Saturday, December 20, 2008
Autumn Goes Out with Smoking Trees! Ice Storm of 2008 in the Books!
Andrew Grable of Twelve Mile shows a vintage Indiana picture of tree branches down after a big ice storm. You can say nature slam dunked us and it didn't even need a basketball.
Here were the official storm totals. No it was not the ice storm of 1991 but it caused plenty of headaches around the area and everybody feels very fortunate it was not worse. Imagine ice amounts about 5 times higher than this. This is what happened back in 1991 during the infamous ice storm!
It is hard to believe winter does not officially begin until Sunday at 7:04 a.m. What a wild ride it has been and it is not even close to over yet! I am downloading all your pictures even if I have to hold my eyes open with toothpicks. Why would I not be sleeping yet? That is easy to answer. It is the least I can do for all of you and our tenacious and talented WLFI bloggers. It is my way of saying thank you. You all deserve more than a pat on the back. We stayed up all night and kept everybody informed and it really was a team effort. It really is the future of this business. It is about keeping everybody safe and up to date to the minute. We cannot control nature but what we can do is keep our communication lines open which goes a long way into keeping everybody safe. I cannot thank you enough. I know how fortunate I am to do something I love but what makes it really special is the great people of our community that I work with everyday. This blog is as much yours as mine and yes we do need a television show so we can talk about the weather for at least 30 minutes every day. With Justin, Mary Anne, and Teri we would probably need an hour at least. You would be the show! That is just how great you are. For now though we at least have the blog! I have more good news and that is most areas have had their power restored. We were talking about most of the power outages up near the highway 24 corridor and that is exactly where nature hit the hardest. These pictures tell the story!
Stuart Sullivan in Twelve Mile where ice accumulations were just over .50"
Thank you Ben Bonsett of Logansport which at one time had 90% of the town without power
Vince Koser of West Lafayette shows how much less ice we had in areas farther south. Most of Tippecanoe County had close to .15" of ice. This is a double bonus of a picture with the ice on the trees highlighted with Christmas lights!
Former WLFI Morning Meteorologist Kelly Greene and now WANE-TV Meteorologist in Fort Wayne sends out her love to everybody in the Lafayette viewing area by sending in two pictures above just for you. Fort Wayne was one of the hardest hit areas with just over a half-inch of ice and most of it accumulated in about 3 hours time this morning. What a mess! Thanks Kelly and make sure to keep in touch here on the blog! She says she does miss everybody in Lafayette and thanks you once again for all your support over the years. Keep up the great work! It is great hearing from you again Kel-bel!
Greg Goltry shows us the scene off of state road 16 in Royal Center this morning. It was dangerous but looked "berry berry nice"! Thanks Greg!
Diana Marion of Monticello shows us a picture from good old Monticello which is known as home of the big 1974 tornado and a fisherman's paradise! This morning it wasn't so pretty! Meteorologist Stefanie Davis and I became quite concerned when the winds picked up after 4 a.m. and then got some calls from the Lake Freeman area about power outages. Now you can see why. I am glad you are safe and sound Diana!
Yes! We were all worried about not hearing from Mary Anne in Remington for several hours during the big event. I think this is a good clue. The powerlines caused a fire in one of her trees. Luckily, the fire department was nearby and she is safe and sound. Here are a few more pictures from Mary Anne Best and there is a reason they call her Best!
No, I did not forget our friends in Carroll County. You see a shot of some huge tree branches down along with freezing fog near Flora. Angela Huffer will remember this storm that is for sure!
No, the storm would not be official until we had verification from the wolves at Wolf Park in Battle Ground. Monty Sloan took this picture of the wolf pack that absolutely loves this weather. He told me he will put down some fresh straw in their huts to keep them warm this weekend! That is a good thing with our coldest weather of the season on the way! Thanks as always Monty!
Thanks so much for sending all your pictures in. I tried to share as many as I could. Do not give up on our White Christmas! I have not despite all of our snow melting away yesterday. We do have more on the way by late tonight and Sunday and more snow chances as we get closer to Christmas. I am not buying the scrooge-like models trying to send us rain. I will have updates on this during the weekend. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. Big concern right now is frostbite weather on the way late tonight and Sunday. Winter comes in with an attitude! I will have an update coming your way! Now it is time to REST, at least for a little while! :) THANK YOU