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Local Weather History: Remembering the Historic June 26, 1949 Logansport Storm

A cluster of severe storms blew up & was highly-damaging to Logansport on June 26, 1949. This occurred prior to it evolving into a large complex of severe storms with wind damage & flash flooding that affected much of the state of Ohio

Posted: Jun 27, 2018 5:44 PM
Updated: Oct 9, 2018 2:33 PM

A significant flash flood event with a wind & hail storm struck Logansport Sunday, June 26, 1949 during the afternoon.  As often the case in severe t'storms situations, especially early in the evolution of a line/large complex, significant to historic flash flooding occurred with the storm with water rising up quickly to surround multiple homes. However, given the drier trend around the area at the time, the Wabash did not flood & only saw subtle rises just downstream.  However, between the hail up to golfball size, the wind damage (trees & powerline damage with some trees falling on homes) & the tremendous deluge, damage amounted more than $6 million (inflation-adjusted). 

At the National Weather Service COOP station & Cicott Street, 6.68" of rainfall was recorded in a short period, preceding the 0.44" that fell the day prior.

At Peru, 2.75" of rainfall was measured from the storms, while a mere 0.08" fell at Kokomo, 0.12" at Monticello & 0.00" at Frankfort.

These storms appear to have evolved into a large complex of storms that caused wind damage with severe t'storms across "much of the state [of Ohio]" with at least 6 injured there.

This complex of storms appears to have occurred on the periphery of an intense heat wave in the "Ring of Fire".  This developing "ridge rider" was proceeded by another round of storms a little farther south the next day, which broke the heat.

This disturbace appears to have evolved the day prior with multiple rounds of severe t'storms & substantial to significant flash flooding from southern Minnesota to Iowa.

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The Daily Banner newspaper in Greencastle, Indiana, just south of our area reported on the intense heat wave & the the more-widespread storms that occurred early in the week.  Property damage was reported with some injuries with the second round of storms largely to our south. 

These brought that relief as the intense upper ridge contracted to the west as that storm-producing surface cold front & upper trough carved through our area.

1.54" of rain fell very quickly at Greencastle as the paper recorded it as "one of the heaviest rainfalls to visit this community".

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