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A line of severe thunderstorms moved rapidly southeast out of Michigan and Indiana late in the evening hours of Monday June 13 and during the pre-dawn hours of Tuesday June 14, tracking along a warm front which separated very hot and humid conditions to the southwest from cooler and drier conditions to the northeast. These severe thunderstorms produced a swath of continuous wind damage from winds estimated at 60 to 70 mph from northwest Ohio through interior sections of north central and northeast Ohio. A swath from Richland, Ashland, and Morrow Counties through Wayne, Holmes, and Knox Counties was particularly hard hit with widespread tree damage from winds likely around 80 mph. A large macroburst that tracked across Wayne and Holmes Counties produced estimated 80 to over 90 mph winds from Wooster Township through Millersburg. Thousands of trees were downed along this path, many of which fell on homes, vehicles, and power lines causing widespread power outages. Clean-up and power restoration in Richland, Ashland, Morrow, Wayne, Holmes, and Knox Counties took several days. In addition to the straight line winds, three E-F1 tornadoes touched down. The first tornado touched down 5 miles northeast of Mt. Gilead and ended 6 miles northwest of Chesterville and had maximum winds of 97 mph. The second tornado touched down in Chesterville and ended 5 miles southwest of Fredericktown and had maximum winds of 105 mph. The third tornado touched down 3 miles north of Butler and ended 4 miles south of Perrysville. These tornadoes damaged or destroyed several barns and outbuildings.


This line of thunderstorms was classified as a derecho. A derecho is defined as “A widespread, convectively induced straight-line windstorm, more specifically, any family of downburst clusters produced by an extratropical mesoscale convective system.” (American Meteorological Society, 2014). Furthermore, derechos generally have swaths of damage that extend around 250 to 400 miles in length, around 60 miles in width, and these systems contain 58 mph winds along most of that damage path with a few 75 mph or greater gusts.

Radar loop showing the derecho (first round of storms), followed by a secondary thunderstorm complex in the late evening and overnight hours of June 13 into June 14, 2022.
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