Jeb Bush to speak at Indiana education roundtable

Gov. Bush will highlight the lessons learned from Florida’s education reform efforts.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will speak to Indiana’s Education Roundtable about Florida’s education reform efforts at its next meeting to be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009, on the IUPUI Campus in the University Place Conference Center, Room 137.

Gov. Bush will highlight the lessons learned from Florida’s education reform efforts.

Prior to Gov. Bush’s presentation, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett, who co-chairs the Education Roundtable with Governor Mitch Daniels, will lead a two-part discussion on school accountability reform efforts.

Pence holds three more town hall meetings

U.S. Congressman Mike Pence will be holding three more town hall meetings this week, in addition to the four he has already held:

U.S. Congressman Mike Pence will be holding three more town hall meetings this week, in addition to the four he has already held:

Wednesday, September 2, 2009:

3:00 PM EDT — Richmond Town Hall Meeting
Lingle Auditorium
Reid Hospital & Health Care Services
1100 Reid Parkway
Richmond, IN

Thursday, September 3, 2009:
9:00 AM EDT — Columbus Town Hall Meeting
Community Church of Columbus
3850 North Marr Road
Columbus, IN

2:30 PM EDT — Anderson Town Hall Meeting
Madison Park Church of God
6607 Providence Drive
Anderson, IN

Tornado Sirens Sounding

Listen up, this week you could hear tornado sirens sounding across Marion County.

If you hear tornado sirens sound in Marion County, this could be why: 

(The following is from Marion County Emergency Management)

The Indianapolis/Marion County Emergency Management Agency will be coordinating additional tests of the outdoor warning siren system throughout the month of September.  These additional tests will be done in addition to the routine 45 second test done every Friday morning at 11:00 AM.  Testing will be done in a random manner; therefore they will not occur at the same time or location. The tests will occur on Friday Sept. 4th, 11th, 18th & 26th between 11:00 AM and 12:00 PM each day. 

Indianapolis/Marion County EMA has been working on upgrading the existing siren system for the past three years.  The new system will provide sound coverage for nearly 100% of the Indianapolis and Marion County area.  State of the art technology and hardware will allow for targeted activation of sirens in the areas identified by the National Weather Service as being under a watch or a warning for severe weather or tornados.  In the past, the outdoor warning sirens were activated throughout the entire county.  The new technology will allow a much more precise warning to occur and will reduce confusion for the general public.  If a resident hears an outdoor siren sound, they are encouraged to take cover and gather more information regarding the path and severity of the storm.

Outdoor sirens are just that; they are for outdoors only.  Some may be heard inside a home or business, but to be sure of getting vital information in a timely manner, residents are encouraged to purchase a NOAA weather radio.  The NOAA weather radio is on 24/7 and is made to warn people day or night.

Sunny Side Up

Ok, I’ll admit that I’m frequently thinking about food, but today’s weather headline refers to a nice week across Central Indiana!

Get ready for a week filled with sunshine!  Highs today will reach the low to mid 70s with partly cloudy skies building in by the afternoon.

Tonight, another cold one with temps in the 40s and 50s with clear skies.

At this time, the rest of the week looks dry as temperatures warm up to the low 80s by Thursday.

No rain is in the forecast, but we’ll keep you posted if that changes.

Talk about a short blog… not much to say when the weather is this quiet!

Cool Temps Roll On…

We just can’t break this cool snap. If you like this weather… more is on the way. However, many Hoosiers are still longing for summer!

Highs today will reach the upper 60s to low 70s with increasing clouds.  There’s a 10% chance for an isolated sprinkle in our Northern Counties.  The average temperatuere this time of year is usually in the low 80s, so we are cooler than normal.

Tonight, it’s time to pull out the light jackets, especially if you have little ones headed to the bus stop tomorrow morning.  Overnight we’ll see partly cloudy skies and chilly temps.  Lows will drop to the upper 40s.  Some outlying areas may be as cool as the mid 40s.  Brr!  I’m not ready for this yet!

Monday, a little warmer with highs in the low to mid 70s.

We look to stay dry through Friday, as highs rebound to the 80s.

Looking forward to MotoGP race

I don’t ride a motorcycle. I probably never will. I don’t think I’m the type. I never been too cool. I’m certainly not the daredevil type. But I have become more than a casual MotoGP fan.

I don’t ride a motorcycle. I probably never will. I don’t think I’m the type. I never been too cool. I’m certainly not the daredevil type. But I have become more than a casual MotoGP fan.

I started watching the sport when the Speedway announced a race was coming to Indy. Before then, I had never heard of Valentino Rossi. I couldn’t have told you if MotoGP was motorcycle or motorboat racing. 

Last year, I had the opportunity to go to Laguna Seca for MotoGP qualifying . That was my first experience with the sport up close. I really liked it. I was captivated by the  speed on two wheels, combined with the riders leaning over and scraping the ground in the turns with no chassis to protect you. Now I record all the races and keep up with the sport. I like that they are only one hour long.

I also like the riders. Most are very personable characters, with equals parts talent and guts. The first time I interviewed American rider Colin Edwards, I asked him what it took to be a good MotoGP rider. The colorful Texan told me you needed really large gonads. I asked him if his had grown over the years since he had been in the sport so long. He chuckled, impressed by my quick witted follow up question. I never got an answer.

The MotoGP competition is good, too. Valentino Rossi is well on his way to a 7th championship at the sport’s top level. But he has only won 5 of 11 races this season. Passing (overtaking as they say in Europe) is not uncommon in the course of the race. And while I would never want to fall off one these bikes (one reason I don’t ride a motorcycle), when a rider goes down, he usually slides away with only minor bumps and bruises.  Side-by-side motorcycle racing with elbows and knees bumping is just as exciting as any duel between quarterpanels.

So I’m looking forward to see what these riders can do on a nice day in Indianapolis. The fact that the MotoGP riders stayed on the track as long as they did last year in the remants of Hurricane Ike showed their bravery, but not all their talent. Running in the rain can make the races more interesting. But it’s not the best atmosphere for spectators at your inaugural event.  

Maybe I just like hearing all these foreign riders speak English. It cracks me up. But I must admit. Rossi’s English is much better than my Italian.

Rich Nye

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Cool Weekend on Tap

Pull out the sweaters, you’ll need them this weekend!

After the morning fog burns off, high temps will reach the mid 70s today with a mix of sun and clouds.  If you’re heading to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, you might need a light jacket.  We’ll see breezy conditions with wind gusts up to 25 mph.

Overnight lows drop to the low 50s with scattered clouds.

Sunday looks to be another day with a mix of sun and clouds, but one huge difference!  Much cooler temperatures!  Highs tomorrow are only expected to reach the upper 60s to around 70 degrees.  Our average temp this time of year is in the low 80s, so we’re getting another early taste of Fall.

For now, the forecast looks to remain dry through Thursday as temps slowly climb back to the low 80s.

Friday Showers & Storms

We’ve dodged the rain for most of the week, but today it looks like showers and storms are back in the forecast, along with much cooler temperatures for the weekend!

Highs today will reach 80 degress with the chance of showers and thunderstorms increasing the later we head into the day.  A cold front will be working through the state bringing that chance of rain.  No widespread severe weather is expected, but a few individual storms could reach severe limits.

If you’re heading out to Operation Football games tonight, take the rain gear.  Lightning is always a danger in any thunderstorm.

Saturday looks mainly dry.  Highs will be much cooler only reaching the mid 70s.  Sunday, highs in the upper 60s.  It’s going to be a little chilly if you’re heading out to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to check out the Moto GP action.

Have a great weekend!

Rain Chances Increase

Rain chances are increasing, while temperatures go down.

If the last few days have been too hot for you, you’ll love the cool down that’s just ahead!

Highs today are expected to reach about 80 degrees.  We’ll see an increase of clouds throughout the day with a slight chance for a few isolated showers or t-storms in Central Indiana this afternoon.

Our chance for rain tonight and tomorrow.  We’re more likely to see precip then.  As of right now, no severe weather is expected.

Saturday, the chance of showers continues, at about 40% with highs in the mid 70s.

Sunday and Monday, pull out the sweaters!  Highs will only reach the low 70s.