Friday, June 29, 2007

A Sunsational Weekend is on the Way After Nature's Freak Show

Even by Indiana standards our weather has been crazy this week. This picture really sums it up. Monty Sloan at Wolf Park captured fire flies, lightning, and deep blue skies all in one picture. The little green streaks are the lightning bugs and there was just enough light at dusk to pick out the blue sky. Nature has certainly been putting on a show. If there was good news, it came in the rainfall department. In the last week, some areas have had about a month's worth of rainfall. Take a look at this.

Lindy Karberg sent this picture in from Lake Freeman. You can see the wake board sitting idle as sheets of rain ransacked Monticello. Some roads looked like you could go wake boarding on them in Cass County with areas just to the southwest of Logansport having torrential rain.

In Frankfort, Randy Rogers reported a cat under the hood of his car meowing. It took an hour to get the cat out safely. Talk about having nine lives. The cat apparently climbed up to higher ground in his car to avoid the flash flooding on Wednesday night. Kandy in Chalmers says the farmers are really happy with all of the rain.

But is everybody happy? Of course not. It is Indiana. We had a mere .01" of rain in Remington and just .25" of rain here at WLFI over the last couple of days. Luckily, we did have heavy rain last week. Not even the best of computer models could have forecasted the huge rainfall differences across the area. Convective precipitation is the culprit. You just cannot promise everybody rain this time of year. This is why I show Live Doppler 18 as much as possible so we can keep up with our crazy Indiana weather. Remember it is updated 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on our web-site whether the rain soaks your neighborhood or misses you.

Just when I thought I had seen and heard it all this week, at 7:30 p.m. last night we had a report of a land spout in Howard County just west of Kokomo. Luckily, the funnel did not reach the ground. Usually these type of funnels do not reach the ground and when they do they do not cause much damage. It was caused by a wind shift that came through with a slow-moving front. We saw this happen in July of 2005 on the southside of Lafayette as you can see in the picture above. More land spouts were reported last year on May 31st in White County.

These funnels are usually found on the front range of the Rocky Mountains. But anything is possible in Indiana. Just chalk this one up to another example of nature showing who is in charge.

The good news is that a high pressure will take charge of our weather in time for our big weekend and for some a long holiday weekend. The dewpoints are the true amount of water in the air have plummeted! Take a look.

Basically we have cut by about 1/3 the amount of water in the air today compared to Wednesday. It will also feel about 25 degrees cooler. Here is the reason why. We are on the right side of the chart now with dewpoints dropping below 55 today!

But we are heading into July so make sure to join me tonight and I will also have a sneak peak at your 4th of July. Also check back here on the blog and I will post the dates and times of all the fireworks shows. Have a great weekend and I will see you soon.


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