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16

Soggy Afternoon Ahead with Small Hail Possible & Cold Air Funnels

By · May 16, 2014 at 11:49 am

Scattered showers and isolated storms will be around central Indiana this afternoon.  Small hail has been reported across Central Indiana, and it will continue to be possible through this evening.

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Highs will only reach the low 50s.  our normal high this time of year is 73.

 

The National Weather Service has also put out a statement saying that cold air funnels are possible.  Here is an explanation of what a cold air funnel is from the NWS:

GENERALLY FUNNEL CLOUDS DEVELOP AND OCCUR IN CONJUNCTION WITH 
CONDITIONS THAT PRODUCE SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS. 

AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT CONDITION PREVAILS ACROSS CENTRAL INDIANA 
TODAY. THERE IS LITTLE POTENTIAL FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS.

RESEARCH STUDIES OF FUNNEL CLOUD OCCURRENCES INDICATE THAT A 
DIFFERENT TYPE OF FUNNEL CLOUD FORMS WHEN WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE 
SIMILAR TO THOSE OF TODAY. THESE ARE CALLED COLD AIR FUNNELS...AND 
ARE NOT AS VIOLENT AS THOSE ASSOCIATED WITH WARM AND HUMID 
CONDITIONS.

COLD AIR FUNNELS ARE ASSOCIATED WITH THUNDERSTORMS THAT FORM IN 
DEEP... COLD-CORE...LARGE-SCALE LOW PRESSURE SYSTEMS. THESE FUNNEL 
CLOUDS ARE SMOOTH AND NARROW. THEIR PARENT THUNDERSTORMS ARE NOT 
PARTICULARLY TALL OR INTENSE. THESE FUNNEL CLOUDS NORMALLY PROTRUDE 
A FEW HUNDRED FEET DOWNWARD FROM THE PARENT CLOUDS...ROTATE OR SPIN 
LIKE A TOP...AND LAST A FEW MINUTES BEFORE DISSIPATING.

IN RARE CASES WHEN THEIR CIRCULATIONS DO REACH THE GROUND...COLD AIR 
FUNNELS CAUSE ONLY MINOR DAMAGE. MORE REPORTS OF SMALL FUNNEL CLOUDS 
ARE POSSIBLE OVER CENTRAL INDIANA TODAY. WARNINGS WILL BE ISSUED IF 
ANY OF THEM TOUCH THE GROUND.

Tonight scattered showers will remain in the forecast, although, as the sun sets, the activity should mostly die down.

Overnight temps fall into the upper 30s with patchy frost possible in some areas by early morning.

Tomorrow highs warm to around 60, but isolated showers are possible in the afternoon.

Sunday will be sunny and mild with highs in the upper 60s.

The 80s return by next Wednesday.

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