Thunderstorms March Across NW Ohio

TOLEDO -- Look for another stormy day in the Toledo area.  Before it's all said and done, we could get as much as another inch or two of rain.

News 11 Meteorologist Mike Stone says some tropical humidity (similar to the feel of Gulf Coast and Florida cities) will fuel thunderstorms across the area.  A wave of storms will move through this morning, with another round this afternoon.  "The best threat of storms will be southern Michigan and far northwest Ohio with lesser chances for storms to the south, in Findlay or Lima," Stone said.

"There's a risk for severe storms today with large hail and gusty winds," said Stone.  "Similar to Sunday, an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.  The tropical humidity will cause heavy downpours, and storms will have the ability to produce 1 to 2 inches of rainfall in an hour."

Stone says repeated thunderstorms could cause big rain totals in some areas.  High temperatures will range from the mid 80s across lower Michigan to the lower 90s to the south, where the heat index will surpass 100 this afternoon.

Storms will fade out tonight, Stone says, and we'll be mainly dry Wednesday before another round of storms moves through Thursday.

Count on News 11 to follow these storms as they develop.

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Elsewhere around the nation, in the East, scattered showers and thunderstorms pushed off-shore along the New England coastline, yielding clear to partly cloudy skies and dry, mild conditions.  Skies also cleared across the remainder of the Northeast and Middle Atlantic the afternoon in the wake of a passing frontal boundary.  A stalled-out frontal boundary spanning from the upper Midwest, along the southern Great Lakes, and into the Ohio Valley, brought partly to mostly cloudy skies across these regions.

Further south, hot and humid conditions with a few isolated afternoon showers and thunderstorms were observed in the Southeast, Tennessee Valley, and Florida.

In the Central third of the Nation, a stalled frontal boundary continued to trigger clusters of showers and thunderstorms over portions of the upper and middle Mississippi Valley. A few of these storms became strong to severe, producing damaging wind gusts, lightning, and hail. Pea-sized hail and winds near 70 miles-per-hour were reported in Boone County, Nebraska, while wind gusts brought down tree limbs across much of eastern Nebraska and western Iowa.

To the west, scattered showers and thunderstorms developing across the High Plains began to push into western portions of the central and northern Plains late this afternoon. A few of these storms became strong to severe across the Plains, producing walnut-sized hail, winds gusting up to 60 miles-per-hour, and periods of heavy rain. At least one tornado was reported by the public near Lyman, South Dakota, but no injuries or damages have been noted.

Further south, a strong upper-level ridge brought hot and humid conditions to the southern Plains, as well as much of the middle and lower Mississippi Valleys. Heat indexes across these areas climbed to near 120 degrees, causing extensive areas of heat advisories and warnings to be issued to the general public.

In the West, areas of isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms developed this afternoon across much of the Desert Southwest and the southern and central Rockies in association with monsoonal moisture. Periods of brief heavy rainfall and scattered lightning were the main concerns with this activity, as well as areas of flash flooding across portions of Arizona and New Mexico.

Elsewhere, clear to partly cloudy skies and dry, fair conditions continued across the northern Rockies, the Great Basin, California, and much of the Pacific Northwest as high pressure continued to dominate these regions.

Posted by AEB