Areas of Fog Tonight……….Hopefully Inversion Will Not Trap Fog/Any Low, Low Stratus

November 20th, 2012 at 4:37 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

Skies will clear tonight & areas of fog will develop.  Some of it will be quite dense with visibilities at 0.25 mile.  Winds will be calm, an inversion will form & some low-level moisture with temperature cooling to the dew point will make for the fog underneath the surface high.

Tomorrow looks mostly sunny & 61-65 after the morning fog.

Now, in part of Iowa lastnight, the fog became very dense & a low, low stratus deck formed under the strengthening & ascending inversion & “Dirty High”.  This ruined their 60s day with temperatures staying in the 48-55 range with gray skies & fog.

Similar, but not identical conditions will exist in our area tonight.  I have seen us get cheated out of what would be really nice days during this time of year before.  They looked sunny in the data after any morning fog & that inversion trapped the low clouds & fog after the fog was so dense, such a stratus deck formed.

Let’s hope that DOES NOT happen tonight-tomorrow, ruining our warm, mostly sunny day.  Models do not show that happening, BUT they also don’t handle these inversion well in November, as history has shown over the past few years.



Even with Clouds, Warm Day………….Even Warmer Tomorrow, Wednesday & Thanksgiving

November 19th, 2012 at 9:52 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

Even with clouds, it was still a warm day in the vieiwng area.  We may squeeze out a few sprinkles or a shower or two from this tonight.  Otherwise, it looks dry & warm Tuesday-Thursday.  In fact, the 63 on Thanksgiving could make it the warmest since 1973, when we reached 65.  However, there are several occasions of 57, 58, 61, 62 since then on Thanksgiving.

Zonal, Split Flow Continues…………Warmest Thanksgiving Since 1973 Possible

November 19th, 2012 at 2:46 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

Even with the cloudiness, we are still near 60 in many places today.  If there is anything from this cloudiness, it would be a sprinkle this evening-tonight.

Pacific moisture, in the form of high cirrus & mid altostratus continue to dim the sun today & there will be sun-dimming cirrus around likely tomorrow.  Wednesday & Thursday look brighter, but even then, there will likely be at least some contrails & cirrus.

Our pattern continue to be zonal & split with polar jet to the north & subtropical jet well to the south.  Where the two merge offshore, there is that massive Nor’Easter with Coastal Flood Warnings & wave issues from Virginia to North Carolina & Georgia to Florida.  This massive Nor’Easter will bring gusty winds & beach erosion to the Northeast around Thanksgiving, but it appears the heavy rains & strongest winds will stay offshore.

So, Thanksgiving’s high of 63 would beat the 62 on Thanksgiving Day 1981, but not reach or exceed the warm Thanksgiving Day of 1973 with 65 degrees. 

Our cold front will pass Thursday night with some showers (35%) with 0.10-0.20″ of rainfall still expected.  After the front passes, Black Friday looks mostly sunny, breezy & mild with highs near 53.  Saturday will cool off into the middle to upper 40s.

Meanwhile, the West Coast will continue to get blasted & lashed by storms with flooding, wind, heavy rain & snow.  More rain will fall in the deserts than here over the next 10 days.

Forecast Update

November 19th, 2012 at 12:51 am by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

Latest data continues to show 60 or greater Monday-Thursday in the viewing area with Monday-Tuesday & Thursday having more clouds.

It also appears any shower potential will be confined to Thursday night, ending early Friday morning.

Following this front, temperatures look to drop into the 40s & 50s.

Thanksgiving & Black Friday still look dry.

Any potential of rainfall after Thursday night still looks to be be around November 27.


Perfect Weekend……This Week: Looks Warmer with Front Slowing Down

November 18th, 2012 at 5:27 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

It looks more & more like any rainfall this week will be confined to Thursday night, rather than Tuesday night or Wednesday as front slows.  Even with this, current data suggests any showers will be gone by 6 a.m. Friday morning, but will move in after 8 p.m. Thursday evening.  It appears coverage will still run around 35% with totals of 0.10-0.20″ expected.  Will watch to make sure front does not slow down any more.

Before this front moves through, temperatures look to surge into the 60s with lots of nice, nice weather Monday-Thursday!  Also, highs Friday still look to be in the 50s, followed by 40s to around 50 Saturday.


63/28  Covington

63/30  Fowler

61/29  Frankfort

61/28  Crawfordsville

61/27  Attica

61/27  WLFI-TV

59/26  Burlington

59/30  Kokomo

59/30  Jasper County Airport

59/30  Rensselaer

59/32  Fulton County Airport

58/30  Kokomo Municipal Airport

58/26  Purdue University Airport

58/32  Morocco

58/29  Atlanta

58/28  Winamac

58/31  Rochester

57/31  Peru

57/32  Cass County Airport

56/30  Grissom Air Reserve Base


Incredible Number of Trees Taken Down by Sandy & Nor’Easter In the Northeast

November 17th, 2012 at 10:41 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog
NEW YORK (AP) — They fell by the thousands, like soldiers in some vast battle of giants, dropping to the earth in submission to a greater force.The winds of Superstorm Sandy took out more trees in the neighborhoods, parks and forests of New York and New Jersey than any previous storm on record, experts say.

Nearly 10,000 were lost in New York City alone, and “thousands upon thousands” went down on Long Island, a state parks spokesman said. New Jersey utilities reported more than 113,000 destroyed or damaged trees.

“These are perfectly healthy trees, some more than 120 years old, that have survived hurricanes, ice storms, nor’easters, anything Mother Nature could throw their way,” said Todd Forrest, a vice president at the New York Botanical Garden. “Sandy was just too much.”

As oaks, spruces and sycamores buckled, many became Sandy’s agents, contributing to the destruction by crashing through houses or tearing through electric wires. They caused several deaths, including those of two boys playing in a suburban family room. They left hundreds of thousands of people without power for more than a week.

And as homeowners and public officials deal with the cleanup, some tree care experts say the shocking force of the storm weeks ago might mean they should reassess where and how to replant.

“When trees go down that have lived a long life and been so beneficial, it’s terrible when they cause injury to people and property,” said Nina Bassuk, program leader at the Urban Horticulture Institute at Cornell University. “We have to replant better and do it smarter.”

For example, she said, shorter trees like hawthorns and crabapples should be planted below electric wires.

She also said a soil substitute can help trees extend their roots beneath pavement so maybe they can keep their balance in high winds.

Frank Juliano, executive director of the Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit, N.J., which lost uncounted trees on its perimeter, said those might not be replaced.

“Would they just come down again?” he asked. “This is a global issue. We all have to deal with the ramifications of what’s happening with our world and environment.”

But Bram Gunther, chief of forestry, horticulture and natural resources for the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, said, “Some trees may have been planted where they shouldn’t have been and you have other infrastructure conflicts. You don’t stop planting trees.”

Gunther said last week that the city had counted 9,662 downed trees on its streets and in its parks after Sandy and the nor’easter that followed. That’s more than the combined total from tornadoes in 2010 and last year’s Hurricane Irene and October snowstorm.

Among those trees may be some New Yorkers’ favorites. Doug Blonsky, president of the Central Park Conservancy, said among the hundreds of Central Park trees that became Sandy’s victims were a popular 120-year-old swamp white oak near the Mall and a willow next to the Lasker pool.

Forrest said one of his favorite spots at the Botanical Garden, a valley in the protected forest, was changed forever when an American beech was blown over “and took out five or six other trees like a game of dominoes.”

The city has been in the midst of a campaign to plant 1 million trees. Gunther said the idea was to help with environmental issues such as greenhouse gases, air pollution and the urban heat island effect.

Forrest said it seems ironic that trees, “the very things that are supposed to help buffer climate change, are now examples of the havoc it can wreak.”

But he said, “That shouldn’t make us afraid of trees or less willing to plant trees.” He said each tree that came down was home to birds, insects and “animals you wouldn’t associate with New York City, like our great horned owls.”

He said at least 286 trees were uprooted or otherwise destroyed at the Bronx garden and 271 others were damaged enough that their survival is questionable.

“This is the most wholesale destruction of trees at the garden, especially in the native forest, on record,” he said. “It was worse than the great hurricane of 1944.”

On Long Island, “we were just destroyed,” said New York state parks spokesman Randy Simons, estimating “thousands upon thousands” of trees came down.

At the Planting Fields Arboretum, a state park in Oyster Bay on Long Island’s North Shore, director Vincent Simeone said, “We’re certainly not going to stop planting the way we plant, but we did learn that 70 mph winds seems to be the breaking point. With Irene, our trees did pretty well, but now we’ve got hundreds damaged or destroyed.”

He said he’s already planning for spring.

“Sometimes a tree falls and a vista opens up and you have an opportunity to do something different,” he said.

Larry Hajna, spokesman for New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection, said big stands of evergreens that were planted in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps toppled during Sandy.

“For 70, 80 years, they had no problems, but this storm came along and that was more than enough,” he said.

The Bartlett Arboretum in Stamford, Conn., is considering taking some drastic measures before the next big storm. It said last year it lost century-old chestnut trees and during Sandy a 100-foot-tall, 120-year-old white pine crashed down onto a cottage where a staffer was living.

“It was one of a matching pair, and now the other one is there and with all the trees we’ve lost the wind buffer is eliminated,” executive director Peter Saverine said. “We’re going to have to look at taking it down.”

“It’s sad, but we have to look ahead,” he said. “In two years, we’ve had two 100-year storms and two freak snowstorms.”

A Memorable Knight

November 17th, 2012 at 2:51 am by under Sports 18

November 17, 2012

I was covering Friday night’s Class A semistate football game between Central Catholic and Sheridan, a game in which the Knights defeated the Blackhawks 13-3 on the Blackhawks home field.

The win means that Central Catholic Head Coach Kevin O’Shea, his coaching staff, and the Knights players are one win away from winning their fourth consecutive Class A state title, which they can achieve by defeating Indianapolis Scecina Friday afternoon at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Friday night’s win by the Knights showed once again that not only are the Knights a talented bunch, but they’re extremely tough and can win under just about any kind of circumstances. To Sheridan’s credit, they turned the game into a limited possession contest. But the Knights adapted and, thanks in large part to a tremendous defense and a superb evening by punter Andrew Hubertz, are headed to the home field of the Indianapolis Colts for the fourth year in a row.

This is a coaching staff and group of players, both past and present, that I’m most impressed with. And that’s why I’m very confident by this time next week they’ll be hosting yet another state championship trophy.

Blog to you soon,



Snowstorm of December 17-19, 1929

November 16th, 2012 at 9:48 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

A major snowstorm struck the viewing area & a huge region from Texas to Michigan with a major ice storm in the Northeast U.S. December 1929.  While record-breaking snowfall occurred in Texas with up to 26″, heavy snowfall fell in the Midwest & Great Lakes.  20.5″ at West Lafayette to 14″ at Detroit, a major ice storm caused a lot of damage in western New York.  Flurries fell as far south as New Orleans & snowfall banding occurred from Arkansas to Missouri.

Very impressive, intense frontogenetical banding appears to be the culprit behind the extreme totals in parts of the storm.

Totals went from trace to 26″ within 30 miles in central Texas, while the 20.5″ in West Lafayette occurred, 7″ fell in Kokomo.  The heavy snow in our area & the intense, mesoscale frontogenetical banding was accompanied by persistent, strong winds, which led to lots of drifting.  Although this storm appears to not have reached quite to true blizzard criteria, this was the worst storm in the viewing area, specifically West Lafayette & Lafayette, since the Blizzard of 1918 ( low pressure bombing in northwestern Ohio then, like the great Cleveland bomb of 1978 [Blizzard of 1978]).

Tom Spearback, local weather historian & author, had some great information on this storm:

The Big snow of Wednesday December 18, 1929.  After over a week of constant cloudy weather without even a glimpse of the sun, and nearly daily rains, the weather grew colder on Tuesday night and by morning the persistent rain had turned to snow.  From 4:30pm Dec. 17 to 4:30pm Dec. 18, 14 inches of snow fell and from 4:30pm Dec. 18 to 4pm Dec. 19 another 6.5 inches of snow fell.  Most people in Lafayette didn’t have any idea what was coming.   People got up Wednesday morning Dec. 18, 1929 and went to work and school.  About 70 students of the Montmorenci school spent the night in homes there and 13 boys slept in the school.  16 students and 8 teachers of Klondike spent the night at that school.  At Wea school 30 students and 4 teachers spent the night at that school.  Some buses started out and got stuck in the snow and children had to spent the night at nearby farm homes.  Schools were to close Friday for the holidays but the vacation started early for some students. 

A Funeral Party and corpse were caught in the Dec. 1929 storm.  Newton Trickey, 88 died Monday and was to have been buried Wed. in Rainsville cemetery and was still not buried Saturday.  The funeral party got stuck in the snow and they all had to spend a night at farm homes and after walking more than five miles, finally got back to the city 24 hours later.  People in the deep South also felt this storm.  Light flurries were reported as far south as Apalachicola Florida.  The Apalachicola weather bureau said the snow was the first in that town’s history.  New Orleans saw its first flurry in more than a quarter of a century.  Georgia and Alabama also saw snow.  An electrical storm preceded the snow in Greenwood, MS.

A funny story about the storm of December 18, 1929.  In downtown Michigan City, pedestrians were startled when several articles of women’s undies swept past them in front of a cold wintry blast.  The garments were part of a window display from a department store in which a large plate glass was blown out.



 MANY HAVE OWN STORIES OF DIFFICULTIES IN STORM Out of the temporary paralysis of automobile traction and road traffic caused by the mendous fall of snow Wednesday came many stories of individual and difficulties An out- standing feature was the good tured manner in which victims of snow drifts and the blizzard their temporary fate and awaited the arrival of wrecking and two cars from garages in kokomo and surrounding towns and cities Garage men worked far into the nigh Wednesday night and all Thursday morning pulling stalled automobiles to the city and others out of drifts on traction cars reached their destinations hours late. The mail service was delayed considerably and Postmaster Morton Lamb said he believed the storm would delay the mails a day or two. This will mean a deluge of Christmas mail upon the post office force not only in Kokomo but in other cities of the state. The Chicago train from the north due in Kokomo at 2 o’clock arrived at four. Henry Krippenstapel living at park walked four and one-half miles to the city to work Thursday morning. It took him two hours and he came through drifts knee deep some of them a quarter of a mile long. He passed about thirty automobiles buried in snow drifts. A truck of the Bloom dairy was turned over west of the Howard County hospital and some of the milk spilled. Rural mail carriers left the office at [?] o’clock Thursday morning equipped with shovels and prepared to fight their way through drifts. The highways were more or less cleared by noon and passage was more accessible. On the West Jefferson street road a force of thirty or more men was engaged in clearing the road for passage of repair trucks. Indiana Bell Telephone company Toll lines on the road were out of commission and the trucks and crews were sent to strengthen them. Many automobiles formed lines and using their with bumpers pushing one another through the drifts with the first machine breaking the track huddled around heaters in their cars caught some while waiting for wrecking cars. Outstanding were the tireless forts of employees of the Tribune in the task of delivering the paper Wednesday. R G Nicholson, motorcyclist carrier for the Tribune, was [?] by the deep drifts near fall and had to abandon his attempt to break through. He stayed all night at a farm house. The entire corps of Tribune carrier boys in the city struggled through the deep banks of snow to place their papers at doors. Only a possible thirty subscribers were missed and they are residents of the Darrough chapel neighborhood. The Tribune carrier in that district, Charles Hunt, got as far as the city limits and could go no farther. A number of snowbound subscribers telephoned the Tribune and commented on paper the determination of the young carriers. Some did not receive their papers telephoned and asked that the boys be spared the task of penetrating the drifts. Edward Dunn, carrying the Tribune to Alto and other parts of the county was stopped three times by the dense drifts. He said many of the houses in his territory were invisible from the road. Farmers everywhere were awakened at night and joined in the work of freeing the entrapped. Ward Wiltse, rural mail carrier, living three miles south of Kokomo had his machine dug out of the snow in attempting to reach the city Thursday. The Mast Ware ambulance of Greentown bringing Dr H C Miller Greentown back from an Indianapolis hospital, where he has been ill for some time, was forced to transfer the patient to an interurban so that he could be taken home. William Lewis, a city mall carrier whose home is in Greentown, left Kokomo at 9 o’clock on the N I P traction car and reached Greentown at midnight. Sam Abramson, of Northern Indiana er company sales force, drove to Lebanon and Noblesville in the blizzard and was forced to return to Kokomo on the traction line from Noblesville. G E Vaile of Indianapolis was crowded off the road four and three-fourths miles east on Road 18 in a snow bank three or four feet deep. More than a dozen cars were stuck in the ditch there. Walter Hare, salesman for the Indiana Farmer’s ed, into Kokomo from Greentown where his car had stuck in a drift. Hundreds of similar experiences were reported by Kokomo citizens who were stopped by the snow not only on highways but in their garage approaches as well.


Enveloped by Worst Storm In Recent Years

The four horsemen of the elements snow wind hail end zero temperatures continued their rampage throughout the area bringing death, isolation, crippled transportation and misery to thousands and property loss running into millions of dollars.  Indiana was staggered by the worst storm in more than 11 years with snow continuing since Tuesday night and no relief predicted until late tonight.  Cyrus Hupp, 57, wealthy resident’s neatless body was found in the ruins of storm. The blinding storm swept down from the frozen wastes of the Canadian northwest in a direction.  Its fury is spent enroute it should reach the Atlantic sea board tonight or early tomorrow.  All forms of transportation highway, air, rail was at a standstill through a wide section today.  Automobiles were abandoned where they stalled in huge driftsThe State Highway had 100 snow plows out in an attempt to partially open the most important highways.  Two of four dead were frozen in homes.  Schools are Dismissed in Rural Sections Many Left Stranded at School Building and Roads are Still Today the result 01 me surrounding counties are out blizzard Indiana this after being snowbound by the worst noon was digging itself out and electrical lines and electrical lines out of service today weather and rural residents clear the roads of the drifts that in many traffic completely But few of the rural cases pupils are being returned to today after having been forced to remain at the schools or in neighbors homes during the night.  As the sun burst through the afternoon for the first time in more than a week it cam its rays on a mantle covered the state from the Great Lakes to the Ohio river.  a foot of snow fell the The Icy It up in drifts 12 Feet In northern Indiana more than ten in the southern parts of the state that blockaded highways which were dotted with hundreds and hundreds of automobiles stalled in the deep driftsThe motorists in most cases were forced to seek shelter in farm houses.  Rural schools in northern and southern Indiana were shut down.  Bus, trains and traction lines were not running.  While in Carroll County a large number of the pupils remained at the school buildings. School Hack Charles English’s truck became stalled near the B F Oram farm northeast of the city with seven pupils remaining.




Leonid Meteor Shower Early Tonight-Saturday Morning

November 16th, 2012 at 5:02 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

Leonid meteor shower will occur tonight after midnight to sunrise.  Tonight is the peak night, but there will still be some tomorrow night.

Just look east & the meteors will tend to emanate from there.  The weather looks great for it with clear skies.  Only issue would be haze & light fog blurrying up the view a bit.  City lights will greatly reflect off the haziness/fogginess, hurting your viewing looking towards cities.

Perfect November Day…………Data Bit Warmer For Next Week, Specifically On Thanksgiving & Black Friday

November 16th, 2012 at 2:43 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

It is a perfect November day with sunny skies & temperatures running 50-55 after a frosty morning with some fog & 21-28 for the low temperatures.

The weekend looks perfect with highs in the 50s to even near 60.  Skies look sunny after frost & light fog in the mornings.

Data is warmer for next week with 60 by Tuesday & after some showers Tuesday night to the early half of Wednesday, it will only cool off to low 50s for Thanksgiving (increased it from mid 40s).  I increased the numbers from low 50s on Black Friday to middle to upper 50s.

Next week looks like a great week, other than skies clouding up Tuesday & some of those showers (0.05-0.15″) Tuesday night-early half of Wednesday.