Storms Pound Central Indiana with Heavy Rain

Photo: Courtesy Debra May via Facebook
Photo: Courtesy Kyle Giltner via Facebook

Images like this were flooding in to WTHR this morning, as heavy rain turned creeks into rivers and roads into danger zones.  Central Indiana picked up widespread amounts from 1 to as much as 4 1/2″ of rain!  Here’s a listing of some rainfall reports via the National Weather Service and WeatherBug.  Some rain amounts may be preliminary totals, but either way, they were very impressive!  Multiple reports in the same cities may reflect observations taken in different spots by different weather observers.

4.59″ Fairland (Shelby County)
4.26″ Castleton (Marion County)
4.03″ Beech Grove (Marion County)
4.00″ Shelbyville (Shelby County)
3.46″ NW Indianapolis (Marion County)
3.50″ Mccordsville (Hancock County)
3.46″ Carmel (Hamilton County)
3.41″ Fairland (Shelby County)
3.29″ Indianapolis (Marion County – Clinton Young Elementary School)
3.03″ Waldron (Shelby County)
3.00″ Carmel (Hamilton County)
2.97″ Indianapolis (Marion County – St. Jude Catholic School)
2.94″ Indianapolis (Marion County – Perry Meridian High School)
2.83″ Shelbyville (Shelby County)
2.81″ Shelbyville (Shelby County)
2.63″ N Indinapolis (Marion County)
2.50″ Fairland (Shelby County)
2.44″ Cumberland (Hancock County)
2.40″ W. Carmel (Hamilton County)
2.34″ Mccordsville (Hancock County)
2.33″ Greenwood (Johnson County)
2.32″ E Carmel (Hamilton County)
2.25″ Westfield (Hamilton County)
2.21″ NE Indianapolis (Marion County)
2.21″ Lafayette (Tippecanoe County)
2.05″ Frankfort (Clinton County)
2.03″ Indianapolis International Airport (Marion County)
1.95″ Zionsville (Boone County)
1.83″ Rossville (Clinton County)
1.82″ Indianapolis (Marion County – Pike High School)
1.65″ Monticello (White County)
1.56″ SE Indianapolis (Marion County)
1.52″ Mitchell (Lawrence County)
1.43″ SW Indianapolis (Marion County)
1.37″ Manilla (Rush County)
1.33″ Tipton (Tipton County)
1.32″ Lawrence (Marion County)
1.29″ Franklin  (Johnson County)
1.17″ New Salem (Rush County)
1.07″ Sharpsville (Tipton County)
1.05″ Morristown (Shelby County)
1.00″ Greenfield (Hancock County)

Why so much?  A warm front hovering over Central Indiana along with a strong low-level jet stream triggered storms that “trained” over the area.  Imagine a train rolling over the same set of tracks over and over again.  That’s what the slow-moving storms did as the warm front was very slow to lift northeast. 

Courtesy National Weather Service

While the majority of the problems this morning were flood-related, there were also a handful of hail reports – according to the National Weather Service. 

Unfortunately, we’re not done yet.  We could see another round of strong to severe storms tomorrow afternoon and evening with more storms possible Wednesday, and even isolated storms on Thursday.

Hang in there!

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1 thought on “Storms Pound Central Indiana with Heavy Rain”

  1. The rains and the floods have kept our towing business really busy. Make sure when you are driving to not try to drive through deep water or any water that you are not positive how deep it is. Remember that it only takes 6 inches of water to sweep your car away.

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