Second Coolest July on Record

It’s no secret that it hasn’t felt like summer, but just how cool has July been?

Here’s  a break down of July by the National Weather Service.  Warning, lots of numbers… but nice!

July 2009 at Indianapolis will go into the record books as the second coolest of record.  The average monthly temperature is near 71 degrees…about 4.5 degrees below normal.  This is about 0.5 degrees higher than record cool mark of 70.6 degrees set in 1947.  The average maximum temperature of 79 degrees is a record…besting the previous mark of 81 degrees set exactly 100 years ago.  For a comparison…the average temperature for July is 75.6 degrees with an average maximum temperature of 85.6 degrees.

All of July’s daily average temperatures have been below normal except for the 10th and 28th.  The average temperature was normal on the 29th.  The temperature  failed to reach 90 degrees in July for the first time since 2004. This is the 9th July since 1871 to not reach 90 degrees. Typically 7 days in July reach 90 degrees.

Indianapolis has seen only 3 days with a temperature of 85 degrees or higher. This has never happened since weather records began in 1871.  The previous record was 7 days set in 1875.

This July set a record for the number of days not reaching 80 degrees. There have been 14 days. The average is 5. The previous record of 12 occurred in 1909 and 1915.  During July a record low maximum temperature was set on the 4th, 19th, and 23rd

You Never Know…

Every person has a story, but it’s in the least likely place, that this one unfolds.

We pass hundreds if not thousands of people everyday.  We never hear their stories, and maybe it’s because we don’t have time.

But, imagine what you could learn about complete strangers, if we weren’t always in such a rush.

I would have loved to have met this man, but maybe he would have preferred to remain anonymous, after all, he was a homeless millionaire, who left behind an incredible gift.

Friday Forecast and the Weekend

Get ready for a great weekend!

Highs today will reach about 80 degrees with sunny skies.

Saturday, add a few degrees to that with highs in the low 80s.  Late Saturday into Saturday night there’s a chance for showers and thunderstorms. 

For the championship round at the U.S. Senior Open Sunday, the rain should clear in the early morning, making way for partly cloudy skies with highs in the low 80s.

Storms over Crooked Stick this weekend?

Today, look for a mixture of sun and clouds and mild temperatures as high pressure moves into the area ending on of the coolest July’s on record.

Today, look for a mixture of sun and clouds and mild temperatures as high pressure moves into the area ending on of the coolest July’s on record. August begins mild on Saturday with rain returning on Sunday. We could see some scattered showers or thunderstorms during the closing round of the US Senior Open in Carmel at Crooked Stick Sunday.

– Chuck Lofton

Dry Thursday?

It looks like most of Central Indiana will miss out on the majority of rain today.

We have system to our north, and another to our south, if they stay that way throughout the day, mainly dry conditions should stick around Central Indiana.  Highs today are expected to reach about 80 degrees with a mix of sun and clouds.  There’s a chance for isolated showers and thunderstorms south of I-70.  No severe weather is expected.

Friday, looks perfect to kick off the weekend!  Sunny skies with highs in the low 80s.

We increase the temp Saturday, but leave the sunshine.  Highs are expected to hit the mid 8os Saturday.

Sunday, a 30% chance for showers and storms ends our dry streak.

Colts roster moves

The Colts announced the following roster moves on Wednesday:

The Colts announced the following roster moves on Wednesday:

 WAIVED

DB-Brannon Condren

DB-Brandon Foster

DB-Brandon Harrison

QB-Chris Crane

DL-Pat Kuntz

OL-Cornelius Lewis

LB-Tyrell Sales

Wednesday Rain Chances

Scattered showers and thunderstorms have stuck around Central Indiana since Tuesday afternoon.

Rain and storms will be coming to an end later this morning, and we could end our day with a little sunshine!  Highs will reach the upper 70s to around 80 degrees.

Tonight, we continue to let the grass soak in the rain under partly cloudy skies with lows in the low 60s.

Thursday, another chance for showers and storms as highs will be close to 80 degrees.

Friday and Saturday the temperatures stay the same, and partly cloudy skies are expected.

Keep It or Toss It?

Okay, I am really guilty of buying food, letting it sit in my fridge too long, then asking the age old question, “is it safe?”.

We’ve all done it.  Picked up great deals at the grocery store, only to have the food we couldn’t refuse sit in on the shelf in the fridge.  Then, we wonder, is this still even good to eat?

There’s a new website that helps sort through food safety.  Nearly every food you can image is listed, and you can find out basic tips to tell if your questionable item is still good and find out how to keep it fresher longer.

Still Tasty is a great resource!  Just click to browse.

Storm Chances Increase Tuesday

After a beautiful Monday, a chance for showers and storms is back in the forecast!

Highs today will reach the low to mid 80s with increasing clouds and increasing chances of showers and thunderstorms.  We are not expecting widespread severe weather, however, an isolated strong or severe thunderstorm is not out of the question.  The main threat we’ll be watching for will be heavy rain and damaging wind if any severe storms pop up.

Rain and storm chances continue overnight into Wednesday morning.  Wednesday is not expected to be a washout.  Wet weather will stick around through the morning, clearing out by the afternoon.

Thursday, another chance for scattered storms as highs only reach 80 degrees.

Friday and Saturday look dry for now, with temps in the low 80s.  May I mention… still below average!

Brickyard Blunder

Juan Pablo Montoya should have won the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. He slipped past Mark Martin on the first restart and was gone. With flawless work by his pit crew and a car that was clearly the class of the field, Montoya had built a five second lead when he came in for his final pit stop.

Juan Pablo Montoya should have won the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. He slipped past Mark Martin on the first restart and was gone. With flawless work by his pit crew and a car that was clearly the class of the field, Montoya had built a five second lead when he came in for his final pit stop, having led 116 laps.

The electronic timing system calculated Montoya’s pit speed over 60 miles an hour. The pit road speed limit is 55. Montoya swore by his beautiful wife and cute kids that he was not speeding. But it’s hard to argue with a machine. The only human error here was Juan’s foot not hard enough on the brake pedal.

So instead of JPM making history as the first driver to win the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400, Jimmie Johnson put his name in the books instead as the first back-to-back NASCAR winner at Indy. Juan vented on the team radio that NASCAR was screwing him. Some fans and media may promote a conspiracy theory against the foreign driver from Columbia. But the reality is that Montoya has no “Juan” to blame but himself.

I feel bad for Montoya. His win would have been a great story. The 42 car was painted to look like the car he raced to victory in the 2000 Indy 500. And both machines were dominant.

But his protests have no merit. Hopefully the disappointment won’t ruin or turn his season in the wrong direction. Montoya is 10th in points, enjoying a breakthrough season since coming from Formula 1 to stock cars. A spot in the Cup playoffs will validate his career move, even if it doesn’t erase the pain of giving away a win at Indy.

Rich Nye, rnye@wthr.com