843 
NOUS41 KILN 230141
PNSILN
INZ050-058-059-066-073>075-080-KYZ089>100-OHZ026-034-035-042>046-
051>056-060>065-070>074-077>082-088-231500-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILMINGTON OH
941 PM EDT SUN MAY 22 2022


…WIND DAMAGE IN THE SAYLER PARK AREA CAUSED BY A GUSTNADO…

AROUND 510 PM ON SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2022, AN EYEWITNESS FILMED A 
SWIRLING COLUMN OF AIR OVER THE OHIO RIVER, JUST OFFSHORE FROM THE 
SAYLER PARK AREA OF HAMILTON COUNTY, OHIO. IT APPEARS THAT THIS 
SWIRLING COLUMN OF AIR MOVED ONTO LAND AND THEN PRODUCED DAMAGE 
ACROSS A PORTION OF SAYLER PARK. THE DAMAGE WAS PRIMARILY LOCATED 
OVER CATALPA ROAD, GRACELY DRIVE AND FERNBANK AVENUE. NUMEROUS TREES 
WERE DAMAGED, SOME COMPLETELY KNOCKED OVER OR UPROOTED AND THROWN 
ONTO HOMES AND POWER LINES. BASED ON PICTURES FROM THE DAMAGE, WINDS 
WERE LIKELY 70 TO 80 MPH. 

THE CAUSE OF THE DAMAGE ON LAND IS BEING CLASSIFIED AS A GUSTNADO. 
BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DEFINITION, A GUSTNADO IS A SMALL 
WHIRLWIND WHICH FORMS AS AN EDDY IN THUNDERSTORM OUTFLOWS. THEY DO 
NOT CONNECT WITH ANY CLOUD-BASE ROTATION AND ARE NOT TORNADOES. LIKE 
DUST DEVILS, SOME STRONGER GUSTNADOES CAN CAUSE DAMAGE.

THIS PARTICULAR GUSTNADO WAS NOT DIRECTLY ASSOCIATED WITH A 
THUNDERSTORM UPDRAFT. DOPPLER RADAR SUPPORTS THE ASSESSMENT THAT THIS
GUSTNADO FORMED ON AN OUTFLOW BOUNDARY SEVERAL MILES AHEAD OF A 
THUNDERSTORM. THE GUSTNADO WAS OBSERVED OVER THE OHIO RIVER, AND THEN
PRODUCED DAMAGE IN THE SAYLER PARK AREA BEFORE DISSIPATING. 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE HAMILTON 
COUNTY, OHIO EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY, THE CITY OF CINCINNATI AND 
SEVERAL EYEWITNESSES WHO SHARED VIDEOS AND PHOTOS FOR THEIR 
ASSISTANCE IN MAKING THIS DETERMINATION. 


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