JULY 4TH IN GREATER LAFAYETTE RECORDS:
Courthouse Square 1854........1865...........1869-1874 (highly-broken record)
Purdue University 1879-1953
Purdue Agronomy Farm 1954-Present
Hottest High Temperature: 104 - 1911
Coolest High Temperature: 68 - 1882
Warmest Low Temperature: 76 - 1897, 1921, 1999
Coolest Low Temperature: 43 - 1963 (78/43) after 96 on July 2 in 8-day stretch of 90s to near 100).
(Amidst drought with 15-day dry stretch with only 0.34" rain over a 24-day period [fell on June 20])
Biggest Temperature Spread: 38 - High/Low 95/57 - 1886
(Amidst 15-day stretch of dry weather with short-term drought developing....only 0.30" [on June 22] over a 20-day period)
Smallest Temperatures Spead: 4 - High/Low 72/68 - 1869
(0.70" of rainfall on the same day)
Highest Mean Temperature: 87.5 - 1911 (High/Low 104/71)
Lowest Mean Temperature: 61.0 - 1892 (High/Low 73/49)
Wettest: 3.36" - 1979
Occurred as a slow-moving MCC (high-reaching, cold topped complex of torrential storms) in the early morning hours.
Remnants of Hurricane Bob & Tropical Storm Claudette with this MCC led to 6-10" rainfall totals for July 1979.
Greatest Amount of Severe Weather: 2003
A fast-moving squall line raked part of the area with widespread damaging winds of 60-80 mph in the 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. time frame.
Numerous trees & powerlines were downed from Newton & Jasper, through White, Cass, Pulaski, Fulton, Miami, Carroll & Howard counties. A gust of 80 mph was measured in southern Miami County, while damage was reported in all sections of Fulton & Cass counties.
A home lost its roof near Chili, in Miami County, while a tree fell on a mobile home just north of Rochester, killing a 27-year old man.
A silo was blown down in southern Howard County.
Significant flooding followed on July 5 with with torrential, flooding storms training over the area. Another round of significant, torrential, training storms on July 8, resulted in up to +15" of rainfall falling in that 4-day period.
The result was historic & disastrous flooding with record flooding on Wea & Wildcat Creeks with significant flooding also on the Wabash River.
2003 was the "Year of the Flood" in recent memory with heavy rainfall & flooding occurring in spring, then again in July. Floods followed with heavy rainfall on Labor Day weekend.