History & Tourism

The Mansfield Tornado Of 1894

16 Jun , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Early in May, 1894, newspapers across the country, from Maine to California, carried a small news item originating in Mansfield, Ohio.

The brief post shared news of a tornado which struck here a few days before, leaving destruction in its wake and downed power lines everywhere.

Sound familiar?

On the evening of Saturday, April 28, the skies started to glow yellow in the northwest, suggesting that something significant was coming weather-wise. At about 7:00 PM, the storm hit with its full force striking the north part of the city.

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EF1 Tornado Hit South Of Mansfield On Monday Night; Cooling Stations Opened

15 Jun , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

A team of on the ground investigators examining the physical damage caused by a storm which moved west to east south of Mansfield on Monday night confirmed that a tornado was included.

The tornado was classified by the National Weather Service as an EF1, which can feature winds from 80 to 110 miles per hour and cause moderate damage. At this level, roofs can be  stripped from shingles or planting and small areas of roof may be blown of a house. Siding can be ripped off structures, mobile homes flipped or rolled onto their sides, small trees uprooted, large trees snapped or blown down, telephone poles snapped, outhouses and sheds blown away. Cars can occasionally be flipped or blown over, and moderate roof and side damage can occur on barns. 

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The What, When, And Where Of This Week’s Winter Storm: We Have It All In One Place

1 Feb , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Were you out and about today?

A late afternoon visit to Meijer in Ontario revealed shelves largely empty of bread. The refrigerated biscuit section was all but bare. Entire sections of noodles were gone except, of course, for the spicy variety.

Clearly questions about the upcoming storm (Winter Storm Landon) are on everyone’s mind. What is the latest forecast? How many inches of ice and snow will be get? When will it hit? How do I keep informed if my power goes out? What events will be cancelled?

As always, there are two ways to become informed. You can read or listen to the News Journal, Richland Source, WMAN, WMFD, or other local media and get part of the story. Or you could tune into 1812Blockhouse and get the updated details from those media in one space, as well as the latest from the National Weather Service, the Ohio Deparment of Transportation, and more.

We’re calling it “WINTER STORM LANDON – RICHLAND” and, as of Tuesday evening, it is the top post on our desktop and mobile versions. It can also be accessed here.

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More Snow May Be Coming; Winter Weather Advisory In Effect For Sunday

22 Jan , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

The National Weather Service office has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for all of Richland County for the period between 1:00 AM until 4 PM on Sunday.

This Advisory includes Hancock, Wyandot, Crawford, Richland, Ashland, Marion, Morrow and Knox Counties. This includes the cities of Findlay, Upper Sandusky, Carey, Bucyrus, Galion, Crestline, Mansfield, Ashland, Marion, Mount Gilead, Cardington, and Mount Vernon.

Details are as follows:

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There’s Snow Way This Is Happening!

20 Apr , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

At least that’s we thought around here when we saw the forecast for a mid-April snowfall in north central Ohio.

It pays to be vigilant about the weather, however, so we’re sharing with you the latest update from the National Weather Service office in Cleveland.

In a nutshell, it goes like this — Widespread snowfall is expected across the region on Tuesday night into Wednesday. Accumulating snow may be possible into Wednesday morning which could impact the morning commute. More…

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What A Winter It Was

7 Apr , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Word has it that the thermometer broke through the 80 degree mark on Tuesday, signaling that the worst of winter — and even the not-so-worst of winter — is behind us.

It’s good to plan ahead, but before doing so let’s take a quick look back at the wonderful winter of 2020-2021. In particular, let’s consider how north central Ohio fared in terms of the white stuff.

The bottom line is that it snowed and snowed over the last several weeks, and Mansfield found itself above average in terms of total snowfall for cities in the eastern part of the United States. More…

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Warmer, Wetter Week

7 Mar , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

We’re certainly not claiming that spring is here. Let’s just say that as we look forward to the next week, guided by the latest forecast from the National Weather Service office in Cleveland, things look decidedly better than they did two weeks ago.

The week will be peaking temperature-wise on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, with hights in Richland County to be at or near 60 degrees. Rain will be coming at the end of that three-day period.

Here is the weekly forecast: More…

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Buckle Up, Richland: Season’s Biggest Snowfall May Be Coming

14 Feb , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

UPDATED — see below

Truth be told, Richland County residents have been spoiled a bit over the last couple of years, snow-wise.

That luck may be about to change.

Weather experts are sharing tidings of Winter Storm Tabitha, which is set to arrive in our neck of the woods on Monday morning. Between then and Tuesday afternoon, heavy snow is possible here. In the Mansfield area, that translates into 5 to 9 inches of the white stuff. More…

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A Bit More Cold Outside, Then Some Relief

26 Dec , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

Now that Richland County has experienced its first solid dose of winter, and a true White Christmas, the weather rollercoaster is about to take another turn.

Over the last 24 hours, snowfall totals reported to the  National Weather Service have included the following amounts (in inches): More…

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A White Christmas And A Cold Christmas

24 Dec , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

The weather prognosticators have spoken. Richland County is going to have a white Christmas this year.

Unfortunately, it will be combined with a rather nasty change in temperature.

According to the National Weather Service office in Cleveland, Richland County can expect some snow beginning in the late morning to early afternoon. Some accumulation is likely, with about 1 to 4 inches the most likely outcome.

Some additional snow is possible Tuesday evening.

On Christmas Eve morning, a cold front will move across the county, followed by much cooler air on Christmas Eve through Saturday. Because it will be accompanied by gusty winds, this can include single digit temperatures on Christmas Day itself.

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Mobile Richland: See A Preview Of How Weather Is About To Change

12 Dec , 2020  

By 1812Blockouse

Through our new Mobile Richland series, we look at interesting websites with good mobile interfaces that come to our attention, ones that also have some connection to Mansfield and Richland County or which can be helpful to our readers.

This is the second post in the series; the first can be found here.

The National Weather Service is readying a new website that will greatly improve your ability to get accurate and timely meteorological information. More…

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Winter Weather Advisory For Monday Evening

16 Dec , 2019  

From the National Weather Service office in Cleveland:

Freezing Rain Expected Tonight through Tuesday Morning…

Low pressure will move northeast into the Ohio Valley tonight. The low will extend a stationary front northeast across southern Ohio tonight and the low will track along this front through Tuesday morning. Warmer air will ride up and over the colder air to the north producing a mix of precipitation including freezing rain. More…

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Extreme Weather Calls For Extreme Farming

3 Dec , 2019  

Recent extreme weather events have created difficulties for many Ohio farmers. Many fields were left unplanted, and many of the fields that were planted suffered drown outs, yield losses and delayed harvests as farmers waited for crops to reach maturity. That is why the Richland County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), along with the SWCDs of Ashland, Holmes, and Wayne counties and the associated county Farm Bureaus, are working together to help farmers create a plan for these extreme weather events. More…

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Shelby Picking Up The Pieces: Updated

15 Apr , 2019  

A confirmed tornado joined other wind events in the Shelby area late on Sunday afternoon causing damage businesses, houses, and more.

On Sunday night, Fox8 was reporting that six people in Richland County have been hospitalized with storm-related injuries.

According to the National Weather Service office in Cleveland, the tornado touched down shortly before 5 PM. Soon, power outages began that caused Shelby Police to ask motorists to treat traffic lights as four-way stops. More…

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Severe Weather Safety Week Is Here; Statewide Tornado Drill Tomorrow

20 Mar , 2018  

You may not have known it, but you are in the middle of Ohio’s Severe Weather Safety Week.

Our friends at Richland Public Health remind us that this is a great opportunity for homes, schools, and businesses to brush up on their knowledge of spring severe weather threats, and to test their safety plans. More…