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Blizzard Bill Spencer

I have been critical in the past of Blizzard Bill - but last night he did a fantastic job. After watching him through the first set of storms, we set our alarm for 2:30 and did it all over again. Hats off to Blizzard Bill.

created by Molsonator on Jun 06, 2010 at 08:30:05 am     Media     Comments: 19

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I've been a critic too, but I agree, he did a great job last night.

posted by taxiang on Jun 06, 2010 at 08:51:42 am     #  

Yes, agreed: Blizzard Bill was in rare form, and he correctly spotted the developing twisters via radar. He was trying to be diplomatic, but you could hear in his voice some puzzlement that the NWS was a bit slow to issue tornado warnings in Lucas and Wood counties during that first wave last night.

posted by historymike on Jun 06, 2010 at 08:55:25 am     #  

I guess I'm an odd ball. I've always liked him. And, last night, he was dead on once again. We didn't need to set the alarm clocks - Mother Nature saw to it that we were awakened.

Gaining a whole new familiarity with our basement.........

posted by Foodie on Jun 06, 2010 at 09:11:12 am     #  

Foodie - funny you say that because lightning and thunder woke me about ten seconds before our alarm went off! Yelled at the kids to go back to the basement.

posted by Molsonator on Jun 06, 2010 at 09:22:43 am     #  

I set my alarm too, like Bill said for 2:30. I also woke up 10 minutes early cause of the lightning. Went to the basement and turned on 13abc, and waited for the sirens. Kudos to the 13ABC News and Weather team for being on top of this!

posted by draven4099 on Jun 06, 2010 at 10:05:15 am     #  

Blizzard Bill is like our own personal weatherman in our house. I don't mean to sound like a broken record, but we have confidence in what he says and we really like the way he explains the possibilities of what can happen.
Thanks Blizzard Bill!

posted by hockeyfan on Jun 06, 2010 at 10:16:18 am     #  

We rather like Blizzard Bill.

posted by OhioKimono on Jun 06, 2010 at 10:23:27 am     #  

To paraphrase Bill:"If you are in an any of these areas don't wait for sirens, it's too late, these things are popping up fast and I cannot warn you"!
Great job Bill.

posted by Offshore on Jun 06, 2010 at 10:24:17 am     #  

Blizzard Bill is wonderful, watched him from around 10:30 last night till about 3am.

One thing that did catch me was that he almost answered one of the flames that someone said against him on another thread here. Someone posted about how the media folks like to make things extreme or try to scare people.

Last night he said he wasn't try to scare anyone but that this was real and we need to be careful.

Great reporting and a wonderful service. Keep up the great work sir.

On a side note, anyone else with Buckeye cable noticed the EAC message last night? That is also a great service and was happy to see it.

For those who didnt get it, my cable box showed an Emergency where it normally says the channel. Turned on the TV and it had a grey screen talking about the tornado warning, and NWS info. Awesome.

posted by INeedCoffee on Jun 06, 2010 at 11:25:06 am     #  

My prayers are out to everyone who was affected by the storms last night. Hope everyone in TT is safe. One of my friends had a lot of damage to her house and property but they are safe. Waiting for a cell call from them so I can go out and help them remove things that was once their house. :(

posted by INeedCoffee on Jun 06, 2010 at 11:26:36 am     #  

damn, coffee, good luck and peace to your friends. we saw some of the damage, it's really bad in Millbury and our cops and high school are gone. why we didn't turn on the local news last night is beyond me, The Hub has control and kept it on the radar map channel the whole time (TW #23, I miss Buckeye so bad). ever since we heard Bill report that he was following a tornado that was miles from where he said he was, he has no faith in the locals anymore.

posted by nana on Jun 06, 2010 at 12:33:21 pm     #  

I was glad to have Blizzard Bill on last night, as WTVG was the only ones giving updates on Dundee as well.

Most of my family lives in Dundee - fortunately, they are all uninjured, but there is some property damage.

posted by mom2 on Jun 06, 2010 at 12:48:36 pm     #  

("they" being my family. There are other injured people in Dundee. They pulled a woman out of a house late this morning who had been trapped in a house since the tornado went through - no further word on her condition yet. That news coming from a family member who is a sheriff deputy up there.)

posted by mom2 on Jun 06, 2010 at 12:50:56 pm     #  

Glad your family is safe mom2. I was hoping to see some follow-up on the local news.

I'd be more than willing to volunteer to help people, but haven't heard of anything other than a couple churches opening up and red cross taking donations.

posted by INeedCoffee on Jun 06, 2010 at 01:25:26 pm     #  

When the weather is severe enough to match his over-the-top-doomsday-prediction style delivery, he does a fine job.

posted by JohnnyMac on Jun 06, 2010 at 08:09:17 pm     #  

From 13abc.com "Many people want to know how they can help those in the communities affected by Saturday night's devastating storms.

On Monday at 9:30am, you can head out to the Volunteer Reception Center at the Fulton County Senior Center. You will be given instructions, and then you will head out to help in any way possible. You must be 18 years old to volunteer.

If you're a person needing assistance, you can head to Saint Peter United Church of Christ in Milbury. They will be open until 8pm on Sunday and from 9am until Noon on Monday.

Individuals in need of assistance or wishing to donate relief items should contact the Greater Toledo Area Chapter of the Red Cross at 1-888-590-0098."

posted by taxiang on Jun 06, 2010 at 08:17:29 pm     #  

Bill did a terrific job, as did the guys on 11 (Shiels and someone else I don't know).

"On a side note, anyone else with Buckeye cable noticed the EAC message last night? That is also a great service and was happy to see it.
For those who didnt get it, my cable box showed an Emergency where it normally says the channel. Turned on the TV and it had a grey screen talking about the tornado warning, and NWS info. Awesome."--statement above

You know, maybe I wasn't focused properly or memory is faulty, but I actually didn't find this all that helpful. I remember the information being VERY general, like 'tornado warning in Lucas County.' The guys on TV had much more specific information about where the trouble areas were, even if they were only speculating on some based on their computer models, and of course the EAC message overode the regular news telecasts. I just didn't get much out of those messages.

I'll say this--I had absolutely no idea these tornadoes could be this WIDE--4-5-6-7 football fields in WIDTH--until seeing news reports today and tonight.

Never knew that and it's incredibly frighening.

posted by McCaskey on Jun 06, 2010 at 11:43:37 pm     #  

I think I saw the funnel as it passed over Perrysburg... watching 13 news and their track of it and if you extrapolate back towards Delta area it pretty much passed over here... was looking out my apartment complex windows north towards Holiday Inn, the wind came up, kinda stopped, and started blowing from the other direction. Couldn't tell for sure it was a funnel or wall cloud (not enough lightning) but had I seen it I would have been on the phone to the NWS ASAP (AC is a trained SKYWARN spotter).

posted by anonymouscoward on Jun 06, 2010 at 11:52:08 pm     #  

"I had absolutely no idea these tornadoes could be this WIDE--4-5-6-7 football fields in WIDTH"

The November 2002 Van Wert, Ohio tornado that was part of the Veterans Day Weekend tornado outbreak was rated an F4, and it grew to a quarter mile wide.

The April 1974 Xenia, Ohio tornado that was part of the Super Outbreak was rated an F5, and it grew to over a half mile wide.

We recently passed the 25th anniversary of a tornado outbreak that hit northeast Ohio, northwest Pennsylvania, and southern Ontario. The story of that day is told in the book "Tornado Watch #211." The F5 tornado was a half mile wide.

Twenty-one tornadoes tracked across Northeast Ohio and Northwest Pennsylvania during the evening of May 31st [1985]. Of these twenty-one, one was rated an F5, and six were rated F4ís. Tragically, these tornadoes killed seventy-six people in Ohio and Pennsylvania. This day remains the deadliest tornado outbreak ever documented in Pennsylvania. In Ohio, this was the worst event since the April 3-4th, 1974 outbreak that killed thirty-seven in Xenia.


The last metro Toledo tornado outbreak that I can remember occurred in July 1992.

The 28 tornadoes that occurred in Ohio on Sunday, July 12, 1992, went into the record books as the most recorded in a single day. They also contributed to the July 1992 record of 44 tornadoes in one month and a record annual total of 61 tornadoes. Fortunately, summer tornadoes tend to be weaker than spring storms and none of the 44 tornadoes during July 1992 were violent. This contributed to the absence of fatalities and only 36 injuries from the record number of tornadoes.

One line of damage from the July 12 th tornadoes stretched across northwestern Ohio from Fulton County to Sandusky. Several buildings were damaged and 8 people injured by a tornado near Pettisville. Another tornado cut a swath from north of Waterville across the Maumee River to near Perrysburg. Anthony Wayne High School was damaged and Toledo Express Airport closed for several hours by loss of power, large hail, and 66 mph winds. Visitors to Cedar Point Amusement Park received extra thrills when their motels were heavily damaged by a tornado near the intersection of Routes 2 and 250 in Erie County.


Video of the November 2002 Van Wert, Ohio tornado.

posted by jr on Jun 07, 2010 at 12:32:30 am     #