Monday, April 5, 2010

Severe Weather Rumbles Through Area

It turned out to be an interesting afternoon and early evening. The first severe weather threat impacted the area late this afternoon and evening. As a warm front moved north across the state, severe weather developed prompting the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma to issue a Tornado Watch. Temperatures reached 79F (26C) this afternoon with dew points near 64F (18C). The air was thick with moisture which lead to the severe weather. Here's a bit about the storms from a news report I found online...

Storms fired up before 6 p.m. south and west of Indianapolis. The storms grew in size and intensity, prompting numerous severe thunderstorm warnings and a couple of tornado warnings.Hail up to 3 inches in diameter fell near Gosport. Nearby, storm spotters reported seeing a funnel cloud about three miles north of Spencer at about 6:40 p.m.A National Weather Service automated weather station recorded a 68 mph wind gust in Seymour just before 6 p.m.There were numerous additional reports of large hail, primarily south and west of Indianapolis.Golf-ball sized hail was reported by police in Owen County. There were other reports of large hail in Marion, Johnson, Brown, Monroe, Jackson, Hendricks, Bartholomew and Vigo counties.Sirens were sounded a couple of times in Indianapolis when severe thunderstorm warnings were issued in the county, as is standard when a warning coincides with a tornado watch.Storms generally moved from southwest to northeast across the area and began to wane as the evening wore on.

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