Alright, as the storms move out to the east we are finally starting to see the storm reports roll in. High wind reports that is! Lots of wind reports from these storms reaching 50+ and 60+ mph. Take a look at this below.
Remember that these are all (In storm) wind reports. You can see Fountain, county reporting small limbs down from trees along with shingles ripped off the roof, that wind gust was ukn. Another report from Terre Haute, of 60mph, Tipton with a 65mph gust, Boone coming in with a 60mph gust and Logansport, reporting a 58mph gust. I also saw that down around Indianapolis, recorded a peak wind gust of 70mph! And the reports continued to get high the more south you went as that is where the storms were stronger.
Along with all these wind reports in our area there were also 12 Tornadoes reported just to our west in IL. How crazy is that?!?
So why didn't the storms hold together and pose a tornado threat to our area? Well, it's like I said in my brief update around 6:pm. We were unstable however not unstable enough to support tornadoes this time around thank god! I was looking at LI values around 3.0 which isn't hardly unstable, along with Total totals around 46, They need to be around 45 for thunderstorms to form and around 52 or higher to support severe thunderstorms. Also our EHI was only around 0.0 to 0.5 and they need to be around 1.0 to 2.0 to support severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. So unstable we were however not as unstable as IL. As a result the closer the storms go to our area the less severe they became. Not to say they weren't strong! As we can see the wind damage reports above!
So the storms will continue to push off to the east as you can see the line above. And yes that cold front is pushing through dropping temperatures tonight into the upper 20s and giving way to a few possible scattered snow flurries. From one weather event to another, that's how we roll in Indiana :) Here's your Friday break down below.
Friday we can expect a cold start to the morning with a few scattered snow flurries possible before 10:am EST. Skies starting out mostly cloudy will try to break up as the day continues giving way to clearing / partly cloudy skies. Expect a high Friday of 43* degrees and a low that night of 29* degrees. BREEZY with winds between 20 and 25 mph gusting between 30 and 35 mph at times.
Highs will be in the lower 40s on Saturday as well falling into the 30s as we head into next week.
Flooding will be the next topic! All this melting snow and rain of top of that is causing problems on the rivers.
The Wabash river is expected to crest Friday night into Saturday at around 18ft, Minor flood stage is at 11.0ft. If you live by the rivers please take note of this and be weather ready! If you see standing water on the roads and are unsure how deep it is please do as the saying goes and "Turn around, Don't Drown". The Wildcat is also being watched closely!
Latest observation of the wildcat creek near Lafayette, it was sitting at a little over 17ft. moderate flood stage starts at 15ft! This is already a problem and all this rain hasn't helped! So again please be aware and stay safe!
That's it for now bloggers. If you have any weather comments and would like to share please feel free to do so, Either in the comments section or on the JIWB facebook
Have a great night bloggers. God Bless.