January 8th, 2013 at 2:37 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

Forecast still looks good.  With us getting closer, I can hone some details out.  Wednesday looks decent with high clouds/sun & near 46 with brisk south wind.  High clouds will tend to increase & thicken later in the day.

1.  Thursday looks showery (off & on rain) as it moves in near midday.  This will tend to last through the afternoon with the steady, widespread rainfall tending to arrive after 5 p.m.

2.  Rain tapers Friday with warm highs in the 50s.

3.  Rain returns Saturday morning with thunder in the afternoon.  Windy, warm high in the 56-61 range.

4.  1-2″ still looks like a good bet over this 3-day period.

5.  Wabash at downtown Lafayette expected to rise to around 10′ by early next week (minor flood stage is 11′).

6.  Wabash at Covington expected to rise to around 14.4′ by early next week (minor flood stage is 17′).

7.  Accumulating snow &/or mix is still possible around January 15, however exact day, hours of arrival, etc, as well as storm track is in question.


12 Responses to “Update”

  1. Tom says:

    Does anyone on here remember the blizzard of 1978? January 26 will be the 35th anniversary of the big blizzard. If you liked snow and cold, the 1970s were great for you. There were 3 bad winters in a row, 1976-1977, 1977-1978 and 1978-1979. 1977 is on my top 10 list for the worst years for weather since records have been kept. It all seemed to start in the Fall of 1976. Wednesday October 13, 1976 it was 80 degrees and that would be the last warm day for a long time. The next morning the temp. was 34 degrees and from Oct. 13 through Nov. 24 it never reached 60 degrees. All of the data I use is from the Purdue Agronomy Farm in West Lafayette. I also get info from old newspapers, weather diaries, and weather journals. All of this info helps tell the whole weather story.

  2. Tom says:

    November 1976 was very dry and cold. It only rained 2 days that month, 0.37 on Nov. 26 and 0.44 on Sat. Nov. 27. On Mon. morning Nov. 29, 1976 the temp. was 6 degrees. Only 8 days in Nov. 1976 reached 50 degrees or higher at West Lafayette. There were only traces of snow that month, but December 1976 would make up for that. On Dec. 1 a half inch of snow fell and made the roads snow covered and slick. Friday morning Dec. 3, the temp. was 8 degrees. On Tues Dec. 7, 1976 2 inches of snow fell in West Lafayette with up to 3 inches in Benton and Newton counties. Lafayette Baptist School canceled classed that day because its school bus was stalled. The first of many snow days to come from 1976-1979. I wonder how many snow days the Tippecanoe school corp. had during those winters? And there were no make-up days.

  3. Tom says:

    The temp. did reach 56 degrees on Dec. 19, 1976 and 43 degrees on Dec. 27, 1976 but that would be the last day above freezing until February 1977. It was 4 below on Wed. Dec. 29 and 2 inches of snow was recorded at West Lafayette on Dec. 30. At 7am on Dec. 30 there was about 2 inches of snow on the ground all across central and Southern Indiana. The last day of 1976 saw 12 below zero at West Lafayette. It was 17 below at Frankfort.

  4. Tom says:

    On morning of January 1, 1977 the temp. at West Lafayette was 11 below zero. The highest temp. for Jan. 1977 was 30 degrees on Jan. 26. On January 5 West Lafayette received 1.5 inches of snow but missed the heavy snow that dumped up to 5 inches on central and Southern Indiana. Crawfordsville and South Montgomery schools were Closed Jan. 5 because of hazardous driving conditions. Monday morning January 10, 1977 the temp. was 8 degrees at West Lafayette and 6 inches of new snow was on the ground. Most schools were closed except West Lafayette and Purdue. There were blizzard conditions throughout the Midwest. Between 6 and 8 inches of snow was on the ground in the Lafayette area. With all of the snow on the ground the temp. fell to 13 below at West Lafayette on Jan. 11, 1977 with winds from 7 to 12 miles an hour. It didn’t get any better on Wed. January 12 when the temp. fell to 14 below. January 1977 was half over and the worst was yet to come. I will continue later.

  5. Monster says:

    Tom!!! Continue:)

  6. mad man from afghanistan says:

    hopefully we will get a round of that spirit 76 yall..

  7. Tom says:

    Sunday January 16, 1977 the temp. fell to 19 below zero and the high was 11 below and Monday Jan. 17 at 8am it was 19 below zero and the high was 2 below that day. All schools in Tippecanoe County were closed Monday Jan. 17 and there was no garbage collections. Many cars were stalled because of the cold and some people had heating problems. Wednesday morning January 19, 1977 the temp. was 6 below and Lafayette schools were closed because of fuel shortages but West Lafayette schools and Purdue were open. Another inch of snow fell on January 20 and another half inch fell on January 24.

  8. Tom says:

    On Friday morning January 28, 1977 a blizzard had struck during the night and sent the temp. down to 16 below zero. One inch of snow fell on January 27 and 2 more inches of new snow was on the ground on the morning of Jan. 28. The wind was strong and blowing the snow. Winds gusting up to 50 miles per hour dropped the wind chill to near 50 below. All schools in the viewing area, including Purdue were closed that Friday. The weather had nearly paralyzed the state. Martial law was declared in White County to keep unauthorized persons off the roads during rescue operations. The high temp. that Friday was 3 below zero. On Sat. January 29 the snow was a greyish-brown because the high winds had picked up dust from farm fields in Illinois and the dust was mixed with the snow on the way down. Rural roads in the Lafayette area were still closed Sat. night January 29. It finally got above freezing on February 3 when the temp. reached 35 degrees. It had been below freezing since Dec. 27.

  9. Tom says:

    The long January of 1977 was over, but winter was not. More cold stuck the Lafayette area on Sunday February 6 when the temp. fell to 13 below zero and 12 below on Mon. February 7. Only Tri-County schools were closed that Monday. On Monday Feb. 14 the Lafayette area was surprised by almost a half inch of snow that made roads slick and icy. There was a nine car pileup on Ind. 43 south of Lafayette. The temp. reached 63 degrees on Feb. 23 but on Saturday Feb. 26 the roads were slick again when an afternoon and evening rain turned to ice. Three inches of snow fell in the Lafayette area that Saturday. Many cars in Jasper County had been sliding off the roads because of ice. Winter was over but that was not the end of the snow.

  10. Tom says:

    Spring was 2 day old and on Tuesday morning March 22, 1977 lightning flashed through the snow. 2.6 inches of snow fell and the temp. had dropped to 29 degrees. The wet and heavy snow cut power and closed roads and schools. 1000 people were without power in the Lafayette area. The storm gave the Tippecanoe school Corp. their 11th weather related day off that school year and I don’t think a day of it was made up. Because of the fuel shortage, Lafayette Jeff students probably missed more than that because they were the only school at that time that used natural gas instead of oil and the school was closed while waiting on the conversion to an oil burning system. And as bad as the winter of 1976-1977 was, the next winter would be ever worse. I will continue later.

  11. Duane C says:

    Tom, I was ten years old in 1976 and remember those winters!!! Schools were closed and we did not have to make up the days. I am a teacher now and we have to make up all of the days! One thing I remember is earning lots of money by shoveling the snow. I don’t know how many cars that I unburried. We didn’t have much money growing up and I was loaded. I made many trips to Villenger’s Drug Store (Later named Stallards) on Main Street. They had the best sodas!!! I remember walking down to Hooks on Sixth Street and it was like being in a tunnel. I sometimes wish my son could experience some of it now. Luckily, we have pictures or he would never believe me:)

  12. Mike in Dayton says:

    Ah yes, the winters of 77-78, great times indeed! Plenty of days out of school, and “didnt have to make them up”, and I think the vast majority of us turned out ok!!

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