August 19th, 2014 at 3:03 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

10:42 p.m.

We are in the clear, the entire viewing area is rain-free & calm.  No watch for areas of dense fog area-wide as skies clear.  Lows will drop into the 60s.




(Gusts Measured or Estimated at or Above 40 mph)

E60 mph  Tipton

M50 mph  White County Airport AWOS

E50 mph 3 Miles Northeast of Battle Ground

M45 mph  Frankfort

M44 mph  Purdue University Airport ASOS

Americus:  Tree Down, Partially Blocking Old Route 25

0.75″  Hail:  10 Miles East of Crawfordsville:

0.25″ Hail:  East of Frankfort

0.25″ Hail:  Tipton


10:34 p.m.

Tipton County storm has gusted out.  Second microburst signature evident on radar in the eastern part of the county.



10.22 p.m.

Last storm is an intense one over Tipton County at the moment.  Microburst possible with gust to 60 mph.  Pea hail also possible with +2″ per hour rainfall rates.


10 p.m.

Chuck northeast of Frankfort measured 1.43″ of rainfall in 90 minutes.  Randy Rogers on the east side of Frankfort reported pea hail.

The Boone & Clinton County storm masses have completely congealed & now they will likely fall apart over the next hour.



9:46 p.m.

A tree is blocking part of Old 25 near Americus, north of Buck Creek, in northeastern Tippecanoe County.  Law enforcement is on scene & highway department is en route, per dispatch.  This was the wind core we were tracking from Battle Ground to Buck Creek.

Storm mass in Clinton County is showing signs of collapsing rapidly, but not before belching out a gust of 50-55 mph southeast of Frankfort.  This is visible on radar.  Pea hail is also possible with it.

Flood Advisory in effect for Clinton, southern half of Carroll, northeastern Tippecanoe & western Howard County until 12:30 p.m.  Doppler radar estimates 2.30″ of rainfall in the past hour in north-central Clinton County.



9:32 p.m.

The storms have morphed/congealed into cluster over Clinton County & they are in the process of morphing/congealing with the storms moving north out of Boone County.  Torrential rains are likely at the two gell & dump their load before collapsing.  The storms are being accompanied by nearly continuous lightning.

Wind may gust 40-50 mph south of Frankfort.  Pea hail is also possible.



9:15 p.m.

Boy, as quick as the storms blew up on ouflow of White County storm, they have largely collapsed.  Now, the new storms are occurring from Owasco to Mulberry to Concord, Monroe & Frankfort.  These are likely peaking now & weill gell into a mass, then collapse to just some rain & thunder/lightning before completely dissipating.


A mass of storms has formed in Montgomery/Boone & may actually haphazard move north & gell with the Clinton County storms to form a mass of storms with torrential rainfall.  Flash flooding may develop quickly over the next hour in Clinton County.

With no strong dynamics, the storms are CAPE & outflow-driven, moving about haphazardly…………….collapsing here, pulsing there, then gelling here & there & then raining themselves out.

For example, 40 minutes ago, White County was getting hammered & they are nearly completely rain-free now!



8:47 p.m.

White County part of storm has collapsed, but new storm on outflow in Tippecanoe County is sagging through Battle Ground & Buck Creek toward Laf/West Laf.  Also, new t’storms are pulsing up from Cutler to Mulberry to Frankfort, Dayton & Concord.

White County Airport AWOS measured a gust of 50 mph.

Brief gust of 47-55 mph possible southeast of Battle Ground around Buck Creek & northwest of Heath.



8:41 p.m.

Looks like NWS has brief Severe T’Storm Warning for southeastern White County, but storm is rapidly collapsing & building more on its southern flank (outflow boundary).  Look like as it re-evolves & becomes outflow-driven, it is sagging more toward Battle Ground & Buck Creek to perhaps West Lafayette/Lafayette.


8:25 p.m.

Gust 55-60 mph possible southeastern White County/northwestern Carroll County with torrential rainfall.


8:21 p.m.

Torrential t’storm working through the southern half of White County & far northwest Tippecanoe County.  Rainfall rates of up to 3.5″ hour are likely.  Gust to 55 mph possible near Chalmers with the storm visible on radar velocity.  Some pea hail is possible.



2.10″  Kentland

0.62″  Remington


7:50 p.m.

Torrential t’storm is moving through eastern Benton County between U.S. 52 & I-65.  Rainfall rates of +2″ per hour, brief gust to 50 mph & pea hail are possible.  The worst core of it will pass from northeast of Benton Central High School to over the U.S. 231/I-65 interchange, eastward to Chalmers & perhaps Brookston.

Clinton County storm is just beginning to collapse.



7:38 p.m.

Some +2″ per hour rainfall rates are occurring in southern Newton & Jasper County to central Benton County.  Flood Advisory is in effect for southern Newton, Jasper & northern Benton until 9:30 p.m.

The strongest pulsey storm (could belch out a gust to 50 mph) is in central Benton County.  Some pea to marble hail is possible there, too.

All of these storms are moving due east toward White & northwestern Tippecanoe County.

Heavy t’storm is also approaching Forest in Clinton County.

0.75″ diameter hail was reported east of Crawfordsville, near the Boone County line.



6:28 p.m.

New scattered pulsey storms are popping again.  Like this afternoon, these storms quickly pop & intensify, then collapse, while a few new ones form nearby.  These storms & processes will be with us during the evening, then they will fade away.

Isolated severe wind gusts/hail still cannot be ruled out.

This is a result of re-charge as the sun comes out with the front in vicinity & up to 4500 residing in southeastern Illinois that is advecting some northward.  Dynamics are not good enough or organized, widespread, longer-lasting storms.



5:25 p.m.


M44 mph  Purdue Airport ASOS

M32 mph  WLFI-TV

T’storms are in weakening mode in our eastern counties with new storms pulsing up southeast & east of the viewing area.  New spotty t’storms are popping in southern Montgomery County where temperatures are around 88 degrees with dew points around 72.

Will still maintain some scattered storms for the evening forecast & that isolated severe wind/hail threat.



4:45 p.m.

Pulsey storms are tending to collapse in Carroll/Clinton counties.

Will keep a few scattered t’storms in the forecast for the evening as skies clear from west to east.  Some heating/re-charge will bring the potential of a few more popping up.

The night looks dry with that patchy dense fog developing.



4:07 p.m.

The core of the rainfall is Tippecanoe County as of 4:10 p.m.  Some sporadic gusts of 40-50 mph are possible with the t’storms.  Measured a very brief, sudden gust to 32 mph at WLFI.



3:40 p.m.

The same areas are getting the heavy rainfall AGAIN!

The south & southeast sides of Lafayette are largely dry AGAIN, but West Lafayette is getting a torrential downpour.

More is coming in from the west, too.


It is very spotty in areas that need the rain.  The storms are very sporadic & pulsey there.

We will see if the t’storms can hold together over Tippecanoe/Fountain & more pop  to bring some rainfall to our east & northeast.



3:32 p.m.

Storm north of Covington has weakend some, but is still putting out tremendous lightning & heavy rainfall.

Other storms are dotting the area.



3:05 p.m.

There is a 90% chance of pea to marble (perhaps to penny) hail in southern Warren County to north of Covington in Fountain County.

Gust of 30-40 mph is also possible with the storm.

Scattered multi-cells of 40% will continue to pop.  Some of you will get a nice downpour, some of you absolutely nothing.



3 p.m.

Scattered t’storms are found across the area.  SPC has Severe T’Storm Watch for Fulton County, but feel like severe threat is isolated for wind/hail.  The strongest storm right now is well southwest of that watch, west of Covington.


45 Responses to “Updates”

  1. maybelater says:

    Thunder in West Lafayette, looks rainey to the west. I suppose the drive home tonight could be a challenging one if more storms develop. Hope not.

  2. O No Moe says:

    Amazing, had a nice storm approach my house and it just dissipated. Just my luck.

  3. maybelater says:

    Light rain in West Lafayette, some thunder. Looks dark grey over to the south west.

  4. Teri says:

    OH NO, that is sad, getting a down pour where I am. with thunder. Gosh, I hope you get some rain!

  5. maybelater says:

    Lightening streaks and loud booms. Moderate rain continues. Some low hanging clouds passing.

  6. maybelater says:

    Ok make that sheets of rain. Low hanging clouds don’t seem to be moving on too quickly just kind of hoovering.

  7. O No Moe says:

    I just got about 8 raindrops then it stopped.

  8. Matthew says:

    On east side of Lafayette can see the wall of rain just off to the west as it slides northeast. Occasionally gusty winds.

  9. maybelater says:

    It’s stopped raining at the moment but I can see streaks of lightening and yet to the south west. We have some rain clouds above making it look like dusk outside but no rain.

  10. Matthew says:

    Down pour for two minutes and then like turning off a valve it stopped!

  11. maybelater says:

    It’s clearing to our west, brighter skies are coming. :)

  12. Teri says:

    I guess I am in the middle of West Lafayette, and South Side of Lafayette. Nice rain.

  13. Todd says:

    I am enjoying watching 18.2′s changes today, but I would really like to watch the radar more since storms are in the area. Maybe WLFI could put these changes onto 18.3 in the future since they are really nice features so that 18.2 could remain the 24/7 radar! That would be awesome!

  14. cathy says:

    Rain and thunder here, east of Lafayette

  15. cathy says:

    And it’s over :(

  16. cathy says:

    I don’t see anything more on the radar either

  17. cathy says:

    At least it’s cooled off

  18. O No Moe says:

    It’s raining here! Yippy.

  19. O No Moe says:

    Rainfall total of 0.06 inches. It’s like hitting the lottery.

  20. Matthew says:

    Sudden pop up on east side of Lafayette. Downpour lasting a couple minutes with bright lightning and loud thunder.

  21. cathy says:

    Raining pretty good here in Pettite with some thunder and lightening

  22. O NO…hopefully you get some more! We now have more hope than before! Red cells approaching from the west for Remington and area!! Yay, come on rain!!

    Jim do you have rain yet???

    MA in REM…getting excited!! ;)

  23. Jim says:

    Mary Ann. Lighting Thunder. Heavy Rain. Power off on lasted 15-20. Very black again. In West

  24. Jim says:

    MA. Heavy Rain Lighting Thunder again

  25. I could cry….thunder….nothing here yet. it is sliding off to the north and east. :(

  26. cathy says:

    It’s pretty sad that we have to beg for rain :(

  27. RAin! Now it looks like cells coming up through Benton Co are going to join with the existing cells!

  28. Jim says:

    Sun out now

  29. wx station shows it raining at a rate of .59 inch per hour. Beautiful rain. Wish I could share, O No The heaviest is still just to my north. Roads have to be flooded on 231 north of here!

  30. raining at .81 inch per hour. We still do not have a tenth yet!! okay, just passed a tenth. Winds are stiff but not scary.

  31. Jim you have a rain total? I’m up to .36 and it is raining right at 1.00 inch per hour.

  32. Skies are clearing….total of .62 inch rain with the heaviest falling at 3.37 inches per hour! Thank you God for the rain!! Hello Wolcott! :-)

    MA in REM

  33. Jim says:

    Rain update. Kentland. 2.1. Just got down pour

  34. O No Moe says:

    Rain rain everywhere but here.

  35. Pouring here too, Jim! Two inches per hour, was falling at over 5.00 inches per hour! Just passed 3/4 inch rain.

  36. last update is .90 inch rain. I almost hate to post it O NO, cuz I know just how you feel. I cant count the times I could hear thunder and smell rain…with nary a drop here.

  37. battle ground getting hammerd

  38. Matthew says:

    Incredible lightning! Clouds are moving in multiple directions.

  39. cathy says:

    Rain thunder and lightening here in Pettite

  40. Ryan H says:

    Awesome lightning show east of here…..

  41. Matthew says:

    This round completely missed me. Developed on all sides and congealed into a huge, lightning monster to the east. The lightning just doesn’t stop.

  42. Moe any rain yet? I am SO thankful for the .90 we got and not the flooding! Those things have gotten massive since passing here. We didn’t get that much lightning at all!

    Final tally is .90 inch

    MA in REM

  43. O No Moe says:

    Mary Anne, I haven’t been out but if we have .10 of an inch I be surprised. They collapsed right before getting here. Glad you got a good rain, maybe next time.

  44. Great attitude, O NO :-)

  45. O No Moe says:

    I ended up with 0.09 inches of rain. In an hour or two it will be dry like it didn’t even rain here. So it appears that Jim hit the moisture lottery.

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