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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CLEVELAND OHIO
817 AM EST FRI NOV 21 2014

...OHIO WINTER SAFETY WEEK 2014: NOVEMBER 16TH THROUGH NOVEMBER
22ND...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL FEATURE A DIFFERENT EDUCATIONAL
TOPIC EACH WEEK DAY DURING SAFETY WEEK. TODAYS TOPIC:

CLIMATOLOGY OF OHIO AND NORTHWEST PENNSYLVANIA WINTER WEATHER AND
SOURCES OF WEATHER INFORMATION.

SNOW ACROSS OHIO AND NORTHWEST PENNSYLVANIA GENERALLY OCCURS IN TWO
WAYS:

1...FROM ORGANIZED WEATHER SYSTEMS THAT CROSS OVER OR NEAR THE
REGION. DURING A TYPICAL WINTER...THESE WEATHER SYSTEMS BRING A
NUMBER OF SMALL SNOWFALLS OF 2 INCHES OR LESS. SEVERAL TIMES A YEAR
THE REGION MAY BE THREATENED BY A WELL DEVELOPED STORM SYSTEM THAT
HAS THE POTENTIAL TO PRODUCE HEAVIER SNOW OF 6 INCHES OR MORE. STORM
SYSTEMS CAN BE DIFFICULT TO PREDICT AT TIMES. A SMALL SHIFT IN THE
STORM TRACK CAN MEAN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SHOVELING AND PARTLY
CLOUDY SKIES.

2...LAKE EFFECT SNOW OCCURS WHEN VERY COLD AIR FLOWS ACROSS THE GREAT
LAKES DURING THE WINTER MONTHS AND ABSORBS MOISTURE. THE MOISTURE IS
THEN CONDENSED OUT EAST AND SOUTH OF THE GREAT LAKES. THE RESULT IS
CLOUDINESS AND SNOW SHOWERS. THIS "LAKE EFFECT" SNOW ADDS
SUBSTANTIALLY TO THE WINTER SNOWFALL ACROSS PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST
OHIO AND NORTHWEST PENNSYLVANIA.

OVER PORTIONS OF OUR REGION...HEAVY AMOUNTS OF LAKE EFFECT SNOW
CAN OCCUR. THE CLOSE PROXIMITY TO LAKE ERIE AND THE HIGHER TERRAIN OF
NORTHEAST OHIO AND NORTHWEST PENNSLYVANIA CAUSES SUBSTANTIAL LAKE
EFFECT SNOW DURING COLD OUTBREAKS. MUCH OF THIS REGION RECEIVES OVER
40 INCHES OF SNOW DURING A TYPICAL WINTER. PARTS OF THE "SNOWBELT"
OF EXTREME NORTHEAST OHIO AND NORTHWEST PENNSYLVANIA RECEIVE OVER
100 INCHES OF SNOW EACH SEASON.

OHIO/NORTHWEST PENNSYLVANIA SNOWFALL (INCHES):

                                    AVERAGE
AKRON-CANTON ....................... 47.9 ......
CINCINNATI OH/COVINGTON KY ......... 22.9 ......
CLEVELAND .......................... 63.3 ......
COLUMBUS ........................... 29.2 ......
DAYTON ............................. 29.3 ......
MANSFIELD .......................... 45.4 ......
TOLEDO ............................. 37.6 ......
YOUNGSTOWN ......................... 55.0 ......
ERIE PA ............................ 86.1 ......


NOTE: RECORDS ARE TAKEN AT LOCAL AIRPORTS AND NORMAL IS BASED ON 30
YEAR AVERAGES FROM THE MOST RECENT STATISTICS AVAILABLE.

DAILY WEATHER INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE 24 HOURS A DAY FROM THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE. FORECASTS FOR OHIO AND NORTHWEST
PENNSYLVANIA ARE REGULARLY ISSUED 4 TIMES A DAY AND UPDATED AS OFTEN
AS NECESSARY.

NOAA WEATHER RADIO IS PRODUCED AND GENERATED AT WEATHER OFFICES
ACROSS OHIO, PENNSLYVANIA AND AROUND THE NATION. WEATHER INFORMATION
IS DISTRIBUTED ON SPECIAL FM FREQUENCIES (162.400, 162.425, 162.450,
162.475, 162.500 162.525, 162.550 MHZ) FROM SEVERAL TRANSMITTER
SITES IN AND AROUND OHIO AND PENNSYLVANIA.

SPECIALLY DESIGNED WEATHER RADIOS ARE AUTOMATICALLY ALARMED AND
ACTIVATED BY THE LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE WHEN A SEVERE
WEATHER WARNING IS ISSUED. IN THIS WAY...YOU CAN BE ALERTED TO SEVERE
WEATHER WARNINGS ALMOST IMMEDIATELY!

THESE WEATHER RADIOS ARE AVAILABLE AT LOCAL ELECTRONICS RETAILERS
OR AS A SPECIAL FREQUENCY ON CERTAIN AM/FM RADIOS.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECASTS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE ON CABLE
TELEVISION ON THE WEATHER CHANNEL AND VARIOUS OTHER STATIONS.
FORECASTS ARE USUALLY AVAILABLE THROUGH OTHER LOCAL MEDIA OUTLETS.
SOME CITIES HAVE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECASTS AVAILABLE BY
PHONE.

NWS FORECASTS CAN ALSO BE FOUND ON THE INTERNET. FORECASTS FOR
NORTHERN OHIO AND NORTHWEST PENNSYLVANIA CAN BE FOUND ON THE NWS
CLEVELAND WEBSITE WHICH IS HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/CLE/

$$

GARY GARNET...WARNING AND COORDINATION METEOROLOGIST...NWS CLEVELAND





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