March, 2012

Doing It Big In The Easy

March 30th, 2012 at 12:11 am by under Sports 18

Nicely done by Ryne Smith and Brittany Rayburn. Both Senior Boilermakers represented their school very well.

Ryne Smith started out strong and even made a late run at a spot in the finals but when he got to his final rack of balls he simply had nothing left in the tank. He started missing everything short. Just when I thought he was done, he gathered himself long enough to take a deep breathe and put up the money ball with time expiring…It just wasn’t meant to be.

I’m just glad the Big Ten was well represented as two of the top three finishers were from the B1G. Congratulations to John Shurna for winning the event on the guys side.

The women followed and Purdue’s Brittany Rayburn was up first. A tough spot to be by the way…She had just sat around for what seemed like a day and then she was in the first pair of shooters. I blame bad luck as much as anything else for the 3-point shooting specialists. Yes she missed the cut in the first round by 4 or 5 points but i was still proud of Britt.

I had heard that all of last week she was working really hard on her three point contest shooting and even was trying to get used to different rack sizes for when she reached for the basketballs. In the end it wasn’t meant to be for her either but she gave it her best shot.

In the end, I was happy that the old gold and black was represented at this years final four. It was pretty cool to see the only pair of shooters from the same school in the field.

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Friday’s Weather

March 29th, 2012 at 9:44 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

Wave of rain is passing through the area now, but will depart over the next few hours.

Storms are blossoming to our west & are severe.

I am thinking these will tend to congeal into a broken, not solid, cluster of showers & storms (with some additional scattered showers & t’storms forming in Illinois), then pass through our area Friday morning-afternoon before tapering.  Coverage may peak at 60%, but thinking 45% coverage will be average, so this will not be a solid shield of rain & storms.

Tapering in our area, these will pull away as the warm front lifts northward.  At this point, warm, humid, air will surge in with temperatures rising into the 60s & even 70s in the viewing area.  Given impressive low-level shear with the warm front & a surface low to our northwest aiding in turning of the wind with height, a few isolated severe storms may pop.  The threat would be large hail (1-1.75″ diameter) & isolated tornadoes.

Time frame for the threat of the isolated supercellular-type t’storms would be 2 p.m.-6 p.m.

It still appears the front will slip south of the area Friday night, chilling it down into the 40s with some fog.

Saturday is tricky, but right now it appears the northeast counties may struggle to even get to 60 with 77 in our southwest as the front moves back north & stalls.


Wave of Showers This Evening, More Widespread Showers/T’Storms by Early Friday Morning

March 29th, 2012 at 4:44 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

Passing, rather compact wave of rain will get into the area this evening (mainly in the southern half of the viewing area) with more substantial rainfall arriving by early Friday morning.

New showers & t’storms in Missouri will tend to congeal into a broken cluster of showers/t’storms, then pass Friday.  These will tend to taper Friday p.m., but a couple isolated severe t’storms may sneak into the viewing area as the warm front lifts northward & baths us in warm, moist, unstable airmass.

The main threat would be an isolated large hailer or two, but you always have to watch the low-level shear along a warm front (when good heat & humidity are present with decent wind fields aloft) for a brief tornado.  Thus, isolated tornado threat needs to be acknowledged, given the moist, warm, unstable, but highly-sheared environment (especially in the lowest 1 miles of the atmosphere near the ground).


Central Catholic Baseball Preview

March 28th, 2012 at 11:58 pm by under Sports 18

The 2012 Knights have set their sights on a 4th straight Class A State Championship. Their are 6 seniors on this years team that have never lost in the state tournament and they don’t plan on finishing their careers at CC in any other way then winning at Victory Field.

To get back to Indianapolis it is going to take pitching and defense. The Knights are led by their 1-2 punch on the mound from Austin Munn and Nick Stone. Both of these guys are serious competitors who will do whatever it takes to get the job done.

For now I believe CC will miss the services of Jake Churchill. For his sake i hope this back situation clears up and he is able to contribute at some point this year. Standing in the dug out on Tuesday I could tell how bad he wanted to be out there with his team mates.

Yes the Knights will lose more regular season games then they have in years past while they adapt to their new conference schedule but the fact is this team will be ready when it matters most because of the Hoosier Conference.

I expect just as this team does to see them playing in the Class A State Championship game again this year.


Outlook to the Friday Rainfall

March 28th, 2012 at 9:43 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

A dry line brought extremely dry in today & a surface cold front is now bringing in the chilly air.  That same front is beginning to buckle back north (as a warm front) to our west & a robust plume of warm, humid air is surging back northward in Kansas & Missouri.

The lift & shear near this surface warm front is leading to large-hailing, tornadic supercellular t’storms in Kansas tonight.

This warm front will lift northward & turn our skies quickly overcast tomorrow night, preventing absolutely any kind of frost or freeze.  It will bring a round of showers & some t’storms to the area Friday, but these may tend to taper late in the day.

As they taper & the warm front lifts northward, a couple severe storms may sneak in as we begin to warm up nicely (after 50s…………to possibly 60 for most of the day).  You always have to watch any stray storms near/south of a surface warm front in that warm, moist air, as shear parameters support tornadic development.  Forecast guidance suggest a hailer or two, as well, if any stray storm can make its way in here from the south.


Strong, Dry Winds Today

March 28th, 2012 at 6:38 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

It was a windy day with elevated to high fire danger.  Relative humidity levels were as low as 11% today in the viewing area-amazing for Indiana.  Here at WLFI, the relative humidity dropped to 21%.  It was so incredibly dry that it actually felt several degrees colder than the actual air temperature, especially with the wind.  In such dry air, the moisture on your skin evaporates so much that it acts as a natural air conditioner around you, chilling you.

Gusts were measured as high as 47 mph.

Upper Ridge Building Back, Then Coldest Weather Since Early March

March 28th, 2012 at 4:05 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

Upper ridge building back in will bring the 80s Sunday & Monday.

However, the coldest weather since early March will rush in later next week.  Highs may only run 47-52° by Wednesday with a brisk north wind.  Overnight lows may drop to 26-31°.  Some wet snow may fall in Wisconsin, Michigan, northeast Ohio & over the Northeast U.S.

In-between these two “events” severe weather will be possible Monday afternoon-evening.

Few Severe T’Storm Warnings Early This Morning, Now Fire Weather Warning Newton, Jasper, Benton

March 28th, 2012 at 12:58 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

We had some Severe T’Storm Warning early this morning with a few reports of pea & marble hail in Newton & Warren counties.  I received a report of 1″ diameter hail near Attica.  However, due to lower coverage, some of you didn’t even receive a drop of rain.  Now, it is sunny, windy, very dry & warming into the 70s.

Very dry, desert/High Plains air has overspread the area behind the dry line with some gusts to 40, even 45 mph.  This will make for an elevated brush fire danger today, especially in our western & northwestern counties.

Some Scattered Storms Possible In the 11 p.m.-6 a.m. Time Frame

March 27th, 2012 at 9:35 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

Updated radar image from 10:13 p.m.:

Scattered storms are overcoming capping & initiating in north-central Illinois.

These are occurring in a plume of mid to upper 50s dew points (with decent instability on heels of strong low-level jet [or core of winds at 5,000' transporting juicier air in from the Gulf]) on the southern end of a strong 500 mb jet streak (or core of strong winds at +15,000′ up).  Marginal instability combined with decent deep layer directional & speed shear are conducive to some multi & single cell, splitting storms with mainly large hail (isolated damaging gust) in a northeast-southwest band.  Relatively low dew points & high LCLs (cloud bases) will prove hostile to any tornadoes.

So, as for us, some scattered storms with a peak of 40% coverage will pass between 11 p.m. & 6 a.m.  A few severe storms are possible with mainly large hail of a few 1″ diameter stones (mixed with pea & marble stones in a storm).  An isolated damaging wind gust is possible.  This all would occur in the western half of the viewing area.

Given the 40% criteria, there will actually be a few places that see very little, if any rain fall at all.

Few Severe Storms Possible Tonight-Early Wednesday Morning

March 27th, 2012 at 2:35 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

It still looks like a few severe storms will be possible tonight.

Very potent dynamics (associated us being on the southeastern edge of a core of very strong winds at 20,000′) will cross dryline tonight.  Plume of 55-60 dew points will also rush northward & tongue edge of these will move up into the area.  This will result in modest instability at the surface, but good elevated instability for some storms to feed upon.

Storm mode will be multi-& single-cellular with a tendency for storms to split.  Coverage will run 40%.  Given this coverage it is conceivable that there will be locations in the viewing that see not a single drop of rain tonight.

A few large hailers are possible with an isolated damaging wind gust.  Timing would be in the 11 p.m. -6 a.m. frame for the viewing area.