Remnants of Hurricane Ike

September 14th, 2008
GOES-12 visible images + surface reports

AWIPS images of the GOES-12 visible channel + surface reports

The remnants of Hurricane Ike moved rapidly northeastward across the Ohio River Valley region on 14 September 2008. AWIPS images of the GOES-12 visible channel (above) with an overlay of METAR surface reports showed that a large number of locations reported very strong wind gusts just to the south of the cluster of convection that marked the core of Ike’s remnants. Winds gusted to 43 knots (49 mph) at Pahucah, Kentucky (KPAH) at 14 UTC, 49 knots (56 mph) at Evansville, Indiana (KEVV) at 16 UTC, 65 knots (75 mph) at Lousiville, Kentucky (KSDF) at 18 UTC, 64 knots (74 mph) at Cincinnati, Ohio (KCVG) at 20 UTC, and 57 knots (66 mph) at Port Columbus, Ohio (KCMH) at 21 UTC. The highest unofficial wind gust reported was 73 knots (84 mph) at West Chester, Ohio (NWS WIlmington, Ohio summary).

An animation of a mosaic of US radar reflectivity (105-MB QuickTime movie, courtesy of the UW-Madison Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences) allows one to follow the progression of the remnants of Ike after the hurricane made landfall along the Texas coast. A large swath of heavy rain resulted, with a maximum amount of 11.02 inches reported in La Porte County, Indiana. In addition, an unusual tropical-type tornado outbreak occurred on 13 September in southern Michigan — a total of 5 tornado touchdowns occurred, producing significant damage in Paw Paw and Plymouth.