Flood Warning For Wabash River At Mt. Carmel

The Flood Warning continues for
  The Wabash River at Mount Carmel.
* from Friday evening until further notice.
* At  9:45 AM Wednesday the stage was 11.5 feet.
* Flood stage is 19.0 feet.
* Moderate flooding is forecast.
* Forecast...Rise above flood stage by Friday afternoon and continue
  to rise to near 27.8 feet by early Saturday morning. additional
  rises are possible thereafter.
* At 28.0 feet...Critical Stage of Rochester-Mcleary Bluff Levee.
  Cattle and farm equipment must be moved.  Most roads along river or
  near river are now impassible.  Agricultural losses 100 percent in
  areas that are not protected by levees.  The Wabash River is more
  than 2 miles wide at I-64.
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Mid-May Weather In February

From NWS in Paducah: Record high temperatures were observed at all 3 of our official climate stations today reaching the mid 70s to around 80 degrees across the region! For comparison, these are the normal high temperatures in early to mid May! In Paducah, KY we just missed reaching the February all-time record high temperature of 78 set back on February 13, 1962. There is still the potential for February all-time record warm low temperatures to be broken at all 3 climate stations, depending on how fast the cold front and rain move in later this evening. Low temperatures so far today have been more typical of the middle of June! Hope you enjoyed the Spring-like weather!

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WSJD Skyscan Forecast

Tonight

Showers, mainly after 11pm. Low around 40. South wind 14 to 17 mph becoming north northwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.

Wednesday

Showers. Temperature falling to around 38 by 5pm. North northeast wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Wednesday Night

Showers. Low around 38. Northeast wind around 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Thursday

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before noon. Cloudy, with a high near 52. East northeast wind 6 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night

Showers, mainly after midnight. Low around 47. East northeast wind 5 to 8 mph becoming south southeast after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Friday

Showers, mainly before noon. High near 59. South wind 5 to 8 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Friday Night

Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after midnight. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Low around 50. North northwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming east after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Saturday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Cloudy, with a high near 62. East wind 8 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon.

Saturday Night

Showers, mainly before midnight. Cloudy, with a low around 46. Breezy, with a south wind 10 to 20 mph becoming west after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 26 mph.

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. Breezy, with a west wind 11 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 37. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east southeast after midnight.

Monday

Sunny, with a high near 56. Southeast wind 6 to 9 mph becoming south southwest in the afternoon.

Monday Night

A slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 38. South southwest wind around 9 mph becoming northwest after midnight.

Tuesday

Sunny, with a high near 54. Northwest wind around 10 mph becoming north northeast in the afternoon.

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Still On Track For 5+ Inches Of Rain Thru Sunday

...Heavy Rainfall Expected Tonight Through Wednesday Night...

.A cold front will interact with a very humid airmass across the
region to produce heavy rain and some minor flooding as it moves
southeast through the area late this evening through Wednesday
morning. Additional rains will keep the pressure on behind the
front Wednesday afternoon and night.

...FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM CST THIS EVENING THROUGH LATE
WEDNESDAY NIGHT...

The National Weather Service in Paducah has issued a

* Flood Watch for all of southern Illinois, southwest Indiana,
  western Kentucky, and southeast Missouri.

* From 9 PM CST this evening through late Wednesday night

* Multiple rounds of moderate to heavy rainfall will lead to some
  minor localized flooding.

* The primary flooding concern will be along small streams and
  creeks that feed into already swollen rivers across the region.
  especially in areas that receive multiple rounds of moderate to
  heavy rainfall.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on
current forecasts.

You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible
Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be
prepared to take action should flooding develop.
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Thursday Marks 40th Anniversary Of Blizzard of 1978

From NWS in Indianapolis: Beginning Wednesday January 25, 1978, Indiana was paralyzed by a snow storm that came to be known as the Blizzard of '78, the worst blizzard on record for the Hoosier state.

Few citizens of central Indiana could have known the devastating impact that this once-in-a-generation blizzard would have on their lives, despite the warnings coming from forecasters at the National Weather Service office in Indianapolis. Even experienced weather professionals, who knew what was coming, had little idea of exactly what they would face over the next few days. The storm set records still in place to this day, including the most snow in one month at Indianapolis, 30.6 inches, and the most snow on the ground at Indianapolis, 20 inches.

Many recall homes buried in snow, close calls with danger on the roadways, or even sledding from second floor windows after the storm finally released Indiana from its grip.  One NWS employee who was off duty during the blizzard recalled stuffing newspaper into the cracks around his garage door to keep the howling winds from forcing the snow in through them.  Several other NWS employees who were on duty at the time became stranded for up to 74 hours.  Some recalled staff members trying everything to get some rest, including sleeping on boxes of teletype paper pushed together.

The human drama extended far beyond the confines of the NWS office at the Indianapolis International Airport.  Highways were clogged with stranded motorists.  Throughout the Midwest, doctors and emergency personnel were forced to reach people on skis and snowmobiles.  The governor sent National Guard tanks onto I-65 to remove stranded semis.  A snowbank stalled a seven car Amtrak train in Putnam County.  Indiana Bell was forced to halt all phone traffic but emergency calls.  In Franklin, the Daily Journal published on pink paper, explaining that the color would help readers find their papers in the snow. The governor declared a snow emergency for the entire state the morning of the 26th. During the afternoon of the 26th, the Indiana State Police considered all Indiana roads closed. Seventy people perished during the storm.

The first ever Blizzard Warning for the entire state of Indiana was issued at 3:45 PM EST on January 25th. A heavy snow warning had been issued 12 hours earlier. Winds would approach 50 mph or more by midnight and continue through the 27th. Temperatures would plummet to a low of zero during the storm, with wind chills approaching -50 on the old wind chill scale. Snowfall rates of nearly one half to as much as one inch per hour were not in and of themselves remarkable, but the duration of the heavy snow was. Significant snowfall lasted about 31 hours at Indianapolis and would be followed by continued cold and high winds. This hampered recovery and relief efforts, leaving much of Indiana crippled for days. In all 15.5 inches of snow would fall at Indianapolis, which combined with the snow already on the ground, would bury the city under 20 inches of snow. In other areas, up to 3 feet of snow fell. The howling winds would push drifts up to as much as 20-25 feet. Visibilities would remain at or below one quarter mile for 25 hours.

The storm was characterized by a relatively rare merger of two distinct weather systems. The result was a very strong area of low pressure that reached its lowest pressure over Cleveland Ohio.

 

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