This Day in History: The 1917 Ohio River Ice Jam

On December 16, 1917 an ice jam closed the Ohio River from Warsaw, KY to Rising Sun, IN. This area of the Ohio River is located between northern Kentucky and southeastern Indiana. According to David Ludlum, the ice jam reached 30 feet high and lasted 58 days. This backed up trading traffic on the Ohio […]

Tornado Impacts Western Part of Indianapolis, IN

Last evening, a small and unique supercell formed in central Indiana, just west of Indianapolis. This supercell formed in a fairly favorable environment for a supercell to develop and be sustained in. While upper level flow was generally fairly weak across the region, the wind shear in the lowest portions of the atmosphere was primed […]

Epic Shelf Cloud Rolls Through Northern Kentucky

An epic shelf cloud rolled through southern Indiana and northern Kentucky this morning. A mass of decaying thunderstorms threw out an outflow boundary, which produced the amazing shelf cloud. Check out the collection of amazing pictures below! According to the forecast this morning, additional thunderstorms may fire this afternoon and evening, as well as tomorrow. […]

Chicago Snowfall Expected This Weekend

Portions of the Chicago area could receive quite a bit of snowfall this weekend. This is the same system that looked like it could have impacted us with some wintry weather. However, the models have corrected to the northwest, as was expected. The low pressure system that is responsible for the snow will likely bring […]

10 Year Anniversary of Monster Ohio Valley Snowstorm

December 22 – 23, 2004 marks one of the largest snowstorms along the Ohio River since recording began. The heaviest snowfall fell along and north of the Ohio River, with amounts totaling close to 30 inches in areas. Damages from this storm were estimated at 900 million dollars. Here is a look at the snowfall […]

Chilly Temperatures Across Eastern U.S.

Temperatures flirted with the freezing mark in many locations this morning and a wide variety of frost and freeze products have been issued across the eastern U.S. Check out this hazards map this morning shoring freeze watches in dark blue, frost advisories in light blue, and freeze watches in teal. The frost advisories and freeze […]

Severe Storms Across Midwest

A series of severe storms will impact the Midwest over the next couple of days. Damaging winds and tornadoes appear to be the biggest threat. Here is today’s threat for tornadoes from the SPC: The threat for severe weather moves east for tomorrow across Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan. A 45% probability of severe weather […]

Indiana Hailstorm

An intense thunderstorm in western Indiana put down a lot of hail as it trekked through the region. The Indiana hailstorm covered yards, decks, and even some of the roads. It looks like West Lafayette, Indiana was most affected with hail clogging drains and causing some sporadic flash flooding. The response on Twitter was fabulous. […]

Tornado Hits Indianapolis

A tornado warned storm passed through Indianapolis earlier and spotters confirmed an actual tornado was on the ground. Damage reports and photos are already coming in: Tornado Warning including Speedway IN, Plainfield IN, Clermont IN until 3:00 PM EDT — NWS Indianapolis (@NWSIndianapolis) June 24, 2014 WEATHER SPOTTERS CONFIRMED TORNADO. AT 230 PM…TORNADIC DEBRIS […]


Every now and then a particular synoptic setup occurs in which a large complex of thunderstorms tracks hundreds of miles and causes widespread wind damage.  When these bow echoes remain fairly organized and severe over a certain distance and length of time, they are often referred to as Derechos; a Spanish word which means “direct” or “straight […]