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Rain Returns

Posted By · November 25, 2009 at 11:08 am

Take your rain gear with you when you head out today.  Highs will only reach the upper 40s with scattered showers.  The day won’t be a washout, and we’ll see dry time too.

Overnight lows drop to the mid 30s with a chance for a wintry mix. 

Thanksgiving will be windy, wet, and cold.  Highs will only reach about 40 degrees with rain/snow showers.  No accumulation is expected, but it will be very breezy with wind gusts up to 30mph.

If there’s any good news to be found, it comes Friday and Saturday when the sun returns and we get temps into the mid to upper 40s.

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Thanksgiving of Years Past

Posted By · November 24, 2009 at 5:50 pm

The Indianapolis National Weather Service has put together this nice compilation of what’s happened on past Thanksgivings. 

If you’d like to be redirected to the original National Weather website, please click here.

Thanksgiving is observed every year on the fourth Thursday during the month of November, as designated by Congress in 1941. This means it can fall on any day between the 22nd and 28th of November. This year the date happens to fall on the 26th.  The Thanksgiving Day forecast for central Indiana looks cold, with scattered rain and snow showers.  High temperatures will rise only into the upper 30s and lower 40s, with gusty west-northwest winds making it feel even colder outside.

The following are some historical climate statistics for Indianapolis on Thanksgiving Day.


Average High Temp
Average Low Temp
Average Precipitation
Average Snowfall
Warmest High Temp
Coldest High Temp
Warmest Low Temp
Coldest Low Temp
74 in 1900
14 in 1930
55 in 1966
1 in 1930
69 in 1973
24 in 1893
55 in 1896
6 in 1950
69 in 1896
24 in 1881
53 in 1879
10 in 1881
68 in 1934
25 in 1903
50 in 1979
10 in 1871
68 in 1915
26 in 1956
48 in 1883
12 in 1872

Most Precipitation

Most Snowfall

Most Snow on Ground

1.01” in 1951

2.4” in 1902

2” in 1975

0.93” in 1968

2.0” in 1959

1” in 1971

0.89” in 1916

0.9” in 1953

1” in 1959

0.88” in 1887

0.5” in 1980


0.74” in 1993

0.5” in 1889


* There has been a Trace of snow on the ground in numerous years: 2004, 1980, 1956, 1953, 1950, 1936.

 Official Weather records began in the Indianapolis area with Temperature and Precipitation in 1871 and Snowfall in 1884.

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Holiday eating tips!! How to prevent weight gain.

Posted By · November 24, 2009 at 5:14 pm

It is one of the hardest things to maintain during the holidays…. our weight:).  Some studies have shown that we gain an average of 5 to 7 pounds during the holiday season.  How do you fight the battle of the bulge when you are eating at all of the office parties, family gatherings and holiday events?

On my Noon Focus interview segment, I received some tips from Jill Frame – a registered dietitian with the St. Francis Weight Loss Center.  The Center offers 12 ways to watch your waistline, in honor of the 12 days of Christmas. 

1. Take the focus off food. Instead of baking cookies with your children, create non-edible projects like wreaths, dough art decorations or a gingerbread house.

 2. Plan to maintain your weight over the holidays. Decide which treat is worth the calories, take a smaller portion, and savor every single bite.

3. Think ahead to make mealtimes less hurried. On a cold, wintery night, few things say comfort like a bowl of hot soup, paired with crusty, whole-grain bread. Start a pot simmering on the stove or in the slow cooker while you spend the day decorating the tree, addressing cards or doing any other holiday preparations. Add a piece of fruit and a cup of milk, and you have a well-balanced meal.

4. Experiment with seasonal produce to lighten up your meals. Consider chutneys as an accompaniment to meats, slices of pears or oranges in your salad, cranberries or dried fruits in rice pilaf, or apple sauce substituted for some of the fats in your baking. A little creativity can go a long way toward heightening taste and sneaking in your produce needs in your diet.

5. Plan for parties. Don’t starve yourself the day of the party so you can fill up on food that evening. If you eat normally throughout the day, you’re much less likely to overeat at the party.

6. Lighten up. Substitute spices and fresh herbs for seasoning rather than fat and salt.

7. Make exercise time play time. Enjoy an afternoon of football, sledding, ice skating or playing in the snow. Or even enjoy the holiday lights while taking a long evening walk.

8. Discover different dips. Who says dips have to be high-fat and joined by chips? Replace cream cheese with silken tofu, or experiment with dips made with nonfat cream cheese or sour cream. Pair with vegetable spears or baked pita chips.

9. Watch your appetizers. Limit high-fat choices such as fried chicken wings, miniature sausages and most cheeses. Choose fruits and vegetables instead.

10. Enjoy the mall. While shopping, stretch your legs and squeeze in some exercise in a warm, dry environment.

11. Be a happy host. Balance your famous cookies with healthier options. Grab a fruit or vegetable tray from the store. Be sure to send your leftovers home with guests.

12. Have a healthy holiday spirit. Cocktails, “real” eggnog and other holiday drinks quickly add up in calories. Alternatives include sparkling or hot apple cider, light eggnog or seltzer mixed with fruit juices.

With a little creativity, you can start the new year without quite as many pounds to lose come Jan. 1 – and might just find a new tradition in the process.

Now, if you have some holiday eating tips, share them with me.  We might even be able to share some of them on our air and give you credit, if you leave your name and location.

Also, if you have any community issues, events or organizations that you think we should profile on our Focus interview segment at Noon, please let me know.  We love to hear from you.

And join with Channel 13 this year to support the United Christmas Service campaign from United Way.  You can donate money, ‘adopt a family’ or buy a Channel 13 Sunrise Cookbook at any area Marsh or O’Malia’s store.  All proceeds benefit the United Christmas Service which gives money to families in need so that their children can enjoy the holidays.  Click here for more information.

Happy Holidays!!!

Take care,

Angela Cain

WTHR Community Affairs Director

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Pacers still looking for rhythm

Posted By · November 24, 2009 at 3:33 pm

 About the time you want to believe the Pacers are getting better, they let you down.

The team has now lost 3 in a row after winning 5 in a row.   They lost to the Charlotte Bobcats – a team that had lost 7 in a row!   And they blew a 19-point lead against New York last week.

 It’s the same old story for the blue and gold!

– Dave Calabro

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Indy sports fans have plenty to be thankful for

Posted By · November 24, 2009 at 3:30 pm

Hey, Thanksgiving is almost here! I love the holiday…a chance to reflect on our many blessings!

Indy Sports fans are lucky…we have a great ‘escape’ from the world each Sunday. I’m talking about the Colts!   It wasn’t too long ago my hometown was consumed by basketball. Not anymore!

 The Colts have won over this town.  Young and old alike have found a new passion that we can share together.

This team just keeps finding ways to win.  The last 4 games they have won by a total of 10 points. That says a great deal about this team.

Peyton has thrown four interceptions in the last 2 games, but hey, he’s human!  The good news, the Colts now have a defense that can dominate.  Gary Brackett showed up Ray Lewis in Baltimore and the young Colts Defensive backs keep making plays.  It won’t be long before they’ll have the AFC South title wrapped up and the debate will be on…should the Colts rest their star players or keep playing them? We have seen that movie before. It’s a great problem to have.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Dave Calabro

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Get Cooking

Posted By · November 24, 2009 at 1:04 pm

My favorite part about the holidays?  Eating!

If you love to cook, or know someone who does, how about mixing some new recipes with the old standbys?

This year WTHR is proud to present our latest edition of the Sunrise Cookbook, featuring recipes from WTHR personalities and some of your favorite starts of NBC shows. 

The books are only $10, and are available at Central Indiana Marsh stores.  All proceeds benefit United Christmas Service, an organization that helps families make the holidays bright, and provide the bear necessities.

I am a sucker for supporting charity, not a bad thing, right?  I went and bought 8 copies for my family members yesterday.  My family loves to cook, and my mom’s famous banana bread recipe is featured on pages 8-9 in the cookbook.  I recommend it! 

A funny side story?  Last year I bought a bundle as well.  It was my day off, and if you’ve ever seen me on my “weekends” I am comfy in a t-shirt and jeans, with no make up and a ponytail.  So, I went up to the cashier, and set my books down.  She finished ringing me up, and leaned over the counter and said, “you know the people in this book will do an autograph session coming up.”  I said thanks for the suggestion!  I wasn’t recognizable, but what was I supposed to do, pull a diva moment and say, don’t you know who I am?

Nonetheless, Chuck, Julia, Bruce, and Mimi will be autographing the cookbook this holiday season.  I’ll let you know when and where they’ll be.

The cookbook is a great gift for yourself or someone else, check it out the next time you’re in Marsh!

Click here to see more about this year’s cookbook!

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Don’t Give the Dog a Bone!

Posted By · November 24, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Too much of a good thing is bad for anyone, including our four legged family members! 

Keep your pet safe this Thanksgiving by following these simple tips from the ASPCA.  A visit to the emergency vet isn’t how you want your holiday to end!

On a related note… my dog loves canned pumpkin.  Not the kind you use for pie with sugar and stuff in it, just regular plain old canned pumpkin!  I usually add a little to her food, plus it’s healthy because it’s high fiber!  For her Thanksgiving treat this year, she’s getting a frozen peanut butter smeared Kong.  Yummy!

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Cool Down Coming

Posted By · November 24, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Today will be the last day temperatures stay noticeably above average.  Highs today will reach the mid 50s, our average high this time of year reaches about 48.  Most of the day will remain cloudy with rain chances increasing the later we head into the afternoon and tonight.

Overnight lows will drop to the low 40s with scattered showers around the viewing area.

Wednesday, off and on rain continues with highs about average in the upper 40s.

Thanksgiving day highs tumble to only 40 degrees, and a rain/snow mix is possible.  We won’t see any snow accumulation, but it’s going to be a chilly, blustery day.  If you’re preparing to chase the turkey during Broadripple’s Drumstick Dash, pull out your winter active wear now.

We dry out Friday, and by Saturday we’ll see partly cloudy skies with highs in the mid 40s.

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