Storm Events Database
|-- Flood Cause||Heavy Rain|
|Begin Date||02/29/2012 15:35:00 EST-5|
|End Date||02/29/2012 19:35:00 EST-5|
|Deaths Direct/Indirect||0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)|
|Episode Narrative||Ahead of a warm front, showers and embedded thunderstorms began before dawn on Wednesday, the 29th. The warm front lifted northeast through West Virginia between dawn and midday. By late afternoon that warm front had lifted into the northern panhandle and southwestern Pennsylvania. In the warm sector, the showers diminished by late morning and midday across the southern half of West Virginia. However, despite being just south of the warm front, showers and thunderstorms continued during the afternoon near the Route 50 corridor across northern West Virginia. The heaviest rain rates fell during the late morning into the early afternoon hours. Around 0.75 inches of rain fell in less than 3 hours. By mid afternoon, 8 to 12 hour rain totals of 1 to 1.5 inches were common from near Wood, Pleasants, and Tyler Counties on east into Harrison, Taylor, Lewis, and Upshur Counties. Rain totals of 1.5 to 2.5 inches were common in 24 hours. A local maximum of 2.6 inches was measured at Kesling Mill in northern Upshur County. A more extensive 24 hour rainfall maximum of 2.5 to 3 inches stretched across northern Harrison into northern Taylor Counties. This was toward the border with Marion and Preston Counties. For example, Valley Falls State Park reported 2.7 inches by 1800E on the 29th.
Prior to the rain, the ground was already wetter than normal. The vegetation was still dormant. As a result, small streams flooded quickly. Urban street and poor drainage flooding also occurred.
While the flooding was occurring, instability increased during the afternoon over southern West Virginia, ahead of an approaching cold front. These additional showers and thunderstorms did produce some hail and wind damage during the mid and late afternoon. Luckily, the heaviest downpours remained mostly south of the areas hit harder earlier in the day.
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin declared a state of emergency due to the flooding. This event would be combined with another severe weather event on March 2nd to be declared a federal disaster by President Barack Obama. See FEMA disaster number 4059 for more details.
|Event Narrative||Small streams, such as Broad Run and Franks Run, flooded. Roads, culverts, and 2 private bridges were damaged.|
All events for this episode:
|ROCK CAVE||UPSHUR CO.||WV||02/29/2012||14:30||EST-5||Flash Flood||0||0||20.00K||0.00K|
|GREENVIEW||BOONE CO.||WV||02/29/2012||15:20||EST-5||Thunderstorm Wind||50 kts. EG||0||0||5.00K||0.00K|
|ELLENBORO||RITCHIE CO.||WV||02/29/2012||15:35||EST-5||Flash Flood||0||0||100.00K||0.00K|
|ASHLEY||DODDRIDGE CO.||WV||02/29/2012||15:35||EST-5||Flash Flood||0||0||200.00K||0.00K|
|WALLACE||HARRISON CO.||WV||02/29/2012||15:45||EST-5||Flash Flood||0||0||475.00K||0.00K|
|FALLS MILLS||TYLER CO.||WV||02/29/2012||16:00||EST-5||Flash Flood||0||0||25.00K||0.00K|
|VICTOR||FAYETTE CO.||WV||02/29/2012||16:00||EST-5||Thunderstorm Wind||50 kts. EG||0||0||5.00K||0.00K|
|LOBATA||MINGO CO.||WV||02/29/2012||16:00||EST-5||Thunderstorm Wind||50 kts. EG||0||0||4.00K||0.00K|
|HEPZIBAH||TAYLOR CO.||WV||02/29/2012||16:10||EST-5||Flash Flood||0||0||400.00K||0.00K|
|HICO||FAYETTE CO.||WV||02/29/2012||16:10||EST-5||Thunderstorm Wind||50 kts. EG||0||0||5.00K||0.00K|
|PROVINCE GROVE||WOOD CO.||WV||02/29/2012||16:30||EST-5||Thunderstorm Wind||74 kts. EG||0||0||15.00K||0.00K|
|MILL CREEK||RANDOLPH CO.||WV||02/29/2012||20:00||EST-5||Flood||0||0||1.00K||0.00K|
|COALTON||RANDOLPH CO.||WV||02/29/2012||23:15||EST-5||Hail||1.00 in.||0||0||0.00K||0.00K|