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Severe storm risk for Friday

There is an elevated risk of some strong thunderstorms Friday. The latest outlook from the Storm Prediction Center has most of northern Indiana and some of central Indiana in an ‘enhanced’ risk for severe storms. This area is surrounded by a yellow area on the map which puts the area south of Indianapolis in a slight risk for severe storms. Remember, this is an outlook, not a forecast. As we get closer to the event we will be able to give you more information on the likelihood of severe weather and where it will hit on Friday.

Credit: National Weather Service

2017 storm spotter training underway

The National Weather Service Northern Indiana Office is currently in the process of completing storm spotter training sessions across the region. All sessions are free and you can attend whichever session works best for you.

This Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, aerial photo released by the California Department of Water Resources shows the damaged spillway with eroded hillside in Oroville, Calif. Water will continue to flow over an emergency spillway at the nation's tallest dam for another day or so, officials said Sunday. (William Croyle/California Department of Water Resources via AP)

America’s largest dam in danger

The nations largest dam is at 101% capacity right now, and water is being released onto a spillway. The problem is that the spillway has not been properly maintained over several years of drought conditions and it has developed a huge sink hole which is endangering the valley below

Credit: Climate Central

Warmer winter weather

While our weekend temperatures were not as extreme as what other parts of the country experienced, they were well above our average levels, which are in the mid-30s for highs and around 20° for lows. Saturday’s high/low combo was 54/35 with Sunday’s being 50/34.
It’s true that we’ve had a few brutal winters over the past decade, but the bigger picture, across the past 30 years, shows winters across the country being on a warming trend, including right here in Indiana and Ohio.