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Surface obs at 5:43PM
I missed an unexpected chase opportunity this afternoon that had I known about ahead of time, I would have been there. The center of the remnants of Hurricane Ike have been moving through Ohio, producing wind gusts to hurricane force all day. Structural and tree damage along with power outages are widespread across southwest Ohio, including the Dayton, Columbus and Cincinnati areas. This would have been an expedition no different than a weak Category 1 coastal landfall trip, and during the day at that! The observations above show Wilmington, Ohio (near Cincinnati) reporting sustained winds of 50 knots (57 mph) with gusts to 65 mph - mid-range tropical storm intensity!
A hurricane intercept is something I am normally looking east to North Carolina for this time of year, not someplace a third as close and to the west! Sometimes the weather just does stuff you don't expect.
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