Halloween 2013 Severe Weather Across Central Indiana

Surface Map valid at 8:00 PM EDT October 31 2013
(Surface map valid at 8:00 PM October 31, 2013)

A powerful storm system moved into central Indiana on Halloween 2013, bringing heavy rain and damaging winds to the area. Wind gusts outside of thunderstorms reached into the 30-40 mph range ahead of the cold front. The line of storms with the cold front brought severe wind gusts of 60-75 mph to the area. This brought down trees and power lines in many areas.

Radar Velocity Image valid at 9:42 PM EDT October 31 Reflectivity image valid at 9:57 PM EDT October 31

Radar Velocity image valid at 9:42 PM. Green colors indicate winds blowing toward the radar (dark circle in southwest Marion co.), while red colors indicate winds blowing away from the radar. Winds were over 60 mph just a few hundred feet above the ground (across eastern Marion County in this image), and some of these winds made it to the ground with the heavy rain. Click the image to enlarge.

Reflectivity image valid at 9:57 PM, showing the line of strong to severe thunderstorms as it moved across central Indiana. Click the image to enlarge.

Rainfall totals from the storm system reached into the 3 to 4 inch range across portions of central Indiana. At the Indianapolis International Airport, the rainfall total for October 31 was 2.01", which set a new record for the date. The previous record was 1.30 inches, set in 1941.

 

Rainfall totals from October 29-31. 24 hour rainfall ending the morning of November 1. Click to enlarge
Rainfall for October 29-31. Click to enlarge. 24 hour rainfall totals ending the morning of November 1. Click to enlarge.

Below are reports received by the National Weather Service: (map of all reports from the Storm Prediction Center)

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDIANAPOLIS IN
311 AM EDT FRI NOV 01 2013

..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
            ..REMARKS..

0828 PM     TSTM WND GST     1 SE BROWNSBURG         39.83N  86.38W
10/31/2013  E60 MPH          HENDRICKS          IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            NUMEROUS TREE BRANCHES FLYING THROUGH THE AIR AND
            ACROSS ROADWAYS... NEAR ZERO VISIBILITY. NUMEROUS
            ROADWAYS ALSO COMPLETELY COVERED IN WATER... SOME
            IMPASSABLE.

0933 PM     TSTM WND GST     CARMEL                  39.97N  86.11W
10/31/2013  E40 MPH          HAMILTON           IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            NO DAMAGE TO REPORT.

0937 PM     TSTM WND DMG     INDIANAPOLIS            39.78N  86.15W
10/31/2013                   MARION             IN   PUBLIC

            DAUGHTER OF NWS EMPLOYEE REPORTED POWER FLASHES ON
            IUPUI CAMPUS.

0938 PM     TSTM WND GST     7 SW INDIANAPOLIS       39.72N  86.29W
10/31/2013  M58 MPH          MARION             IN   ASOS

            OFFICIAL WIND GUST MEASURED AT THE AIRPORT

0941 PM     TSTM WND GST     CASTLETON               39.90N  86.05W
10/31/2013  E65 MPH          MARION             IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            HIGH WIND GUST... LARGE TREES BENDING HALFWAY OVER...
            ELECTRICAL TRANSFORMERS BLOWING IN THE AREA

0942 PM     TSTM WND DMG     FISHERS                 39.95N  86.02W
10/31/2013                   HAMILTON           IN   NWS EMPLOYEE

            TREES DOWN AT ELLER AND 106TH

0944 PM     TSTM WND GST     1 S SOUTHPORT           39.65N  86.12W
10/31/2013  E70 MPH          MARION             IN   PUBLIC

            GUST REPORTED JUST NORTH OF COUNTY LINE ROAD ON US 31.

0945 PM     TSTM WND DMG     BEECH GROVE             39.72N  86.09W
10/31/2013                   MARION             IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            20 INCH DIAMETER LIVING TREE DOWN... BROKE OFF AT BASE.

0945 PM     TSTM WND DMG     FRANKLIN                39.49N  86.06W
10/31/2013                   JOHNSON            IN   PUBLIC

            TREES DOWN ON VEHICLE.

0947 PM     TSTM WND DMG     FRANKLIN                39.49N  86.06W
10/31/2013                   JOHNSON            IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            PATIO FURNITURE DAMAGED. LOCATION IS ESTIMATED.

0950 PM     TSTM WND GST     6 SW ELWOOD             40.21N  85.92W
10/31/2013  E45 MPH          HAMILTON           IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            NO DAMAGE TO REPORT.

0953 PM     TSTM WND GST     3 E CARMEL              39.97N  86.05W
10/31/2013  E40 MPH          HAMILTON           IN   AMATEUR RADIO

            NO DAMAGE TO REPORT.

0954 PM     TSTM WND GST     1 NW SPEEDWAY           39.80N  86.26W
10/31/2013  M62 MPH          MARION             IN   MESONET

            INDOT WEATHER STATION REPORT.

0959 PM     TSTM WND DMG     MARIETTA                39.44N  85.88W
10/31/2013                   SHELBY             IN   EMERGENCY MNGR

            TREES DOWN AT SR 252 E OF I 65 IN SW SHELBY COUNTY

1003 PM     TSTM WND DMG     EDINBURGH               39.35N  85.97W
10/31/2013                   JOHNSON            IN   FIRE DEPT/RESCUE

            POWER OUTAGES REPORTED. TREE DOWN ON HOUSE ON FRANKLIN
            STREET. ESTIMATED WINDS 60 MPH.

1003 PM     TSTM WND GST     GREENFIELD              39.79N  85.77W
10/31/2013  M60 MPH          HANCOCK            IN   AMATEUR RADIO

            MEASURED ON NORTH BROADWAY.

1004 PM     TSTM WND DMG     ANDERSON                40.09N  85.69W
10/31/2013                   MADISON            IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            NUMEROUS POWER LINES AND LIMBS DOWNED. ESTIMATED WIND
            GUSTS 60 MPH.

1005 PM     TSTM WND GST     GREENFIELD              39.79N  85.77W
10/31/2013  M65 MPH          HANCOCK            IN   PUBLIC

1005 PM     TSTM WND GST     PENDLETON               40.00N  85.74W
10/31/2013  M54 MPH          MADISON            IN   PUBLIC

            NO DAMAGE TO REPORT

1010 PM     TSTM WND GST     1 W PENDLETON           40.00N  85.76W
10/31/2013  M54 MPH          MADISON            IN   PUBLIC

1015 PM     TSTM WND GST     MUNCIE                  40.20N  85.39W
10/31/2013  E75 MPH          DELAWARE           IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            POWER POLES BLOWN PARTIALLY DOWN. POWER LINES DOWN.
            LOCATION IS ESTIMATED.

1020 PM     TSTM WND DMG     KENNARD                 39.90N  85.52W
10/31/2013                   HENRY              IN   EMERGENCY MNGR

            MULTIPLE TREES DOWN...ONE MAY HAVE FALLEN ON HOUSE

1020 PM     TSTM WND DMG     RUSHVILLE               39.61N  85.45W
10/31/2013                   RUSH               IN   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            DAMAGED FARM EQUIPMENT WEST OF RUSHVILLE. TREES DOWN
            AROUND RUSH COUNTY.

1100 PM     TSTM WND GST     NORTH VERNON            39.01N  85.63W
10/31/2013  E60 MPH          JENNINGS           IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            HIGH WINDS. SMALL TREE LIMBS DOWN ON PERSONAL PROPERTY.


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