FARMERSBURG, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — 2021 was a wild year nationwide, with lots of weather events.
Locally, the Wabash Valley experienced a big snowstorm and a tornado outbreak. Station Meteorologist Savanna Brito recaps the year for us below:
We started the new year off with fluctuating temperatures, but February was downright cold across the Wabash Valley. Temperatures were 6.5 degrees below normal, which was the coldest since 2015.
Just to paint a picture, we went 13 consecutive days without reaching a high of 30 degrees during the month. On Feb. 15, we recorded almost eight inches of snowfall, the biggest snowstorm we have seen in six years and the fifth biggest since the blizzard of 1978.
On April 20 we saw snow. This is the latest time we’ve had a “measurable” snow across the area.
Our first Weather Alert Day was over Fathers’ Day weekend. On June 19, we got over 3.5 inches of rain here at the station and flooding was the biggest issue.
Now we take you to October, where we started the first two weeks off with temperatures above 70 degrees. The month was 5.8 degrees above normal and we tied 2016 for the warmest in 74 years.
But October wasn’t the only warmer month. We’ve had several this year, but one I really want to highlight: December.
By the time December came around, many people were thinking about the holidays and snow. However, across the area it was very warm.
We even saw a tornado outbreak during the month. There were two EF2 tornadoes that touched down in the viewing area from the Dec. 10 and 11 outbreak, one in Mattoon, Ill. and the other near Chrisman, Ill.
Several states were hard hit from this same system including Kentucky, which saw the deadliest tornado ever to strike the state. Dec. 10 also marked the second weather alert day of 2021.