The National Weather confirmed that Ohio had 20 tornadoes in 2020. The two most significant events occurred on April 7 with five tornadoes, and on April 8 with 7 tornadoes. None of the 20 tornadoes were stronger than an EF1. There was a total of 16 EF0s and four EF1s. No injuries or fatalities were reported.
A tornado is defined as a violently rotating column of air that is in contact with the ground. If the circulation is not on the ground, then it is defined as a funnel cloud. Tornadoes usually descend from thunderstorms. Wind speeds in tornadoes can range from 65 mph to 318 mph (the highest tornado wind speed ever recorded). Your safety depends on being constantly aware of the possibility of severe weather.
Tornado WATCH means that conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes in and close to the watch area. A watch is normally issued for a large area covering numerous counties. The watch is intended to give you time to review your safety rules. The sky may be sunny, but weather changes can take place quite rapidly.
Tornado WARNING means that a developing tornado has been detected by National Weather Service Doppler Radar or has been reported on the ground by reliable sources. A Tornado Warning is typically issued for a portion of counties at a time and usually lasts no more than 45 minutes. If a Tornado Warning is issued for your county, you should seek shelter immediately. If you see a tornado or feel threatened, move to a safe place immediately, as precious seconds can save your life.
As severe weather season approaches, take some time to put together a safety plan with your family, friends or household.