CLEARING OUT – COOLING OFF
FROPA!! Frontal Passage early Thursday pushed heavy rain, severe weather, heat and humidity out of Indiana. Skies clear out this evening and very mild air arrives of a brisk north wind.
Wednesday heat indices topped the upper 90’s with south Florida level dew points – tonight this air has its origins from Canada. Drier, cooler air takes hold with area temperatures dropping back into the middle and lower 50’s.
BIG STORMS LAST NIGHT – CITY SPARED
Severe storms raked parts of northwest Indiana with 100 mph wind gusts per the NWS out of Chicago. Wind gusts of plowed through parts of Tippecanoe, White, Wells, Wabash, Miami and Huntington counties. Numerous reports of trees and power lines fell with a wind gust to 80 mph west of Bunker Hill. A semi was blown off the interstate in Huntington County as the thunderstorm complex charged into Ohio. Nationwide, more than 300 severe weather reports were received. Most of the reports were damaging winds with 21 tornado reports.
The vivid lightning show was seen for miles and underneath the 45 to 50,000 foot storm’s torrential rains. More than 2″ of rain fell in Alexandria (Madison County), 2.64″ in Muncie (Delaware County) and 2″ in Peru (Miami County).
BLAZING HEAT OUT WEST SPARKS HUGE COLORADO FIRE
The Black Forest wildfire has burned hundreds of homes and sent thousands fleeing near Colorado Springs. 100° temps and tinder dry humidity has helped the fire spread, and officials there say it’s the most destructive fire in state history. The storm has claimed two lives. Firefighters are hoping to keep the fire from spreading across a major highway. Former Fox 59 weather intern and meteorologist John Dissauer tells me that Highway 83 just east of I-25 and north of Colorado Springs is being heavily fortified in attempt at keeping the fire from spreading. More than 750 firefighters are battling the blaze, which has charred 15,000 acres. The fire started Tuesday afternoon and is only 5% contained.