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).