Severe Weather Outbreaks

Some severe weather events are too large to encompass using individual severe weather reports. The events detailed here included at least 5 or more severe weather reports of various type across Central Ohio. All events with fewer than 5 reports can be found on the specific severe type pages- Wind, Hail, Floods, etc.


May 14, 2020
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May 10, 2020
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April 8, 2020
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July 2, 2019
More than 50 reports of wind damage were reported across the area as thunderstorms developed during the afternoon hours. See details here:

April 14, 2019
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March 14, 2019 Event
Thunderstorms brought a wide variety of severe weather to the area. See the details here:

May 21, 2018
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April 3-4, 2018
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July 2, 1997
Thunderstorms developed in Indiana ahead of a strong cold front and quickly developed into a bow echo that moved east-southeast from the northern Miami Valley into Columbus. The bow echo caused damaging winds of 60MPH-70MPH across Central Ohio.
In Delaware County, 70MPH winds ripped the roof off a barn and downed trees between Delaware and Sunbury.
Outside of Plain City, another barn lost its roof, while power lines and trees were blown down countywide.
The story was similar in Fairfield, Franklin, Licking and Hocking counties, with numerous trees and power lines downed, along with minor structural damage to some buildings.

May 18, 1997
This was a very active severe weather day across Ohio. In all, there were 62 severe weather reports, with all but one being hail or thunderstorm wind. In Central Ohio, the severe weather moved through between 2PM-4PM.
Lewis Center in Delaware County reported 0.75″ hail at 2:15PM along Lewis Center Road.
The west side of Iberia in northern Morrow County reported 1″ hail at 3:35PM.
In Madison County between London and Rosedale, winds of 60MPH knocked down trees on roads and some homes at around 4:30PM.
Marysville in Union County was also hit with 60MPH winds, blowing down numerous trees there.
At around 5PM, Delaware was hit by 70MPH winds, damaging 6 homes from falling trees.
Columbus and Franklin County were also hit by 70MPH winds around 5:20PM, producing tree damage and destroying a barn.
The final severe report in Central Ohio occurred at 6:30PM when 1″ hail fell on Crooksville in Perry County.

January 5, 1997
A line of severe thunderstorms moving at 50MPH prompted severe thunderstorm warnings throughout Central Ohio between 1AM-2AM, bringing damaging winds. Winds gusted to 58MPH in parts of Franklin, Delaware, Madison, Licking and Fairfield counties, downing trees and causing mostly minor damage. Major damage, however, occurred at about 1:30AM in Dublin and areas to the northeast when a microburst produced wind gusts to nearly 100MPH. One of the worst-hit neighborhoods was Summit View Woods, where a 3-block area was heavily damaged. 8 homes sustained major structural damage with 37 more having at least minor damage. Numerous trees were downed, chimneys were toppled, fences and sheds destroyed and windows shattered. A child was injured when debris burst through their bedroom window, cutting their leg. Damage in the neighborhood exceeded $1 million.

To see more severe weather history in Central Ohio, check out these pages:
Columbus Tornado History
Thunderstorm Wind