A potent area of low pressure pushed a strong cold front across central Indiana during the evening of February 20. Ahead of the front, very warm and moist air surged north. This melted much of the snow cover across the area, resulting in some flooding. The rain that accompanied the front led to additional flooding problems. A line of severe thunderstorms along the front brought damaging winds to many areas, along with some large hail at a few locations. A brief tornado touched down in Rush County, and another tornado touched down in Montgomery County. Details of the tornadoes are below. At the bottom of this page is a list of reports received from this event.
Montgomery Co. Tornado Info:
Rating: EF-0 (about 80 mph) The tornado started 2.5 miles southeast of Crawfordsville and ended 0.7 miles south of Darlington. Numerous outbuildings were damaged, and numerous homes lost shingles. A truck canopy was partially blown off. Numerous trees were sheared off halfway or more above ground.
Start: 7:40 PM EST
End: 7:48 PM EST
Path Length: 7.8 miles
Max. Path Width: 40 yards
Rating: EF-0 (about 80 mph)
The tornado started 2.5 miles southeast of Crawfordsville and ended 0.7 miles south of Darlington. Numerous outbuildings were damaged, and numerous homes lost shingles. A truck canopy was partially blown off. Numerous trees were sheared off halfway or more above ground.
Rush Co. Tornado Info:
Rating: EF-0 (about 85 mph) The line of severe thunderstorms took on a bowed structure as it entered northwest Rush County on Friday evening. Numerous areas of severe, straight-line wind damage were observed near the Arlington area. However, one homestead east of County Road 700 West on County Road 300 North did exhibit signs of damage that appeared tornadic. A few trees were downed, with one blown through the back side of a tin shed. Also, the roof was removed from an outbuilding on the premises.
Start: 9:32 PM EST
End: 9:32 PM EST (less than a minute on the ground)
Path Length: Less than 0.1 mile
Radar image at 9:32 PM. Click to enlarge.
Rating: EF-0 (about 85 mph)
The line of severe thunderstorms took on a bowed structure as it entered northwest Rush County on Friday evening. Numerous areas of severe, straight-line wind damage were observed near the Arlington area. However, one homestead east of County Road 700 West on County Road 300 North did exhibit signs of damage that appeared tornadic. A few trees were downed, with one blown through the back side of a tin shed. Also, the roof was removed from an outbuilding on the premises.
Below are a few radar images from the event:
|Radar at 8:02 PM - Click to Enlarge||Radar at 8:37 PM - Click to Enlarge||Radar at 9:27 PM - Click to Enlarge|
Behind the front came gusty winds and a quick drop in temperatures. Some areas saw temperatures fall about 20 degrees in 2 hours. Below is an example from Bloomington. The time period of interest is near the far right of the graph.
Wind Gusts at Selected Sites
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDIANAPOLIS IN 1241 AM EST FRI FEB 21 2014 WIND INFORMATION FOR THE PAST 10 HOURS... LOCATION HIGHEST OB TIME WIND PEAK WIND OR AND OB TIME PEAK OB TIME GUST LAFAYETTE 35 MPH / 954 PM 51 MPH / 833 PM INDIANAPOLIS 45 MPH / 838 PM 58 MPH / 837 PM TERRE HAUTE 32 MPH / 736 PM 49 MPH / 738 PM MUNCIE 28 MPH / 1053 PM 38 MPH / 1054 PM BLOOMINGTON 28 MPH / 653 PM 47 MPH / 845 PM INDIANAPOLIS EAGLE CREEK 23 MPH / 951 PM 47 MPH / 833 PM
PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDIANAPOLIS IN 1241 AM EST FRI FEB 21 2014 ..TIME... ...EVENT... ...CITY LOCATION... ...LAT.LON... ..DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE.... ..REMARKS.. 0721 PM TSTM WND GST TERRE HAUTE 39.47N 87.38W 02/20/2014 E50 MPH VIGO IN AMATEUR RADIO JUST EAST OF TERRE HAUTE ALONG I-70 0724 PM HEAVY RAIN 7 S HILLSBORO 40.01N 87.16W 02/20/2014 U0.00 INCH FOUNTAIN IN TRAINED SPOTTER VISIBILTY IS REDUCED DUE TO RAINFALL. WIND JUST PICKED UP. NO DAMAGE TO REPORT. 0742 PM TSTM WND GST 2 N TERRE HAUTE 39.50N 87.38W 02/20/2014 E60 MPH VIGO IN AMATEUR RADIO 0744 PM HAIL RUSSELLVILLE 39.86N 86.98W 02/20/2014 E0.25 INCH PUTNAM IN TRAINED SPOTTER GUSTY WINDS AND BRIEF PEA SIZE HAIL. WINDS HAVE NOW DIED DOWN. 0750 PM TSTM WND GST GREENCASTLE 39.64N 86.84W 02/20/2014 M55 MPH PUTNAM IN EMERGENCY MNGR DEPAUW UNIVERSITY 0802 PM TSTM WND DMG HILLSBORO 40.11N 87.16W 02/20/2014 FOUNTAIN IN TRAINED SPOTTER SMALL LIMBS OFF TREES AND SOME SHINGLES OFF ROOF. 0816 PM TSTM WND GST ADVANCE 40.00N 86.62W 02/20/2014 E60 MPH BOONE IN AMATEUR RADIO 0818 PM HAIL ADVANCE 40.00N 86.62W 02/20/2014 E0.88 INCH BOONE IN AMATEUR RADIO 0820 PM TSTM WND DMG FRANKFORT 40.28N 86.51W 02/20/2014 CLINTON IN AMATEUR RADIO PUBLIC SERVICE REPORTS OVERTURNED SEMI ON I-65 NEAR FRANKFORT...LEAKING PROPANE. INTERSTATE SHUT DOWN. 0823 PM HAIL 2 NE BROWNSBURG 39.86N 86.37W 02/20/2014 E0.25 INCH HENDRICKS IN AMATEUR RADIO 0824 PM HAIL BROWNSBURG 39.84N 86.39W 02/20/2014 E1.00 INCH HENDRICKS IN AMATEUR RADIO NEAR SR267 AND I-65 0830 PM FLOOD BLOOMINGTON 39.17N 86.52W 02/20/2014 MONROE IN PUBLIC FLOODED STREETS. CAMPUS BUS ROUTES SUSPENDED. 0831 PM TSTM WND GST 4 NE BROWNSBURG 39.88N 86.34W 02/20/2014 E60 MPH HENDRICKS IN AMATEUR RADIO ALSO PEA SIZE HAIL. 0831 PM HAIL 1 SSW WHITESTOWN 39.98N 86.35W 02/20/2014 E0.25 INCH BOONE IN TRAINED SPOTTER WINDS WERE GUSTY BUT NOT SIGNIFICANT. BRIEF PEA SIZE HAIL. 0837 PM TSTM WND GST TIPTON 40.28N 86.04W 02/20/2014 E65 MPH TIPTON IN AMATEUR RADIO 0839 PM TSTM WND GST INDIANAPOLIS 39.71N 86.28W 02/20/2014 M58 MPH MARION IN NWS OFFICE WIND GUST MEASURED BY THE ASOS 0841 PM HAIL INDIANAPOLIS INT`L AIRP 39.72N 86.29W 02/20/2014 E0.25 INCH MARION IN TRAINED SPOTTER ON I-70 NEAR AIRPORT 0842 PM TSTM WND GST 5 SW BLOOMINGTON 39.12N 86.59W 02/20/2014 E60 MPH MONROE IN TRAINED SPOTTER 0842 PM HAIL CARMEL 39.97N 86.11W 02/20/2014 E0.50 INCH HAMILTON IN TRAINED SPOTTER 0843 PM HAIL CICERO 40.12N 86.02W 02/20/2014 E0.25 INCH HAMILTON IN TRAINED SPOTTER LITTLE BIT BIGGER THAN PEA SIZE HAIL. 231ST STREET AND TOLLGATE ROAD. RAINING HARD AND GUSTY WINDS. 0844 PM TSTM WND GST NOBLESVILLE 40.06N 86.03W 02/20/2014 E45 MPH HAMILTON IN TRAINED SPOTTER 0845 PM HAIL NOBLESVILLE 40.06N 86.03W 02/20/2014 E0.75 INCH HAMILTON IN TRAINED SPOTTER 0845 PM TSTM WND GST 2 E CARMEL 39.97N 86.07W 02/20/2014 E45 MPH HAMILTON IN AMATEUR RADIO TORRENTIAL RAIN... GUSTY WINDS... PEA SIZE HAIL AT MAIN STREET AND RIVER ROAD. 0845 PM HAIL 2 E CARMEL 39.97N 86.07W 02/20/2014 E0.25 INCH HAMILTON IN AMATEUR RADIO 0848 PM TSTM WND GST 2 W CARMEL 39.97N 86.15W 02/20/2014 E45 MPH HAMILTON IN AMATEUR RADIO TORRENTIAL RAIN... GUSTY WINDS... PEA SIZE AT 141ST STREET AND TOWNSHIP LINE. 0848 PM HAIL 2 W CARMEL 39.97N 86.15W 02/20/2014 E0.25 INCH HAMILTON IN AMATEUR RADIO 0848 PM TSTM WND GST 5 SW BLOOMINGTON 39.12N 86.59W 02/20/2014 E70 MPH MONROE IN TRAINED SPOTTER 0851 PM HAIL 2 ENE WESTFIELD 40.06N 86.10W 02/20/2014 E0.75 INCH HAMILTON IN TRAINED SPOTTER MOONTOWN ROAD BETWEEN SR32 AND SR38. 0901 PM TSTM WND DMG TIPTON 40.28N 86.04W 02/20/2014 TIPTON IN BROADCAST MEDIA ROOF DAMAGE ON THE WEST SIDE OF TOWN. EXTENSIVE POWER OUTAGES. 0903 PM TSTM WND GST N BEDFORD 38.86N 86.49W 02/20/2014 E50 MPH LAWRENCE IN AMATEUR RADIO 0906 PM TSTM WND DMG ELWOOD 40.28N 85.84W 02/20/2014 MADISON IN TRAINED SPOTTER ROOF DAMAGE TO FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH. 0909 PM TSTM WND GST 2 SW FRANKLIN 39.47N 86.08W 02/20/2014 E45 MPH JOHNSON IN TRAINED SPOTTER HEAVY RAIN THAT IS BLOWING NEARLY HORIZONTAL. NO DAMAGE TO REPORT AT THIS TIME. 0919 PM TSTM WND DMG TIPTON 40.28N 86.04W 02/20/2014 TIPTON IN EMERGENCY MNGR ALUMINUM OUTBUILDING DESTROYED WEST SIDE OF TIPTON. 0920 PM HAIL 3 ESE ANDERSON 40.08N 85.64W 02/20/2014 E0.70 INCH MADISON IN AMATEUR RADIO CR300E AND SR236. 0923 PM TSTM WND DMG FRANKLIN 39.49N 86.06W 02/20/2014 JOHNSON IN AMATEUR RADIO RAILROAD CROSSING GATE ARM DAMAGED BY WIND. COMMERCE ROAD. 0925 PM FUNNEL CLOUD BEDFORD 38.86N 86.49W 02/20/2014 LAWRENCE IN AMATEUR RADIO POSSIBLE FUNNEL ILLUMINATED BY LIGHTNING EAST OF US50 AND SR446. 0925 PM HAIL SHELBYVILLE 39.52N 85.78W 02/20/2014 E1.25 INCH SHELBY IN STORM CHASER 0932 PM TSTM WND DMG ARLINGTON 39.64N 85.58W 02/20/2014 RUSH IN EMERGENCY MNGR BARN DAMAGE NORTH OF ARLINGTON. NUMEROUS TREES AND POWERLINES ALSO DOWN IN THE ARLINGTON AREA.