June, 2012

Mental Toughness

June 30th, 2012 at 8:41 pm by under Sports 18

There’s a very short list of athletes who’ve stepped into the spotlight and followed a superstar like Peyton Manning’s and an even shorter list of those who’ve done it successfully. But if anybody seems to have the pedigree, the athleticism and the mental toughness to follow an icon, it’s Luck.

He continues to say the right things in interviews and colt fans cant wait to see him do the right things on the field next season. Sure…There will be glitches and bumps in the road but I can’t see how he will fail in his first season.

It seems like all the experts agree on this one, the Colts are getting the most mentally advanced college quarterback in decades.

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Need to Watch Iowa for Another MCS

June 29th, 2012 at 4:46 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

This will be the last posting until further notice.  Wife may be going into labor.  Will keep you up to date.  Thank you!

“Ring of Fire” pattern is underway with “ridge riders” riding on the periphery of the 100s. 

These (perhaps 2) will affect us overnight-Saturday night. 

Trigger is two subtle shortwaves riding up & over the 100s, which will help to trigger storms to pop through the cap.  The weak cold front sagging in will act as a train track for any storms to ride into the area.

However, not every one in the viewing area is guaranteed a storm.

Some severe wind & hail are possible with any one of these rounds.

Storm Reports

June 29th, 2012 at 4:21 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

Severe threat is over.  60-100 mph likely derecho is blasting through eastern Indiana & Ohio.


SE Pine Village:  1.75″ hail

4 Miles E of Lafayete:  1.75″ hail

Kokomo:  Measured gust to 59 mph

Kokomo:  Multiple trees & powerlines down

Windfall:  Empty 500 gallon water tank moved 1000′

Rochester:  Multiple trees & powerlines down

Rochester:  Estimated gust to 65 mph

Rochester:  Measured gust to 61 mph

W Bunker Hill:  Multiple trees & powerlines down

W Bunker Hill:   Estimated gust to 70 mph.

Eastside of Lafayette:  Tree down


Buck Creek:  0.50″ hail

Frankfort:  0.50″ hail

Windfall:  0.88″ hail

SE Lafayette:  0.50″ hail

Frankfort:  Measured Gust to 44 mph

Grissom ARB:  Measured Gust to 47 mph

Peru:  Measured Gust to 47 mph

Logansport:  Measured Gust to 37 mph

Atlanta:  Measured Gust to 51 mph

Fountain County Storm Weakening

June 29th, 2012 at 4:08 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

Fountain storm really weakening.  We will watch to see if it pulses up.

Severe threat is over for most of the viewing area, except areas in the southern 20%.

Widespread storms & widespread damaging straight-line winds of 60-100 mph are evolving (potential derecho developing which may hold to D.C.) across eastern Indiana & western Ohio.

Winds gusted to 91 mph at Fort Wayne airport & 84 mph in western Ohio with lots of damage.

Severe Storms Has Pulsed Up Southern Warren, Headed for Fountain

June 29th, 2012 at 3:49 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

Pea to golfball hail possible with this storm after a history of hail of baseball to orange size in Vermilion County, Illinois.

Wind fields are that impressive yet in the storm, but may belch out a microburst soon………………need to monitor.


June 29th, 2012 at 3:32 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

There are two severe storms in the area right now, one in central Clinton & northern Boone & one in Tipton County.

Otherwise, it is garden-variety storms, while the main bow of widespread damaging winds is arcing from Tipton to Bluffton to Lima, Ohio & southwest of Toledo, Ohio.

Threat is over anywhere along & north of Route 26.


East of Monitor:  Pea to golfball hail

Rossville:  Pea to quarter-sized hail

Southeast of Pine Village:  Golfball hail

Frankfort:  Measured Gust to 44 mph

Grissom:  Measured Gust to 47 mph

Kokomo:  Measured Gust to 59 mph

Kokomo:  Multiple trees down………….one on a car

Kokomo:  Powerlines down

Lafayette:  Dime-sized hail near McCutcheon High School

Frankfort:  Dime-sized hail

Windfall:  Nickel-sized hail

Windfall:  Empty 500 gallon water tank blown approximately 1000′

Atlanta:  Measured gust to 51 mph


June 29th, 2012 at 3:14 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

Gust to 60 mph with hail to golfball size possible in northern & central Clinton to Howard & Tipton counties.

As bowing MCS evolves & exits area, hail/microburst/macroburst threat will become widespread damaging straight-line wind threat.


Storms Popping

June 29th, 2012 at 2:43 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

Cap is being poked through as subtle shortwave arrives.  Storms are popping right overhead & are tending to congeal into a bowing MCS, slowly.

Lots of pea hail with some golfball stones mixing in have been reported near east Tipp Middle School.  NWS may put warning out for southern Carroll, Clinton & east Tipp. shortly.

Marble-sized hail was reported at Buck Creek.

The Cass & Miami storms do not look severe.


Dangerous Heat Today……..Lower Atmosphere a Boiling Pot On the Stove (With a Lid)

June 29th, 2012 at 12:21 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

It is incredibly hot today.  It is 96.1 at WLFI as of 12:38 p.m. with a dew point of 78, bringing our heat index to Heat index is 112 in places!  How is it this incredibly humid with dry soils?  Wind blowing over wet Iowa & Minnesota soils ahead of a front has pooled & concentrated just ahead of it, really increasing the amount of low-level moisture.


It does appear a cluster of storms will begin to pop pretty much overhead this afternoon in the viewing area, then organize into a bowing MCS with damaging straight-line winds.  BUT THE STRONG CAP MUST BE OVERCOME FIRST!  The trigger for storms popping through it?  Subtle shortwave, weak, weak front, outflow boundary from last night & lake breeze.  All of these will work with EXTREME instability to pop cap & get severe storms going.  These would tend to pop early to mid afternoon.

It appears a microburst/macroburst & large hail threat will exist as the storms pop directly over the area.  Then, as they tend to congeal more in our far eastern counties, more of a widespread damaging straight-line wind threat will evolve.  This bowing MCS will likely continue through Indiana, Ohio, western Pennsylvania & West Virginia, before reaching Washington D.C. by early Saturday morning.  Since these will pop literally overhead, coverage will run 50% & NOT everyone will necessarily get rain.  The more widespread rains will occur east of here, to possibly our far eastern counties.

Given the fact that dew points are near 80 in places, extremely heavy downpours may accompany the storms as they will behave like a loaded sponge.


Happy For Hummel

June 29th, 2012 at 12:24 am by under Sports 18

Thursday, June 28,

I couldn’t be more thrilled for Robbie Hummel. After a long, long night of waiting for his name to be called on the NBA Draft’s telecast, the Minnesota Timberwolves picked Hummel in the 2nd round with the 58th overall selection.

The Timberwolves got an absolute steal in Hummel because this is an up-and-coming team with players like Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio (who’s recvoering from a knee injury). Plus, Timberwolves Head Coach Rick Adelman has a reputation of being a players coach who gives young players a chance. Remember, Adelman was the Houston Rockets’ head coach when former Boilermaker Carl Landry started his NBA career with the Rockets. Plus, we all know how unselfish Hummel is. He’ll fit in even if he’s the 12th man.

Best of luck to Robbie in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Blog to you soon,