Local Weather History: Recent Late Severe Season Starts Began with a Bang!

A Look Back at 1992 & 2010.

Posted: Jun 18, 2019 9:06 PM
Updated: Jun 19, 2019 1:18 PM

Both 1992 & 2010 saw the latest starts to severe weather season since 1971.  June 3, 2010 finally saw our first severe weather event & it was not until June 17, 1992 that we saw our first event, which was an outbreak.  Only this year was similar in the 1950-present period with a start in very late May.

However, once 2010 started, it ramped up in a huge way!

1992 started with a big outbreak.

June 14, 2010

A classic supercell produced two microbursts of 100 mph embedded in 60-75 mph winds in Benton County. The microbursts were accompanied by grapefruit-sized hail that totally obliterated crops over thousands of acres. Several large trees were snapped at the base with some farm buildings destroyed. The same supercell turned southeast into southwest Tippecanoe County, producing golfball to orange-sized hail, two microbursts (65-75 mph) & two gustnadoes. Crop damage was significant here also with a home damaged & a hog barn destroyed.

A rare classic three-body scatter spike showed up on radar with this supercell indicative of very large hail.

June 17, 1992

Spring & early summer 1992 was quiet severe-weatherwise. The first severe weather event of the season did not occur until June 17, but it was a substantial one. Widespread straight-line wind damage & tornadoes occurred in Indiana with an F1 tornado (9-mile path) in Carroll County doing $1/4 million in damage (1992 dollars). Golfball-sized hail was also reported in Carroll County with wind damage from speeds of 60-70 mph reported in every county of the viewing area except Pulaski & Fulton.

June 18, 2010

A derecho passed with winds of up to 80 mph on this evening. Originating in central Nebraska near 5 a.m., the matured derecho reached the viewing area by 5 p.m. & continued to central Ohio before weakening in central Ohio at 10 p.m. Trees & powerlines were reportedly toppled in every county. Numerous large oak& hickory trees were uprooted northwest of the Purdue University campus. A measured wind of 64 mph occurred at WLFI with tree damage.

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