Thursday Weather Blog: Thunderstorm Watch In Effect

Severe storms expected over parts of the Ohio Valley this afternoon.

(click here for a list of our broadcast counties under severe weather alerts)

7:20 PM UPDATE

The thunderstorm watch has been canceled for much of the broadcast area. Only Dubois, Scott, Orange and Washington counties remain under the severe weather threat until 10:00 PM.

A 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms remain before 2:00 AM.

2:48 PM UPDATE

A thunderstorm watch has been issued for most of southern Indiana until 10:00 PM. Hail to 2 inches in diameter, thunderstorm wind gusts to 70 MPH and dangerous lightning are possible.

1:05 PM UPDATE

Forecasters at the National Weather Service say there’s a good chance for much needed rain across central Indiana this afternoon. A cold front will push through southeast Indiana colliding with hot, moist and unstable air with the potential of producing strong thunderstorms. The severe threat will be damaging winds.

The Storm Prediction Center has a ‘Moderate Risk’ of severe thunderstorms across a small part of east central Indiana with a ‘Slight Risk’ elsewhere.

Temperatures will reach the 90s with heat indices during the afternoon and early evening of more than 100 degrees possible.

National Weather Service officials are monitoring the developing severe weather situation and advise residents to stay tuned to local media reports for possible watches and warnings.


64 Indiana counties are designated primary natural disaster areas due to the drought. Here’s a look at how far below average the state is in rainfall amounts.
map of rainfall in Indiana

City YTD Precipitation Deviation
Indianapolis 15.15 -9.62
Lafayette 12.47 -8.98
Muncie 15.82 -8.05
Terre Haute 12.98 -13.93
Bloomington 13.10 -15.98
Shelbyville 13.72 -12.34

 

Joe Hren

Anchor, Indiana Newsdesk - WTIU & WFIU News. Follow him on Twitter @Joe_Hren

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