Central Indiana Notable Storms of 2006

A review of climate statistics for 2006 will be available on January 1, 2007. Until then, here are notable storms from 2006.

February Terre Haute Tornado: The unusually warm winter helped to promote severe weather early on in 2006. A fairly significant event occurred on February 16. Amidst reports of hail and wind, a tornado touched down on the east side of Terre Haute and tracked over portions of the airport grounds. Rated as an F1 on the Fujita Scale, this tornado damaged seven buildings including the Ivy Tech building and buildings on the airport grounds. To see the original report and photographs of the tornado damage, please visit the following address:


Snow on the first day of spring: The first day of spring in Central Indiana felt like anything but spring in 2006.  A storm system developed over Texas and skirted across the Ohio Valley on the morning of March 21st. Residents of the area were treated to a record breaking late season snow storm. Snowfall amounts were typically in the 3-6 inch range across the area, with the highest snow total being reported in the town of Brazil in northern Clay County. 7.4 inches of snow was measured by a spotter there. Officially, the 5.4 inches of snow recorded at Indianapolis International Airport broke the record for heaviest daily snowfall on March 21. The previous record was 3.0 inches, set all the way back in 1888. For additional information on this event, including maps of snowfall accumulations, please visit the following address:


Shelby F2 Tornado: A severe weather outbreak occurred in central Indiana on the final day of March, 2006. Amidst numerous reports of large hail and damaging winds, a tornado touched down on the east end of the town of Greenwood  in Johnson County. The tornado remained on the ground for 17 miles and crossed Interstate 65 in Johnson County and Interstate 74 in Shelby County. Damage from the storm included major damage and de-roofing of two homes in Johnson County, and damage to six homes in Shelby County, as well as several accidents on Interstate 65. The storm was rated as F2 on the Fujita Scale, making it the strongest tornado observed in Central Indiana during 2006. For more information including radar images and damage photographs, please visit this address:


April 2 Wind and Tornadoes: Low pressure developed in the eastern Plains states early in the day on the second and raced quickly northeast. As it did so, it touched off a severe episode that will not soon be forgotten in Central Indiana. During the late afternoon and evening hours, a line of damaging thunderstorms known as a derecho developed in central Indiana and raced across the area, generating widespread damaging winds and occasional weak tornadoes. The event may be best remembered by those who were in downtown Indianapolis that evening for festivities related to a college basketball tournament. Damaging thunderstorm wind gusts in excess of 80 mph battered downtown areas, causing residents and tourists alike to flee the tempest. Significant damage was sustained by the Regions Bank Tower in downtown Indianapolis. Thankfully, no major injuries or fatalities were reported despite the thousands of people on the streets of downtown prior to the event. For further information, including damage survey pictures, please visit the following address:


April 14 Hail and Wind: Less than two weeks after the significant damage that was caused by an early April derecho event, severe weather pounded portions of the city of Indianapolis yet again. A large supercell thunderstorm tracked directly over the city, bringing wind gusts of 70 – 80 mph to the west side of the city, including a gust to 85 mph officially measured at the Indianapolis International Airport. On the east side of the city, a hail storm that was worse than many residents had ever seen struck with a vengeance. Hail up to the size of golf balls and larger fell and caused extensive damage to automobiles, roofs, and vegetation. The cleanup from this devastating hail storm was to take weeks, with damage into the millions of dollars. In addition to the hail and high winds in the Indianapolis metro area, two tornadoes touched down in central Indiana. One was an F0 in Tippecanoe and Carroll Counties, and the other an F1 tornado in Decatur County. No injuries or fatalities were reported from these tornadoes. For further information on this damaging severe weather episode, please visit the following address:


June 7 Jackson F1 N to S Tornado: A cold front crossing central Indiana on June 7th triggered a few thunderstorms across south central Indiana. One of these storms was responsible for producing a tornado in extreme northeastern Jackson County that was rated as an F1 on the Fujita Scale. Touching down near the town of Reddington, the tornado traveled due south for 8 miles before lifting near Interstate 65. The tornado damaged at least seven homes and destroyed several outbuildings and barns. For additional information please visit this address:


December Wind Storm- Cold air rushed in behind a powerhouse storm on December 1, winds gusted over 50 mph across central Indiana. This included a peak gust of 56 mph at the Indianapolis International Airport. These strong winds brought reports of damage to trees and power lines across central Indiana during the morning hours. For a table of peak wind gusts, please visit the following address:


If you enjoy reading about past weather events in central Indiana, you may be interested in visiting the news archive page. The National Weather Service in Indianapolis maintains an archive of all the news stories posted on the office web page. This includes monthly and season summaries and significant event reviews. The page is located down the left hand menu under the “Local Information” header, by clicking on “News Archive”. It is directly available at:


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