Thanks to Jim Cotant in Peru (A Beautiful Snow)
Our average snowfall is 22.4" and now we have almost doubled it. CAN YOU SAY 43.1 INCHES OF SNOW AND COUNTING!! Yes, I was shouting, this is unbelieveable! We have had only a handful of years with 40 or more inches of snow and it is the equivalent of hitting 50 or more home runs in baseball. Nature has certainly belted it out of the park. I will have more on this year's place in history tonight. One thing is for sure...it is the winter we will all remember! I will also never forget March 4, 2008. We had a rare phenomenon take place. Tonight, we will take a look at what caused that intense band of snow to form in a 20 to 30 mile wide area. Here is how it looked on radar.
Snow rates of just over an inch of hour pounded portions of Fountain, Warren, Tippecanoe, Carroll, Clinton, Howard, Cass, and Miami Counties. Snowflakes the sizes of golf balls were reported along with thundersleet near Tipton! The atmosphere became so charged up that Precision 18 Doppler was picking up hail spikes that we normally only see during a Spring or Summer thunderstorm.This did lead to a few reports of thunder along with one of the worst sleet storms some can ever remember in portions of Clinton, Tipton, and Howard Counties. A quick half-inch of sleet was reported and the ice pellets were coming down so hard that it sounded like hail. The thunder was just a side note that added to all the raucous. Here is what it looked like on radar.
This special phenomenon is called a TROWAL and by 7 p.m. most of Lafayette had 3 inches of fresh snow with drifts of 10 inches reported in spots. Notice the narrow band of heavier snow. Not even the best of weather models have the resoultion to forecast exactly where and when this may take place. It was just like trying to forecast exactly where a spring or summer thunderstorm will pop up.
Our blog question of the day: What is a TROWAL? (this is worth lots of bonus points and maybe a T-Shirt if you get it right) I will have your answer this evening.
In the meantime, enjoy these snowfall totals, snow-lovers! This winter has been a dream come true for many and yes, a nightmare for some.
Reports of 6" of snow with 12" drifts were received at Divison Road and 500 West. There were also a few trees reported down across the area due to the heavy snow and ice accumulations. The ground is also totally saturated from one of the stormiest winter's on record!
You can see below how it looked in Frankfort. It looks like Kelly Wilson found a few deer tracks, but otherwise the gem city was like a ghost town and very quiet after receiving over a month's worth of snow and ice in just a few hours! Snow does a great job of absorbing sound and some of your most peaceful walks are possible after a big snowstorm.
Tipton was roughed up as well and just shoveling out cars and scraping windows took a good 30 minutes. Travel on area roads was at a snail's pace. Powerlines were drooping very low under the weight of a good .20" of freezing rain and the heavy sleet that fell. Luckily, we have not had reports of power outages and the lighter winds moving in should help things.
It is certainly a winter wonderland once again across the area! The next question...is are there any signs of more lions lurking. Well, late week into the weekend there are a few warning flags going up. Remember our models have a southern bias and that green shaded area representing moisture to the south could come a lot farther north in the form of MORE SNOW. Take a look and I will have more on this tonight on the news!
Have a great day! We might as well go for the snow record....I will make sure to share the top 5 years on the weathercast tonight as well and post them here for you by tomorrow! Thanks for all your help, pictures, and snow totals during the storm. I will try to post more pictures as they come in and remember the tornado drill this morning and evening. Only in Indiana can you be digging out from a snowstorm and have severe weather awareness drills! I LOVE THIS STATE!