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Overview

Thunderstorms developed in warm and unstable air ahead of a cold front during the afternoon of Easter. Ping pong ball size hail fell in some areas, and hail was common with the storms during the event.

radar image

Radar Image of Severe Storm near Parker City in Randolph County

Storm Reports

Map of Storm Reports. Text list is below map.

Map of storm reports

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDIANAPOLIS IN
1048 PM EDT SUN MAR 27 2016

..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
            ..REMARKS..

0516 PM     HAIL             GREENTOWN               40.48N  85.96W
03/27/2016  E0.25 INCH       HOWARD             IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0530 PM     HAIL             BROAD RIPPLE            39.87N  86.13W
03/27/2016  E0.50 INCH       MARION             IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0532 PM     TSTM WND DMG     BLOOMFIELD              39.03N  86.94W
03/27/2016                   GREENE             IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            TREE BLOWN DOWN NEAR FRONT OF THE COURTHOUSE. ALSO
            PENNY TO NICKEL SIZE HAIL.

0539 PM     HAIL             2 S CASTLETON           39.88N  86.05W
03/27/2016  M0.75 INCH       MARION             IN   PUBLIC

            HAIL LAST TWO MINUTES...FROM 537 TO 539 PM.

0545 PM     HAIL             FISHERS                 39.95N  86.02W
03/27/2016  E0.25 INCH       HAMILTON           IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0545 PM     HAIL             CICERO                  40.12N  86.02W
03/27/2016  E0.88 INCH       HAMILTON           IN   PUBLIC

0545 PM     HAIL             7 N SPENCER             39.38N  86.77W
03/27/2016  E0.50 INCH       OWEN               IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0545 PM     HAIL             6 W MCCORDSVILLE        39.91N  86.04W
03/27/2016  E1.00 INCH       MARION             IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            HAIL LASTED FOR FIVE MINUTES...LARGEST STONES QUARTER
            SIZE.

0548 PM     HAIL             1 W CICERO              40.12N  86.04W
03/27/2016  E0.75 INCH       HAMILTON           IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0556 PM     HAIL             8 E ATLANTA             40.21N  85.88W
03/27/2016  E0.25 INCH       HAMILTON           IN   PUBLIC

            NEAR SR 128 AND SR 37.

0610 PM     TSTM WND DMG     5 NW PARAGON            39.45N  86.63W
03/27/2016                   MORGAN             IN   PUBLIC

            TREE DOWNED BETWEEN PARAGON AND EMINENCE NEAR MORGAN
            AND OWEN COUNTY LINE. TIME ESTIMATED FROM RADAR.

0611 PM     HAIL             ELWOOD                  40.28N  85.84W
03/27/2016  M0.70 INCH       MADISON            IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0618 PM     HAIL             ELWOOD                  40.28N  85.84W
03/27/2016  E1.00 INCH       MADISON            IN   PUBLIC

0656 PM     HAIL             4 NE BROWNSBURG         39.88N  86.34W
03/27/2016  E0.25 INCH       HENDRICKS          IN   AMATEUR RADIO

0702 PM     HAIL             2 E FORTVILLE           39.94N  85.81W
03/27/2016  M0.50 INCH       HANCOCK            IN   AMATEUR RADIO

0709 PM     HAIL             GREENFIELD              39.79N  85.77W
03/27/2016  E0.25 INCH       HANCOCK            IN   PUBLIC

0713 PM     HAIL             CHESTERFIELD            40.11N  85.59W
03/27/2016  E0.25 INCH       MADISON            IN   PUBLIC

0713 PM     HAIL             ANDERSON                40.09N  85.69W
03/27/2016  E0.88 INCH       MADISON            IN   AMATEUR RADIO

            DIME TO NICKEL SIZED HAIL REPORTED AT 53RD AND COLUMBUS
            IN SOUTH ANDERSON. ALSO 42ND AND SCATTERFIELD RD.

0715 PM     HAIL             CLAY CITY               39.28N  87.11W
03/27/2016  E1.00 INCH       CLAY               IN   PUBLIC

0716 PM     HAIL             1 S OAKTOWN             38.86N  87.44W
03/27/2016  E0.88 INCH       KNOX               IN   EMERGENCY MNGR

0727 PM     TSTM WND GST     GEIST RESERVOIR         39.91N  85.98W
03/27/2016  M57 MPH          MARION             IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            MEASURED GUST OF 57 MPH WITH DIME SIZE HAIL

0730 PM     HAIL             3 E CLOVERDALE          39.52N  86.74W
03/27/2016  M0.70 INCH       PUTNAM             IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0733 PM     HAIL             2 W STINESVILLE         39.30N  86.69W
03/27/2016  M0.70 INCH       OWEN               IN   PUBLIC

            PEA TO DIME SIZE HAIL

0740 PM     HAIL             PARAGON                 39.39N  86.56W
03/27/2016  M1.00 INCH       MORGAN             IN   AMATEUR RADIO

            DIME TO QUARTER SIZE HAIL

0745 PM     TSTM WND GST     ANDERSON                40.09N  85.69W
03/27/2016  M55 MPH          MADISON            IN   EMERGENCY MNGR

            MEASURED 55 MPH WIND GUST AT EXIT 219 ON I69

0749 PM     HAIL             2 E CLOVERDALE          39.52N  86.76W
03/27/2016  E0.75 INCH       PUTNAM             IN   PUBLIC

0800 PM     HEAVY RAIN       ANDERSON                40.09N  85.69W
03/27/2016  M1.00 INCH       MADISON            IN   PUBLIC

            1.0 INCH OF RAIN DOWNTOWN ANDERSON AS OF 8 PM

0802 PM     HAIL             BROOKLYN                39.54N  86.37W
03/27/2016  E1.00 INCH       MORGAN             IN   PUBLIC

0802 PM     TSTM WND DMG     8 E BLOOMFIELD          39.03N  86.79W
03/27/2016                   GREENE             IN   STORM CHASER

            TREE DOWN ON ROUTE 43 2 MILES NW CINCINATTI INDIANA

0805 PM     HAIL             CENTERTON               39.52N  86.40W
03/27/2016  E1.25 INCH       MORGAN             IN   PUBLIC

0805 PM     HAIL             4 W CLAYTON             39.69N  86.60W
03/27/2016  M0.70 INCH       HENDRICKS          IN   EMERGENCY MNGR

            DIME SIZE HAIL ON HWY 40 NEAR THE HIGH SCHOOL WEST OF
            CLAYTON

0810 PM     HAIL             BLOOMINGTON             39.17N  86.52W
03/27/2016  M0.70 INCH       MONROE             IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0810 PM     TSTM WND GST     BLOOMINGTON             39.17N  86.52W
03/27/2016  E50 MPH          MONROE             IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0810 PM     HAIL             6 W TRAFALGAR           39.41N  86.26W
03/27/2016  E1.00 INCH       MORGAN             IN   PUBLIC

0815 PM     HAIL             6 SW BLOOMINGTON        39.11N  86.60W
03/27/2016  M0.88 INCH       MONROE             IN   AMATEUR RADIO

            NEAR TAPP AND ROCKPORT

0815 PM     TSTM WND GST     ZIONSVILLE              39.95N  86.27W
03/27/2016  M52 MPH          BOONE              IN   AWOS

            47 KT WIND GUST AT KTYQ

0818 PM     HAIL             BLOOMINGTON             39.17N  86.52W
03/27/2016  M1.00 INCH       MONROE             IN   AMATEUR RADIO

            1 INCH HAIL NEAR IU FOOTBALL STADIUM

0821 PM     HAIL             SW BLOOMINGTON          39.17N  86.52W
03/27/2016  M1.00 INCH       MONROE             IN   AMATEUR RADIO

0823 PM     HAIL             UNIONVILLE              39.23N  86.42W
03/27/2016  M0.75 INCH       MONROE             IN   AMATEUR RADIO

0824 PM     HAIL             PARKER CITY             40.19N  85.20W
03/27/2016  E1.00 INCH       RANDOLPH           IN   EMERGENCY MNGR

0829 PM     HAIL             INDIANAPOLIS            39.78N  86.15W
03/27/2016  E1.00 INCH       MARION             IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            QUARTER SIZE HAIL SOUTH SIDE INDY NEAR US 31 AND
            THOMPSON RD.

0830 PM     HAIL             5 S INDIANAPOLIS        39.70N  86.15W
03/27/2016  M1.25 INCH       MARION             IN   PUBLIC

            HALF DOLLAR SIZE HAIL FROM THE UINDY AREA AROUND 830 PM

0834 PM     HAIL             BEECH GROVE             39.72N  86.09W
03/27/2016  M1.50 INCH       MARION             IN   AMATEUR RADIO

            NEAR BEECH GROVE CITY HALL

0834 PM     HAIL             PARKER CITY             40.19N  85.20W
03/27/2016  M1.50 INCH       RANDOLPH           IN   PUBLIC

0835 PM     HAIL             INDIANAPOLIS            39.78N  86.15W
03/27/2016  E1.00 INCH       MARION             IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            SE INDY NEAR ARLINGTON AND SOUTHEASTERN.

0836 PM     HAIL             INDIANAPOLIS            39.78N  86.15W
03/27/2016  E1.00 INCH       MARION             IN   AIRPORT OPS

            HAIL SIZE ESTIMATED AT RAYMOND AND FRANKLIN SE INDY.

0839 PM     HAIL             SOUTHPORT               39.66N  86.12W
03/27/2016  M1.50 INCH       MARION             IN   PUBLIC

            PING PONG SIZE HAIL NEAR SOUTHPORT HIGH SCHOOL

0850 PM     HAIL             2 W FRANKLIN            39.49N  86.09W
03/27/2016  M1.00 INCH       JOHNSON            IN   PUBLIC

            1 INCH HAIL ON US 31 IN FRANKLIN

0900 PM     HAIL             2 NE CUMBERLAND         39.80N  85.93W
03/27/2016  M1.00 INCH       HANCOCK            IN   AMATEUR RADIO

            1 INCH HAIL ON 200 N NEAR MT COMFORT

0910 PM     TSTM WND GST     4 S SHELBYVILLE         39.47N  85.78W
03/27/2016  M52 MPH          SHELBY             IN   AMATEUR RADIO

0910 PM     HAIL             4 S SHELBYVILLE         39.47N  85.78W
03/27/2016  M0.25 INCH       SHELBY             IN   AMATEUR RADIO

0927 PM     HAIL             2 N NEW CASTLE          39.95N  85.36W
03/27/2016  E0.70 INCH       HENRY              IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0938 PM     TSTM WND GST     RUSHVILLE               39.61N  85.45W
03/27/2016  M57 MPH          RUSH               IN   EMERGENCY MNGR

            WIND AND HAIL REPORTS FROM AROUND THE RUSHVILLE AREA.
            ALSO RAIN RATES OF 5.5 INCHES PER HOUR

0938 PM     HAIL             RUSHVILLE               39.61N  85.45W
03/27/2016  M0.70 INCH       RUSH               IN   EMERGENCY MNGR

            WIND AND HAIL REPORTS FROM AROUND THE RUSHVILLE AREA.
            ALSO RAIN RATES OF 5.5 INCHES PER HOUR


Photos & Video:

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clouds near Oaktown
Taken near Oaktown. Courtesy of C. Westfall
Cloud picture near Linton
Taken south of Linton. Courtesy of M. Woertz

 

hail near parker cityHail near Parker City. Courtesy of K. Osborne.

hail near bloomington

Hail near Bloomington. Courtesy of F. Groff

 

Radar:

Below are a selection of radar images from the event. Click on any image for a larger version.

 

Radar at 5:40 PM EDT radar image at 7:14 PM EDT
Radar image at 5:40 PM EDT. Radar image at 7:14 PM EDT
Radar at 9:15 PM EDT
Radar image at 9:15 PM EDT

 

Closer view of storm near Elwood at 6:07 PM EDT. closer view of a storm near Beech Grove (Indianapolis) at 8:29 PM EDT
Closer view of a storm near Elwood at 6:07 PM EDT Closer view of a storm near Beech Grove (Indianapolis) at 8:29 PM EDT
closer view of a storm near Parker City at 8:21 PM EDT Cross section of the storm near Parker City
Closer view of a storm near Parker City at 8:21 PM EDT Radar cross section of the storm near Parker City, showing the high reflectivity extending to near 30,000 feet. The white values above 10,000 ft are the highest reflectivity in the image.

 

A radar loop (about 1.5 hours) of the storms from near 8:15 PM to near 9:45 PM is available here (16MB file):

Environment:

surface map valid at 8:00 PM EDT

Temperatures ahead of a warm front warmed into the middle 70s across parts of central Indiana. Moisture also flowed in from the south. This provided enough instability to work with wind shear to produce the severe storms.


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