April 26, 2015


Pittsfield Township honors victims of 1965 tornado


PITTSFIELD TWP. – In 1965 the town’s center vanished during a devastating tornado on Palm Sunday that took the lives of 19 people in Lorain County and injured 141. Saturday marked the 50th anniversary of the deadly Palm Sunday tornado outbreak, which according to weather service records was a series of 47 tornadoes in six Read More…

Tornadoes blow through Illinois, leveling homes and killing one

FAIRDALE, Ill. — A tornado hit the tiny northern Illinois town of Fairdale, killing one person, injuring seven and sweeping homes off their foundations as large storm system swept across a large swath of the country. The vast storm system brought high winds and rain to east Texas, ripping off a church rooftop there and Read More…

Slippery surfaces, cold bones pose risks

Donna Gron, wearing a knee brace, is examined by Dr. Dan Zanotti on Wednesday at The Center for Orthopedics in Sheffield. Gron was one of many people injured this winter after slipping on the ice. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

February was a brutally cold month that broke National Weather Service records as thermometers dipped below zero on a regular basis and the area was blanketed with snow and ice. Not surprisingly, area hospitals experienced a noticeable jump in orthopedic patients visiting emergency rooms and outpatient clinics as a result. And we aren’t quite in Read More…

Woollybear Festival draws thousands to Vermilion for costumed kids, pets, winter forecast


VERMILION — First, there were the jeers. That’s what happened when famed local meteorologist Dick Goddard delivered the first part of his prediction on how Northeast Ohio will fare this winter. “Winter will get off to an unusually cold and snowy start,” he said at the end of this year’s Woollybear Festival, a one-day celebration Read More…

Lorain County sees record-high temperatures


No question, Tuesday was a hot, hot, hot day. How hot? Well, the 96-degree reading was scorching enough to shatter the date’s previous high of 93 degrees set in 1964. The 96-degree mark was hit at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and at Lorain County Regional Airport, according to Martin Thompson, a meteorologist with the National Read More…

September counts as region’s fourth-wettest on record

After a summer with a long heat wave, we seemed to have moved right into a soggy, damp September that hasn’t painted trees in dabs of gold and red or left us with crisp mornings and leaves crunching underfoot. If it felt like it’s been wet, it has, according to Martin Thompson, a veteran meteorologist Read More…