TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - After a calm winter, the last thing Northwest Ohio residents thought they would see is a calm spring.
So, where it the severe weather? The WTOL 11 Meteorologists have the answer.
When many think of spring, they think of powerful thunderstorms. And often times the most violent weather comes in April and May. But not this year.
In part, persistent east winds have spared our area of any serious severe weather, at least for now.
In fact, the worst of the weather, including flooding and hundreds of tornado reports, has pummeled the deep south and tornado alley.
However, this is no reason to be lulled to sleep during the severe weather season.
April and May are not the months when tornadoes are most likely here in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. That month is June, and no one knows that better than Meteorologist Chris Vickers.
In his time spent at WTOL 11, the worst tornado outbreak happened in June of 2010. On that night seven states reported tornadoes, including at least half a dozen here in our area. The worst storm of them all was the EF4 that hit the Millbury area. WTOL 11 gave advanced warnings that night and will be ready again this year.
And June 2010 is just one example of what makes June the leading month for tornadoes. Meteorologist Ryan Wichman takes a look at the statistics.
The meteorologists in the First Alert Weather center believe history can be a good tool to predict the future. In fact, a startling fact WTOL 11 found is that when you plot every single tornado in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan all the way back since 1950, you can tell there is no part of our area that can be complete spared of the potential severe weather.
But, when you take away every other month except June, you'll see just how active of a month it can be. In fact, in over one in five tornadoes 22 percent of them have occurred during the month of June, which is what WTOL 11 meteorologists mean when they say our area is heading into one of the most active parts of the severe weather season.
While we may not exactly be tornado alley, there is an aspect of our weather that is often overlooked - a number of recent tornadoes have touched down at night. The WTOL 11 First Alert Weather team knows this is very dangerous and has a plan for you.
On your smartphone or tablet download the WTOL 11 First Alert Weather App. It is free and truly local. The forecasts you get are updated by the First Alert Weather team numerous times a day and include "First Alert Days." These are days when WTOL 11 meteorologists think disruptive weather is likely.
The app also offers live streaming, so when severe weather hits you can watch using the app.
For nighttime storms the WTOL 11 First Alert Weather team also recommends a weather radio, which can be set to an alarm to wake you when a warning is issued for your county. You can then tune into WTOL 11 or your app to get the latest.
An important note, the WTOL 11 First Alert Weather team doesn't get excited for severe weather, they are prepared for it and get excited at the chance to help you get through it safely.