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Oct
28

Rain Gone For Now

Posted By · October 28, 2009 at 12:48 pm

Today will be a chance for Central Indiana to dry out, but we won’t see a lot of sunshine.  Highs will reach the low 60s with mostly cloudy skies.

Better news is on the horizon for tomorrow, as highs reach close to the low 70s!  And, we remain dry!

But, a chance moves in on Friday.  Scattered showers and even isolated thunderstorms are expected throughout the day and continuing into the night.  We’ll keep an eye on this system, since I’m sure a lot of you have early Halloween plans!

Originally it looked like Saturday would be dry, but now a slight chance for rain exists, so we’ll watch that too!  Temperatures Saturday will only reach the upper 50s, so our warm up will be short lived!

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Oct
27

Burton challenger gets Republican endorsements

Posted By · October 27, 2009 at 10:20 pm

A few prominent Republicans have stepped forward to endorse a challenger in the race for Congress in Indiana’s fifth district.

Luke Messer is running for the fifth congressional seat challenging incumbent Dan Burton.

Hamilton County Sheriff Doug Carter is co-chairing Messer’s campaign. Former Marion County Prosecutor Scott Newman also announced his endorsement Tuesday.

Messer accepted those endorsements at a morning press conference in Fishers.

“The mantle of leadership will return to the Republican party and when it does we have to be ready. We absolutely have to be ready with a new generation of leadership that is in it for the long haul. The right kind of leadership as represented by Luke Messer,” said Newman.

Messer is one of four Republican candidates trying to unseat the longtime Republican incumbent Dan Burton.

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Oct
27

Rain on the Way

Posted By · October 27, 2009 at 12:34 pm

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.

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Oct
26

I Want Candy!

Posted By · October 26, 2009 at 10:47 pm

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.

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Oct
26

Bloggers wanted for Olympic Games!

Posted By · October 26, 2009 at 7:36 pm

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.

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Oct
26

Unsettled Week Ahead

Posted By · October 26, 2009 at 11:33 am

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!

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Oct
26

Colts look as good as I can remember

Posted By · October 26, 2009 at 3:22 am

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

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Oct
25

Snuggie Up

Posted By · October 25, 2009 at 12:38 pm

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!

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