Science and Environment

Paducah radar down for repairs

Apr 18, 2018

The National Weather Service in Paducah says its doppler radar is shut down for repairs – in the midst of severe storm season. 

Meteorologist Ricky Shanklin said in an email that an engineering team from the Radar Operations Center in Norman, Oklahoma, determined that the primary gear for turning the radar antenna – known as the bull gear -- had failed.

Shanklin said the repair will require 12,000 to 15,000 pounds of equipment and a six-person team from the ROC to restore the radar.

So much for early spring

Mar 13, 2018

The Evansville area had to deal with ice and snow just over a week before the start of spring. 

The National Weather Service says Evansville received 2 inches of wet snow Sunday, setting a record for the date.

The old record for March 11th was just a half inch set in 1960.

The snow that fell Sunday afternoon froze early Monday morning, leaving a layer on ice on roads, bridges, sidewalks, and parking lots – just in time for morning rush hour.

Red Cross to boost flood cleanup

Mar 8, 2018
John Gibson

The Ohio River is finally falling below flood stage at Evansville, and the Red Cross is mounting a major  cleanup. 







The Southern Indiana chapter says it will provide area residents with free cleanup kits, rakes, shovels, trash bags, water, and other supplies. 


In a news release, the Red Cross said four box trucks will drive along the Ohio River On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, providing supplies in five counties – Vanderburgh, Posey, Spencer, Perry, and Crawford. 


Tornado drill set for March 20

Mar 7, 2018

You may want to circle Tuesday, March 20th, on your calendar.

That’s when Indiana will conduct a statewide tornado drill.

The drill will be part of Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Indiana, March 18th thru the 24th.

The National Weather Service will test the statewide Emergency Alert System – or EAS – at 9:15 a.m. Central Time on that day.

The mock warning will be issued for 15 minutes.

If real severe weather is threatening, the drill will be postponed to the following day.

Ohio River to crest near 47 feet in Evansville

Feb 27, 2018
John Gibson

A number of Tri-State roads remain closed as the Ohio River continues to rise slowly.


Heavy rain on Saturday flooded dozens of roadways and caused the city of Evansville’s sewer system to reach its capacity.

The rain ended by Sunday morning but the Ohio River is still rising, and forecasters predict it won’t crest until Wednesday.

As of noon Monday, the Ohio at Evansville was just below 46 feet – nearly 4 feet above flood stage.