will allow you to view a description and survey pictures at each of the place markers.

tornado damage



Survey Pictures
The following is a radar loop from the tornadic storm. Click on the image for a larger version.
radar image
Click on the image below to see individual radar images. The images are from 1053 PM EDT to 1130 PM EDT. There is base reflectivity and storm relative velocity (SRM).

Weather Synopsis

The morning of Saturday June 5th began with a stationary boundary located across the southern great lakes. Additional outflow boundaries from early morning convection and the lake breeze were also located across northern Ohio. These various boundaries contributed to the afternoon spin up of tornadoes across the Central Highlands into eastern Ohio.

As low pressure moved eastward along the stationary boundary Saturday evening it strengthened significantly as it moved onto Lake Erie. Moist and unstable air south of the stationary boundary and ahead of an advancing cold front set the stage for supercell thunderstorms to develop across northwest Ohio before midnight. As the cold front moved overhead it brought a second round of strong to severe thunderstorms after midnight.

synoptic setup

Additional information will be added to this page in the coming days.



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