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'Wet microburst,' but no tornadoes

by Rob Burgess - rburgess@wabashplaindealer.com

An “isolated report” of trees being damaged Thursday near North Manchester was attributed to high winds and severe thunderstorms, according to the Northern Indiana National Weather Service (NWS).

In a phone interview with the Plain Dealer on Friday, Lonnie Fischer, NWS meteorologist, said they were alerted on Twitter to a tree being damaged at the edge of a cornfield.

“We have not heard of anything else beyond that,” he said.

Fischer said a severe thunderstorm warning was in effect at the time, including the possibility of high winds. He called what happened a “wet microburst.”

“As the storm weakens, the rain and everything that’s up inside, it comes down as such a fast rate that it hits the ground and whatever’s under it, it can cause damage to,” he said.

Looking ahead

Fischer said the temperatures were near normal, but that the humidity was higher than usual. He said a cold front was approaching from the west late Thursday, which could stir up some more showers and thunderstorms.

Fischer said showers forming in the southeast part of the county “were already moving into Huntington County.” He said the lower humidity would begin Saturday, making next week “real promising.”

“When you get after Monday night into at least Thursday, the forecast is completely dry,” he said.