Waves of Showers & T’Storms with Dry, Warm Hours In-Between

April 13th, 2012 at 10:11 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog


Numerous clusters of showers & storms to our southwest combining with newly-developing showers & storms will congeal into one mass of rain & t’storms that will pass Saturday morning-midday.

We may squeeze a 3-4 hour window in the afternoon with the rain tapering in the area (with even some sun possible), but a round of scattered showers & storms may pass late Saturday afternoon-evening.


After that, Saturday night & a good chunk of Sunday look dry & warm with lows in the lower 60s Saturday night & mid to upper 70s Sunday. A wave of scattered showers & t’storms will pass Sunday late afternoon & evening.


It looks largely dry Sunday night with warm lows in the 60s.

It still looks like a band of rain & t’storms will pass Monday morning, which will be followed by a break, then a narrow, broken line of showers & t’storms on the actual surface cold front.  That cold front will pass around noon, so I cut the high from 74 to 69 due to a quicker front arrival.



Pacers clinch playoff spot

April 13th, 2012 at 10:02 pm by under Sports 18

I have to give a big round of applause to Indiana Pacers’ president Larry Bird and head coach Frank Vogel. It has been impressive what the Pacers have accomplished this season and how much they have turned this thing around.

The Pacers were 37-45 last season and just barely squeaked into the playoffs and now they are 37-22 this season and have clinched a playoff spot. The Pacers are just the 5th team in the NBA to clinch a playoff spot. The other four teams are Chicago, Miami, Oklahoma City, and San Antonio.

The last time that the Pacers finished a season with an above .500 record was 2004-05 when they finished with a 44-38 record. Jermaine O’neal was still with that team!

Indiana is currently in 3rd in the Eastern Conference behind Chicago and Miami. The Pacers have just seven games left on their schedule. It’s pretty staggering that the Pacers only trail 2nd place Miami by 4 1/2 games in the Eastern Conference.

I’ve talked about the Pacers a few times recently in blog posts but as a fan I am just excited to have Pacers basketball back!

I really hope they make a run in the playoffs and I believe they will!

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–Caleb Martin

Major Tornado Outbreak West of Here Saturday……Tonight-Monday Rain/Storm Timing

April 13th, 2012 at 3:00 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog


Some tornadoes & large hail are possible in Kansas & Oklahoma this evening-tonight.  However, the main event will be tomorrow to our west…….

There is a risk of large, violent, long-track tornadoes in eastern Nebraska to Iowa southwestward to Kansas & Oklahoma Saturday.  Hail to grapefruit size & downburst winds to 100 mph will occur in some of the storms, as well.  Models depict a near-perfect set-up for violent tornadoes………..only missing ingredient is more cold air aloft, but everything else lines up with past violent Plains outbreaks.  A few severe storms may get going in western & central Illinois late Saturday afternoon & evening, but I am not too concerned for us at this time.

Severe weather Sunday will stay to our west from Iowa to Louisiana & I am still not concerned about a severe threat here.  However, we will watch this.

Severe threat Monday looks to be Kentucky southward.


A few showers are possible by this evening (20-25% coverage, not a big deal), followed by a break.

Overnight, showers & t’storms will develop.  These will multiply & congeal into a pretty solid mass of rain & t’storms.  This mass will pass in the 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. time frame Saturday, with a migration of the rainfall northeast & eastward afternoon Saturday. Coverage will peak at 100% by Saturday mid-morning.

Some sun may even start to appear afternoon Saturday with windy & warm conditions (highs 69-75).  However, an additional wave of scattered showers & t’storms may pass by Saturday evening.  Coverage will run at 40%.  This looks to be followed by a break Saturday night with lows only in the lower 60s.


The Purdue spring football game looks to be in better shape than the 5K.  There will be thunder & lightning around with the 5K WITH the rainfall 7 a.m. to noon.  The football game will have the windy, warm, humid conditions with 70s & some sun peeking through.  However, late in the day, a few more showers & storms are possible.  At least there will be a window there, but that window will be afternoon.


Sunday looks partly cloudy, windy, warm & humid with highs of 75-79.  A wave of scattered showers & t’storms is possible late Sunday afternoon-evening with 40% coverage.  A break is likely Sunday night with lows only in the lower 60s.


A band of showers & t’storms will pass Monday morning (80%), followed by a break.  A narrow, broken line of showers & t’storms is possible on the actual cold front as it passes in the afternoon (35%).


Tuesday looks windy & cooler with partly cloudy skies & highs of 58-63.


After a brief warm-up to 70s to end next week & go into early next weekend, a brief, sharp cool-down with lows of 30-32 appears likely near April 22.

By around April 28, we could see high temperatures of 83-87 with overnight lows of 64-68.  It will feel more like June as we end April!




Purdue Women’s Basketball Banquet

April 13th, 2012 at 12:16 am by under Sports 18

The Purdue women’s basketball banquet was held tonight at the Four Points By Sheraton hotel and the Boilermaker faithful did a good job of hosting a solid event.

Sharon Versyp took to the podium to recap the 2011-2012 season and before she got started she took time to talk about the gentle giant–> Roger Blalock. She shared how she will miss his smile, laugh, and his big hugs. In honor of Blalock, the Boilermakers unveiled a new award, Samantha Woods won the first ever Roger Blalock Memorial Outreach Award. It was a touching moment and showed how much he meant to the women’s basketball program and the university.

The coveted Ruth Jones Memorial Award went to a well deserving Drey Mingo. Senior guard and Attica native Brittany Rayburn won multiple academic awards and the prestigious Coaches Award. During her speech, Rayburn thanked the coaching staff for the opportunity to live her dream as a Boilermaker. Senior forward-center Alex Guyton was presented with the Perseverance Award, while Junior forwards Sam Ostarello and Chantel Poston earned the Most Improved Awards.

It was a great night for a team that has been through a lot in the past year and a half and deserved the laughs and fun that tonight included.

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Tumbling Temperatures………..Status Quo

April 12th, 2012 at 9:47 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

Temperatures are tumbling this evening with readings quickly falling to the lower 40s in Pulaski, Cass & Carroll to Boone counties as of 9:51 p.m.


The forecast remains unchanged for Friday & the weekend:  a few showers are possible later Friday (30%), followed by increasing scattered showers & t’storms Friday overnight (50%) with the bulk of the showers & t’storms passing in the 7-11 a.m. time frame Saturday morning (80%).

This will be followed by a nice break with some sunshine & rapidly warming temperatures to the middle 70s.

A weaker, less widespread area of scattered showers & t’storms may pass through Saturday evening (40%), followed by a dry Saturday night & part of Sunday.


Sunday afternoon-evening, a wave of scattered showers & t’storms will pass (40%) (mainly over our northwestern counties).  With a mix of clouds & sun, highs will rise to 74-79°.


Monday will feature a wave of showers & t’storms in the morning (70%), followed by dry weather & perhaps a thin, broken line of scattered showers & t’storms on the actual cold front in the evening (35%).  Highs will run 72-76°.

There will be a lot of severe weather to our west, southwest & northwest Friday-Monday, but I am currently not concerned about a severe threat here.  Stay tuned for any changes to this forecast.

All of this Friday-Monday will add up to 1-1.5″ of rainfall area-wide.


Patchy Frost Tonight In Part of Area……Friday-Sunday Forecast (Including Details of 5K Challenge Forecast)

April 12th, 2012 at 2:55 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog


Very dry air, calm winds & a developing low-level inversion (lid) will make for patchy frost in the eastern 70% of the viewing area.  Lows will vary from 31 in the east to 41 in the southwest with 35 at Lafayette, 36, Crawfordsville, but 31 at Burlington, Logansport & Kokomo.  Perrysville & Pence are headed for 41.


Clouds will increase Friday with a few showers possible (mainly in the p.m.) with only 30% coverage.  It doesn’t look like a big deal & some of you will not see a single drop of rain Friday.


Two waves of scattered showers & t’storms are still on the way for Saturday.

One wave of rain will pass in the morning in the 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. time frame with 70% coverage, followed by a break with some sun.  In fact, it looks pretty good in that midday to 5 p.m. time frame with warm, humid conditions, strong south winds to 35 mph & sunshine mixed with clouds.

Then, another wave of scattered showers & t’storms is possible Saturday evening with 40% coverage.  With 40% coverage, not everyone will see rainfall.

Once that wave passes, Saturday night looks mainly dry with partly to mostly cloudy skies & lows of only 58-62 with a brisk south wind.


On Sunday, a wave of scattered showers & t’storms will pass in the late afternoon to evening with 40% coverage.  Right now, it looks like that 40% coverage will be confined to our western & northwestern counties.

After this, another break will ensue with partly to mostly cloudy skies Sunday night with a brisk south wind & lows of only 60-64.


A wave of showers & t’storms will pass Monday morning to midday, followed by sunshine & windy, warm conditions.  In the evening, a narrow, broken line of showers & t’storms is possible along the actual surface cold front.

Interestingly, it is this Sunday-Monday storm system that may produce substantial accumulating snows in Minnesota & Wisconsin with an icing event in northern Michigan to central Ontario & Quebec.


Behind that, colder air will rush in for Tuesday.

Another Rough Morning For Plants………Lows of 24-29° This Morning

April 12th, 2012 at 12:43 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

Main Weather Points to May 7

April 11th, 2012 at 11:47 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

Main points now-May 7:

1.  TONIGHT:  Freeze area-wide with 25-29.

2.  FRIDAY-SATURDAY:  Few showers, then two waves of scattered showers & t’storms with a total of 0.25-0.55″ rainfall.

In terms of Saturday, it looks like the first wave of showers & t’storms will pass early in the morning & exit by 11 a.m., followed by a break with some sun & some scattered showers & t’storms with a second wave in the late afternoon.

3.  SUNDAY-TUESDAY MORNING:  3 waves of showers & t’storms with a total of 1-1.5″ rainfall……….In terms of a severe weather threat, since the main forcing for severe weather will pass Tuesday morning, I am currently not concerned about a severe threat, but we will watch this.

4.  MID TO LATE NEXT WEEK:  Cool-down to 50s & 60s during the day & 37-44 at night.

5.  JUST PRIOR TO AROUND APRIL 22:  Some showers with 0.10-0.20″ with strong cold front.

6.  AROUND APRIL 22:  Frost & freeze look possible near this time with lows of 29-32.

7.  AROUND APRIL 25:  Some showers & t’storms of 0.10-0.35″ rainfall are possible with highs warming to the 60s & 70s.  A scattered severe weather threat may develop, but any rainfall does not look heavy.

8.  AROUND APRIL 28:  80s return!

9.  AFTER APRIL 28 TO APRIL 30:  Right now, it appears a dry pattern will tend to set in with warm temperatures in the 80s & overnight lows only in the 60s with strong south winds.

10.  MAY 1-4:  We may get storms with a strong cold front (looks like a 0.30-0.60″ rain, but severe weather may occur), which ushers in a cool snap with lows in the 30s by May 4.

11.  MAY 5-7:  Much warmer weather will likely get in here during this time with temperatures headed back up into the 70s, perhaps 80.



Special Day At Faith Christian

April 11th, 2012 at 10:55 pm by under Sports 18

Wednesday, April 11,

I covered a letter of intent signing Wednesday, a kind of event I always enjoy because everyone involved is in such good spirits. But this letter of intent signing event was unique.

Caleb Dutton of Faith Christian School in Lafayette signed a letter of intent to play basketball and run track & field at Trinity Christian College, an NAIA college located in Palos Heights, Illinois.

According to school officials at Faith Christian, it’s the first time EVER that a male student-athlete has earned a college athletic scholarship. And to see it happen to a quality young man like Caleb and his classy parents, Mark and Laurie, was really neat to be a part of.

I also met the two head coaches that Caleb will play for in college and came away very impressed with both. You could tell the genuine excitement they feel about Caleb becoming a basketball player and sprinter for the Trolls (and, yes, that is Trinity Christian College’s nickname).

I also enjoyed watching the Eagles’ classy head basketball coach, Clayton Callan, enjoying the festivities. He deflected all the credit to Caleb but it was real telling that during the numerous photos taken that Caleb wanted one picture taken with just him and his head coach. To me, it spoke volumes of what Caleb thinks of the Faith Christian head coach.

It was a day where everyone deflected the credit to others, which was refreshing. But Caleb Dutton, his family, and Faith Christian are the ones that deserve a collective pat on the back.

Blog to you soon,


On These Dates In Local Weather History

April 11th, 2012 at 6:56 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

April 8, 1906

2 miles southeast of Royal Center, Cass County, a tornado destroyed Emanuel Evangelical Church.  6 people were injured by at least 2 tornadoes in Illinois.

April 9, 1953

Two supercells carved a path of destruction across the viewing area.  The first one popped an F2 tornado in Newton County, damaging areas near Goodland.  The other produced a long-lived, violent F4 with a path across Warren, Tippecanoe, Clinton & Tipton counties.  5 people were killed & 22 injured in Warren County, where some farmsteads were nearly obliterated.  The tornado damaged parts of Frankfort & Tipton where 1 person was killed & 6 injured.  Interestingly, the first hook echo, with a supercell north of Champaign, was observed with the new, early, pioneering weather radar installation at Champaign.

April 10, 1995

A late-season ice storm struck our northern counties on the night of April 9 to the early morning hours of April 10 with power outages & limbs broken in Jasper, Newton, Pulaski & Fulton counties.

April 11, 1965

Palm Sunday Outbreak:  Two monster HP supercells carved a 47- & 45-mile path of destruction across the viewing area.  Supercell#1 carved a 47-mile path with 3 separate violent F4 tornadoes from Tippecanoe to Clinton & Howard counties.  18 were killed & 600 injured in Howard County alone with 90% of Russiaville damaged or destroyed.  The second supercell carved the 45-mile path from Fountain through Montgomery,  Boone & Hamilton counties.  28 people were killed & 136 injured.  11 were killed in Lebanon alone when 54 homes were destroyed.

April 12, 1907

Major damage was done to blooming fruit orchards & budding/flowering trees.  An unprecedented cold snap for mid-April hit the area with accumulating snowfall.

Record warmth in late March & mild weather into early April forced & advanced plants far forward, contributing to the damage (low to mid 80s for several days in March).

2.5” of snow fell at West Lafayette April 13-14.  A total of 1.6” of snow fell in the cold snap at Kokomo with 5.3” at Marion.  Temperatures dropped 18 at Whitestown, 20 at Kokomo, 25 at West Lafayette, while Marion had 21 on the 15th.

April 13, 1863

Snow flurries were reported at Rensselaer & Lafayette in the morning as a cold wave nipped foliating & blooming trees.  Highs struggled to 40 on this date with a gloomy, unseasonably cold day.  Interestingly, it was back well into the 70s in the area on the 17th.  The Rensselaer weather diary says, “Very warm.  Butterflies make their appearance” on that date.  The first chimney swifts & bumblebees were recorded at Rensselaer on the 18th.

April 14, 1968

In White County, an F2 tornado heavily damaged several farms southwest of Reynolds amounting to $¼ million in damage, while an F1 tornado touched down northwest of Tipton.  North of Romney, at South Raub, winds gusted to 60 mph.

April 15, 1987

Clean-up continued after an F1 tornado began near Sharpsville in Tipton County, crossed Route 26 near Oakford in Howard County & lifted near County Road East 200 South about 2 miles northwest of Hemlock.  Farms & homes were damaged with the tornado occurrence on the afternoon of the 14th.

April 16, 1961

An incredibly late significant snowfall event occurs with highly-unseasonable cold since March 29.  Even on the 10th, the high was 36………the 13th 41…..even April 2 had a low temperature of 21.

On this date, with a high of just 33, 5.0” of snow fell on West Lafayette.

8.3” at Rensselaer & 8.0” Winamac, while 7.0” accumulated at Kentland, Rochester & Marion, 6.6” at Delphi, 6.0” Logansport & 5.4” Romney.  Whitestown measured 4.9” of snow.  With a high of just 36, Frankfort measured 4.5” of snow.

Interestingly, a very late snowfall of 2-5” occurred on this same date in 1870.

April 16, 1860

At 8:30 p.m. a “brisk gale from the northwest…………..with heavy thunder & zig-zag lightning to the southwest” observed at Rensselaer.  He reported a hard storm northwest of Otterbein.  Another reported explained that a tremendous “hurricane” was reported to have caused damage northwest of Otterbein, while strong winds knocked trees down near Battle Ground & Lafayette with some store fronts damaged by wind & hail.

April 17, 1963

A large F4 wedge, violent tornado raced through Newton, Jasper & Pulaski counties 5-5:45 p.m. injuring 20 people.  Owing to its visibility on the tail of the storm during daylight, no one was killed, however.  Damage amounted to $2.75 million (1963 dollars).