Saturday, March 7, 2009

Thunderstorms Roll In....Main Threat Heavy Rain & Lightning

We have a lot of flashing in the sky over Tippecanoe County at 7:00 p.m. so remember your lightning safety rules. The good news is our severe weather threat will remain low through the remainder of tonight. While we could see a couple thunderstorms tonight the atmosphere is primed for heavy rain rather than damaging storms. So at this time our main threats will be lightning and heavy rain. We have a small chance of pea-size hail and maybe a wind gust near 30 mph. The strongest storm corridor will be from West Lafayette through Delphi and Logansport. By 8 p.m. we will watch mainly a rain event with some downpours at times.

Severe thunderstorms will become more likely on Sunday afternoon in the Lafayette area between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. as a cold front moves through the area and a strong jet stream enters the state. This could add some spin and extra lift to developing thunderstorms. Our main threats will be damaging wind gusts near 60 mph and large hail here at home. Areas from Indianapolis southward could even see an isolated tornado or two. A wind advisory will be possible with wind gusts outside of thunderstorms of 40 to 50 mph between 3 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Sunday in Lafayette.

I do not expect widespread severe weather in the Lafayette area tomorrow since we will wake up with heavy rainfall keeping our atmosphere more stable. But areas south of Interstate 70 and areas farther south will have a much more unstable atmophere to work with. On Tuesday I think Lafayette will have a much better chance of more widespread severe weather but we just need to take it a day at a time and in this pattern an hour at a time. We will certainly have to monitor things closely on Sunday. Be safe and I will check in as needed.

The latest rainfall forecast for most of our area will be near two inches of rain. Another soggy and stormy day on Tuesday of next week could bring another inch of rain so a Flood Warning has been issued on the Wabash River Tuesday morning through late Wednesday night with a flood crest of close to 12 feet or one foot above normal. This could still change based on how much rain we actually receive. So keep checking back for updates.

A Flash Flood Watch is also in effect for Newton, Jasper, and Benton Counties through Sunday evening which means to be ready to move to higher ground especially along rivers, creeks, and lowland areas. Do not cross roads covered by water and avoid driving at night when washed out roads are hard to see.

A Flood Watch continues until Sunday evening for Miami, Cass, White, Pulaski, and Fultong Counties. Lowland flooding will be the main threat.

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

BRB, thank you for your update, we already know its raining and some lightning., as already blogged. Enjoy your weekend:)

Mike kidding about BRB, please be with us tomorrow and the beginning of the week.and tonight:))))) Please

Thank you

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update MIke! I am getting fairly heavy rain just passed here so far of .36

My wind is out of the WNW at up to 20 mph.

MA in REM

thanks for being here!

Annie said...

I'm really enjoying this spring rain! My hubby and I are about to go sit out on our porch and enjoy some tea... aaaah. Nights like this make me look forward to summer after a cold and cozy winter!

Anonymous said...

ANNIE SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAVE HAD MANY COZY NIGHTS), WHEN IS YOUR BABY DUE? OH HOW I REMEMBER THOSE DAYS OF WAITING, MINE HAD THE HICUPPS ALL THE TIME BEFORE HE WAS BORN. KEPT ME AWAKE PART OF THE NIGHT. WHAT AN AMAZING FEELING.

Anonymous said...

Awww Annie, what a nice way to spend an evening.

Hey all is getting foggy in Laf. be careful!and there is a cool steady mod rainfall.

Anonymous said...

It is still raining hard here in Lafayette I'M currently at .46" inches.

WET!!!!! LOL. Tea sounds good Annie! Have a great night!

Justin.

Anonymous said...

Its actually nice to hear and see the rain out right now. Its calming. Although with a warmer temp, rain, it will help boost spring. The trees are getting big buds. The grass might even try to change, but get the cooler weather, it'll calm it down.

Grass seed time! soon! I am so ready to do the yard work. I am already planning a few upgrades.

Anonymous said...

The rain has stopped in Lafayette, and I'M at .66" inches of rain!

See you all here later.

Justin.

Anonymous said...

We have had some rain... .32 total....and it is over now. It looked like we were going to get some decent rain with yellow/red on radar headed in....yellow moved overhead....nothing more than light rain.

Chris in Tipton

Anonymous said...

loved the light show and my kids reaction to it..my girl jumped to the floor by the couch and said mom the light..well she didnt seem that scared and i told her it was the light from the highway..well she kept doing it... then it started to rain so i figured it out lol

they loved it she kept saying I am not scared mommy

Anonymous said...

the above post was me renee in laf

Anonymous said...

I am up on the NEW time only because I have to be :-) Wow...training t-storms all night have left 1.68 inches rain and it is still coming down. How about the rest of you reporting in? Temp is at 48* which is warmer than when I went to bed.

MA in REM

Anonymous said...

Temp. in Rochester is 45.1 degrees, and it is still raining. In fact, we have had lightning/thunder for the last hour.

F/C

Anonymous said...

I'm getting rain, thunder and lightening in Kingman.

I'm going to have a bad time walking in the house, my little dog will be under my feet and the big dog will be hiding in the bathroom. The bad thing is she shuts both bathroom doors and it is a small space and then the little dog goes in there. Then there isn't any room for the person.

Anonymous said...

URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDIANAPOLIS IN
513 AM EDT SUN MAR 8 2009

...MARKEDLY INCREASED WIND GUSTS EARLY THIS EVENING INTO
TONIGHT...

.LOW PRESSURE OVER WESTERN MISSOURI WILL STRENGTHEN AND MOVE
NORTHEAST INTO THE SOUTHERN GREAT LAKES BY THIS EVENING. SOUTH
WINDS WILL INCREASE AHEAD OF THE COLD FRONT THIS AFTERNOON. WIND
SPEEDS WILL INCREASE FURTHER BY EARLY EVENING AS A STRONG COLD
FRONT...TRAILING THE LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM...SWEEPS THROUGH
INDIANA. WEST WINDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH WITH BRIEF GUSTS BETWEEN 45
AND 50 MPH ARE LIKELY BEHIND THIS COLD FRONT. STRONG CROSSWINDS
ON INTERSTATES 65 AND 69 WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTY.
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INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...LAFAYETTE...FRANKFORT...KOKOMO...
CRAWFORDSVILLE...ANDERSON...MUNCIE...INDIANAPOLIS...TERRE HAUTE...
SHELBYVILLE...BLOOMINGTON...COLUMBUS...VINCENNES...BEDFORD...
SEYMOUR
513 AM EDT SUN MAR 8 2009
...WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 AM EDT
MONDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN INDIANAPOLIS HAS ISSUED A WIND
ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 AM EDT
MONDAY.

WEST WINDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS OF 45 TO 50 MPH ARE
EXPECTED.

A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT WINDS OF 30 MPH SUSTAINED OR GUSTS OF
45 TO 50 MPH ARE EXPECTED. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING
DIFFICULT...ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA
CAUTION.

Anonymous said...

Nice thunderstorm and very heavy rain in Laf. and is 50*

I know about the time change Mary Anne, I woke Looked at the clock and thought it was awful dark at 8:00, thought we were in for one heck of a bad storm. Then I relized the blasted time change.

Teri in Laf.

Anonymous said...

Oh and Mary Anne, I dont hae rainfall amounts to report, but did rain heavy off and on all night in Laf. I kept opening and closing the windows. Rain was flowing in the east windows:( Brrr I am chilly!

Teri

Katie said...

MA,
Woke up at what I thought was 5:30 am only to remember it was only 4:30 am! Hate this silly time change.

Anonymous said...

Tornado warning and watches in Kansas and MI Looks very bad! heading our way gang hold on to you hats.

Anonymous said...

That is MO LOL!

Anonymous said...

Katie and Teri, somehow I always think of "Our Man Mitch" when I am upset at the time zone and changes :-)

wow, guys we have 1.84 inches rain. Creek is out Katie, in case you didn't know it AND we are under a TORNADO WATCH until 5:00 new time. Look at the line in IL coming this way. Could be storms ahead of the cold front.

MA in REM

Anonymous said...

YOU along with us up here are under that watch until 5:00 our time. Stay tuned to TV/WXradio/Internet and here of course.

MA