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Overview

A tornado briefly touched down in Tippecanoe County on March 31, 2016

Tornado:

LOCATION...LAFAYETTE IN TIPPECANOE COUNTY INDIANA
DATE...MARCH 31 2016
ESTIMATED TIME...440 PM
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF1 ESTIMATED
MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...100 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...30 YARDS ESTIMATED
PATH LENGTH...50 YARDS ESTIMATED
BEGINNING LAT/LON...40.36N / 86.83W
ENDING LAT/LON...40.36N / 86.83W
* FATALITIES...0
* INJURIES...0

* THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT(S) AND PUBLICATION IN
NWS STORM DATA.

...SUMMARY...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN INDIANAPOLIS IN HAS CONFIRMED A
TORNADO NEAR LAFAYETTE IN TIPPECANOE COUNTY INDIANA ON MARCH
31 2016.

CAPTURED ON VIDEO A BRIEF TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN 3.5 MILES SOUTHEAST
OF LAFAYETTE AT WABASH NATIONAL TRAILERS. A GUARD SHACK WAS
DESTROYED...A CAR ROLLED OVER AND CONSTRUCTION TRAILER WAS DAMAGED
AND NEARLY ROLLED OVER.


Radar:

Radar Reflectivity at 4:39 PM. Click to Enlarge. Radar Base Velocity at 4:39 PM. Click to Enlarge.
Radar Reflectivity at 4:39 PM. Click to Enlarge. Base Velocity at 4:39 PM. Radar is located toward the lower right. Green indicates motion toward the radar. Red indicates motion away from the radar.

The Enhanced Fujita (EF) Scale classifies tornadoes into the following categories:

EF0
Weak

65-85 mph
EF1
Moderate
86-110 mph
EF2
Significant
111-135 mph
EF3
Severe
136-165 mph
EF4
Extreme
166-200 mph
EF5
Catastrophic
200+ mph
ef-scale

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