Here is what it looks like from where you live. I snapped this picture on the way back from working out. You see the new waterfront property along Highway 231 from lowland flooding along the Wabash River. The good news is the river will crest just below 18 feet this afternoon at 17.7 feet or 6.7 feet above flood stage. The critical flood stage on the Wabash is 18 feet so we have dodged extensive flooding by the hair of our chinny chin chin. Good news also at Covington on the Wabash today with only minor flooding expected. The news is not so good in Illinois where they melted down a big snowpack so be careful of more significant flooding if you are traveling west or in that direction.
The blue skies are back today and they couldn't come soon enough. Our delirious December weather is finally giving us a rest but how long will it last? This is what I am working on for the newscast along with your travel weather. We do have a couple fronts I am tracking but I do not see anything like we saw last week and we may not see another week like it for quite some time. I know most people are more than okay with this.
While you are waiting for the shows here is our weather blog question of the day: When was the last time we went from wind chills of -25 to 68 degrees in the same week?(a whopping 93 degree temperature difference!)
This is a good question. Believe it or not we did this before the historic floods hit the northern parts of our area from Remington to Monticello and Monon the first week of 2008. We had wind chills of -20 to -30 and by the end of the same week a record high of 69 degrees which went down as the second warmest day ever in January. Luckily this time around we only had about an inch of rain with no big snowpack. In January 5 to10 inches of rain fell to our north with a good 6 inch snowpack. In the northern Wabash watershed there was up to 20 inches of snow. This all melted in addition to a season's worth of rain in only 10 hours. This is why there was not a 100 year flood...but the worst flooding ever recorded during January.
The good news is this time around we will not see a repeat. So it is a good thing that we missed out on all the snow and we had a beautiful and drier than normal autumn. We can certainly count our blessings. Get out and enjoy the beautiful afternoon and I will see you soon!