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Parts of central Ohio were evacuated and a school district closed two schools Thursday due to flooding from storms.
Below, Dr. Forbes provides an interesting perspective.
The tornado near Dexter in Washtenaw County is the earliest on record in that county in records starting in 1950.
The preliminary tornado reported near Columbiana in Lapeer County would be the earliest in that county if it’s confirmed.
The preliminary tornadoes near Ida and west of Monroe in Monroe County MI would be the earliest in that county, if confirmed.
There have been earlier tornadoes in south Michigan in general, including an outbreak on March 12, 1976. The earliest tornado in Michigan was on January 18, 1996 in Kalamazoo County.
There was a tornado on Feb 28, 1974 in Wayne County (i.e. near Detroit).
Other earlier days with tornadoes in south MI include Mar 4, 1976; Mar 6, 1956; Mar 7, 1983; Mar 12, 1976. A tornado in Midland County MI on Monday March 12 earlier this week was the earliest for so far north in MI on record.
Wavelength: Short (see about section)
Duration of climb: 2 Hours
Date: 3/12/2012 - 16:00UTC
Remarks: A shortwave taking only 2 hours to build has been detected and the system has labeled the star and focus location of Michigan. After an intense ionosphere bake (solar storm) the system is showing values once again as the magnetic pole rotates to Russia and Europe so readings are coming in until tonight when we likely will fade into ionosphere bake when the shift of the magnetic pole comes over Canada and the United States.
Impacts: A moderate shortwave spike such as this indicates a short term severe and tornado event that would come out of nowhere. The focus being 0.0 means it is very close to the location pinpointing on the star location. Residents in Michigan should be on the look-out for these conditions through at least the next 12 hours.