On September 14, 2008, the remnants of Hurricane Ike combined with a cold front crossing the Ohio Valley to cause extremely strong surface winds to blow through the region. Hurricane-force wind gusts in Louisville felled countless trees and power lines. At one point, 60% of LG&E customers in the Louisville area were without power, with some folks to remain in the dark for up to a week. Minor damage occurred at Valhalla Golf Club just two days before the Ryder Cup was to begin, but was taken care of before the first tee-off.
Unfortunately, four fatalities occurred in the area due to falling trees and limbs.
Scientifically, this phenomenon resulted from very strong winds around 3000-6000 feet above the ground (50-80 mph), i.e., a low-level jet associated with and ahead of the remnants of Ike, being directed downward to the surface as surface heating (due to some sunshine) resulted in steep low-level lapse rates (temperatures decreasing rapidly with height from the surface to the level of these maximum winds). Such lapse rates allowed winds aloft to mix down to the surface causing the strong, damaging wind gusts. This phenomenon typically is common with severe thunderstorms, although in this case, there were no thunderstorms at all associated with the strong winds.
Below is a map of area wind gusts, followed by some damage pictures. If you have any photos you would like to contribute, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
The following four photos were sent to us by Jeanne Newton in Scottsburg, Indiana, in Scott County. Click on the image for a larger version.
|Marathon Gas Station on North Gardner St||Vail's True Value Lumber Shed on Railroad St||McClain Avenue||McClain Avenue|
The following pictures were sent to us by Mike Howard. Click on the image for a larger version.
|Barrett Hill Road at Sulgrave, Louisville||Boulevard Napoleon, Louisville||Boulevard Napoleon, Louisville||Carlimar Lane, Graymoor-Devondale||Alta Avenue, Louisville|
|Barrett Avenue and Beechwood, Louisville||Boulevard Napoleon, Louisville||Saratoga Avenue, Louisville||Taylorsville Road at Carolina, Louisville||Taylorsville Road at Carolina, Louisville|
|Taylorsville Road at Carolina, Louisville||Taylorsville Road at Carolina, Louisville||Winter Avenue, Louisville||Wrocklage Avenue at Bardstown Road, Louisville||Deer Park Avenue, Louisville|
|In the Highlands section of Louisville||Chenoweth Lane at Olympic Ave, Indian Hills||US 42 in Indian Hills||US 42 in Indian Hills||Chenoweth lane at US 42, Indian Hills|
|Louisville Boat Club||Louisville Boat Club||Pennington Lane in Mockingbird Valley||Baxter Avenue, Louisville||Baxter Avenue and Kentucky, Louisville|
|Roof damage in Prospect||Seneca Park, Louisville||Seneca Park, Louisville||Hycliffe Ave at Thompson Ave, Saint Matthews||Lake Springs and Dorsey Lane, Lyndon|
|Brittany Valley Road, Glenview||Westport Road, Plantation||Bellewood Drive, Anchorage||Creel Lodge Drive at Osage Road, Anchorage||Creel Lodge Drive, Anchorage|
|Evergreen Road at Log Cabin Lane, Anchorage||Owl Creek Lane, Anchorage||River Road at Wolf Pen Branch, Harrod's Creek||River Road at Wolf Pen Branch, Harrod's Creek||Shadow Wood, Harrod's Creek|
|Wolf Pen Branch and Nitta Yuma, Harrod's Creek||Wolf Pen Branch, Harrod's Creek||Wolf Pen Branch and Nitta Yuma, Harrod's Creek||Wolf Pen Branch and Nitta Yuma, Harrod's Creek||Wolf Pen Branch and Nitta Yuma, Harrod's Creek|
|Wolf Pen branch at River Road, Harrod's Creek||Mayfair and River Road, Prospect||River Road at Hays Kennedy, Prospect|
The following three pictures were sent to us by Mika Thomasson from the Univeristy of Louisville's Belknap Campus:
The following photos were shared with us by Wade Bell:
|Crawford County||Crawford County High School, English||Leavenworth, Indiana||Leavenworth, Indiana||Mount Sterling, Indiana||Lending a paw...|
Here are some photos of the damage in Marengo, Indiana, courtesy of Michael Curran:
The following photos were sent to us by Alan Stewart, and were taken in the Corydon area:
|IN 135||IN 337||Allison Lane||Capitol Avenue||Capitol Avenue|
|Chestnut Street||In Corydon||Hill Street||Old IN 135 at Shiloh Road||Walnut Street|
Here are a couple of pictures from around Georgetown, Indiana, taken by Lori Miller:
|Georgetown||Junction of routes 11 and 64|
These next three pictures were taken in Fairdale by Larry Coppala:
The winds hit Pekin, Indiana, too, as documented by Hack Albertson:
Here are some shots from Valley Station, courtesy Samantha Hill: