What a night! What a morning!
There were multiple severe thunderstorm warnings, thousands of lightning strikes, a possible tornado near Goshen, several hail reports and a TON of rain. Many areas in southern Indiana have picked up a tremendous amount of rainfall since last night, some seeing nearly NINE inches of rain in spots. We have gotten reports of road closures, flooded homes & business across the area and even reports of a water rescues in Dubois County.
Currently, a few showers continue along and north of the warm front and an outflow boundary, in the same areas that have already seen plenty of rain. This is known as training and has been the case all night and morning long. The good news is that it appears the warm front will lift north and shut off the precipitation by the afternoon and allow us to shake off and dry off.
Below are the rainfall totals for metro since midnight only. Notice the difference between Floyds Knobs and Fern Creek. They are roughly 20 miles apart and saw HUGE differences in rainfall amounts. It is truly amazing to see the difference only a few miles can make. Some parts of our viewing area just to south of Fern Creek didn't see a drop.
On the wider perspective, you can see where the heaviest rain fell. These are just estimates for the past 24 hours, but they are pretty close. Dubois and Crawford Counties saw the most rain in the past day with 7-8'' in most places. Just north of I-64 was slammed the hardest in terms of heavy rain.
The flash flood watch has been allowed to expire, but the flood warnings are still in effect for Counties in southern IN through this afternoon. There are also a few rivers in our most northern counties that will continue to be monitored over the next few days with flood warnings in effect until further notice.
Around midnight, there was strong rotation indicted on radar near eastern Clark & NW Oldham Counties and Goshen. Today the NWS said they are going out there to conduct a survey to determine if there was a tornado or not along that path of strong rotation. Stay tuned.
The rest of today...
There are still a few showers across the area and they should move out between 1-3 pm. The data does show enough instability for strong to severe storms, but there should be a cap or lid in place limiting convection. But if you were paying attention yesterday, the cap is a tricky and fickle beast to predict. Let's hope it holds. We all need a break I think.
However, I will mention if it breaks and storms fire off, there is enough instability for damaging winds and large hail once again. (Fingers crossed).
I am confident a few isolated to perhaps scattered showers and storms will return to the area tonight and linger through Sunday morning. This will be mainly for southern IN. Exactly where we've already had a boat load of rain!
Because I think we should stay dry this afternoon, we are also expecting a hot, humid and breezy afternoon for most areas, with record to near record high temperatures possible. I went with a high of 88 degrees. The old record is 89 set back in 1899. The record warm low for today is 67 set back in 1951.
Tomorrow will also be very warm too, with highs in the upper 80s once again and more records will be in jeopardy!
4/30 Warm Low: 70 (1899)
4/30 Record High: 91 (1894)
Plus, there is the potential for MORE severe weather tomorrow! To find out when that will happen and the main threats, be sure to join Jeremy this evening on WDRB News! I'll see you tomorrow morning from 6-9! Be sure to give my social media pages a visit and a like! The links are below.