A QLCS with passed with a main, large swath of significant wind damage in the heart of the WLFI viewing area on October 24, 2001. A very similar outbreak occurred on the same date in 1967.
Structural damage was reported in every township in Benton County with many farm buildings heavily damaged or destroyed. A 72 mph wind gust was measured at Fowler. This wind damage swath extended into White County with substantial straight-line wind damage to structures, trees & powerlines occurred in the southern half of the county to as far north as Monticello, where a 70 mph wind gust was reported. A television & radio tower was toppled by the winds at Chalmers, while trees were blocked by fallen trees & powerlines in Monticello. Crops that were not yet harvested were flattened by the wind & all blown down in a west to east orientation by the hundreds of acres. There was no evidence of gustnadoes, but hundreds of thousands of dollars in crop & structural damage was incurred in Newton, Benton & White counties alone.
Kentland & Roselawn in Newton County were hard-hit with numerous large trees & power poles snapped off & several homes with minor roof damage. A brief EF0 tornado touched down in a harvested field at the intersection of Route 26 & U.S. 41, west of Pine Village with no damage. Another brief EF0 tornado touchdown was reported in a harvested field near Buck Creek with no damage.
At Crawfordsville, the wind caused at least $10,000 in damage to roofs with numerous trees & powerlines blown down at Delphi, Twelve Mile (Cass County), Kempton & Attica. Southeast of Tipton, $10,000 in damage was incurred to several farm buildings & grain elevators. Wind gust to 100 mph (apparent microburst) occurred on the Fulton, Marshall County line, while an F1 tornado injured 14 people & caused 2.5 million in damage in Marshall County.
There were 4 hail reports: Lafayette & Frankfort with 0.75″ diameter or penny-sized hail & Converse (Miami County), as well as Fowler with 1″ diameter or quarter-sized hail.
Today we hit 67 at the station. The high on this date last year? Barely 42 with snow flurries in the morning & then again in the late afternoon. The low temperature was 34.
After 64-71 today, 68-75 is likely for tomorrow after a few spotty showers tonight with weak clipper. Clouds will give way to mostly sunny skies by Saturday afternoon.
Weak, dry cold front will pass Saturday evening, ushering in slightly cooler air. Lows of 37-44 are likely Saturday night, followed by 65-72 Sunday as front lifts back north as a warm front. However, skies Sunday look sunny.