tornadoes

National Weather Service officials are surveying the damage from Saturday’s severe weather. They believe tornadoes may have touched down near Ellettsville, Freedom, Ridgeport, and Beech Grove near Indianapolis. 

NWS: Kokomo Tornado Rated EF-3

Aug 25, 2016
Annie Ropiek

UPDATE: The National Weather Service confirmed a fifth tornado, an EF-0 in Marion County.

Residents and teams from the Indianapolis National Weather Service office are surveying the damage after several tornados swept through Central Indiana Wednesday evening.

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As WBAA tried to report on the fiscal situation with the Hoosier State Line, we were left to extrapolate whether the train was finally in the black financially.

Turns out we're not alone.

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The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is updating their Hazard Mitigation Plan to comply with a new policy from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, more commonly known as FEMA. The new plan will include a section on the risks posed by changes in extreme weather patterns.

Indiana’s Hazard Mitigation Plan describes the natural disasters that affect the state and ways communities can lessen their impacts.

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Central Indiana’s rapid temperature shift this week has produced the possibility for a rare weather condition: the cold air funnel.

Mike Baldwin, a meteorology professor in Purdue University’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, says it’s a type of weak tornado.

“During the day when the sun comes out, even a little bit of sunshine will warm up the surface and the low-level air enough for that air to become unstable,” Baldwin says.

Purdue expert advises on talking to kids about tornadoes

May 24, 2013

A Purdue expert says the tornado that hit Oklahoma this week may be especially frightening for children because of the destruction to schools and the number of children who died.

Purdue Professor Emeritus of Child Development Judith Myers-Walls says kids are limited in their ability to understand causality and probability, so it's likely their fears will be raised by news stories.

She says having a storm action plan in place can help alleviate stress.