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Storm Chances Increase Tuesday

Posted By · July 28, 2009 at 11:59 am

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!

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Brickyard Blunder

Posted By · July 27, 2009 at 9:11 pm

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

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Cool July

Posted By · July 27, 2009 at 7:17 pm

It’s been the coolest July in more than 60 years in Indianapolis!

The National Weather Service has crunched the numbers:

The average temperature for the first 26 days of July is 5 degrees below normal…the second coolest of record and the lowest since 1947. The average maximum temperature so far in July is the lowest of record…nearly 2 degrees below the previous record of 1909. Temperatures will be warmer Monday and Tuesday…but both trends will continue through Friday. 

So far all of July’s daily average temperatures have been below normal except for the 10th. The temperature will fail to reach 90 degrees in July for the first time since 2004. This will be the 9th July since 1871 to not reach 90 degrees. Typically 7 days in July reach 90 degrees
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It’s a Bird, a Plane, the Space Shuttle?

Posted By · July 27, 2009 at 1:48 pm

If you time your night just right, you could get a peek at the International Space Station, or the Shuttle, as it moves over Central Indiana!  Something that seems worlds away could be quite a family experience.

To see the exact time the shuttle is expected to cross paths with your location, just click here.  You’ll need to select your location, then find the time of the expected crossover.

To optimize your viewing, NASA has provided the following tips.

As for the forecast, that has to cooperate too!  Tonight we are expecting partly cloudy skies, so viewing should be possible.

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Fizzy Milk

Posted By · July 27, 2009 at 12:40 pm

I love weird food, and flavored drinks.  One of my favorite drinks is called a Boba.  I usually drink them when I have Dim Sum with my family in Phoenix.  It’s a sweet drink with tapioca balls in the bottom.  Weird, but good!

I think I’ll try this newest drink from Coke, but I’m not sure I’ll like it.  The concept?  Fizzy milk.  Dairy farmers hope it promotes milk consumption, but I’m a little iffy on the taste.  I guess I’ll just have to wait for it to come to Indy.  However, it could be one of those things that’s so weird… it’s good!

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How Not to Get a Job

Posted By · July 27, 2009 at 12:08 pm

There are things we should just keep to ourselves, especially during a job interview.

You’re trying to impress your prospective new boss, not end your chances of being in the running for the gig!

CNN and Careerbuiler.com have put together 43 weird things said in job interviews.  Should give you a laugh!

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Magnificent Monday

Posted By · July 27, 2009 at 11:55 am

Highs today will reach the mid 80s with increasing clouds throughout the day.  Today will nearly be a repeat of Sunday with temperatures just a few degrees warmer.

Overnight, lows will drop to the low to mid 60s.

Tuesday will be the tale of two forecasts.  Highs will reach the mid 80s, with nice conditions in the morning.  In the afternoon, our chance for showers and thunderstorms increases.  The rain sticks around through Wednesday morning.  Wednesday afternoon should dry out with highs around 80 degrees.

No severe weather is expected at this time, but we’ll keep an eye on the changing forecast!

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Johnson wins!

Posted By · July 26, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Jimmie Johnson became the first driver to win back-to-back races at The Brickyard when a speeding penalty knocked Juan Pablo Montoya out of contention.

Montoya led 116 laps at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and had a five-second lead over the competition when NASCAR flagged him for speeding as he entered pit road with 35 laps left in Sunday’s race.

Montoya furiously denied driving too fast — even swearing on his wife and two children that NASCAR made a mistake — but the penalty dropped him to 12th and put the race up for grabs.

Mark Martin restarted as the leader with 24 laps left, but Hendrick Motorsports teammate Johnson sailed past him for his third win in four years at Indy.

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