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Anniversary of the April 20, 2004 Tornado Outbreak - Live Doppler 13 Blog


It's the anniversary of the April 20th, 2004 tornadoes that touched down at Jamestown, Elwood, and Kokomo. Below are some photos and more information on the event from the National Weather Service.

Six Tornadoes Affect Northern Indiana
April 20, 2004

National Weather Service Lead Time with the Tornadoes
(How long before touchdown the NWS got the warning out):
Miami County...12 minutes
Grant County...16 minutes
Huntington County...24 minutes
Wabash County...53 minutes

Wabash County
F1, skipping (not in contact with the ground at all times)
Touchdown at 7:08pm one mile southwest of Lincolnville
Two mile path length
150 yards wide
Two homes heavily damaged, one barn destroyed

Huntington County
Tornado #1:
F0, skipping (not in contact with the ground at all times)
Touchdown at 7:25pm five miles southwest of Huntington.
Three and a half mile path length
50 yards wide
Five houses damaged, tree damage
Tornado #2:
F0, skipping (not in contact with the ground at all times)
Touchdown approximately 7:40pm two and a half miles east of Huntington. Lifted two miles southeast of Roanoke.
Six mile path length
50 yards wide
Tree damage

Grant County
Tornado #1: F0, touched down for a moment in a field, no damage, at Point Isabel. Touched down at 7:31pm.
Tornado #2: F0, skipped (not in contact with the ground at all times) from two miles west of Fairmount to Upland. Power lines blown down. Touched down at 7:26pm.

Miami County
F0, skipping (not in contact with the ground at all times)
Touchdown at 6:24pm near Amboy
One mile path length
50 yards wide

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Clear Sky To Stick Around Friday


As expected the morning snow showers and low clouds departed by early afternoon for a fantastic finish...albeit cooler than the average high (mid-60s). But we're in store for another unseasonably cold night with lows closer to the record low (23) than average (44). Freeze Warnings up again tonight for areas along and south of I-70 from 12am to 9am Friday. If you have flowers you want to protect from those freezing temperatures, you will need to bring them inside or cover them.

This doesn't mean it won't be cold for areas north of this zone, but the growing season hasn't really started much north Indy yet.

Friday will be sunny, with afternoon temperatures in the range of 55 to 60 degrees. Playoff basketball is back at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Friday evening. If you going to the Pacers game, temperatures will be in the upper 50s to start and in the upper 40s for the end of the game. The Indians are back at Victory Field too. You will need the coat for baseball Friday night and probably this weekend too.

We are forecasting high temperatures near 60 degrees on both Saturday and Sunday. These numbers are about 5 degrees cooler than average. Right now we have mostly cloudy skies in the Saturday forecast and a little more sunshine in the Sunday forecast.

A slow moving weather system will bring the chance for a few showers on Tuesday next week.

Strong Low Brought Big Changes - Live Doppler 13 Blog


Bummer! Some areas in central Indiana started off with some snow showers.

The cold air and moisture was thanks to the low pressure system that moved across central Indiana yesterday.

There was a huge temperature contrast yesterday. Here were the highs for April 18th, 2018.

I was in Noblesville, playing a round of golf. There was a big swing in temperatures yesterday afternoon. It was cloudy and cool when we started.

After a couple of hours, the sun came out and the temperature rose quickly.

By the end of the round, the low pressure brought gusty winds, cloudy skies and a big drop in temperature.

Temperatures tumbled into the low 30s this morning. The skies will gradually clear out this afternoon and temperatures will rebound into the low 50s with wind chills in the 30s.

It will be cold again tonight with temperatures running more than 15 degrees below average, falling into the upper 20s. A Freeze Warning goes into effect at midnight tonight through 9am Friday. Cover your plants and flowers.

Temperatures will get back into the upper 50s Friday through the weekend.

It will be a bit warmer next week with temperatures back into the mid 60s.

Another Chance of Snow - Live Doppler 13 Blog


An area of low pressure will move into central Indiana today. Winds will eventually shift out of the south, with wind speeds gusting around 25 mph. There is a chance of rain this afternoon into the evening. The better chance of rain is in northern Indiana. A few scattered showers with gusty winds will be possible across central Indiana with highs in the mid 60s.

A line of a few thunderstorms will be possible in east central Indiana later this evening, along a cold front.

As cold air wraps in behind the area of low pressure, temperatures will fall. Rain could mix with snow late tonight into Thursday morning.

By morning rush hour, a few scattered snow showers will be likely, as temperatures fall back into the low to mid 30s.

No accumulating snow is expected. Here is a look at the seasonal snow for Indianapolis for this season.

A gradual clearing arrive by Thursday afternoon with sunny skies and highs only climbing into the upper 40s and low 50s.

Warmer Wednesday - Late Day Gusty Showers - Live Doppler 13 Weather Blog


It will be a clear and cold night for central Indiana, as temperatures drop into the lower and middle 30s. Clouds return as the sun comes up, as a fast moving weather system arrives. Temperatures will be tricky on Wednesday. South of the warm front, afternoon temperatures reach 70 degrees across the southern part of the state. North of that warm front, afternoon temperatures will only be in the 50s across the northern part of the state. There will be a chance for a few showers and storms, with gusty winds possible. The timing for these gusty showers is 3pm -7pm Wednesday.

Big Swings with Another Chance of Snow - Live Doppler Blog


It will be another well below average but warmer than yesterday where highs only climbed to 37° (and that was just after midnight). Temperatures have been wild for April.

A few flurries are flying this morning but a gradual clearing arrives later today with sunshine. Afternoon highs will climb into the upper 40s.

Wind chill values will be in the 30s and low 40s.

It will be partly cloudy and cold tonight with temperatures falling into the low to mid 30s.

Wednesday will be warmer and windy at times with gusts out of the south around 20 mph. Showers will be possible by afternoon.

Highs will get into the mid 60s with some of south central hitting the 70 degree mark.

Colder air wraps in Wednesday night into Thursday. Rain will change over to a few snow showers early Thursday morning. No accumulation expected with the best chance of snow in north central Indiana.

It has been a record April for snow but believe or not, Indianapolis is still a couple of inches behind the normal snowfall for the season.

Rare Air And Snow For Mid-April


If you were wondering whether or not the chill and snow Monday is unusual for this time of year in Central Indiana... it certainly is.

The "high" temperature in Indianapolis, at midnight, so far has been 37° which is near the record low maximum for this date. Since 1871, there have been only 54 days during April with a "high" temperature at/below 37°... an astounding .2% of eligible April days.

In addition, the .30" of snowfall measured at NWS Indianapolis Monday marked on the 11th day on record with .30"+ snowfall on/after April 16th in Indianapolis in the past 147 years and first occurrence since 1961.

April 2018 remains the 10th snowiest April on record for Indy and snowiest for this month since 1982 with snowfall just under 3". This pushes Indy's Meteorological Spring (March-May) snowfall total to 14.2" which is 5th snowiest on record.

Any way you slice... this season and month have been snowy and not what many Hoosiers had hoped for during spring. Long range guidance does offer some hope for warming later this month but with plenty of ups and down between now and then. Stay tuned.

Snowy And Cold Monday On Tap


A well-advertised shot of unseasonably cold air arrives in Central Indiana overnight. The upper level storm associated with it squeezes-out rain/snow showers this evening but within the cold core Monday expect only snow showers...perhaps widespread coverage too.

Lowered visibility and a quick dusting are main threats of snow showers Monday... which at times will look like a snow globe.

The bigger story may be the unseasonably cold air mass producing a winter chill.

Wind chills Monday morning have some sting to them in the teens and afternoon "high" temperatures in the mid-30s will be 30 degrees colder than average...more like mid-January than mid-April.

Snow showers likely linger into Monday night with some areas getting a dusting to under an inch. Thick cloud cover lasts into at least midday Tuesday before a clearing sky Tuesday evening.

Much Colder Temperatures Moving In


Happy Sunday!

The cold front has passed through Central Indiana and now temperatures are on the downward trend. We already achieved our "high" temperature for the day around 3am hitting 59°. Winds have shifted and cooler air is taking over.

We're already running over 20° cooler than where we were 24 hours ago in some spots.

Temps stay steady in the lower 50s this afternoon. Good news is the widespread morning rain will wrap up, leaving cloudy skies with just a few stray showers for the remainder of the afternoon.

As arctic air takes over during the overnight... any leftover moisture will begin to transition from the liquid to frozen form as temps approach the freezing mark. This will happen around 4am.

As we get into the morning drive, temperatures hold steady just below freezing keeping the chance of scattered snow showers in the forecast.

We're not looking at a widespread, impactful snow tomorrow, but rather just some light snow showers and much cooler temperatures.

Road temperatures right now are WELL above freezing in the 70s, so most of this snow will melt on impact. Some roads might be wet in the morning so plan ahead for that.

Temps struggle to reach 40° tomorrow afternoon with skies remaining mainly cloudy with a stray rain/snow shower possible.

A few more bands of snow will be possible Monday evening before moisture completely exits during the overnight into Tuesday morning. Another night with temps near freezing before our temperatures moderate on Tuesday afternoon.

We'll still be about 10° below average Tuesday with highs in the lower 50s, but the 60s make their return by Wednesday.

Minus some scattered rain showers Wednesday and Thursday, we're mainly dry over the next work week.

From Heavy Rain to Snow Showers - Live Doppler 13 Blog


The unsettled weather pattern continues through the weekend, as a strong area of low pressure moves over central Indiana. There have been many dry hours for much of central Indiana this afternoon.

Another round of showers and thunderstorms moves in later tonight, mainly after 9pm. Heavy rain will be likely overnight through Sunday morning.

Rain totals through Sunday morning could be around one inch with another half inch possible by Sunday evening.

The good news is that severe weather is no longer expected but flooding and ponding on roads is possible. Temperatures will hold near steady in the low 50s through Sunday morning.

Spotty showers are likely Sunday afternoon with winds out of the southwest from 5 to 10 mph. Temperatures will fall into the upper 40s by late afternoon.

As much colder air wraps around the area of low pressure, temperatures will fall into the upper 20s and low 30s by Monday morning. Left over moisture will be in the form of scattered snow showers.

No accumulation is expected but snow is possible into Monday night. Snow will be wind whipped with blustery conditions. Temperatures will only climb into the upper 30s and low 40s.

A gradual clearing moves in late Monday night, allowing skies to clear. Temperatures will fall into the upper 20s by Tuesday morning.

A nice spring rebound returns by Tuesday with highs in the mid 50s.

Wednesday will be warmer with highs in the mid 60s with chances of rain returning by afternoon.

Another round of rain looks likely over the weekend.

Rainy Weekend With Cooler Temps Arriving


A potent weather system is impacting much of the US today with severe storms to the south and blizzard-conditions from Kansas up through Minnesota into Michigan.

We're sitting in the "warm sector" of this low pressure system (in between the warm front and cold front) which will keep our temperatures mild again today.

Rain showers will be likely through the early afternoon with some dry time later today. Remaining cloudy but mild into the early evening with high temps near 70.

There will be a good enough break from the rain to get some grilling in early this evening before rain starts to redevelop after 9pm.

The showers and storms overnight are associated with the cold front and some could be on the strong to severe side. Widespread severe weather is not expected, but a few isolated damaging wind gusts are possible mainly after 2am Sunday morning. Make sure any lawn items, patio furniture, or garbage cans are secured before heading to bed tonight.

Widespread rain pushes in after midnight. This will be the warmest part of the day for Sunday (when we achieve our "high" temperature) in the lower 60s.

Stronger storms develop along the cold front and push in to the Indy metro around 5am Sunday. Temperatures start to drop into the 50s with colder air north.

The heaviest of the rain will pull east by noon tomorrow. The severe threat comes to an end with stray showers lingering into the afternoon. Steady temps in the low to mid 50s.

Stray rain showers continue into tomorrow evening with temps still in the 50s.

Once our wind shifts from the west, northwest, arctic air filters into Central Indiana changing any lingering moisture from rain to snow by early Monday morning. No accumulation is expected, but watch for slick spots on your Monday morning drive.

Much colder to start next week with highs Monday struggling to reach the 40 degree mark.

Temperatures recover again on Tuesday with highs returning to the 50s. A warm front takes temps into the 60s Wednesday before another, less potent, cold front brings the 50s back in the round out next week.

Stormy Saturday - Stay Weather Aware - Live Doppler 13 Weather Blog


The Live Doppler 13 Weather Team continues to track a developing and strengthening storm system across the middle part of the county. There will be a couple of waves of rain and storms on Saturday. Saturday will be a day to be weather aware because there is a risk for some severe storms.

The latest timeline as the first wave arriving early Saturday morning and lasting through about noon. There will be another wave developing later in the day. Remember if you have outdoor plans, take us along with you and download the Live Doppler 13 Weather App. You can track the storms with Live Doppler 13 Radar and get alerts on the go. Saturday will still be warm and near 70 degrees. In between the rounds of rain and storms, there will be a few dry hours Saturday afternoon. Here is the timing with FutureTrak13.

We get on the cooler side of this weather system for Sunday. Temperatures will only be near 50 degrees and it will be a damp day with more rain expected. It gets cold enough for some snow showers on Monday, with temperatures only near 40.

Sunshine returns on Tuesday and temperatures return to the upper 50s.