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Life Without Hummel Tough For Purdue

Posted By · February 26, 2010 at 12:33 am

Robbie Hummel’s season-ending knee injury is so unfortunate on many levels. First for Hummel: he missed several games last season with a bad back. He came back strong this season and was a finalist for some player of the year awards.  For the Purdue Boilermakers, they lose a player who does just about everything well. As Hummel goes, so goes the Boilers. But Hummel will not be going anywhere but rehab. And for Purdue fans, this was the season the Boilermakers could get back to the Final Four in Indianapolis, just like they did in 1980. Now that seems unlikely.

This Purdue team is playing so well. After a disappointing skid of three games early in the Big Ten season, the Boilermakers have won 10 straight games to take sole posession of first place in the conference. Purdue has climbed to 3rd in the national rankings. A top seed in the NCAA tourney is a definite possibility. But I’ve heard many people say Purdue just went from a Final Four team to a Sweet 16 squad. I can’t disagree.

If the Boilermakers still want to reach their goals of a Big Ten championship and Final Four run, they have to keep playing with the guts and determination they did at Minnesota after Hummel went down. JaJaun Johnson has to own the paint without getting in foul trouble. Keaton Grant has to play like a senior who only has a few games left and wants to save the best for last. Chris Kramer has to be a shut down defender against the opponent’s best player.

All that is possible, but difficult to sustain. Hummel is a huge loss. Purdue’s Sunday game against Michigan State will be a good indicator of the mental fortitude of the Boilermakers after taking such a big blow.

-Rich Nye, WTHR Sports Reporter


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Snow Lingers Thursday

Posted By · February 25, 2010 at 7:50 am

We just can’t seem to get rid of this snow!  The good news is, the accumulating snow is done for today.

Highs will reach about 30 degrees with snow showers tapering off to flurries.

Overnight, flurries are still possible with lows in the upper teens.  The clouds will break a bit, so that’s why temps will be a little cooler.

Friday, expect more flurries.  Winds will be steady out of the Northwest up to 20 mph, so it’s going to be chilly.  Highs will only reach the mid to upper 20s.

The weekend forecast looks a bit iffy.  We could get snow showers late Friday into early Saturday and Sunday based on the East Coast storm that’s expected to hit.  How?  We’ll see the storm move from east to west, and we could pick up some minor snow accumulations.  We’ll keep our eyes on this for you.  Right now it looks like east central and central Indiana could get a little snow.  Highs are expected to hit the mid 30s.

Back to sunshine Monday with highs in the mid 30s.

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A Day in the Life

Posted By · February 24, 2010 at 6:46 pm

Woke up… got out of bed… dragged a comb across my head… (oh Paul McCartney, if only my mornings started off that easy!)

I often get asked what time I start my “mornings” when I get up for meteorologist duties for Weekend Sunrise.

Well, I get up in the middle of the night!  Usually somewhere around 3am.  Yep, that’s early.  And, as a person who cannot stand the snooze button, I am up and ready to start my day… or is it still night?  This is the first of a lot of weird things I begin to ask myself when I’m up this early!

I have to get up early because hair and makeup don’t do themselves, but if someone invents a machine that lets me sleep and will style me… please let me know!  I know a lot of morning anchors and meteorologists who will be interested in investing in that!  Hair and makeup get done… by me… and I’m off!

I arrive at the station well before showtime, that’s because I have to “forecast” my show.  I look up many weather models to see about rain, snow, temperatures, what’s for lunch… I mean… what’s in the 5 day forecast.  Usually at this time I’m eating my dinner, nope, not a typo.  Something about working the morning shift makes me want to eat dinner for breakfast and breakfast for dinner.  Don’t ask me why, but it’s what I’ve always done when I’ve worked mornings!

So my forecast is done, and now I start building my weather graphics for Weekend Sunrise.  That takes a chunk of time.  I also chat with our producer to let her know the forecast and see if there’s anything out of the ordinary I need to be aware of.

Then off to chat with Kris in the ladies room as we touch up our makeup a few minutes before  the show. 

Five minutes to show, I slip off the comfy Uggs, and put on the heels, mic up, and put my IFB in.  What’s an IFB?  It’s a tiny little hearing aid like device that fits in my ear, it’s attached to a radio that I clip on the back of my pants next to my mic.  It allows producers to talk to anchors and meteorologists during the show. 

Then, show time!  Well, sometimes if my tongue isn’t tied at 6am weekend mornings. 

I know it sounds crazy… but I love waking up that early.  Maybe it’s because I’ve always done it, but I am a morning person.  However, that leads me back to my original question… would I be a morning or night person? 

Whatever!  It’s fun to help you plan your weekends and keep you informed about the weather.  We appreciate you waking up with us!

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Light Accumulating Snow Wednesday Night

Posted By · February 24, 2010 at 6:22 pm

The lake effect snow machine is in full operation, and a few of those snow showers are making their way down into portions of Central Indiana, especially north of I-70.

Tonight temps will fall to about 20 degrees with scattered snow showers.  Most spots could pick up up to 1″ of snow by morning, with isolated towns, especially north of I-70 picking up 1-2″ of snow.

Thursday morning’s commute could be a little slick,  just like what we experienced this morning.  Scattered snow showers are still possible Thursday tapering off into the afternoon.  We’re not really looking at any accumulation from the snow we’ll see during the day as highs only hit the mid to upper 20s.  Winds will gust up to 25 mph, so get ready to bundle up… it’s gonna be a cold one!

Friday, highs will reach about 30 degrees with partly cloudy skies and flurries.

Saturday and Sunday highs look to hit the mid to upper 30s, but we could see a few flurries.  We’ll keep our eyes on that for you.

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Snowy Wednesday

Posted By · February 24, 2010 at 7:40 am

If you are hoping for spring like weather, you’re out of luck.  Sorry… but here’s your wintry weather forecast!

Highs today will only reach the mid 20s with scattered snow showers/flurries.  We’re not looking for much snow accumulation, but enough to slick up the roadways.  A dusting to 1/2″ is possible today, and tonight we could see additional accumulation totaling up to 1″ by Thursday morning.  So, again not much, but it will be pesky precipitation.

Tomorrow cold air sticks around with a few flurries and highs in the mid to upper 20s.

By the weekend the sun returns, and highs could hit the mid to upper 30s.

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Hope your New Year is going very well, as I get back to ‘blogging’ again.  I hope to hear from you in this New Year.  We are busy with several WTHR community campaigns right now – promoting events you can attend or events for which you can volunteer.   Please join with us in serving the community and making a difference in 2010. 

During Black History Month in February, we have been airing a weekly Noon Focus interview segment on African-American events, organizations or issues and we have produced special news series profiling the achievements of African-Americans locally and nationally.  Click here to go to our special Black History Month page which includes some of the stories, a list of celebrations and events you can attend in Central Indiana, and a host of sites profiling African-American achievements nationally.  

We are also helping promote a couple of big events that will fight cancer.  Do you know someone who has cancer or are you battling this sometimes devastating disease?  You might want to register for a Relay for Life event near you.  These are 24-hour walking vigils that remind people that cancer never sleeps.  You can form a team, raise money through pledges, and take turns walking around an area track.  This is the premiere worldwide fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.  There will be more than 30 Relay for Life events in Central Indiana running from March through June. Consider walking in honor of someone you love with cancer or you can walk simply because you care.

WTHR Community Affairs has also been busy promoting one of the top-ten biggest Susan G. Komen “Race for the Cure” events in the nation.  More than 40,000 people walk or run in the annual “Race for the Cure” in downtown Indianapolis.  This is a fundraiser for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest, grass roots breast cancer movement.  It is an amazing ‘sea of humanity’ – men, women and children – taking to the downtown streets to help end breast cancer forever.  When you walk, you raise money for breast cancer treatment, education and research here in Central Indiana and around the nation.  This year’s “Race for the Cure” takes place on Saturday, April 17th.  Click here to register to walk or run or volunteer.

Also, when you get a chance, join us Monday through Friday for our weekly Noon Focus interview segment which profiles community issues, events, and organizations.  If you have a community issue, event or organiztion that you think we should be talking about on Focus, please let us know!  We might pick your idea and do a Focus segment on it.

We have also started something new this year – the WTHR Cares Community Conversation.  We will feature a question or issue of the week and ask for your feedback.  We just want to start a conversation with our community, so that we can learn more about what matters to you on a host of topics – some just for ‘fun’, some more issues-oriented.  Click here to see this week’s question about the Olympics.

And do you have some questions about how to have a healthy relationship in the New Year?  Last month we invited Carol Juergensen-Sheets, a Marriage and Family Therapist and Personal Life Coach, to share some relationship advice for the New Year on our Noon Focus segment.  Our relationships with people we love are one of the most important things in our lives.   As I close today, hope you will listen to this advice from “Carol the Coach.”  And feel free to share with us what you do to make your relationships work.

Take care!

Angela Cain

Healthy relationships don’t just happen.  They require that you constantly invest your time, energy and effort into them. People often take their relationships for granted—until a problem occurs or until it’s too late.  As you look at your relationships, do you cultivate them? Some of my clients are proactive and look for ways to improve them.  However, more often I see clients who are discouraged because they have waited too long.  Take a look at these five characteristics for a healthy relationship to decide if you are working in the right areas:

ADMIRATION AND APPRECIATION: Do you verbalize your appreciation of your loved ones?  Do you identify daily at least one characteristic that you appreciate or admire?  People will enjoy their relationships with you if you recognize their strengths.  Make a point to compliment  those you care about daily. 

RESPECT: Everyone has different values and beliefs about people and about life.  Understandably, values come from your family of origin, religiosity or spirituality, educational structure, and political background.  Partners often marry because they complement each other, which can increase the likelihood of different values.  Teenagers often take on different values as a natural vehicle for the needed separation process.  It is important to find a common ground with others and respect their differences, even if you don’t agree with their basic values.  If you don’t respect your loved ones, it will lead to contempt.  Contempt is the number one behavior that leads to estrangement. 

COMMUNICATION: Is your communication positive or negative?  Do you spend a lot of time criticizing or affirming your family?  If you have a teenager or spouse, it is easy to get caught up in fear-based conversations that make you look controlling, argumentative or needy?  Everyone wants to be acknowledged for their thoughts, beliefs and values.   Basically, they want to be understood.  Communication infers speaking, but it is really about listening.  The next time you’re with a loved one, spend 75% of the time listening and reflecting back what you heard.  It will open up their desire to talk to you. 

 ENCOURAGEMENT: Do you encourage your loved ones?  Do you notice the effort and not the outcome?  This characteristic builds good self-esteem and is essential in promoting healthy relationships.  As you assess your family, find an area they are working on but haven’t yet perfected, and then notice their effort.  That means to verbally acknowledge that you know they are making progress.  It will enhance their feelings for you because it enhances their own sense of well-being. 

NEGOTIATION AND COMPROMISE: In all relationships, the art of developing good partnerships with people is the ability to negotiate and compromise.  You have to give a little to get a little. Evaluate your style and decide how well you practice this life skill.  People who have to have their way all of the time are no fun to be with.  If you are surrounded by this type of personality it’s time for you to learn assertiveness.  If you are this type of personality, it’s time to practice the art of give-and-take.  This may require that you seek the help of a mental health professional.

There are some great tools to help develop these characteristics further.  The more you put into your relationships, the more you will get out of them.  We all know that relationships are the essence of life!

Get more advice on various topics from “Carol the Coach” (Carol Juergensen Sheets) by clicking here.

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More Cold on the Way

Posted By · February 23, 2010 at 7:48 am

Highs today will reach the mid 30s with cloudy skies, flurries, and light scattered snow showers.  Little to no snow accumulation is expected today.  Some spots, especially north of I-70 could get a dusting.

Tonight, lows drop to the low 20s with light snow showers, again little to no snow accumulation is expected.

Wednesday, more snow is possible and we could pick up an inch or so of accumulation.  Temperatures will struggle to reach 30.  The flurries wind down Thursday, then it’s back to sunshine Friday through Sunday.  Temps will still be below average, but at least the sun will be returning!

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17 Days of Snow on the Ground

Posted By · February 22, 2010 at 6:40 pm

The following historical data was prepared by the National Weather Service in Indianapolis:

February 22, 2010 marked the 17th consecutive day with at least an inch of snow on the ground. There was 2 inches on the ground at the National Weather Service Office as of 1 pm EST. Although the snow may seem like it has been around forever…the current string only ranks 14th all time.

The following are the top 15 consecutive days with snow on the ground:

Consecutive Days

Snow Depth > 1.0 inches
Years: 1889-2010
Rank # Days   End Date
 1             59      3/12/1978
 2            38      2/11/1977
 3            36     2/21/1985
 4            34     1/25/1970
 5            32    1/14/2001
 6            31    2/23/1979
 7           28    1/16/1996
 8           23     3/ 1/2007
 9           22    3/18/1960
 10        21    2/ 9/2000
 11         21    1/20/1999
 12         21    2/20/1982
 13         19    2/13/2004
 14         17    1/16/1974
 15         17     Still on Ground 2/22/2010
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