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Local Weather History: A Look Back at Two Historic Snowstorms In the Last Days of February

Two major snowstorms are analyzed in this blog post.

Posted: Feb 27, 2019 8:59 PM
Updated: Feb 27, 2019 10:25 PM

February 24-25, 1965

Major snowstorm struck February 24-25, 1965 with heavy snow, high winds & bitter cold for the time of year.  I do not have enough data to say it was a true blizzard.  I am unable to uncover the hourly records for Purdue Airport & Grissom at the moment.

Purdue closed & areas schools were out for a week after 7-18” of snow fell area-wide.

The heaviest band occurred from near Indianapolis to Kokomo to La Grange, where up to 19” fell in places.

The 12.5” at Indianapolis remains as the heaviest 24-hour snowfall total on record at Indianapolis.

18” fell at Kokomo, 11.5” Whitestown, 10” snow fell at Crawfordsville, 9.3” Delphi, 9” Winamac, Frankfort & Logansport, 9.6” was reported at West Lafayette, 8.4” Romney, 8.3” fell at Rensselaer.

February 27-28, 1984

Major snowstorm struck at the end of February 1984, as well, with high winds & blinding snow.  Blizzard conditions occurred with gusts to 35 mph & visibility to near zero at times, but it wasn't classified as a true blizzard due to the conditions not begin sustained over a long period of time.  Such conditions were periodic & embedded in the storm duration (see observations from the Purdue Airport below). 

In the bands of heaviest snowfall, thunder & lightning even occurred.

15.6” fell at Kokomo, 13” Frankfort, 12.5” Crawfordsville, 12” Romney, 10” Lowell, 10” Rochester, 9” Logansport & Kentland, as well as Perrysville. 11” fell at Whitestown. The Purdue Ag Farm measured 5”, while Rensselaer measured 6”, as did Winamac.

Purdue Airport Observations:

Date........time......temperature.......sustained wind..........wind gust......visibility (in miles)

1984-02-27      08:00      30 Degrees      23 mph      34 mph       10 mile
1984-02-27 09:00 30 23 34 8
1984-02-27 10:00 28 20 33 1
1984-02-27 11:00 27 20 29 0
1984-02-27 12:00 27 23 33 0
1984-02-27 13:00 27 17 29 0
1984-02-27 14:00 27 17 31 0
1984-02-27 15:00 27 20 37 0
1984-02-27 16:00 27 17 32 0
1984-02-27 17:00 27 17 25 0
1984-02-27 18:00 27 17 25 4
1984-02-27 19:00 27 17 28 3
1984-02-27 20:00 27 17 28 1
1984-02-27 21:00 27 17 25 4
1984-02-27 22:00 27 23 34 3
1984-02-27 23:00 27 17 25 1
1984-02-28 00:00 27 17 25 0
1984-02-28 01:00 27 17 23 0
1984-02-28 02:00 27 17 29 1
1984-02-28 03:00 27 17 23 1
1984-02-28 04:00 27 17 23 0
1984-02-28 05:00 27 17 29 0
1984-02-28 06:00 27 23 33 1
1984-02-28 07:00 26 17 29 0
1984-02-28 08:00 26 17 23 0
1984-02-28 09:00 27 17 31 0
1984-02-28 10:00 27 16 25 1
1984-02-28 11:00 27 17 23 0
1984-02-28 12:00 28 17 23 1
1984-02-28 13:00 28 20 34 4
1984-02-28 14:00 29 18 25 4
1984-02-28 15:00 30 22 37 4
1984-02-28 16:00 30 21 30 7
1984-02-28 17:00 30 17 28 8
1984-02-28 18:00 30 21 26 7
1984-02-28 19:00 29 23 33 6
1984-02-28 20:00 28 23 30 7
1984-02-28 21:00 28 23 32 7
1984-02-28 22:00 28 23 30 7
1984-02-28 23:00 28 23 29 7
1984-02-29 00:00 28 21 29 7
1984-02-29 01:00 27 14 23 3
1984-02-29 02:00 26 14 25 5
1984-02-29 03:00 25 15 24 10
1984-02-29 04:00 24 15 23 10
1984-02-29 05:00 23 17 32 10
1984-02-29 06:00 22 15 26 10
1984-02-29 07:00 21 14 26 10
1984-02-29 08:00 20 15 23 10
1984-02-29 09:00 21 18 25 10
1984-02-29 10:00 22 17 23 10

Heavy snowfall & thundersnow was found all over the region.  This newspaper clipping is from southern Illinois.

Article Comments

West Lafayette
Clear
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Hi: 87° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 63°
Kokomo
Clear
60° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 60°
Rensselaer
Clear
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Hi: 85° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 61°
Fowler
Clear
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Hi: 85° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 61°
Williamsport
Broken Clouds
64° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 64°
Crawfordsville
Clear
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Hi: 87° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 59°
Frankfort
Clear
62° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 62°
Delphi
Clear
64° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 64°
Monticello
Clear
64° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 64°
Logansport
Clear
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Hi: 85° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 61°
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