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Though it’s been cold and snowy this week, this year’s warmer than usual winter is good news for Ohio taxpayers. Before this snowfall, the state had spent a little over $63 million on road salt, when the yearly average spent over the last decade has been nearly $77 million.

Making landfall Saturday, Hurricane Matthew brought floods and strong winds to South Carolina's Lowcountry region, pouring rain into an area that now faces a dangerous storm surge. As of 11 a.m. ET, the storm's center was around 55 miles south-southwest of Myrtle Beach.

Updated at 4:45 p.m. ET with further states of emergency in the U.S.

Hurricane Matthew crashed into southwestern Haiti as a Category 4 storm Tuesday morning, dumping rain and scouring the land with maximum sustained winds of 145 miles per hour.

It is the first Category 4 storm to make landfall in Haiti since 1964, when Hurricane Cleo also hit the island nation's southwestern peninsula.

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Flood relief is flowing to West Virginia and a Central Ohio church is doing what it can to assist victims who've lost their belongings or have damaged homes.

Esther Honig / WOSU

American Electric Power said thousands of homes were still without power Thursday afternoon after heavy storms rolled through the region about 12 hours earlier. Several homes in north Columbus also suffered flood damage.

Tornado touchdown near Phillipsburg, Ohio on Monday, March 14, 2016.
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The National Weather Service confirms a tornado caused damage in a southwest Ohio village near Dayton.

Unusual Weather Patterns

Jan 5, 2016
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Winter has been unusual this year, with unseasonably warm weather. Many believe it is due in part to El Nino. Coming up, what an El Nino is and why the weather has been acting so abnormally for this time of year. 

Climate Change

Dec 3, 2015
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The United Nations conference on climate change kicked off in Paris this week, and on Monday, President Obama addressed America's role as a major emitter of greenhouse gases. Since 1880, the Earth had warmed by about 1.7 degrees Fahrenheit, a fairly high increase according to scientists. Over the next 30 years, scientists say that climate is likely reflect heavier rainfalls, intense hurricanes and typhoons, and more frequent and damaging coastal floods. 

Crews in northern Ohio are tearing down an apartment building that was destroyed when a business jet crashed into it, killing all nine onboard the plane.

A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board says that just before a business jet crashed into an Akron apartment building, an instructor on another plane warned the pilots that weather conditions were barely suitable for landing.

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A rainy planting season and drier weather later has left Ohio with a damaged pumpkin crop, though that might be affecting the selection more than the prices consumers are paying. 

Local Governments Want Part Of Road Salt Settlement

Aug 3, 2015
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Hundreds of local governments and other public entities are seeking a share of Ohio's $11.5 million settlement with two rock salt producers that were accused of conspiring to drive up prices.

Meteorologists Confirm Record Rain

Jul 15, 2015
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Ohio meteorologists confirm the past thirty days have been Ohio's wettest since 1878. 

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More heavy rain could be coming to Central Ohio. Forecasts call for thunderstorms to hit the region Monday afternoon, one day after storms brought flash flooding and forced some road closures.

Steve Brown, WOSU News

Flood waters are starting to recede, but much of Union, Marion and Delaware Counties remain underwater after heavy rain and flash flooding on Wednesday.

Late Winter Storms Clips Columbus, Slams Southwest Ohio

Mar 5, 2015
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A winter storm has brought heavy snowfall to the Cincinnati area and other parts of southern Ohio, closing schools and creating hazardous travel conditions.

Most of southern Ohio will be under a winter storm warning until at least midday Thursday. The National Weather Service said some parts of the area would have up to a foot of snow accumulation.

10:00 On this hour of "All Sides," we're talking about the weekend's storms and the recovery progress in our area. Guests

  • Tom Borgerding (WOSU News)
  • Tom Kirkpatrick (Vice President, Distribution Operations, AEP Ohio)
  • Ben Gelber (NBC4 Meteorologist)
  • Mike Collins (Executive Director, Red, White and Boom)

10:00 Predictions for what type of winter will hit Central Ohio has many people wondering if this will be the harshest winter weather Ohio has seen in a while. On this segment of "All Sides," we'll be joined by a local meteorologist to discuss what we should expect for winter. Guest

Community Centers Provide Respite From Heat

Jul 21, 2011

People in Columbus are trying to stay cool under an oppressive heat wave that seems to have stalled over much of the nation's mid section. People are beating the heat in various ways. Temperatures are expected to remain in the mid to upper 90s through Friday, with humidity making it feel as hot as 110 degrees. A number of the city's community centers are operating as cooling centers so people can get out of the extreme heat. Steve Mock and his son stood in line at the Dodge Recreation Center on Sullivant Avenue to get swim passes. "I don't remember it being this hot, no," Mock laughed.

COTA Downtown/ Midwestern Heatwave

Jul 21, 2011

11:00... Can you think of a time you’ve taken a COTA bus downtown? Columbus dwellers use these buses to get to work, eat out, or see a theaters or plays. Today, we’ll talk about the most recent research that’s been done on COTA’s downtown transit with president and CEO of cota Bill Lhota. Guest:

  • Bill Lhota (COTA President and CEO)

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Heat Dangers Lead To Fan Giveaway

Jul 11, 2011

A heat advisory in Central Ohio leads to a call for more donated fans to give to lower-income and elderly residents. Communications Director for Life Care Alliance, Michelle Jones said demand for fans started in the spring. "This year it started getting hot at the end of May during Memorial Day, so right now we've given out nearly 1,000 fans," Jones said. Jones said hot weather can be more of a health threat for those who stay home. "Some people, you go into their homes and they're afraid to open up their windows because they're afraid they're going to be attacked.

Tornadoes are touching down throughout the nation, from Tuscaloosa, Alabama to Joplin, Missouri. For Columbus, Ohio, the past few weeks have also been full of severe tornado weather warnings and watches. In the event that something similar to the destruction that’s occurred in Tuscaloosa or Joplin happens here, what would we do? Today, we’ll focus on how prepared Columbus would be in the face of a tornado emergency. Guests:

10:00 - We'll discuss the latest news from the Statehouse, unions, liquor laws, Bob Evans, and more. 10:40 - Rain, rain, go away… This may be one of the soggiest Aprils on record in Columbus and throughout the state of Ohio. Will this weather continue and will the May flowers come eventually? Guests:

Ohio Utility Crews Work To Restore Power

Feb 12, 2009

Utility crews are at work this morning restoring power from the latest storm to sweep through Central Ohio.

For the third time in six months, American Electric Power and other utilities in the state are responding to storm-related power outages. Wind gusts of 60 miles per hour or higher blew down trees and power poles. AEP spokesman Jeff Rennie says more than 40-thousand customers in Columbus and Franklin County lost electric service but work crews were forced to wait awhile to start making some repairs.

In the Midwest, the weekend nights are hotter! Well, relative to the weekday nights, anyway.

A study published this week in the proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that the total range in daily temperature in cities across the country varies on a weekly cycle. The authors refer to this as a "weekend effect".