Shuttle connection

Josh Richardson, the Director of Government Affairs for the Department of Workforce Development, was busy working at the Statehouse today. But he is also concerned about the space shuttle.

Josh Richardson, the Director of Government Affairs for the Department of Workforce Development, was busy working at the Statehouse today. But he is also concerned about the space shuttle.

His uncle Kevin Ford will be piloting the craft on its mission home. Richardson has exchanged emails with his uncle from space.

“I know they are working very hard as they prepare to come safely to earth. Absolutely he wanted me to know he was thankful for the email I had sent and he was working really hard and that he would be excited to get back and respond later,” said Richardson.

Indiana Astronaut Kevin Ford returns to earth tomorrow evening after spending 10 days in space.

Fog Lifts, Storm Chances Stick

The foggy conditions we’re waking up to this morning will improve as we get later into the morning hours, but our storm chances will remain the same.

Highs today will reach about 80 degrees across Central Indiana.  There’s a 30% chance of showers or storms.  No severe weather is expected.  Just like we’ve seen over the past few days, most spots will remain dry during the day, however, a few areas will see showers and pop up thunderstorms, especially late this afternoon.

More fog is expected tonight and into tomorrow morning, so you might need to factor in a few extra minutes to your morning commute.

Thursday, highs will hit the low 8os with a slight chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms.

At this time, Friday and Saturday look mainly dry with highs around 80 degrees.

The Sunday forecast could be a little trickier with showers and storms moving in.  We’ll let you know the timing as we get closer to the weekend.

More Showers & Storms

These blogs are sounding to sound like a broken record… scattered showers and storms!

Highs today will reach the upper 70s with mostly cloudy skies and scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms.

Tonight, the change for rain will stick around and we could see patchy dense fog again with lows in the low 60s.

Temperatures stay around 80 degrees for the rest of the week with a daily chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms.  We’re not looking for a washout, but there’s a chance each and every day.

Run toward new things…

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I am one week away from running a half-marathon and to be honest my friends, I am ready for this running endeavor to be over! I have been training for this event for a couple of months and I stuck with it despite the sheer boredom I endure running each week. For many people, running is a passion, great source of stress relief or main source of exercise and I respect anybody who performs any type of physical activity on a consistent basis. However, I have a passion for riding bmx bicycles and jumping big jumps wit my riding buddies! I signed up to run this event because every few months, I challenge myself to try different sports or activities and whether I end up liking or hating the particular activity, I always give it 100% effort and come out of the experience in great shape along with additional knowledge and tricks of the trade that I can use to help improve my performance in activities that I am truly passionate about. Sometimes these new experiences end up being new passions. a few years ago, I started doing sprint workouts on huge hills with a buddy and now I still do them every other week because of how amazing it is for my sprint training. Its always a “win-win!” I challenge you to do the same and try new activities even if you already have activities that you enjoy. This process, if nothing else will give you added variation as well as a list of milestones you can add to your list of “been there, done thats!” Open your mind, move your body!

Coats for Kids Kicks Off

Thousands of Central Indiana kids need your help to stay warm this winter! Helping can be as easy as cleaning out your closet!

With the high unemployment rate and lingering recession, many Hoosier families find it difficult to make ends meet these days.  Even a simple winter coat can be a luxury they can’t afford.   For the 23rd consecutive year, Bob Gregory’s Coats for Kids campaign will provide free winter coats to children and, this year, your help is crucial to meet the needs, which are expected to be at an all-time high. 

 WTHR Channel 13 will once again join forces with Tuchman Cleaners and the Salvation Army to collect new or gently-used coats for children in need from Labor Day through October 5th.   If you have a winter coat that your child has outgrown, please donate it to Coats for Kidsat any of the 25 Tuchman Cleaners locations throughout the Greater Indianapolis area. We are collecting heavy winter coats of all sizes – coats for little babies and all the way through the teen years.  If you would like to make a monetary donation to Coats for Kids, click here.

And we’re excited once again to have the Indianapolis Colts join our campaign.  The Colts will hold a special Coats for Kids collection on Sunday, October 4th at the main gates of the Lucas Oil Stadiumright before they take on the Seattle Seahawks. WTHR personalities and volunteers from Tuchman Cleaners and the Salvation Army will be there to accept coat and cash donations from Colts fans. 

Tuchman Cleaners will clean all of the gently-used coats and the Salvation Army will transport them to the Indiana State Fairgrounds, where they will sort and prepare them to give to children in need.

This year, the Coats for Kids distribution will take place on Saturday, October 10th from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Northwest Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.  Any child who needs a coat will receive one that day.  There is only one requirement: an adult must accompany all children and there is a limit of one coat per child.  Bilingual (Spanish) volunteers will also be on site to assist non-English speaking families. 

Bob Gregory, Weather Director Emeritus for WTHR Channel 13 and Coats for Kids spokesman, says “This campaign could not take place without the incredible support of our community.  Channel 13 and our partners, Tuchman Cleaners and the Salvation Army, look forward to helping children in need each year.”  In 2008, Coats for Kids gave away more than 8,000 coats to children in Central Indiana.

Coats for Kids needs volunteers to help with the sorting and distributing process.  If you, your family, organization, church, or school would like to help call the Salvation Army Volunteer Coordinator at (317) 224-1010.

Labor Day Outlook

Sunday didn’t turn out too bad, and today looks to be a repeat.

Highs today will reach the mid to upper 70s across Central Indiana.  The day won’t be a washout, however, we’ll be watching for scattered showers and thunderstorms across Central Indiana.  No severe weather is expected, but heavy downpours and lightning is possible in any thunderstorm.  The best advice I can give?  Check the radar before you head out or keep the umbrella handy.

Tonight, a few scattered showers or storms may stick around.

They will stay in the forecast for Tuesday as well, with highs around 80 degrees.

Tuesday a few scattered showers and storms are still possible.  That chance will be in the forecast throughout the week.

Showers Sunday & Monday

After a beautiful Saturday, our eyes will be on the radar today and tomorrow as showers and storms make their way to Central Indiana.

Scattered showers and storms are possible across Central Indiana today as highs reach the upper 70s.  No severe weather is expected, and the rest of the holiday weekend shouldn’t be a washout, but you’ll want to keep your eyes on the radar if you’re planning  any outdoor activity.  SkyTrak Doppler 9000 Radar is found here, while you can check out our interactive radar by clicking here.

Tonight, scattered showers and storms are still in the forecast with lows in the low to mid 60s.

Monday, more showers and storms.  Do I sound like a broken record here or what?  Again, not a washout, but you’ll have to dodge raindrops.

Tuesday a few showers could linger, but for the most part the activity will be dying down.

Starting Wednesday and lasting through the rest of the work week, there’s only a 20% chance of an isoalted shower or thunderstorm.

After a week of quiet weather, we’re entering a more unsettled pattern.

Saturday & Weekend Forecast

After a mainly dry week across Central Indiana, our chance for showers and storms increases as we head into the weekend.

Highs today will reach the low 80s with increasing clouds.  There’s a 20% chance for a spotty shower, but most spots will remain dry.

Tonight, we’ll keep the clouds and the chance for a spotty shower.  If you’re heading to the last home game for the Indianapolis Indians, mainly dry conditions are expected.  Don’t forget to stay after the game for the fireworks!  Game time temps will be in the upper 70s, but the time the fireworks light up the sky, temps will be in the low 70s.

Sunday, scattered showers and storms are possible with highs in the upper 70s to around 80 degrees.  I don’t think the day will be a washout, but checking the radar often will be a good idea.  The morning and early afternoon looks mainly dry, with a more active radar popping in the afternoon.  Severe weather is not expected, however, lightning is always a danger with any storm.

Monday, scattered showers and storms are likely to continue.  But, we’re expecting dry time too.

The End of Meteorological Summer

Fall is in the air, and according to the ‘meteorological calendar’ summer is over!

Here’s a look at where we topped out this summer compared to years past.

The following data was prepared by the National Weather Service and can also be found here.

Temperatures

Climatological summer covers the months of June, July, and August. During that period, temperatures averaged below normal across central Indiana.  The coolest month during the summer was July. July temperatures averaged 3.5 to 6.5 degrees below average, and the only first order station to reach 90 degrees during the month was Muncie. July 2009 was the 2nd coldest July on record for Indianapolis.

Warm periods did occur in June and August. Most sites saw their warmest periods of the summer in late June, when readings topped out in the lower to middle 90s. Another warm spell occurred in mid August. Interestingly, both the coldest and warmest temperatures for the season happened in June for most sites. The first week of June saw temperatures in the 40s across much of the area. The last week of August also saw readings in the 40s for many areas.

 

Site Summer
2009 Avg Temp
Summer 2009 Difference
from normal
Highest Temperature Lowest
Temperature
Indianapolis 72.4  -1.1 93 on 6/24 47 on 6/5
Lafayette 71.3  -0.7 94 on 6/24 45 on 8/31
Muncie 70.6  -1.9 93 on 6/24,25 43 on 6/5
Terre Haute 71.8  -2.4 93 on 6/25 48 on 6/5
Bloomington 70.7  -2.7 91 on 6/24 46 on 6/5
Shelbyville 70.6  -2.8 92 on 6/24,5 44 on 6/5
Indy – Eagle Crk. 72.0  -1.6 92 on 6/24,25 50 on 6/4,5

 

Site Summer
Days 90 degrees or warmer
Summer Days 90 degrees or warmer difference from normal
Indianapolis   8   -7 
Lafayette 10 -11 (E)
Muncie   8   -6 (E)
Terre Haute 10 -14 (E)
Bloomington   3 -15 (E)
Shelbyville   4   -7 (E)
Indy – Eagle Crk.   5 -10 (E)

 (E) above indicates Esitmated Data   Precipitation   Central Indiana was split in terms of precipitation during the summer, with many areas north of Interstate 70 seeing below normal precipitation and areas south of I-70 seeing above normal precipitation. Muncie had a little over 50% of the rainfall normally seen during the summer, while Indianapolis had 130%.   It was an even wetter summer just south and east of Indianapolis.  Portions of Shelby, Decatur, Brown, Bartholomew, Jackson and Jennings counites received over 20 inches of rain during the summer.  This is nearly twice the normal summer rainfall.    

Site Summer 2009 Precipitation Summer 2009 Difference from Normal Wettest Day
Indianapolis 16.14 +3.77 3.81” on 8/4
Lafayette 11.38  -0.54 2.76” on 6/1-2
Muncie   6.80  -4.95 1.54” on 8/19-20
Terre Haute 11.25  -1.02 1.96” on 8/19-20
Bloomington 14.87  +2.49 2.45″ on 7/21-22
Shelbyville 13.68  +2.23 2.86” on 8/4
Indy – Eagle Crk. 14.64  +2.27 3.77” on 8/4

Fall 2009 Outlook

The official outlook for Fall 2009 (September, October, November), from the Climate Prediction Center, indicates equal chances of above, below, or near normal values of temperatures and precipitation across the area.

 

Data prepared by NWS Indianapolis Climate Services Team.