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June 3-4, 2008
Event #2 -- Tuesday Evening


The second severe event in the series was certainly atypical for the Ohio Valley. The warm frontal boundary which stretched across the area acted as a source of convergence, and thunderstorms rapidly developed in the unstable air mass just after 6:30 PM. Many of the storms became legitimate, well-organized supercells -- resembling the intense storms more often seen in the plains. The storms themselves moved east-southeast, as the line slowly drifted northward. Many of the storms exhibited signs of rotation, and the NWS in Wilmington received literally dozens of funnel cloud reports over the course of the evening. A few reports of large hail were also received.

In the end, only two weak tornadoes were confirmed, despite radar imagery which may have suggested a more significant outbreak. It appears that the wake of the severe event earlier in the afternoon left a very shallow layer of stable air near the surface. This likely contributed to the inability of the funnel clouds to reach the ground. It also contributed to the fact that virtually no wind damage was reported from these storms.

At around 9:00 PM, one supercell thunderstorm moved just a few miles north of the Wilmington NWS office. Through flashes of lightning, a ragged wall cloud was visible.

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At 9:06 PM, reflectivity data (left) indicated a classic-looking supercell thunderstorm over northwestern Butler County, Ohio. The hook echo in the far corner of the county is one indication of the storm's organization. Storm relative motion data (right) indicated inbound winds (green) and outbound winds (red) in close proximity. This couplet is a tell-tale sign of a strong circulation in the lower levels of the atmosphere. At around this time, a tornado touched down near Oxford.




Although the proximity to the radar makes it difficult to see, this frame from around 12:25 AM shows a smaller supercell thunderstorm over Clinton County. The reflectivity data (left) does indicate somewhat of a hook echo here as well. The circulation in the storm relative motion data (right) is much easier to see. A weak tornado touched down near Martinsville at around this time.



Preliminary Local Storm Report
..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
            ..REMARKS..

0905 PM     TORNADO          3 SW OXFORD             39.47N 84.79W 
06/03/2008                   BUTLER             OH   NWS STORM SURVEY

            A FEW BARNS AND HOMES SUSTAINED ROOF AND SIDING DAMAGE. 
            TREES WERE ALSO DAMAGED IN THE AREA. THE TORNADO WAS 
            RATED AN EF0 ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE...WITH WIND 
            SPEEDS ESTIMATED AT AROUND 75 MPH.

0910 PM     FLASH FLOOD      4 N WILMINGTON          39.50N 83.83W 
06/03/2008                   CLINTON            OH   AMATEUR RADIO   

            WATER OVER GURNEYVILLE ROAD.

0927 PM     FLASH FLOOD      6 SE XENIA              39.62N 83.86W 
06/03/2008                   GREENE             OH   AMATEUR RADIO   

            ONE CAR ACCIDENT ON FLOODED ROADWAY. VEHICLE OVERTURNED 
            ON ROUTE 68 NEAR MIDDLETON CORNER.

0927 PM     FLASH FLOOD      SPRING VALLEY           39.61N 84.01W 
06/03/2008                   GREENE             OH   AMATEUR RADIO   

            SEVERAL ROADS FLOODED

0815 PM     FUNNEL CLOUD     SPRINGBORO              39.56N 84.24W 
06/03/2008                   WARREN             OH   TRAINED SPOTTER 

0849 PM     HAIL             LIBERTY                 39.63N 84.93W 
06/03/2008  E1.00 INCH       UNION              IN   PUBLIC          

0853 PM     HAIL             CAMBRIDGE CITY          39.81N 85.17W 
06/03/2008  E1.00 INCH       WAYNE              IN   TRAINED SPOTTER 

0854 PM     TORNADO          COTTAGE GROVE           39.60N 84.86W 
06/03/2008                   UNION              IN   PUBLIC          

            REPORT OF A TOUCHDOWN NEAR ROUTE 27. STORM WAS MOVING 
            TOWARDS COLLEGE CORNER AND OXFORD.

0906 PM     HAIL             OXFORD                  39.51N 84.75W 
06/03/2008  E0.75 INCH       BUTLER             OH   PUBLIC          

0910 PM     FLOOD            1 N WILMINGTON          39.08N 84.95W 
06/03/2008                   DEARBORN           IN   TRAINED SPOTTER 

            WATER OVER ROAD

0925 PM     HAIL             XENIA                   39.69N 83.94W 
06/03/2008  E0.75 INCH       GREENE             OH   TRAINED SPOTTER 

0927 PM     TSTM WND DMG     SPRING VALLEY           39.61N 84.01W 
06/03/2008                   GREENE             OH   TRAINED SPOTTER 

            TREE DOWN

0930 PM     TSTM WND DMG     OAKLAND                 39.48N 83.91W 
06/03/2008                   CLINTON            OH   TRAINED SPOTTER 

            POWER OUTAGE

0937 PM     FUNNEL CLOUD     EATON                   39.75N 84.63W 
06/03/2008                   PREBLE             OH   TRAINED SPOTTER 

1000 PM     HEAVY RAIN       10 NW WILMINGTON        39.55N 83.96W 
06/03/2008  M4.10 INCH       CLINTON            OH   TRAINED SPOTTER 

            SINCE THIS MORNING.

1010 PM     FLOOD            CAMDEN                  39.64N 84.65W 
06/03/2008                   PREBLE             OH   LAW ENFORCEMENT 

            SEVERAL ROADS ACROSS PREBLE COUNTY WERE FLOODED.

1010 PM     FLOOD            XENIA                   39.69N 83.94W 
06/03/2008                   GREENE             OH   LAW ENFORCEMENT 

            SEVERAL STREETS WERE FLOODED IN XENIA.

1010 PM     TSTM WND DMG     4 ESE XENIA             39.66N 83.87W 
06/03/2008                   GREENE             OH   LAW ENFORCEMENT 

            A NUMBER OF TREES WERE BLOWN DOWN ACROSS THE COUNTY.

1024 PM     HEAVY RAIN       CENTERVILLE             39.64N 84.14W 
06/03/2008  M2.24 INCH       MONTGOMERY         OH   TRAINED SPOTTER 

            MEASURED SINCE 6 PM.

1035 PM     HEAVY RAIN       3 N WILMINGTON          39.49N 83.83W 
06/03/2008  M2.41 INCH       CLINTON            OH   TRAINED SPOTTER 

1041 PM     FLOOD            3 SW EATON              39.72N 84.67W 
06/03/2008                   PREBLE             OH   TRAINED SPOTTER 

            FLOODING IN THE LAKEGREN COMMUNITY. TWO HOUSES FLOODED 
            WITH EVACUATIONS OF THE RESIDENTS.

1045 PM     FLOOD            RICHMOND                39.83N 84.89W 
06/03/2008                   WAYNE              IN   LAW ENFORCEMENT 

            US ROUTE 27 CLOSED DUE TO FLOODING NEAR RICHMOND.

1045 PM     FLOOD            2 WSW CAMDEN            39.63N 84.68W 
06/03/2008                   PREBLE             OH   LAW ENFORCEMENT 

            MORNING SUN ROAD IS CLOSED DUE TO HIGH WATER. OTHER 
            FLOODING ISSUES REPORTED COUNTYWIDE THROUGHOUT PREBLE 
            COUNTY.

1045 PM     FLOOD            BOSTON                  39.74N 84.85W 
06/03/2008                   WAYNE              IN   LAW ENFORCEMENT 

            OLD ROUTE 122 FLOODED AND CLOSED IN BOSTON.

1228 AM     TORNADO          MARTINSVILLE            39.32N 83.81W 
06/04/2008                   CLINTON            OH   NWS STORM SURVEY

            A BARN AND SHED WERE DAMAGED...WITH NUMEROUS TREES 
            DAMAGED IN THE AREA AS WELL. THE TORNADO HAS BEEN RATED 
            AN EF0 ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE...WITH WIND SPEEDS 
            ESTIMATED AT AROUND 65 MPH.

0247 AM     HAIL             5 E ARCANUM             39.99N 84.46W 
06/04/2008  E0.88 INCH       DARKE              OH   TRAINED SPOTTER 

0255 AM     HAIL             WEST MILTON             39.95N 84.33W 
06/04/2008  E0.88 INCH       MIAMI              OH   TRAINED SPOTTER 

0258 AM     HAIL             TROY                    40.04N 84.22W 
06/04/2008  E1.00 INCH       MIAMI              OH   PUBLIC          

0317 AM     HAIL             NEW CARLISLE            39.94N 84.03W 
06/04/2008  E0.88 INCH       CLARK              OH   PUBLIC          

0327 AM     TSTM WND DMG     1 W TREMONT CITY        40.01N 83.86W 
06/04/2008                   CLARK              OH   LAW ENFORCEMENT 

            TREES DOWN.

0335 AM     HAIL             2 W SPRINGFIELD         39.93N 83.83W 
06/04/2008  E0.88 INCH       CLARK              OH   LAW ENFORCEMENT 

0533 AM     FLOOD            4 WNW FOUNTAIN CITY     39.98N 84.99W 
06/04/2008                   WAYNE              IN   LAW ENFORCEMENT 

            CENTERVILLE ROAD NORTH OF WILLIAMSBURG IS CLOSED DUE TO 
            HIGH WATER.

0535 AM     FLOOD            GREENVILLE              40.10N 84.62W 
06/04/2008                   DARKE              OH   LAW ENFORCEMENT 

            HIGH WATER ACROSS NUMEROUS ROADS COUNTYWIDE.

0537 AM     FLOOD            TIPP CITY               39.96N 84.18W 
06/04/2008                   MIAMI              OH   LAW ENFORCEMENT 

            INTERSTATE 75 HAS TWO LANES CLOSED IN EACH DIRECTION DUE 
            TO HIGH WATER NEAR TIPP CITY. GENERAL HIGH WATER CONCERNS
            THROUGHOUT MIAMI COUNTY.

0541 AM     FLOOD            MIAMISBURG              39.64N 84.27W 
06/04/2008                   MONTGOMERY         OH   LAW ENFORCEMENT 

            HIGH WATER SIGNS HAVE BEEN POSTED WITH WATER OVER 
            ROADWAYS IN SOME LOCATIONS ACROSS MONTGOMERY COUNTY. 
            REPORTS OF BASEMENT FLOODING IN MIAMISBURG.

0543 AM     FLOOD            3 S SPRINGFIELD         39.88N 83.80W 
06/04/2008                   CLARK              OH   LAW ENFORCEMENT 

            SIGNIFICANT FLOODING REPORTED IN THE RA-MAR ESTATES 
            SUBDIVISION.

0543 AM     FLOOD            5 NNE NEW CARLISLE      40.01N 83.99W 
06/04/2008                   CLARK              OH   LAW ENFORCEMENT 

            STATE ROUTE 235 IS CLOSED DUE TO HIGH WATER JUST NORTH OF
            STATE ROUTE 41.

0543 AM     FLOOD            3 SW SPRINGFIELD        39.90N 83.84W 
06/04/2008                   CLARK              OH   LAW ENFORCEMENT 

            DAYTON ROAD BETWEEN SPRINGFIELD AND ENON IS CLOSED DUE TO
            HIGH WATER.

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