Drying Out Thursday

You won’t have to carry your umbrella around all day today, but there is a slight chance for a few pop up showers or t-storms this afternoon.

Highs today will reach the upper 70s to around 80 degrees with a mix of sun and clouds.  An isolated shower or thunderstorms is not out of the question this afternoon, but for the most part, the area will remain dry.

Tonight, another chance to open up your windows.  Lows will dip to the lower 60s.

Friday, we turn the heat up… just a bit!  Highs will reach the low 8os with a slight chance for a pop up shower or t-storm.

The chance of rain increases to 50% Saturday, as highs stick in the low 80s.

For the Brickyard 400 Saturday, we’re still watching for the possibility of a 30% chance of scattered showers or t-storms.  Highs will be comfortable, around 80 degrees.

Stewart confident about Brickyard 400 tires

It’s about time to move into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard.

It’s about time to move into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard.

 Last year’s race was a long day thanks to all the tire issues.  Tony Stewart has been a critic of Goodyear tires for many years, so when he says the tires will be fine for this year’s race, I believe it! 

 Speaking of Smoke,  it’s incredible what he’s done in the first year of being a team owner. He is first in points and Ryan Newman is 7th, so congratulations to Stewart for taking a chance, working his tail off and it’s paying off!

– Dave Calabro

Pacers clean house

Congratulations to Larry Bird for getting done.

The Pacers have cleaned house!  Jamaal Tinsley is gone and congratulations to Larry Bird for getting done. True, they could have bought out his contract a year ago but at least the ‘new’ Pacers can have a fresh start this fall.

This organization is very classy and they deserve success.

– Dave Calabro

Unusual Fair Food

I am usually willing to try anything once, especially when it comes to bizarre fair food. Some of these unusual items actually sound yummy… chicken fried bacon? Count me in!

Click here to check out some of the foods that can really raise the calorie count through the roof. 

My favorites?  Chicken Fried Bacon… Fried Avocado Bites… and the Krispy Creme Chicken Sandwich.

What would you eat?

Wet Wednesday

Keep your umbrella handy, today will be soggy to say the least!

Highs will reach the upper 60s to around 70 degrees with scattered showers and the possibility for a stray isolated thunderstorm.  Some spots could pick up one to two inches of rain.  The higher totals will be more isolated.  Generally, most spots should top out from .50″ to 1″.

Tonight, a stray shower may stick around, however, we will star to see the rain come to an end.

We continue to dry out Thursday and Friday with a slight chance for an isolated afternoon shower.  Highs by Friday will climb into the mid 80s, but then another cool down comes for the weekend!

Saturday and Sunday highs will only be around 80 degrees.  There’s a 50% chance of scattered showers and t-storms Saturday, that decreases to 30% on Sunday.  Stay tuned as we continue to update you on your Brickyard forecast!

Record High Low Wednesday?

Cool record high low temperatures have been in jeopardy this month as below average temps have settled into Central Indiana, and today, another one could be shot down.

Highs today should reach about 70 degrees.  If we don’t hit that mark, we’re talking about a new record.

The following info has been put together by the National Weather Service:

The record coolest high temperature for today, July 22 in Indianapolis is 70 degrees, set back in 1996. This record looks to be in danger of falling, as rain and clouds will hold high temperatures in Indianapolis in the upper 60s to low 70s.

If it falls, it would be the third record cool max temperature to occur this month. Previously records fell on the 4th and 18th of this month.

July has also not experienced a high temperature in the 90s this year. Only 8 times since 1871 has a July not recorded a high temeprature in the 90s, which happened most recently back in July of 2004.

The average high temperature for the first 20 days of the month so far has been 78.4 degrees. This is the coolest average daily max temperature for the first 20 days of July on record. The previous mark was 79.6 degrees, in 1960. The average should be around 85 degrees, and only one day this month has been above average.

Q&A With Dave

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Question: I have nagging lower back pain, nothing serious. I deal with it and keep exercising and lifting weights because I know it is good for me in the long run. Is there anything I can do to keep training and reduce the pain?

Answer: Lower back pain is one of the most common fitness injuries and has many causes. These include:
• Trying to do too much too soon.
• Poor lifting form or technique.
• Weight lifting with improper body position.
• Lifting too much weight in the gym.
• Poor body positioning while stretching or doing cardiovascular exercise.
• Failure to warm up or cool down properly.
• Need for stretch or flexibility training.
• Lack of variation.
• Poor nutrition or ability to recover.

Improving how well you prepare for physical exercise is crucial for healing and avoiding lower back pain.

Start out slow when beginning an exercise regime. Set a goal, but don’t rush to achieve it. Warm up on a stationary bike or walking in place for three to five minutes to increase the body’s core temperature and pump nutrient-rich blood to your muscles.

Follow this with a full-body stretch for your muscle groups.

If lifting weights, progress from light to heavier weights. Make sure your form and technique are good. This means positioning your body to isolate the particular muscle group you are toning.

Lift in a slow, controlled fashion working through the muscle’s full range of motion. Lifting too fast puts more stress on joints and should be done only by the most fit exerciser and athlete.

Vary your workouts, or risk overuse injuries. Cross train with a few different activities, thus avoiding boredom and injury.

Cool down three to five minutes to bring down body temperature and heart rate to normal. Follow with stretches to get rid of the muscle’s waste products and reduce muscle soreness.

Nutrition plays a big role in the health of the lower back and should not be taken lightly. Eat sufficient protein, quality carbohydrates, fruits, veggies and vitamins and minerals to help the body recover from physical activity.

I highly recommend seeing a doctor for your back pain. Have a fitness professional assess your activities to correct flaws in your body positioning and nutrition plan.
Good luck!

Dry Tuesday… Rain on the Way

Get outside and enjoy the sun and warmth today, our forecast will be dramatically different Wednesday!

Slap on the sunscreen and spend some time in the great outdoors today.  Highs will reach around 80 degrees with increasing clouds.

Tonight, clouds continue to build and after midnight we’ll introduce a chance of showers and thunderstorms.  The rain sticks around Wednesday with some spots picking up more than an inch of rain.  The path of this latest batch of rain could change course, so stay tuned to the forecast.  If you like the cooler temperatures, highs tomorrow are only expected to reach the mid 70s, but you’ll need to keep the umbrella handy!

We warm up Thursday with a high in the low 80s.  Through Sunday there’s a daily slight chance for isolated showers or thunderstorms.  We’re closely watching your Allstate 400 forecast, right now temps appear to be around 80 with a 30% chance of showers or t-storms.  Let’s look at the cup half full, we’re still days away and the forecast could change!

Happy Monday!

Okay, maybe I’m a little too happy for a Monday morning, but if you want a return to summer, this is the forecast for you!

Highs today will reach the upper 70s to around 80 degrees.  After the morning fog burns off, we’ll see sunny skies, turning to a mix of sun and clouds this afternoon.  There’s a slight chance for a spotty afternoon shower, but most everyone should remain dry.

Overnight skies will clear and temperatures will drop to the upper 50s.

Tuesday, temperatures will go up a few more degrees and top out in the low 80s with partly cloudy skies.

Our next chance for rain comes Wednesday with a 30% chance for showers and t-storms.  We’ll leave that chance in the forecast through Saturday.  The days won’t be complete washouts, but we’ll need to get in the frame of mind to keep the umbrellas handy!