Historic wind storms recorded in November, powerful storm to blow in on Wednesday
Calm before the autumn storm. A milder evening without any rain falling this Tuesday evening but rather hazy and little to no wind. Foggy conditions return overnight with temperatures dipping into the 30s.
Massive changes underway on Wednesday as a powerful storm emerges from the Rockies and intensifies quickly. A strong jet stream will roar east toward central Indiana fueling the storms development and increasing winds at all levels.
WIND ADVISORIES HOISTED
Wind watches and warnings are hoisted and include a portion of Indiana – likely to be expanded. Several states are expecting strong winds to blow.
40 YEARS AGO – EDMUND FITZGERALD SINKS
November storms of this magnitude are quite common – in fact on this date 40 years ago, the historic sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald occurred. The ship sank November 10, 1975 on Lake Superior battered by 35 foot waves, sustained winds of 67 mph and gusts to 86 mph. All 29 men on board died,
Other notable November storms occurred in 1913 when 19 ships were lost and 250 people died, The Armistice storm of 1940 killed 66. A similar storm track and pressure drop to that of the 1975 storm occurred in 1998. Improving weather forecasts likely prevented loss of life – but damage was widespread.
STRONG WINDS BEGIN WEDNESDAY NIGHT
More on the upcoming storm – the timing is later Wednesday as the system matures. Non thunderstorm winds will increase by later Wednesday evening as pressures fall and the low center approaches. Wind could gust form 35 to 45 mph by Wednesday evening.
SEVERE THREAT STILL POSSIBLE
A skinny line of thunderstorms is forecast west in Missouri and enters Illinois with the possibility of a few tornadoes with it. This line will race east, lose some steam but still be strong enough to potentially grab strong, low level winds (forecast just above the surface at 2500 feet of 60 mph) and mix them down. The current timing for the localized, strongest winds would occur between 12 am and 3 am.
Gusty winds and colder air will flow behind the system on Thursday and persist into Friday and a secondary front drops in from the northwest. Be sure to check back Wednesday for the latest timing and any additional advisories.