NOTE: Patchy freezing fog is still likely tonight. Watch for patchy black ice, as well.
SEVERE WEATHER OUTBREAK MARCH 6, 1956
Significant severe weather outbreak hit the viewing area during the night-time hours on March 6, 1956.
5 tornadoes were confirmed & hail up to baseballs fell. Winds of up to 70 mph also occurred in the viewing area.
All of the tornadoes were rated F2 on the old Fujita Scale with winds of 133-157 mph. On the modern Enhanced Fujita Scale, these tornadoes would be rated EF3 (Enhanced Fujita Scale: EF3 = 136-165 mph).
3 people were injured near Dunnington, in Benton County by a tornado that caused $1/4 million in damage (1956 dollars). Figuring in inflation, that would be $2.2 million today.
A tornado roared through areas 1-1.5 miles northwest of Delphi, while another one side-swiped farms northwest of Monticello. The fourth tornado did thousands of dollars of damage to farms near Windfall, while a fifth struck farms between Amboy & Converse. The sixth tracked 2 miles from northwest of the Route 18/Co. Road 500E intersection to north of Galveston Airport to Co. Road 700E. One person was injured from this twister.
Several areas in Carroll County received golfball to baseball hail with locations including Radnor, Bringhurst, Cutler & Burlington. Tennis ball hail occurred in Cass & Miami counties.
A major F4 tornado hit Grant County, killing one person & injuring 31. Loss from this tornado amounted to nearly $35 million (inflation figured)!
Straight-line wind damage occurred over a good chunk of the viewing area with gusts estimated at 60-80 mph.
My hometown of Odon, Indiana (40 miles southwest of Bloomington) sustatined a great deal of damage from this outbreak. Homes were unroofed & significant damage to the large oaks & hickories in the city park.
After 70s on March 6, by the morning of March 8, we were all in the teens with highs only in the 20s to around 30! However, 2 days later, we were all back in the 50s & 60s!