PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – It’s been another amazing year when it comes to Mother Nature’s fury.

We’ve seen it all in the Pittsburgh area from flooding, mega-snow storms and even some tornadoes.

Here’s Meteorologist Dennis Bowman’s top five weather events of 2013:

No. 5

A rash of evening thunderstorms that struck on July 23. There were many reports of hail and trees down and even a small tornado that moved into Columbiana County, Ohio.

There was also flooding on Banksville Road and Avella got two inches of rain in a short period of time.

No. 4

March 6 saw the biggest snow of the season with five inches in Pittsburgh and a foot of snow in eastern Allegheny County in Tarentum and Natrona Heights.

No. 3

The morning of Jan. 9. After a cold overnight, temperatures rose quickly during the morning commute as rain moved in.

However, pavement temperatures stayed below freezing, which led to a major ice event. There were over 50 car crashes in Butler County with two fatalities in Connoquenessing

No. 2

The powerful cold front on Nov. 17. This featured the highest wind gusts of the year in Pittsburgh at 55 MPH. Winds were sustained in the 50-60 MPH range for 11 minutes.

It was another episode of trees down and power outages.

No 1

The top weather story of 2013 was the severe weather outbreak on July 10.

Record rainfall of 2.44 inches led to massive flooding and landslides in the morning. Then, it was a squall line spinning up thunderstorms and tornadoes in the evening. Two were reported in in Ohio and one was reported near Moravia in Lawrence County as an EF-1 with winds of 90 MPH.

Fortunately no one was hurt in this prolonged bout with severe weather.


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