Thursday, February 26, 2009
Cold Front Charging Our Way!
Rainfall Updates as of 2:00 a.m. The news is terrific. Yes, we had a couple of loud booms of thunder, but no severe weather reports across the area. Most of our wind gusts remained close to 40 mph and the heavy downpours moved fairly rapidly through the area. We can consider ourselves likely and I think any flooding on the rivers should be minor.
Update as of 10:20 p.m.
Our first few rumbles of thunder have been reported in Benton County. A report of pea-size hail near Perrysville in Vermillion County....Latest Live Doppler 18 scan still showing everything is on track with our main threats being heavy downpours and wind gusts near 40 mph.
Update as of 10:00 p.m.
Thunderstorm line continues to lose intensity with no lightning being reported in Indiana as it moves across the state line. Wanda in Boswell does have some heavy downpours and gusty winds near 30 mph. I would not be surprised to see a few gusts in the 40 to 45 mph range between now and about 2 a.m. as this front passes through the area. There is still a small chance of a little pea-size hail but as of now expect a quick half-inch of rain along with gusty winds. Be careful on the roadways over the next few hours and then we will get ready for the big temperature drop!
Update as of 9:30 p.m.
The cold front moving our way does not have much lightning associated with it at this time. The number of lightning strikes across northern and central Illinois have decreased rapidly as they have approached Indiana. The severe thunderstorm risk area will likely be from St. Louis into southern Illinois and Indiana. Here at home we could still see isolated wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph, a few rumbles of thunder, and brief heavy downpours. I will check more data and be back!