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Storms bring over 2 inches of rain

August 6, 2012

    Remember when it almost never rained? Not all that long ago, either.
    A late surge of rainfall in July boosted that month's total to 3.8 inches in Decatur, just under the July norm of 3.9 inches.
    Then, on Saturday and Sunday morning, the city got a whopping start on August's rainfall with 2.14 inches of rain!
    The bulk of the rain came in a Saturday night storm which saw the city's tornado sirens turned on for what is believed to be the first time this year. Two possible funnels were reported moving from west to east through Tocsin, Preble, Decatur and the like before going into Van Wert County, Ohio.
    Adams County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director John August said later that there were no touchdowns reported.
    Some damage did occur, although there were no reports of major damage. More trees fell, joining the multitudes lost in the late June storm.
    Another storm which came through Decatur early Sunday morning brought more rain, but no reported damage.
    The severe weather also brought cooler temperatures, with a high of 82 degrees recorded at the Decatur weather station on Sunday. That followed highs of 92 and 95 on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
    The National Weather Service predicts a high of 82 here again today, followed by top marks in the upper 80s before cooling down again on Thursday, to a high around 80.
    The next mention of rain is 40 percent for Thursday and Friday.

Test for State Fair
    Indiana State Fair officials say they're happy with the first real test of their new emergency plan implemented after a stage collapse amid high winds killed seven people and injured dozens of others a year ago.
    WISH-TV and WTHR-TV report that fair officials made five announcements warning fairgoers of dangerous approaching weather and to seek shelter indoors before a severe thunderstorm hit the fairgrounds Saturday afternoon.
    Indiana State Fair spokesman Andy Klotz says new emergency procedures were successful in their first test.
    New fair Chief Operations Officer David Shaw was on duty at the command center Saturday, along with a team of meteorologists monitoring the weather all day. Under a 425-page emergency management plan adopted in June, Shaw has the responsibility for postponing or canceling event amid threatening weather conditions.
    —The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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