Wind Gusts to 45 mph Possible With Arctic Front OvernightJanuary 19th, 2013 at 8:17 pm by Chad Evans under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog
It is a balmy 42.2 degrees as of 10:39 p.m. in West Lafayette, but Arctic front is looming & racing our way.
The Arctic cold front/clipper has produced winds up to 61 mph near Minneapolis, Minnesota. Wind gusted to 55 mph at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Temperature went from 38 at 2 p.m. to 5 as of 10 p.m. with winds gusting to over 30 mph. Mason City, Iowa has gusted to 55 mph. Wind chills in North Dakota are now down to -30.
Arctic air will rush in here overnight with temperatures dropping from the 40s to the teens to around 20 rapidly. As it roars in, winds may gust to 45 mph at times over a 2- to 3-hour period. Even tomorrow morning, winds may gust to 35 mph, dropping winds chill to -4.
Amazing there is really no snow pack from here all the way to Minnesota. I can’t image how much more potent this cold air would be if there was! This is the most potent Arctic front since January 2011 in what was a bitter winter with the heaviest snowfall at West Lafayette since winter 1981-82. That year, the AO went into its most negative mode since 1977 (Arctic Oscillation [when negative = colder pattern here]).
PEAK GUSTS TODAY
41 mph Fowler
38 mph Covington
36 mph Rochester
36 mph Grissom Air Reserve Base
36 mph Kokomo Municipal Airport
36 mph Kokomo
36 mph Indianapolis Executive Airport (East-Southeast of Lebanon)
36 mph Burlington
36 mph Atlanta
36 mph Frankfort
36 mph Rensselaer
34 mph Jasper County Airport
33 mph Crawfordsville
33 mph Attica
33 mph WLFI-TV
32 mph Cass County Airport
31 mph Purdue University Airport
HIGH TEMPERATURES TODAY
51 Purdue University Airport
50 Jasper County Airport
50 Indianapolis Executive Airport (East-Southeast of Lebanon)
49 Grissom Air Reserve Base
49 Cass County Airport
48 Kokomo Municipal Airport