It's been a dark and stormy year so far.

From cold snaps to snow to torrential rain to tree-toppling winds, Mother Nature's weather lot for Akron this year has been pretty extreme.

The National Weather Service office in Cleveland noted Wednesday that the region is on pace to have one of busiest years in a decade for the number of severe weather warnings issued and instances of storm damage.

With the passage of Tuesday night's line of severe thunderstorms, the weather service noted it passed the 200-mark for warnings issued.

The last time the weather service issued more than 200 weather warnings for Northeast Ohio was in 2013, when a total of 224 were issued for the entire year.

Not only have there been an inordinate number of warning issued, the weather service notes the storms have caused more reported property damage too.

The weather service says it has fielded 417 local storm reports of significant weather-related damage so far in 2019.

This far eclipses the 181 reports for all of 2018.

The storm damage reports are on pace to catch up to and perhaps even pass the last bellwether year of 448 reports in 2011.

After a chance of showers and storms on Thursday, things settle down in Akron through the weekend with sunny skies forecasted and milder temperatures in store.

 

Craig Webb can be reached at cwebb@thebeaconjournal.com.