February, 2012

Windy, Warm Day After a Cold, Frosty Start

February 26th, 2012 at 10:19 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

40-50 mph wind core lined up from Morocco to Kankakee, Bloomington, Peoria & Springfield, Illinois.  Morocco gusted to 44 mph at Morocco, but our eastern counties had gusts to just 25-30 mph.  Fowler’s peak gust was 42 mph, while Frankfort’s peak gust was 35 mph.

Temperatures warmed as many as 35 degrees today after a wintry Saturday of highs only at 28-33 & morning lows of 17-21.


Windy Day with Skyrocketing Temperatures

February 26th, 2012 at 12:09 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

South-southwest winds are now sustained at 10-20 mph with gusts reaching as high as 33 mph. Sustained winds of 20-25 mph will arrive in the afternoon with some of the gusts as high as 45-50 mph in places.  Gusts of at least 35 mph will likely occur area-wide, though.

After 15-20 this morning, temperatures are now skyrocketing into the 40s, headed for highs in the 50s.  There have been such wide temperature swings in the eastern U.S.  Bowling Green Kentucky hit 78 degrees Thursday, only to drop to 22 this morning.  Muscle Shoals, in far northern Alabama hit 83 Thursday & dropped to 29 this morning.  Austin, Texas hit 92 Thursday, but their airport dropped to 30 this morning!  For us, it is the big warm up from 19 this morning to 50s today, though!

Some Gusts 45-50 mph Sunday & 50-55 mph Wednesday………Severe Threat Up to I-70 Mid-Week

February 25th, 2012 at 11:30 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

The windy weather will continue (after a calm, frosty & cold Saturday night).  Sustained winds of 25 mph are likely today with some gusts of 45-50 mph.  Wednesday, steady winds at 25-30 mph are likely with gusts to 50 mph, perhaps 55 mph.

Tuesday, Thursday & Friday will have gusts 30-40 mph.

Severe threat appears to be moving north for Tuesday night-Wednesday morning.  It may get as far north as I-70, but certainly the worst will be Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi & western Kentucky.  This said, we are still out of the severe threat zone, but showers with embedded t’storms are likely as temperatures warm to 55-61 by Wednesday morning.

Key win for Boilers

February 25th, 2012 at 10:08 pm by under Sports 18

Purdue picked up the key win they were needing on Saturday! The Boilers get the 75-61 win at Michigan and hand the Wolverines their first loss at home this season and it was on senior night.

It’s also Purdue’s first win this season over a top 25 team. This kind of a win could not have come at a better time for the this Purdue team.

After the distractions off the court took place for this team, they had one of two ways they could go. They could fall apart and lose focus, or they could respond with a new fire and passion! They made the right choice. They played Michigan State very well without D.J. Byrd and then came back with an 18 point win over Nebraska. Then, they took to the road against 13th ranked Michigan and beat them by 14! Great job Boilers!

I was really impressed by how they won the game against the Wolverines. They made their free throws! They rebounded the ball! They played great team defense! They didn’t turnover the ball! That is a complete team win!

I also can’t say enough about the play of Terone Johnson. He has so much talent but just hasn’t been able to put it together yet this season. He was able to though in this game. Terone scored 22 points, made his free throws, and didn’t settle for jump shots. If he is driving to the hoop and making free throws, the sky is the limit for him.

Also, Robbie Hummel really stepped up. His offense has been rolling of late and this team is guided by him. If he is playing well, the Boilers are usually playing well. He struggled shooting at the beginning of this game, but he responded to finish the game with 17 points.  He also grabbed 9 rebounds.

Purdue needs to enjoy this win for now but respond with the same energy against Penn State. Also, with this new found confidence they have required…. could they get a win at Indiana?

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Coldest Day In Two Weeks…………..Strong, Windy Storm System Tuesday-Wednesday

February 25th, 2012 at 1:16 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

The breadwinner from the snow showers Friday was near Wheatfield, where a CoCoRHas observer measured 1.5″.  I only had a trace at WLFI.  Jim reported 0.5″ at Kentland.

After the coldest day in two weeks with highs only 29-34, lows tonight will drop into the upper teens to around 20.

Temperatures will sky-rocket Sunday to 49-55 with strong south to south-southwest winds at 25-45 mph.  It will be mostly sunny & certainly mild, but the wind will make it feel a bit cooler & also make running or walking outside a bit difficult.

A strong storm system will bring strong winds & showers/t’storms by Tuesday-Wednesday.  It currently does not appear we will get severe weather from this, but latest model analysis shows shear, dynamics, instability & very warm, moist air (dew points to 60 as far north as Evansville) support what could be a tornado outbreak from Evansville, Indiana to Little Rock, Arkansas & Shreveport, Louisiana Tuesday night.  Will will likely hit our high of 55-61 late Tuesday night-early Wednesday morning with non-t’storm just gradient winds of 25-45 mph (perhaps 50 mph).  System may end as snow as temperatures plummet Wednesday.

Watch for Patchy Black Ice Tonight……Lots of Windy Weather On the Way

February 24th, 2012 at 10:01 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

With falling temperatures & some minor snow accumulation of 1″ or less in places, watch for patchy black ice on some roads tonight.

At 7:25 p.m., the wind gusted to 45 mph behind a departing snow shower here at WLFI.  Wind gusted to 38 mph at the Purdue Airport & 40 mph at Harrison High School.  The highest gust in the viewing area was 48 mph at the I-65/Route 28 INDOT weather station.

There is a lot of windy weather in the forecast with gusts to 35 mph Saturday, 45 mph Sunday (possibly 50 mph), 30 mph Monday & then as high as 45-50 mph by Wednesday.

Even late next week, gusts of 40 mph are possible.



Scattered Snow Showers Continue

February 24th, 2012 at 6:26 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

Scattered snow showers continue to pass with gusty winds to over 30 mph at times.  Accumulations of 1″ or less accumulations are possible.

Pacers midway through shortened season

February 24th, 2012 at 3:43 pm by under Sports 18

Half of the season is over in the NBA and the Indiana Pacers are 21-12 heading in to All-Star weekend.

Right now at the break, the Paces are 3rd overall in the Eastern Conference. They struggled for a bit, losing five games in a row, but it was nice to see them bounce back with four straight wins!

I’m very impressed that this team has already made this much progress. They were still able to stay at the top even after the George Hill ankle injury, that took him out of 12 games.

Roy Hibbert is an All-Star and has definitely been playing like it here of late. He has been a double-double machine and scored a season high 30 points against New Orleans! It was also great to see Tyler Hansbrough have a big game against Charlotte! He poured in a season-high with 22 in that game.

This team is very deep and has made huge strides this season. Where will they end up? I believe at the beginning of the season, I said they would finish in 5th place in the East. The truth now is though, they are the 3rd best team in the Eastern Conference, and I believe they should finish in 3rd place.

Thirty-three more games to go! It’s been fun so far, and I hope the Pacers’ fans from the 90′s are starting to come back and support this group again! They are a lot of fun!

Paul George better win the slam dunk contest too!

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11th Warmest Winter Since 1870……Next Week’s Outlook Becoming a Bit More Clear

February 24th, 2012 at 2:59 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

So far, we are experiencing the overall 11th warmest winter on record since 1870 in the area.  The warmest winter on record occurred in 1875-76.

Regardless of the warmer weather, snowfall is still running normal to above-normal for all areas, except our western 1/4.

The weather for next week is becoming clearer.  The Monday system will not get here until Tuesday & that will likely be THE main system of the week, rather than 2 or 3 systems.

It appears a very potent storm system will wrap up in the Midwest with the potential of a tornado event in the southeast U.S. to as far north as the Tennessee, perhaps Ohio Valley.

Our temperature will likely RISE Tuesday night to as high as the lower 60s & then fall all day Wednesday.  Given the rise in temperature & dew points, severe weather MAY get in parts of the viewing area.  Some snow may wrap around the backside with 30s, but any accumulation would be minor.

Some data indicates a strong wind event as this system exits with gusts up to 50 mph (perhaps 55-60 mph in Ohio) Wednesday.  This will need to be watched.

A pretty potent cold snap is likely after this, but a big warm-up is still a good bet afterward.  I stil think our first 70 is certainly possible around March 11-12.

Snow Continues In the North…….Winds Gusting to 45 mph

February 24th, 2012 at 2:09 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

Snow continues to fall in Jasper, Pulaski, Fulton & parts of White, Cass & Miami counties.  Otherwise, it is widely-scattered snow showers elsewhere.  Our snow showers melted to 0.01″ at WLFI, but it did not accumulate with temperatures in the middle 30s.  Up to 1″ has accumulated in our north, with little, if any accumulation elsewhere.

Up to 9.3″ of snow has fallen on the north side of Chicago.  Doppler radar snow estimates are below.

Wind Advisory continues for our northeastern counties with High Wind Warning in Ohio.