6:15 P.M. Update

October 31st, 2014 at 6:02 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog


0.6″  Wheatfield

0.5″  Rensselaer

0.4″  Kentland

0.25″  Remington

Winds are still strong.  They have gusted as high as 47 mph today.  Temperatures are running 34-38 & will fall to 32-35 this evening.

Rain/snow showers will turn to all snow showers viewing area-wide before ending.  Patchy dustings are likely with perhaps 1″ or less in Newton/Jasper.

Bridges & overpasses have have a few slick spots & all of the leaves on wet roads otherwise will slicken some.


Power Out On Parts of West Side of West Laf……….0.25″ Snow Reported at Remington

October 31st, 2014 at 4:08 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

Parts of the west side of the city of West Lafayette are without power, as a tree has taken down powerlines. 

Wind-driven light snow continues to fall at the station with 35.  Took a gust to 44.7 mph at 3:47 p.m.

Mary Anne is reporting 0.25″ of snow on the ground with 0.5″ reported at Renssealer.  0.6″ reported on elevated surfaces at Wheatfield.


Dual Pol Shows All Snow Northwest Counties at 2:30 P.M.

October 31st, 2014 at 2:27 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

Dual Pol shows all snow flakes in our northwest counties sinking southeastward at 2:30 p.m.

This may mix with rain as it moves southward, but some places may have car wind shields/roofs/grass whitened by this.  Before all is said & done tonight, some places, mainly in our northwestern counties, may see 1″ or less of accumulation on the grass/cartops, etc.  With temperatures dropping into the 20s overnight, some slick spots are possible, mainly on bridges & overpasses.

High Wind Warnings are in effect for the Chicago area.  Gary Regional Airport just gusted to 67 mph!

For our area, gusts will run 45-50 mph today.

At the moment, the highest gusts are in our northwestern & western half & those higher winds are pushing eastward.


Strong Winds, Rain & Snow Showers In Area

October 31st, 2014 at 1:05 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

A mix of rain & snow showers are over the area, some places briefly went to all snow with a brief dusting reported from our own meteorologist Amber Hardwick up in Rensselaer.  Spotter Jim in Kentland reported all snow as well for a while.  Other reports of dusting in Buffalo, Burnettsville & Seafield, even Fowler.  Winds have gusted as high as 38 mph in the area, so far.

Temperatures are 34-40 area-wide, but as a bit of drier air has punched in, a bit of dim sun as appeared in the heart of the viewing area.

Pics from the Tippy in White County:


Wayne captured this shot of the changeover to snow & the light dusting in Monticello & a Monticello pic from Liz:



The Halloween 1993 Snow………..10:11 P.M. Update On Tomorrow’s Strong Clipper

October 30th, 2014 at 10:09 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

A large, moisture-laiden southeastern storm system brought 1-2.5″ of snowfall to the southeastern half of the viewing area around Halloween 1993.  Farther north, amounts were trace-0.3″, largely, except for lake effect bands that developed in Newton & Jasper counties.  2-2.5″ fell in Demotte & Wheatfield.  An isolated total of 5″ fell at Kentland.


Strengthening clipper still on tap to bring gusts as high as 45 mph tomorrow with scattered rain showers going to mixed rain/snow showers & finally all snow showers by evening.

After highs of 42-46, we will fall into the mid 30s by late afternoon-evening with wind chills as low as 18.

It is not out of the question that some patchy light snow accumulation occurs on car wind shields/rooftops in the area.  In our western counties from Benton to Newton/Jasper, some places may see the grass/ground completely whitened as lake effect snow showers occur as system snow showers gradually pull away.

Temperatures will drop into the upper 20s.

This clipper will likely continue to strengthen over Ohio, then energy transfer will occur to a major coastal storm (Nor’Easter).  It will bring windy, cold weather to the South & Northeast.  The track keeps it largely offshore.  However, as this merger occurs, 2-6″ may accumulate in the higher elevations of the Appalachians.

If it would track a bit more to the west, then the Northeast would have a wind-driven rain & snow event.



Latest Friday-Saturday Outlook

October 30th, 2014 at 3:38 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

A few showers are possible evening-tonight to early tomorrow morning.  It is not out of the question that there may be a bit of sun in parts of the viewing area tomorrow morning as some dry air punches in (dry slot), but it will quickly go cloudy to mostly cloudy by near noon.

After that, temperatures will plunge from the 40s to the 30s with winds sustained from the north at 20-30 mph with some gusts to 45 mph.  Scattered rain & snow showers will pass through.  We may go to all scattered snow showers by evening-night.  After a high near 43, we will likely be around 34 by 6-7 p.m. in the Lafayette area with wind chills around 18.

Some lake effect snow showers may fall over Newton, Jasper & northern Benton counties.  There, the grass may be whitened by Saturday morning.  Elsewhere, if there is any accumulation, it would be some on your car wind shield or rooftop.

Lows by Saturday morning will run 26-30.

Saturday looks mostly sunny, windy with gusts to 40 mph & highs only at 42-46.

Major Variance In Low Temperatures This Morning

October 30th, 2014 at 2:58 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

We dropped to 32 for the first time since April 23 this morning.  We had a good frost, too, but I only noticed by hibiscus only very, very slightly burned on the leaf tips after leaving it out during the night.

I will definitely be bringing it in tomorrow night, though with lows in the upper 20s, followed by lows near 25 Saturday night.

Check out the massive difference in the low temperatures in our east & northeast compared to our west & southwest!   You can tell where the low cloud hung on all night, acting like a blanket.



12:15 A.M. Update

October 30th, 2014 at 12:27 am by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

Still looks like increasing clouds Thursday with a few showers coming in Thursday night & into Friday morning.  As clipper deepens to our northeast Friday afternoon, a spoke of showers will pivot in as winds pick up & gust to 45 mph in some areas from the north & north-northwest.

Temperatures will fall from mid 40s into the 30s & some wet snowflakes may mix in the showers by evening.  It is not out of the question that some area could go to a period of snow showers before ending with lows in the upper 20s by Saturday morning.

Saturday looks windy with gusts to 40 mph with sunshine, but cool highs in the mid 40s.

With calm winds, clear skies & strong surface high right atop our area, 22-26 looks good for Saturday night-Sunday morning with sun & 48-53 Sunday & less wind.

Warmer, windy weather will return next week, but also some showers & t’storms.

October 29, 1996 Severe Weather Outbreak

October 29th, 2014 at 10:24 pm by under Uncategorized

October 29, 1996 QLCS

A QLCS with small LEWPs within it passed through the WLFI viewing area 7:50-10 p.m. on October 29, 1996.  In the bulging appendages of the “S’s” or LEWPs, the winds were maximized.  The very strong low-level winds that caused those bulges in storm lines, often make it to the ground.

Widespread straight-line wind damage was reported countywide in Newton, Jasper, Pulaski, Fulton, Benton, White, Fountain & Tipton counties with damage in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Numerous trees, tree limbs, powerlines & power poles were downed by the winds & literally hundreds of farm buildings sustained damage area-wide.

A home’s roof was heavily damaged in Crawfordsville, trees fell atop a camper at Concord (Tippecanoe County), hundreds of trees were snapped or uprooted at Newtown.  Rensselaer, Monticello, Rochester, Crawfordsville, Russiaville, Lebanon & Windfall all reported significant damage to the communities” trees with numerous homes reporting roof damage.  Grain augers were overturned by the winds at Lebanon.


Historic Halloween Weather at West Lafayette 1879-Present

October 29th, 2014 at 5:12 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog


HIGHEST HALLOWEEN TEMPERATURE:  83° in 1950 & 1953 (second warmest 79° in 1933 & 1935)


LEAST TEMPERATURE MOVEMENT FROM HIGH & LOW FOR THE DAY:  1929 – High 65°    Low 62° (0.07″ rainfall that day)

HIGHEST AVERAGE TEMPERATURE:  70° in 1900 (High 77°    Low 63° [0.12" rainfall that day])

Second highest 68.5° in 1953 (High 83°    Low 54°)



LOWEST AVERAGE TEMPERATURE:  32.5° in 1906 (High 42°    Low 23°) & 1954 (High 38°    Low 27°)

GREATEST TEMP SPREAD FOR THE DAY:  37° in 1938 (High 68°    Low 31°)



WETTEST:  1919 – 1.63″