Rain on the Way

We couldn’t hold on to the sunshine forever, but at least temperatures will stay pretty mild!

Highs today will reach the low 60s with the chance for rain increasing the later we head into the afternoon.  If you have any outdoor plans, try to get them done this morning.

Overnight, rain is likely, and temps will drop to the upper 40s.

Wednesday we will start the day with rain, but dry out towards the afternoon with highs in the low 60s.

I am looking forward to Thursday when the high looks to hit about 70 degrees!  Rain and storms move back in Thursday night into Friday, but we’re still looking at a nice day at this point.

As of right now, the weekend looks dry (good news for trick-or-treaters!) with highs in the upper 50s.

I Want Candy!

I can almost taste it now, Halloween candy melting in my mouth!

Okay, I’ve already got my plan of attack for Halloween, or actually the day after.  I don’t Trick or Treat, I hit Target the morning after and score all of my candy at greatly reduced prices.  Candy corn for 75% off, count me in!

It’s only human to look for a great buy and of course savor those sugary sweets, but remember to keep your pets away from any and all candy this Halloween!  Even when we use our best efforts our animals can sneak candy treats, but it’s a big no-no, and can also be fatal. 

The Broad Ripple Animal Clinic gives these suggestions this Halloween to keep your four legged family members safe.  The ASPCA also gives these friendly tips.

As for my candy plans, my bizarre personality comes out in this mix!

First, Pop Rocks.  Second, Charms Blow Pops (not the sour kind, original flavors only!).  Third, candy corn.  Only the Brach’s original with honey, the orange, yellow and white.  I don’t like the pumpkin shaped candy corn, or the corns with black.  (I told you it would get weird!).  Keep in mind this is coming from the same person that only eats yellow chicken Peeps, I don’t like any other colors or shapes!

Nonetheless, as I plan my candy shopping list, I hope you and yours have a very happy and safe Halloween.  Here’s a list of Central Indiana Trick or Treat Times.

Bloggers wanted for Olympic Games!

The winning bloggers will use the latest Microsoft technologies to report daily from the Games alongside members of the credentialed press corps.

Are you a blogger interested in attending the 2010 Olympic Games? 

One female blogger and one student blogger will be sent to the  2010 Olympic Winter Games as winners of an online contest announced by Microsoft Corp. and the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC).  The winning bloggers will use the latest Microsoft technologies to report daily from the Games alongside members of the credentialed press corps. Qualified bloggers may enter the contest here.

Contestants must be at least 18 years of age and have written a blog for at least three months at time of entry. They must also be United States residents and either a female blogger or a currently enrolled full-time undergraduate or graduate student in good standing at a U.S. college or university. 

– Please note that this is NOT a WTHR contest.

Unsettled Week Ahead

Temperatures look to stay warm this week, but not without the threat of rain.

Highs today are expected to reach the mid 60s with a mix of sun and clouds.  All and all it should be a pretty nice day!  Our Western and Northwestern counties have a slight chance of a few showers.  But, it appears most everyone else will remain dry.

Tonight lows drop to the mid 40s, and our chance of rain increases as we move into Tuesday.  Highs look to hit the mid 60s once again with the heaviest rain moving in late Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday night.

A few showers may still linger Wednesday, but highs will still be comfy in the mid 60s.

Here’s the day I’m looking forward to this week… Thursday… when highs could hit 70!

More rain will be on the way for Friday. 

The week won’t be a washout, there will be plenty of dry time.  However, carrying the rain gear isn’t a bad idea!

Colts look as good as I can remember

I’ve watched some really good Colts teams since Peyton Manning arrived wearing number 18. More than once I’ve thought the Colts were the best team in football, only to see them exit early from the playoffs. The year they finally won the Super Bowl, I would not have given them a chance when the playoffs started. Having said all that, this Colts team is playing as well as any Colts team I can ever remember covering.

I’ve watched some really good Colts teams since Peyton Manning arrived wearing number 18. More than once I’ve thought the Colts were the best team in football, only to see them exit early from the playoffs. The year they finally won the Super Bowl, I would not have given them a chance when the playoffs started. Having said all that, this Colts team is playing as well as any Colts team I can ever remember covering.

I’ll admit the seasons and the games run together a bit for me after covering the Colts for 18 years. The teams that went 13-0, 7-0, 9-0 and so far 6-0 this season were obviously very good. But I don’t remember a Colts team playing this well in all phases like the Colts are this year.

Where can you begin to be critical of the Colts this year? Peyton Manning is playing almost perfect football, the best he has played in his incredible career. He has plenty of weapons, with Anthony Gonzalez coming back eventually. Reggie Wayne has become a top 5 receiver in the NFL. Dallas Clark will finally be a Pro Bowler this season. Austin Collie is already dependable as a rookie and Pierre Garcon has shown well in flashes.

The running combo of Joseph Addai and Donald Brown is even better than the Addai/Dominic Rhodes rotation from the Super Bowl season. The Colts have even become reliable in short yardage situations.

All this offensive production comes behind an offensive line that is deep and talented. Jeff Saturday is the only player with any name recognition around the league. But Peyton is the safest quarterback in the NFL and the runners are finding enough holes to keep the defense honest.

You could argue the Colts defense is outperforming the Colts offense. With the exception of being baffled by the Dolphins Wildcat offense, the Colts defense has shut down everybody. Outside the Miami game, the Colts defense has allowed just two touchdowns (I’m not counting two late 4th quarter meaningless Seahawks touchdowns).

Dwight Freeney has a sack in every game this season. Robert Mathis causes a fumble it seems every time he touches the quarterback. Steven Jackson gashed the Colts a bit Sunday after the game was already well in hand. But the run defense is not a constant concern like it has been in seasons past. Even with Ed Johnson’s mysterious departure, the Colts have enough big boys on the defensive line.

The defensive secondary is unbelievably deep. Bob Sanders has returned, but no Colts fan should be uncomfortable with Melvin Bullitt in the game. Rookies Jarraud Powers and Jacob Lacey have grown up quickly filling in for Kelvin Hayden and Marlin Jackson. When everyone is healthy, the Colts can put 6 quality defensive backs on the field.

The linebackers are solid, not spectacular, with Clint Session delivering big blows and Gary Brackett keeping the whole defense on the same page.

Pat McAfee has performed well as a rookie punter. And if Matt Stover has some leg left at 42-years-old, the Colts will be fine until Adam Vinatieri returns, if he returns.

Sure, Jim Caldwell inherited a great team. But let’s give him some credit, too. This is not Barry Switzer being handed the Cowboys. Caldwell helped build the Colts into the perennial power they are. His undefeated record as an NFL head coach speaks for itself. 

So there, I’ve covered the whole squad with no glaring weak spots or concerns. I picked the Colts 12-4 at the start of the season. I upped that to 13-3 during the bye week. But I honestly find it hard to find three losses left on the schedule, unless the last couple of regular season games become meaningless.

Simply put, this is the best Colts team I’ve covered.

-Rich Nye, WTHR-13 Sports Reporter

rnye@wthr.com

Follow me TheSportsGuy13 on Twitter.com

Snuggie Up

Okay, I’m a sucker, I bought a Snuggie.

It’s a blanket with arms. 

Seriously who would ever need one of these?  Well, I do! 

I am always freezing in the weather center.  Our “office” is in the studio, and in order to keep the equipment safe, the room is kept cool.  No complaints from me, except, I am always cold. 

Enter the Snuggie!  A few of my other weather friends say it’s the perfect solution to keep them warm in their studios.  So, I bought one.  To be honest, I was a little embarrassed when I picked it up.  I was at a local Target, found a sales associate, and told a white lie that I was buying it for a friend.  Would you really want to be associated with a Snuggie?  It’s a running joke.  But, I fessed up and found a pretty neutral color.  I figured that it would blend into the weather center a little more.  I wanted to go all out and get the Zebra print, but I figured I’d go a little more subdued!

So here I am in my Snuggie.  (Click the link!)  I really do wear it when I’m preparing my forecast and graphics.  The all Snuggie weather wall, isn’t coming any time soon.

The box says one size fits all, um, not so much for me!  I look more like a Stars War character… hmmm… Halloween is right around the corner!  Maybe I could just turn it around!

Turn Up the Heat

Let’s get some warm temperatures cranking!

Highs today will reach the low 60s with a mix of sun and clouds.  There may be a few sprinkles this morning in our Northwest counties, but expect mainly dry weather for all other spots.

Tonight, a few clouds stick so overnight lows will only drop to the low to mid 40s.

Monday, we warm up to the low to mid 60s with a mix of sun and clouds again.  Rain will linger to our West.  For now, it looks like that will hold off until Tuesday.  Starting Tuesday there’s a chance for rain each and every day.  The week will not be a washout, but we could see rain on the radar at parts of any day.

Colts ease back into action after bye week

I’m headed for the Arch. Sunday, the undefeated (5-0) Colts will take on the winless (0-6) Rams. I would say the Colts have received a bonus bye week. But the line in the NFL is “any given Sunday”, meaning any team can beat any other team. That’s usually true in a league known for parity. But this year is the exception. There are several really bad teams in the NFL right now, and the Rams might be the worst.

I’m headed for the Arch. Sunday, the undefeated (5-0) Colts will take on the winless (0-6) Rams in St. Louis. I would say the Colts have received a bonus bye week. But the line in the NFL is “any given Sunday”, meaning any team can beat any other team. That’s usually true in a league known for parity. But this year is the exception. There are several really good teams, and the Colts might be the best. There are several really bad teams in the NFL right now, and the Rams are the worst.

The Colts have won 14 regular season games in a row. That’s impressive. But the Rams current losing streak is more impressive. St. Louis has lost 16 games in a row. The Colts can set another franchise record with their 8th consecutive road win. Then comes three straight home games. The Colts are sitting pretty.

The only meaningless statistic that favors the Rams is that the Colts have never won at the Edwards Jones Dome. They’ve only played there once, in 2001, when the Greatest Show on Turf was lighting up the scoreboard and whipped the Colts, 42-17. The cities are only four hours apart. But remarkably, the Colts have only played in St. Louis three previous times (the other two were against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium).

-Rich Nye, WTHR Sports Reporter

rnye@wthr.com

TheSportsGuy13 on Twitter.com

Cold Start to the Weekend

Brr… brisk winds and below average temperatures are making for a cold start to the weekend!

Highs today will struggle to reach 50 degrees with mostly cloudy skies.  There’s a slight chance for an isolated shower or sprinkle, but I think most spots should stay dry.  What will put more of a kink in your day is the wind.  We’ll feel breezes out of the West up to 20 mph.

Tonight, the clouds break and temps drop to the mid to upper 30s.

Sunday, more sunshine is on tap, with highs in the low 60s.  Don’t get used to the dry weather too much, more rain looks ready to move in Monday.

Rain Totals Through Friday Morning

A nice soaking pushed through Central Indiana overnight.

While light showers are still expected through Saturday morning, the heaviest of the rain is gone.  Here’s where we topped out for rain totals through 8am Friday morning.

Lafayette:  1.63″

Shelbyville:  1.28″

Indianapolis:  1.27″

Bloomington:  .85″

Please add what you have in your backyard in the comments section.

Muncie:  1.19″