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Severe Outlook

 

A severe thundestorm watch has been issued for northern Indiana until 10 PM.  This is a PDS severe thunderstorm watch.  That stands for particularly dangerous situation.  The counties included are:

Benton, Jasper, Newton, Porter, White, Cass, Miami

What does PDS mean?  It means that there is a heightened risk of storms producing widespread damage as they roll through. For us, this means we could see winds up to 80 mph as this line of storms moves into the watch area.  Also, isolated large hail events up to 1.5″ in diameter are possible along with a tornado or two.

The Storm Prediction Center has now included the northwest portion of our state in a MODERATE RISK of severe weather for tonight.  That’s the area in orange in the picture.  Our number one threat from this line of storms that will move in after sunset will be damaging winds.  We could see a derecho (long lived, damaging wind event) unfold over the Ohio Valley with our state in the path of this event.  Winds over 60 mph would be possible along with large hail and even isolated tornadoes.  As for the specific timing, that is still coming into focus as the atmosphere recovers from the morning storms and new storms develop out in Iowa.

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Jennifer Ketchmark - Meteorologist June 30, 201412:14 PM

We’ll likely see some rays of sunshine behind this first round of storms, you can already see the gap in the clouds coming in from Illinois. This will create energy for the next round of storms that comes in late tonight.

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45 mph wind gusts reported in Morgan County in the town of Brooklyn

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Not only do we have this wave of storms moving into the area, we have to continue to watch out to the west for more development today.  The mid level winds will continue to take storms over in north central Illinois and drive them our way.  Check out the latest discussion from the Storm Prediction Center.  They are keeping an eye on central Illinois for possible severe storm development along with a severe thunderstorm watch.  This watch has not been issued but is being considered at this time.

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From meteorologist Jennifer Ketchmark: 

Showers and storms intensified over northern Illinois this morning and now that wave of storms has dipped southeast.  This line of storms will continue to pass through central Indiana as we get closer to the lunch hour and into the early afternoon hours.

What to expect:

In general, these storms do not
bring a large severe weather threat to our area.  But it is being
monitored very closely as an isolated severe storm cannot be ruled out.

  • Penny sized hail
  • 40-50 mph wind gusts
  • Very heavy rain
  • Frequent and intense lightning strikes
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