2012 Weather Recap: June 29, Summer 2012, October 29-30, and December 26 (Audio included)
12/27/2012 8:18:47 PM
By Nate Dunham
Weather produced several headlines in 2012, but none more than the June 29th storm.
It was a Friday afternoon when the strong thunderstorm ripped across Logan County causing extensive damage.
There were hundreds of downed trees and several downed power lines throughout the county.
Staff Meteorologist Steve Horstmeyer said the damage was caused by straight line winds that reached 80 miles per hour in Bellefontaine.
Horstmeyer discusses what happened.
Horstmeyer speaks about storm damage.
Crews from the city and county spent much of the late afternoon and evening clearing the wreckage following the storm.
Bellefontaine Mayor Adam Brannon gives an update on Bellefontaine on the afternoon of June 29th.
The most notable damage happened at the Logan County Courthouse (pictured above). The south edge of the courthouse clock tower had a large white piece ripped off, which landed in the alley near 119 South Madriver Street. It was later discovered that the winds caused the tower to twist and shift approximately eight inches.
County Commissioner John Bayliss speaks about the damage to the court house directly following the storm.
(Pictured right: Alley next to 119 South Madriver Street that part of courthouse (pictured lower right in photo) landed in)
Commissioner Dustin Wickersham said that the courthouse tower will be repaired to appear exactly as it has since its construction in 1870, using as much reclamation materials from the existing structure as possible.
A barn was destroyed (pictured left) near Bloom Center at the intersection of County Road 21 and Township Road 80 during the storm.
The storm also knocked out power for multiple days. DP&L got the power back on to all costumers on July 5th. DP&L reported that diseased, dying, and dead trees were the cause for a significant amount of the power disruption following the storm.
(Pictured right: electrical fire in pine tree, 200 block North Hayes Street)
Winds reached 82 miles per hour near St. Marys. A large boat that was docked on the east shore of Grand Lake St. Marys was lifted and moved to a nearby street.
There were no reports of storm-related injuries.
The summer months of 2012 were plagued with high temperatures and drought.
Governor John Kasich declared 85 of Ohio's 88 counties as natural disaster areas following the severe heat, rainfall shortages, and other weather-related disasters that struck large areas of the state over the spring and summer.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture granted the governor's request for a Secretarial disaster designation allowing eligible Ohio farmers access to drought-related federal assistance such as emergency low-interest loans for crop losses, relief payments for non-insurable losses, the temporary deferral of payments on federal loans and permission to cut hay for livestock from acreage otherwise set aside for conservation.
Logan, Champaign, Shelby, Hardin, and Union Counties were among the 85 counties designated as natural disaster areas.
In late October while Superstorm Sandy was hitting the east coast, Old Man Winter arrived early in Logan County.
The Bellefontaine area received about two inches of snow.
The combination of snow, ice, and wind caused every Logan County school to cancel classes on October 30th.
(Pictured left: Snowfall accumulation on October 30th at park along East Sandusky Avenue)
One final snow storm affected Logan County in late-December.
Staff meteorologist Steve Horstmeyer reported that the December 26th storm dumped 12 inches of snow in Logan County.
The storm caused Logan and Champaign Counties to be put under level two snow emergencies meaning roadways were extremely hazardous with blowing and drifting snow.
(Pictured right: Snowfall from December 26th storm outside WPKO/WBLL Station)