You can make it out on our 3-D fly thru. There is an area of low pressure which has played havoc with our weather early this morning. It brings back memories of being up all night with you back in 2003. While I am not expecting a repeat, the rain tonight has been relentless. Northern Carroll County has been flooded with 2 to 4 inches of rain in only about 4 hours. Amazingly this is a whole months worth of rain. The training of rain began just before the 11 p.m. newscast. This is the process where thunderstorms form and move over the same locations over and over like boxcars of a train on railroad tracks. The unusually heavy rain was also caused by a phenomenon called a jet streak. It is an area of strong upper-level winds that actually adds a ton of energy to the atmosphere. Take a look at how the air was literally piling up over White and Carroll County last night. We also had a south to southwesterly low-level flow. This creates quite a collision, causing tons of lift in the atmosphere. It was no surprise some areas had their heaviest rain of the entire summer.
Look at these incredible doppler radar estimates. The orange area had 2 to 3 inches of rain, while the deep red and white areas had 3 to as much as 6 inches of rain!
White County will also have to watch out for flash flooding. So remember not to cross roadways covered by water. Most people die in flash flooding in their vehicle. The popular saying to remember this is, "turn around don't drown." The areas of most concern are in Carroll County, especially in the Camden area. Here are the actual weather watcher rainfall totals. You can also put down water-logged Chalmers for 2.25".
I know of at least one pig that is very happy about this rain. She can once again dig in the mud.
Today is the big day! The Kiss the Pig Contest is tonight at 8:20 p.m. Thanks for all your support. Here is a picture of Marissa, her pig Betty, and I. If you did not catch the newscast last night, I kissed the biggest pig in the barn twice to get ready for tonight. Betty weighs 336 pounds and she could be a heck of an offensive lineman for Purdue. Marissa says it was all the marshmallows she eats that makes her so big. Marissa does such a great job with her! Betty also likes ties and she liked my tie so much, she nibbled on it and almost pulled me down in the pen after my second kiss, live on television. I still have lip burn and did eventually find a way to take my taught tie off. It is important to have a sense of humor in this business, and the things you do for live TV sometimes is more than you bargained for, but I wouldn't want it any other way.
But what this is about is something much bigger than you or I. It is about the kids. Last year enough money was raised for 4 scholarships. This year we hope to improve on this. Donations will be accepted all the way up until show time tonight. I cannot wait to see you! Purdue Peete was also out campaigning hard for the kids. We had a fun wrestling match since we are in a friendly competition. Tonight we will all be winners.