A large outbreak of severe weather took place on November 17, 2013. In Indiana alone there were 30 tornadoes, with dozens more in other states. In central Indiana the strongest tornado was rated an EF-3. There were 8 EF-2 tornadoes, 6 EF-1 tornadoes, and 1 EF-0 tornado in central Indiana. This number of tornadoes for the entire state is the largest outbreak for November in recorded history for Indiana, and the second largest outbreak in state history for any month (June 2, 1990 is first with 37 tornadoes). Please note that all information is considered preliminary and may change. This page was last updated March 4, 2014 (added new tornado in Tippecanoe County).
Below is a list of tornadoes that impacted central Indiana on November 17, 2013. The link with each tornado will take you to a page with a track, tornado information, and radar data for that tornado. For a summary of all basic information for each tornado in one file, please view this pdf file.
List of November 17, 2013 Tornadoes
|Vermillion - Warren County Tornado, EF-2.|
|Fountain-Tippecanoe County Tornado, EF-2|
|Montgomery County Tornado, EF-1|
|Northwest Tippecanoe County Tornado, EF-1|
|Tippecanoe County Tornadoes (northwest of Romney, South Raub), EF-2 & EF-0|
|Tippecanoe into Clinton into Carroll County Tornado, EF-3|
|Tippecanoe County (near Stockwell) Tornado, EF-1|
|Knox County Tornado, EF-2|
|Clinton County into Howard County and Howard County Small Tornadoes, both EF-2|
|Daviess County Tornado, EF-2|
|Boone County Tornadoes, EF-2 and EF-1|
|Lawrence County Tornado, EF-1|
|Hamilton County into Tipton County Tornado, EF-1|
A potent weather system moved into the Ohio Valley during the afternoon of November 17, 2013. The setup became ideal for severe weather, including multiple tornadoes. Click any image below for a larger version.
|The above is a map of jet stream wind speeds (color background) and streamlines showing direction of flow. Warmer colors equals higher speeds. A strong jet stream was approaching central Indiana during the afternoon of November 17.||An upper trough was approaching the area as well. The above is 500 mb heights valid at 3:00 PM.|
|Not far off the surface, strong winds were flowing north from the Gulf of Mexico. Above is a map of wind speeds at 500 meters above ground (approximately 1600ft). The colors indicate wind speed, with warmer colors indicating faster speeds. Speeds over Indiana at 3:00 PM were over 50 mph. The arrows indicate the wind flow.||At the surface, a cold front was approaching from the west. Plenty of moisture was available, especially for mid-November, with surface dewpoints in the upper 50s and lower 60s. The above plot shows for 3:00 PM: sea level pressure contours, surface observations. The colors represent dewpoint, with warmer colors indicating higher dewpoints.|
|Loop of surface observations and surface fronts. Image courtesy of WFO Chicago.|
|The setup with the system provided the area with plenty of instability for thunderstorms to form on. Above is a map of instability (Mixed Layer CAPE) valid at 3:00 PM. Areas outlined in red are unstable.||The turning of the winds with height set up by the approaching upper trough and winds ahead of the surface cold front set the stage for the potential for tornadoes. The above plot is for Effective Storm Relative Helicity valid at 3:00 PM. The numbers across central Indiana were extremely high for November.|
As a result of this setup, numerous thunderstorms developed across Illinois and quickly became severe. These storms produced numerous tornadoes across Illinois. The strong winds aloft caused the storms to move quickly into Indiana, where additional tornadoes and severe thunderstorms developed.
|Radar Image from 2:00 PM EST||Radar Image from 3:00 PM EST||Radar Image from 4:00 PM EST|
Selected Radar Images from Tornadoes. Additional radar images can be found on the individual tornado pages.
Mellott in Fountain County
|Radar image from 2:39 PM EST centered near Mellott.||Storm Relative Motion image from 2:39 PM for the same area. Radar is off to the south east of this location. Green/Blue indicate winds toward the radar while reds indicate winds away from the radar.|
Kokomo in Howard County
|Radar image from 3:31 PM EST centered near Kokomo.||Storm Relative Motion image from 3:31 PM for the same area. Radar is off to the south of this location. Green indicates winds toward the radar while reds/oranges indicate winds away from the radar.|
Lebanon in Boone County
|Radar image from 3:41 PM EST centered near Lebanon.||Storm Relative Motion image from 3:41 PM for the same area. Radar is off to the south east of this location. Green indicates winds toward the radar while Red/Orange indicate winds away from the radar.|
Below is a list of preliminary storm reports received during the event.
PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDIANAPOLIS IN 642 AM EST MON NOV 18 2013 ..TIME... ...EVENT... ...CITY LOCATION... ...LAT.LON... ..DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE.... ..REMARKS.. 0233 PM TSTM WND GST COVINGTON 40.14N 87.39W 11/17/2013 E55 MPH FOUNTAIN IN EMERGENCY MNGR POWER LINES ARE DOWN. POSSIBLE POWER OUTAGES. 0233 PM HAIL COVINGTON 40.14N 87.39W 11/17/2013 E0.25 INCH FOUNTAIN IN EMERGENCY MNGR 0233 PM TORNADO PERRYSVILLE 40.05N 87.44W 11/17/2013 VERMILLION IN TRAINED SPOTTER TORNADO REPORTED AT I-74 AND IN 63. TREE LIMBS DOWN. 0245 PM TSTM WND GST 3 E VEEDERSBURG 40.11N 87.20W 11/17/2013 U0 MPH FOUNTAIN IN TRAINED SPOTTER SEMI BLOWN OVER ON I-74 MILE MARKER 17 0247 PM TORNADO 8 S LAFAYETTE 40.30N 86.87W 11/17/2013 TIPPECANOE IN TRAINED SPOTTER TREES AND POWER POLES SNAPPED. SEVERAL STRUCTURES PARTIALLY OR TOTALLY DESTROYED. TIME ESTIMATED. 0249 PM TSTM WND GST DAYTON 40.38N 86.78W 11/17/2013 M82 MPH TIPPECANOE IN AMATEUR RADIO NO DAMAGE REPORTED 0300 PM TSTM WND GST LAFAYETTE 40.41N 86.87W 11/17/2013 E60 MPH TIPPECANOE IN TRAINED SPOTTER US 231 AND SR 26 0300 PM TSTM WND DMG RUSSIAVILLE 40.42N 86.27W 11/17/2013 HOWARD IN AMATEUR RADIO 480 W AND SR 26 - ROOF OFF HOUSE 0300 PM TSTM WND DMG 4 NW DECKER 38.56N 87.58W 11/17/2013 KNOX IN CO-OP OBSERVER REPORT OF BARN PARTIALLY DESTROYED NEAR 1000 W CHIMNEY PIER ROAD. TIME WAS ESTIMATED. 0303 PM FUNNEL CLOUD ROCKVILLE 39.77N 87.23W 11/17/2013 PARKE IN LAW ENFORCEMENT FUNNEL CLOUD REPORTED 0305 PM TORNADO VINCENNES 38.68N 87.51W 11/17/2013 KNOX IN EMERGENCY MNGR TORNADO ON THE GROUND BETWEEN VINCENNES AND DECKER. NO DAMAGE REPORTED. 0307 PM TSTM WND DMG 2 N WEST LAFAYETTE 40.47N 86.91W 11/17/2013 TIPPECANOE IN AMATEUR RADIO US 29 AND MANCHESTER ROAD - BARN DAMAGED... TREES DOWN 0309 PM TORNADO 13 NW LAFAYETTE 40.54N 87.05W 11/17/2013 TIPPECANOE IN TRAINED SPOTTER POSSIBLE RAIN WRAPPED TORNADO. SHEET METAL CAUGHT IN A FENCE. NEAREST BUILDINGS ACROSS A FIELD A FEW ACRES AWAY. 0309 PM TSTM WND DMG LEBANON 40.05N 86.47W 11/17/2013 BOONE IN AMATEUR RADIO I-65 MILE MARKER 60 - OVERTURNED SEMI 0310 PM TORNADO ROSSVILLE 40.42N 86.60W 11/17/2013 CLINTON IN FIRE DEPT/RESCUE TORNADO REPORTED AT CR5 1000 W AND 713 N 0310 PM TSTM WND GST COLFAX 40.19N 86.67W 11/17/2013 E65 MPH CLINTON IN AMATEUR RADIO ROBOY RD AND LINDON ROAD. NO DAMAGE REPROTED. 0315 PM TORNADO S VINCENNES 38.68N 87.51W 11/17/2013 KNOX IN LAW ENFORCEMENT HOUSE DAMAGED ON ST THOMAS ROAD 0315 PM TSTM WND GST BURLINGTON 40.48N 86.39W 11/17/2013 E60 MPH CARROLL IN AMATEUR RADIO NO DAMAGE REPORTED 0315 PM TSTM WND DMG WASHINGTON 38.66N 87.17W 11/17/2013 DAVIESS IN NWS EMPLOYEE OLD US 50 ON WEST SIDE OF WASHINGTON. EITCINES FARMERS MARKET DESTROYED. MULTIPLE TREES DOWN 0319 PM TSTM WND DMG BURLINGTON 40.48N 86.39W 11/17/2013 CARROLL IN AMATEUR RADIO 2 FOOT TREES UPROOTED. 0319 PM TSTM WND DMG DARLINGTON 40.11N 86.78W 11/17/2013 MONTGOMERY IN AMATEUR RADIO TELEPHONE POLES DOWN AT 1350 E AND 850 W 0320 PM TORNADO RUSSIAVILLE 40.42N 86.27W 11/17/2013 HOWARD IN EMERGENCY MNGR TORNADO ON THE GROUND AT 13172 E CR 500 N. HEADING NE TO RUSSIAVILLE. 0320 PM TSTM WND DMG 4 SE DELPHI 40.54N 86.62W 11/17/2013 CARROLL IN TRAINED SPOTTER TREES... POWER LINES AND SOME STRUCTURAL DAMAGE OBSERVED 0325 PM TORNADO WASHINGTON 38.66N 87.17W 11/17/2013 DAVIESS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT TORNADO ON THE GROUND SEVERAL HOUSES DAMAGED 0325 PM TORNADO 4 SE DELPHI 40.54N 86.62W 11/17/2013 CARROLL IN TRAINED SPOTTER THREE HOMES REPORTEDLY HIT BY TORNADO 0330 PM TSTM WND DMG 4 E JAMESTOWN 39.93N 86.55W 11/17/2013 BOONE IN AMATEUR RADIO TREE LIMBS DOWN ON SR 136 0331 PM TSTM WND DMG 5 N KOKOMO 40.55N 86.13W 11/17/2013 HOWARD IN AMATEUR RADIO US 31 AND 600 N - SNAPPED TREES 0336 PM TSTM WND GST NEW ROSS 39.96N 86.71W 11/17/2013 M60 MPH MONTGOMERY IN AMATEUR RADIO SR 136 0337 PM TSTM WND GST THORNTOWN 40.13N 86.61W 11/17/2013 E60 MPH BOONE IN TRAINED SPOTTER NO DAMAGE REPORTED 0340 PM TORNADO LEBANON 40.05N 86.47W 11/17/2013 BOONE IN AMATEUR RADIO CARS OVERTURNED AND SEVERE STRUCTURAL DAMAGE NEAR US 52 AND I65 0340 PM TSTM WND GST 5 E KOKOMO 40.48N 86.04W 11/17/2013 E60 MPH HOWARD IN AMATEUR RADIO 0341 PM FUNNEL CLOUD 1 E ADVANCE 40.00N 86.60W 11/17/2013 BOONE IN EMERGENCY MNGR SPOTTER SAW ROTATION BUT NO EVIDENCE OF ANYTHING ON THE GROUND. 0341 PM TORNADO 1 SSW LEBANON 40.04N 86.48W 11/17/2013 BOONE IN NEWSPAPER *** 2 INJ *** TWO INDIVIDUAL SUSTAINED MINOR INJURIES WHEN THEIR SEMI FLIPPED AT THE FLYING J PLAZA AT THE INTERSTATE 65 STATE ROUTE 39 INTERCHANGE. 0344 PM TORNADO SHOALS 38.67N 86.79W 11/17/2013 MARTIN IN LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORTED 9 MILES EAST OF SHOALS 0344 PM TORNADO LEBANON 40.05N 86.47W 11/17/2013 BOONE IN TRAINED SPOTTER TORNADO REPORTED BY SPOTTER 0350 PM TSTM WND DMG 5 N LEBANON 40.12N 86.47W 11/17/2013 BOONE IN AMATEUR RADIO 2 FOOT TREES DOWN AT 200 E AND 500 N 0352 PM TORNADO 2 SW LEBANON 40.03N 86.50W 11/17/2013 BOONE IN TRAINED SPOTTER LARGE TONADO ON THE GROUND TO THE NE 0353 PM TSTM WND GST INDIANAPOLIS INT`L AIRP 39.72N 86.29W 11/17/2013 M65 MPH MARION IN AIRPORT OPS WIND GUST MEASURED BY ASOS. 0355 PM TSTM WND DMG KOKOMO 40.48N 86.13W 11/17/2013 HOWARD IN AMATEUR RADIO SEVERAL HOMES DESTROYED. JC PENNY WINDOWS BLOWN OUT. 0356 PM FUNNEL CLOUD 4 SW BEDFORD 38.82N 86.54W 11/17/2013 LAWRENCE IN AMATEUR RADIO SR 37 AND US 50 0410 PM FUNNEL CLOUD 1 W NOBLESVILLE 40.06N 86.05W 11/17/2013 HAMILTON IN TRAINED SPOTTER 0410 PM HIGH SUST WINDS INDIANAPOLIS 39.78N 86.15W 11/17/2013 M65 MPH MARION IN AMATEUR RADIO 0410 PM HAIL INDIANAPOLIS 39.78N 86.15W 11/17/2013 M0.75 INCH MARION IN AMATEUR RADIO 0411 PM HIGH SUST WINDS JAMESTOWN 39.93N 86.63W 11/17/2013 M65 MPH HENDRICKS IN TRAINED SPOTTER 0411 PM TSTM WND GST MCCORDSVILLE 39.91N 85.93W 11/17/2013 E75 MPH HANCOCK IN TRAINED SPOTTER 0413 PM TSTM WND GST ELWOOD 40.28N 85.84W 11/17/2013 E40 MPH MADISON IN TRAINED SPOTTER 0425 PM FUNNEL CLOUD WESTFIELD 40.05N 86.13W 11/17/2013 HAMILTON IN TRAINED SPOTTER 0426 PM TSTM WND GST TIPTON 40.28N 86.04W 11/17/2013 E60 MPH TIPTON IN AMATEUR RADIO 0432 PM TSTM WND GST 3 E TIPTON 40.28N 85.98W 11/17/2013 E60 MPH TIPTON IN AMATEUR RADIO SR 213 AND SR 28 0438 PM TSTM WND GST 5 SW BLOOMINGTON 39.12N 86.59W 11/17/2013 E80 MPH MONROE IN TRAINED SPOTTER 0439 PM FUNNEL CLOUD SEYMOUR 38.96N 85.89W 11/17/2013 JACKSON IN AMATEUR RADIO 15TH ST AND HIGHWAY 11. NORTH OF SEYMOUR. 0445 PM TSTM WND DMG 4 E INDIANAPOLIS 39.78N 86.07W 11/17/2013 MARION IN BROADCAST MEDIA BUILDING AT THE CORNER OF WASHINGTON STREET AND RITTER AVENUE IN THE IRVINGTON AREA COMPLETELY DESTROYED. 0452 PM HEAVY RAIN WINDFALL 40.36N 85.96W 11/17/2013 M1.89 INCH TIPTON IN AMATEUR RADIO 0452 PM HEAVY RAIN SHARPSVILLE 40.38N 86.09W 11/17/2013 M1.40 INCH TIPTON IN AMATEUR RADIO 0454 PM TSTM WND GST 7 NE NASHVILLE 39.28N 86.14W 11/17/2013 E60 MPH BROWN IN AMATEUR RADIO LOCATION IS ESTIMATED 0454 PM HAIL 7 NE NASHVILLE 39.28N 86.14W 11/17/2013 E0.88 INCH BROWN IN AMATEUR RADIO LOCATION IS ESTIMATED 0456 PM TORNADO 2 NE ATLANTA 40.24N 86.00W 11/17/2013 TIPTON IN TRAINED SPOTTER HOUSE REPORTEDLY HIT BY TORNADO 0456 PM TSTM WND GST 11 NE NASHVILLE 39.32N 86.09W 11/17/2013 E60 MPH BROWN IN AMATEUR RADIO 0456 PM HAIL 11 NE NASHVILLE 39.32N 86.09W 11/17/2013 E0.25 INCH BROWN IN AMATEUR RADIO 0500 PM TSTM WND DMG INDIANAPOLIS 39.78N 86.15W 11/17/2013 MARION IN AMATEUR RADIO 1 FOOT DIAMETER TREE DOWN 0513 PM TSTM WND GST KENNARD 39.90N 85.52W 11/17/2013 M60 MPH HENRY IN AMATEUR RADIO SR 109 AND SHIRLEY RD 0523 PM TSTM WND DMG SULPHUR SPRINGS 40.01N 85.44W 11/17/2013 HENRY IN AMATEUR RADIO 30 INCH TREE ON A CAR AT SR 36 AND RAIDER ROAD 0530 PM TSTM WND DMG WESTPORT 39.18N 85.58W 11/17/2013 DECATUR IN AMATEUR RADIO MULTIPLE TREES DOWN 0545 PM TSTM WND DMG 10 SW BROWNSTOWN 38.78N 86.18W 11/17/2013 JACKSON IN AMATEUR RADIO FLAG POLES DOWN. 4 INCH TREES DOWN. SHINGLES OFF ROOF. 0555 PM TSTM WND DMG CLARKSBURG 39.43N 85.35W 11/17/2013 DECATUR IN AMATEUR RADIO POWER LINES DOWN 0557 PM TSTM WND DMG SEYMOUR 38.96N 85.89W 11/17/2013 JACKSON IN AMATEUR RADIO 3 FOOT HEALTHY TREE DAMAGE AT 900 E AND 300 N
|24 hour rainfall total ending morning of November 17. Overnight showers and thunderstorms brought locally heavy rain to the area. Click to enlarge.||24 hour rainfall total ending morning of November 18. Click to enlarge.|
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