Wednesday, December 31, 2008
We Say Goodbye to 2008: When Storms Ruled the Hoosier State
This past year will be remembered as one of Lafayette's stormiest on record. This picture sums up 2008. Wolcott and the rest of us were certainly swamped! I was just compiling the total yearly precipitation and while we did not set a new record for precipitation like they did in St. Louis and Chicago we were not that far off! We will certainly remember the historic floods that hit the Tippecanoe River and the areas from Newton County through Monticello, Monon, and Logansport.
Monon was turned into a lake with a winter's worth of precipitation in only 10 hours combined with melting down six inches of snow. The northern watershed of the Wabash melted down about 20 inches of snow almost overnight. This brought crests of 20 to 25 feet above flood stage and disaster as folks were rescued from rooftops. It was reminiscent of some of the scenes that we saw from the flooding after Katrina hit New Orleans. Hundreds were displaced and many lost their homes forever.
The good news is that 2008 is going out on a quiet note with great travel weather. The wind gusts of 40 mph at WLFI last night will diminish to near 10 mph by late today with light winds tonight. Here is your Kokomo Ball Drop New Year's Eve forecast! I will have more on this coming up today. Happy New Year!! I think tonight will be a great night to take in that great event while listening to some music and drinking a cup of hot chocolate. The picture above is from the technokats who help make the ball drop a success every year! They are a robotics and tech team that competes in (FIRST) For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. They do a lot to motivate and inspire high school students to get interested and involved in science and technology. I am motivated that is for sure! Bring on 2009! Every year in Indiana is always fun and interesting when it comes to the weather. Tonight we will take a look at just how stormy we really were here in Indiana and if our temperatures actually ended up below average in the world's coolest year since 2000. See you soon!