Remembering the Outbreak of June 2-3, 1990

map of severe weather reports from June 2-3, 1990
Map of the severe weather reports from June 2-3, 1990.

Basic Facts

  • 65 tornadoes reported (37 in Indiana alone)
  • Red Cross surveys of Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky found:
    • Destroyed: 313 homes (237 in Indiana) and 141 mobile homes (106 in Indiana)
    • Damaged: 892 homes (665 in Indiana) and 173 mobile homes (158 in Indiana)
  • Numerous uprooted trees and destroyed barns (WFO Indianapolis web site)

Weather Maps

Re-analysis maps from the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center

June 2, 1990, 12 UTC / 7AM CDT

re-analysis maps from 7AM June 2, 1990

June 2, 1990, 00 UTC / 7PM CDT

ra-analysis maps from 7PM CDT June 2, 1990


Radar Imagery

Images from the WSR-57 Radar in Evansville during that afternoon and evening.

Thanks to the folks at NCDC for creating these images.

Note: North is up in these images. The numbers in white near the top are film roll numbers.

650 PM CDT (Approximate)

image from WSR-57 raar in Evansville

710 PM and 715 PM CDT

image of WSR-57 radar in Evansville

725 PM and 730 PM CDT

radar image from WSR-57 radar in Evansville

740 PM CDT and 750 PM CDT

image from WSR-57 radar in Evansville

The large echo to the north northeast of the radar is likely the tornadic storm reaching Petersburg, IN.


Text Products

Several products issue for the event from what is now known as SPC (Storm Prediction Center), but known in 1990 as SELS, and based in Kansas City, Missouri.

Thanks to Stephen Corfidi for these products.

Day 2 Outlook

Issued: 1 AM CDT, June 1, 1990 (Approximate)

Early Day 2 Outlook

Day 2 Outlook

Issued: 1230 PM CDT, June 1, 1990 (Approximate)

Later day 2 outlook

Day 1 Outlook

Issued: 1 AM CDT, June 2, 1990 (Approximate)

06z Day 1 Outlook

Day 1 Outlook (Updated)

Issued: 10 AM CDT, June 2, 1990

15z Day 1 Outlook

Public Severe Weather Outlook

Issued: 11 AM CDT, June 2, 1990

Public Severe Weather Outlook

Day 1 Outlook (Updated)

Issued: 2 PM CDT, June 2, 1990 (Approximate)

19z Day 1 Outlook


Watch Boundaries

Tornado Watch #377

PDS Watch - Particularly Dangerous Situation

Image of Watch #377

Tornado Watch #378

PDS Watch - Particularly Dangerous Situation

Image of Watch #378


Videos

These two videos are courtesy of WFIE



There were several videos taken that day and many of which can be viewed via YouTube. Here are links to a couple of them.


Times have changed significantly in the last 20 years, and technoloogy has certainly improved.



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