Extreme weather? Not here, not this year
Thursday, May 30, 2013 10:00 PM
Is it just me or have we had rather extreme weather this spring?
While agriculture folks will tell you farmers have been wanting to get in the fields much earlier than they could this year, we have not had a really extreme weather situation in Central Indiana according to the Indiana State Climate Office, iclimate.org, at Purdue. Consider this:
Average date of last measureable snowfall is March 30
On average, Indiana 's drought conditions can range between moderate to non-existent. Currently Indiana has not seen any severe drought conditions. One of the worst droughts recorded was in the 1930s across almost the entire United States .
Maximum temperature ever recordedin Indiana: 116F at Collegeville in 1936.
Minimum temperature ever recorded in Indiana: -36F at New Whiteland in 1994. (1887 Lafayette -33F).
Most days ever recorded when temperature was over 90F: 105 times in 1953 at Evansville.
Most days ever recorded when temperature was over 100F: 33 times in 1955 at Evansville.
Maximum snow fall ever recorded: Jan 26, 1978 , Up to 20 inches of snow fell in the central and south with 40 inches up in the north. A federal state of emergency was declared because of the worst blizzard on record to hit Indiana .
Maximum ice accumulation ever recorded: 2 inches in 1988.
Maximum flooding ever recorded: 27 feet above flood stage in 1913
At least 90 lives lost
Damage $15 million
Maximum precipitation in 24 hours: 10.5 inches recorded in 1905 at Princeton
Maximum snow in 24 hours: 30 inches recorded in December 2004 at southern and east central Indiana .
Highest wind gust on record of 111 MPH in Indianapolis occurred on June 29, 1929.
* Wettest year was recorded in 1876 at Indianapolis : 57.65 inches of measured rain.
* Driest year was recorded in 1934 at Indianapolis : 24.97 inches of measured rain.
* Most snow fall recorded in 1979 in Rockford : 74.5 inches in one season.
* Maximum monthly precipitation: over 16 inches in July 2003 and 2004 at Kokomo .
* Driest month: zero precipitation in September 1979 and September 2004.
* March and April are considered tornado season.
* There have been 1024 tornado touchdowns from 1950 - 2001.
* The average is 20 touchdowns per year.
* More than 6 touchdowns in a 24-hour period is considered an outbreak.
* The biggest tornado recorded was in 1925 crossing three states ( Missouri , Illinois , and Indiana ) at 70 mph and was 1.5 miles wide.
* In 1974, during the "Super Outbreak," over 21 tornados broke out in the state of Indiana hitting 39 counties.
* The "Tri-state" tornado of March 18, 1925 killed 695 people as it raced along at 60-73 mph in a 219 mile long track across parts of Missouri , Illinois and Indiana , producing F5 damage.