Climate of Columbus, Ohio

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Columbus, Ohio deals with a variety of weather every year altering the climate of the city. Tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, blizzards, and winter storms occur from time to time.

The last tornado to hit the Columbus area was on October 26, 2010 when an EF0 was confirmed by the National Weather Service 1 mile north of Groveport, Ohio.[1] The last tornado touchdown previous to that was on September 22, 2010 and was also rated an EF0 with estimated wind speeds of 65 mph[2]

The last major snow storm with snow accumulation was recorded on March 8, 2008. 20.4 inches of snow fell in Columbus during the North American blizzard of 2008 that affected a large portion of the midwestern United States. The area also received frozen precipitation, resulting in power outages across the central Ohio area. The northern portion of the Columbus Metropolitan Area received 12 to 18 inches of snow accumulation, with major snow drifts.


  1. Official records for Columbus were kept at downtown from July 1878 to December 1947, and at Port Columbus Int'l since January 1948. For more information, see Threadex


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