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Surface Map valid at 4:00 PM December 23
Surface Map and Radar at 4:00 PM December 23.

 

Thunderstorms developed ahead of a cold front during the afternoon of December 23. The storms brought tornadoes, damaging winds, and heavy rain.

Radar Tornado Info Rainfall Storm Reports

 

Radar Images

Below are selected radar images from the event. Click on any image to enlarge.

Radar at 2:57 PM Radar image at 3:36 PM Radar at 4:03 PM
Radar at 2:57 PM Radar at 3:36 PM Radar at 4:03 PM

 

Tornadoes
 

Johnson County

* LOCATION...GREENWOOD IN JOHNSON COUNTY INDIANA
* DATE...DEC 23 2015
* START TIME...342 PM EST
* END TIME...343 PM EST
* MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF-1
* MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...100 MPH
* MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...75 YDS
* PATH LENGTH...0.30 MILES
* FATALITIES...0
* INJURIES...0

 

Reflectivity Image Storm Relative Motion Image
Radar at 3:42 PM EST. Storm Relative Motion Image at 3:42 PM EST. Radar is in upper left corner of image. Red indicates motion away from the radar, while green indicates motion toward the radar.

 

Hamilton County

* LOCATION...NOBLESVILLE IN HAMILTON COUNTY INDIANA
* DATE...DEC 23 2015
* START TIME...355 PM EST
* END TIME...356 PM EST
* MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF-1
* MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...107 MPH
* MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...140 YDS
* PATH LENGTH...0.70 MILES
* FATALITIES...0
* INJURIES...0

 

Radar Image at 3:55 PM Storm Relative Motion at 3:55 PM
Radar image at 3:55 PM Storm Relative Motion Image at 3:55 PM EST. Radar is toward the lower left corner of image. Red indicates motion away from the radar, while green indicates motion toward the radar.

 

Rush/Decatur County

**Data still coming in. What is known at this time is below and remains preliminary. TBD = To Be Determined

* LOCATION...NEAR WILLIAMSTOWN NEAR RUSH/DECATUR COUNTY LINE INDIANA
* DATE...DEC 23 2015
* START TIME...413 PM EST
* END TIME...415 PM EST
* MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF-1
* MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...105 MPH
* MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...50 YDS
* PATH LENGTH...1 MILE
* FATALITIES...0
* INJURIES...0

 

Radar reflectivity image Storm Relative Motion Image
Radar image at 4:13 PM Storm Relative Motion Image at 4:13 PM EST. Radar is toward the upper left corner of image. Red indicates motion away from the radar, while green indicates motion toward the radar.

 

 

Rainfall Map

24 hour rainfall map ending 7:00 AM December 24
24 hour rainfall map ending 7:00 AM Dec. 24. Click to enlarge

 

Storm Reports

 

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDIANAPOLIS IN
733 PM EST WED DEC 23 2015

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

0226 PM     TSTM WND GST     BICKNELL                38.78N 87.31W
12/23/2015  M60.00 MPH       KNOX               IN   EMERGENCY MNGR

0235 PM     TSTM WND DMG     4 N DECKER              38.58N 87.52W
12/23/2015                   KNOX               IN   EMERGENCY MNGR

            SEMI BLOWN OVER ON NEAR US41 NORTH OF DECKER

0239 PM     TSTM WND DMG     BICKNELL                38.78N 87.31W
12/23/2015                   KNOX               IN   EMERGENCY MNGR

            TREE DOWN ACROSS POWER LINE BETWEEN 9TH AND 10TH ON VIGO
            STREET

0249 PM     TSTM WND GST     7 SSE WASHINGTON        38.56N 87.12W
12/23/2015  E60.00 MPH       DAVIESS            IN   PUBLIC

0304 PM     TSTM WND DMG     5 E JASONVILLE          39.16N 87.11W
12/23/2015                   GREENE             IN   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            TREES DOWN NEAR SR59 AND 100W

0305 PM     TSTM WND DMG     9 SSE GREENCASTLE       39.52N 86.78W
12/23/2015                   PUTNAM             IN   EMERGENCY MNGR

            SEMI TRAILER BLOWN OFF US231 AT I-70. ONE INJURED.

0305 PM     TSTM WND DMG     10 S GREENCASTLE        39.50N 86.84W
12/23/2015                   PUTNAM             IN   EMERGENCY MNGR

            BOX TRAILER OVERTURNED... TREES AND TREE LIMBS DOWN...
            SOME POWER OUTAGES

0322 PM     TSTM WND GST     BEDFORD                 38.86N 86.49W
12/23/2015  E50.00 MPH       LAWRENCE           IN   PUBLIC

0325 PM     TSTM WND GST     DANVILLE                39.76N 86.52W
12/23/2015  M61.00 MPH       HENDRICKS          IN   AMATEUR RADIO

            MEASURED ON THE WEST SIDE OF DANVILLE

0325 PM     TSTM WND DMG     1 S CLAYTON             39.67N 86.52W
12/23/2015                   HENDRICKS          IN   AMATEUR RADIO

            BARN DOOR BLEW IN NEAR US40 AND ZERO ROAD

0342 PM     TORNADO          GREENWOOD               39.62N 86.11W
12/23/2015                   JOHNSON            IN   NWS EMPLOYEE

            TORNADO DAMAGE OBSERVED NEAR SMITH VALLEY ROAD AND SR 135


0347 PM     TSTM WND DMG     GREENWOOD               39.62N 86.11W
12/23/2015                   JOHNSON            IN   AMATEUR RADIO

            SEVERAL LARGE TREE LIMBS DOWN NEAR OLIVE BRANCH ROAD AND
            SR135

0350 PM     TSTM WND DMG     2 SW BOGGSTOWN          39.55N 85.94W
12/23/2015                   SHELBY             IN   PUBLIC

            TREE DAMAGE TO RELATIVELY LARGE TREES AND ROOF OFF OF A
            GARAGE  ON ACADAMY ROAD.

0355 PM     TSTM WND GST     SEYMOUR                 38.96N 85.89W
12/23/2015  M69.00 MPH       JACKSON            IN   AWOS

0400 PM     TSTM WND DMG     2 S CARMEL              39.94N 86.11W
12/23/2015                   HAMILTON           IN   AMATEUR RADIO

            SEVERAL LARGE TREE LIMBS DOWN... WINDS MEASURED AT 58MPH

0410 PM     TSTM WND DMG     ELWOOD                  40.28N 85.84W
12/23/2015                   MADISON            IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            TREES AND A FLAGPOLE DOWN

0412 PM     TSTM WND DMG     FORTVILLE               39.94N 85.85W
12/23/2015                   HANCOCK            IN   AMATEUR RADIO

            SEMI BLOWN OVER

0412 PM     TSTM WND DMG     10 N GREENSBURG         39.49N 85.48W
12/23/2015                   RUSH               IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            BUILDINGS DAMAGED

0415 PM     TSTM WND DMG     RUSHVILLE               39.61N 85.45W
12/23/2015                   RUSH               IN   AMATEUR RADIO

            POWER LINES DOWN. NO POWER FOR 30 MINUTES.

0420 PM     TSTM WND DMG     RUSHVILLE               39.61N 85.45W
12/23/2015                   RUSH               IN   EMERGENCY MNGR

            HOUSES DAMAGED... TREES DOWN AND POWER OUTAGES IN
            RUSHVILLE

0420 PM     TSTM WND DMG     ANDERSON                40.09N 85.69W
12/23/2015                   MADISON            IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            TREES DOWN WITH GUSTS ESTIMATED AT 60MPH

0421 PM     TSTM WND DMG     6 WSW INDIANAPOLIS      39.74N 86.25W
12/23/2015                   MARION             IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            SEMI BLOWN OVER ON I74 NEAR MM101

0425 PM     TSTM WND DMG     NOBLESVILLE             40.06N 86.03W
12/23/2015                   HAMILTON           IN   PUBLIC

            TREES DOWN ON HOUSE NEAR 161ST AND SEMINOLE ROAD

0426 PM     TSTM WND DMG     5 N RUSHVILLE           39.69N 85.45W
12/23/2015                   RUSH               IN   AMATEUR RADIO

            POLE BARN DESTROYED

0429 PM     TSTM WND DMG     CHESTERFIELD            40.11N 85.59W
12/23/2015                   MADISON            IN   AMATEUR RADIO

            POWER POLES DOWN

0430 PM     TSTM WND GST     STRAUGHN                39.81N 85.29W
12/23/2015  M64.00 MPH       HENRY              IN   AMATEUR RADIO

0454 PM     TSTM WND DMG     3 E WINCHESTER          40.17N 84.92W
12/23/2015                   RANDOLPH           IN   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            MULTIPLE TREES AND POWER LINES DOWN

0500 PM     TSTM WND GST     2 NW STRAUGHN           39.83N 85.32W
12/23/2015  M64.00 MPH       HENRY              IN   AMATEUR RADIO