Friday, May 7th marks the first MODERATE RISK issued by the Storm Prediction Center for Northeastern Ohio. Maybe once a year at best is Northern Ohio under a MODERATE RISK. What usually follows is a TORNADO WATCH which also doesn't happen in the Cleveland/Akron metro area very often. How infrequent does it happen?
I scanned the Storm Prediction Center archives for all of the Tornado Watches over the last several years to see if any were issued over the core of Northeastern Ohio. Surprisingly, I had to go all of the way back to 2006 to find one.
There have been a few tornado watches affecting fringe counties but not many in the center of the area.
Here are the Tornado Watches in reverse order since the last CLEVELAND/AKRON METRO TORNADO WATCH back in 2006: These maps are created by the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma. Each map has the "WATCH BOX:, counties in watch box with radar.
2008 Tornado Watches
2007 Tornado Watches
2006 Tornado Watches
HERE IT IS. THE LAST CLEVELAND/AKRON METRO TORNADO WATCH