On Saturday afternoon a thunderstorm moved through Crawfordsville. It was so strong, it shut down The Taste of Montgomery County for more than two hours. 

If you wanted to know what was going on, you could have looked at www.thepaper24-7.com. Or, you could have watched TV and hoped they told you what was happening in Montgomery County. 

Now, there is an alterantive: www.CrawfordsvilleWeather.com. 

When you open crawfordsvilleweather.com, you not only get current conditions but you get the local highs and lows for the day, wind speed, times for sun up and sundown and a map with the forecast for the entire central Indiana area. 

Click on a tab and you can view Sugar Creek levels, current radar, even a map of lightning strikes. 

"Weather is, without doubt, the number one news story our readers care about during the year," said Frank Phillips, editor of The Paper of Montgomery County. "It seems that every year Sugar creek floods or threatens to flood its banks and every winter a severe story threatens the area with ice and heavy snowfall. Having CrawfordsvilleWeather.com will be an invaluable tool for our njewsroom and for everyone interested in the weather." 

The service is free and the website went live earlier this month.