Springfield, OH – Springfield, OH (AP) If you’re a weather nerd, you might remember a monster meteorological storm in May, called the “Pumpkin Stump,” that blanketed the area for several days, causing havoc.
It left the area in chaos, with homes without power and businesses shuttered.
But the weather wasn’t the only thing to hit Springfield during the event.
The weather radar above showed what could have been if the storm had hit, but not just a few miles from Springfield.
The meteorological radar also showed what Springfield, an Ohio city of 2 million, would have looked like today had that storm not struck.
“If you look at Springfield, we would probably have gone back to normal today, but it would have been a lot different,” said Michael Kuehl, a weather scientist with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
As for the meteorological system, it was a monster storm, but Springfield didn’t have to experience one of the worst weather events in recent history to get an idea of what it would be like to live in a city that experienced one.
The weather system that hit Springfield was a phenomenon called a “megadrought,” meaning the conditions were so extreme that people couldn’t get food or water, but that didn’t stop Springfield residents from going about their lives.
They had to ration supplies because of the extreme conditions.
It was the biggest one-day-in-the-nation event in the history of Springfield.
It also caused some of the most extreme weather events seen in the region, like a tornado that killed one person and caused a major road closure in the town of Springfield in June.
While the city was forced to shut down schools, police departments and offices of the mayor, the meteorology community and the media all knew that Springfield was going to be the scene of another megadrought.
“Springfield was one of those cities that had the potential to be a disaster,” said Mike Smith, who has studied weather since 1975 and is a meteorologist with Weather Underground.
“But we never had the conditions for that.”
Smith said Springfield has never had a drought, but he did find that a large part of Springfield, a community of 2.5 million people, was affected by the weather.
It was not just the city that was impacted by the extreme weather.
“We had to go to some of our neighbors and say, ‘Look, you know what?
We’re going to go back to our normal life and normal activities,'” Smith said.”
We had a really intense, severe weather system and I don’t think people could handle that,” said Kevin Schurmann, who lives in Springfield.
“The whole city was in a state of shock.”
Schurmann said people began to lose their normal routines because of what happened.
“(The weather) really set the tone for what was to come,” Schurman said.
Schurman, who is from the city of Parma, is a weather forecaster for Weather Underground and has worked for the National Weather Service in Springfield for the past 20 years.
He said Springfield’s extreme weather was not a surprise.
When the storm hit, the area was under a weather cloud for much of the day.
As a result, the weather system brought the average temperature in the city to over 32 degrees Fahrenheit, and that number rose to 37 degrees Fahrenheit by 2 p.m.
On June 25, the average wind speed was 75 mph and gusts reached up to 85 mph.
“The extreme weather event really set in motion a series of events that have gone on to affect people’s lives for a very long time,” Scharman said in an interview.
Schumann said he was able to observe Springfield from afar because the weather was so intense.
“I’m sure that it was one-sided and people were on their own,” he said.
“People were very isolated and were very afraid of the weather.”
While Schurmans experience as a weather observer in Springfield may not be comparable to other weather observers, he said that the city is fortunate because it has a very large meteorological community.
Schurmans family has lived in Springfield all of his life, and he said he has friends who have lived in and out of Springfield and had no trouble.
Scharman added that there are other cities where weather has affected people’s everyday lives, but they have not been as extreme as Springfield.
Weather is so important to a city like Springfield, Schurmeas family said.
“[A]s long as there are people here, the city will survive,” Schuman said of weather.
“It will be just as well for the people here that the weather is as bad as it is, because it is the most important thing to survive,” he added.
Springfield has had a meteorological climate for many years