INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Do you remember the wild October snow storm of 1989? It started on this date – October 18, the earliest date on record for measurable snow for the city. About .2″ fell by midnight, but we would go on to receive a total of 9.3″ of snow from the 18th to the 20th.
Trees and power lines toppled under the weight of the heavy/wet snow. Only 10 Octobers on record have produced measurable snow – the last time in 2014 with .1″. Prior to 2014, 1993 had 2.4″.
Scanning weather records, October is the month that the first flakes fall. 37 Octobers on record have produced a trace or more of snow – 25 percent. Will we see them this year? The warm October has taken a turn and with the November-like pattern holding there could be a few wet snow flakes or even a snow shower Saturday night.
Thank you to the Indianapolis Star for the snapshot of the newspaper dated Friday October 20, 1989. Note just days after the huge California earthquake that rocked the World Series that year.