Soggy Sunday

A soaker of a Sunday is ahead for Central Indiana.

Off and on rain showers are expected today as temperatures stay relatively mild in the low 50s.  Up to 1″ of rain is possible by late tonight.  Areas North of I-70 could see more than an inch of rain, up to 2″ today.

Overnight the rain showers come to an end as temps drop to the mid 30s.  Windy conditions set in with gusts out of the North up to 25mph.

Monday, is the beginning of sun and warmth.  A mix of sun and clouds is expected to start the work week, with highs around 50 degrees.

Tuesday we hit the low to mid 60s.  Wednesday, 70!  Thursday and Friday we’ll be close to hitting 80!  Enjoy the sun and warmth while it’s here!  At least it will give usa  chance to dry out from today’s soggy forecast!

Butler’s best player? A self-debate

Salt Lake City, Utah – I posed this question over dinner last night with some of my Indianapolis media brethren: Who is Butler’s best overall basketball player? I asked because I wasn’t sure how to answer myself.

Salt Lake City, Utah – I posed this question over dinner last night with some of my Indianapolis media brethren: Who is Butler’s best overall basketball player? I asked because I wasn’t sure how to answer myself.

The first and easiest answer is sophomore forward Gordon Hayward. After all, he is the Horizon League player of the year. Hayward has the most skills and tools. Most experts say he can leave Butler after this season and be a first round NBA draft pick. But Hayward has not been the go-to guy lately. He led the Bulldogs with 17 points against Syracuse in the Sweet 16 victory. But before Thursday, he had not posted a team-high in scoring in well over a month.

So if not Hayward, who. My vote right now would be Shelvin Mack. He is fearless on the offensive end and scores a bucket when the Bulldogs need it the most. His defense has improved and he’s always on the floor. Only Hayward has played more minutes than Mack.

But you could make a pretty good argument for Ronald Nored, too. Nored is the toughest Bulldog, guards like a hound dog and runs the show on offense. Lately, he has made the big plays in crunch time. His free throw shooting can be a real problem if Butler has the lead late. But his leadership is obvious even as a sophomore.

The senior Willie Veasley is not out of the question. He never puts up big numbers. But he makes a steal , a tip-in or a three-pointer that wins games.

And I don’t leave out Matt Howard. He has not had the season he enjoyed a year ago. But he is still the only inside presence for the Bulldogs. When he’s in foul trouble and not on the floor, the Bulldogs can be in real trouble.

I say Mack is the best all-around player right now. But I’m waiting for that breakout game from Hayward. Maybe today against Kansas State.

Rich Nye, WTHR Sports Reporter

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TheSportsGuy13 at Twitter

Tale of Two Weekend Forecasts

Saturday and Sunday’s forecasts couldn’t be any different!

Get out!  I mean that in the nicest way!  If you’re hoping to enjoy the great outdoors this weekend… today is the day to do it!  Highs will hit the upper 50s with partly cloudy skies.  Clouds will increase as we head into the evening.

Overnight, lows remain mild in the mid 40s, and rain develops after midnight.

After the rain moves in, it sticks around for Sunday.  Temperatures will stay relatively steady tomorrow in the mid to upper 40s.  At times some rain will be heavy and we could even see a few isolated t-storms.  Anywhere from .30″ to 1″ of rain is possible through Sunday night.

Monday, we dry out, and the clouds take their time in moving out.  Highs are expected to reach the low 50s.

Tuesday, sunshine and 60.

Wednesday, sunshine and the upper 60s.

And, the best day of the week… at least in this forecast?  Thursday… we’re looking to hit the low 70s!

Sunshine is Back!

The sun is back, but we’ll have to wait until Saturday for warmer temperatures!

Today we’ll get plenty of sunshine around Central Indiana, but temps will only warm up to the mid to upper 40s. 

Tonight, a very cool one is ahead for us as lows drop to the mid to upper 20s.  Patchy fog may be possible early Saturday morning.

Saturday, is the best day out of the weekend!  Sunshine and temps in the low 60s!

Sunday, rain is likely with isolated t-storms.  At this point, we are not watching for severe weather.  Highs will only reach the low 50s.

We dry out Monday as highs remain cool in the upper 40s.

Then, the good news is on the way!  Temps climb all the way through Thursday, and we could be talking 70s late next week!

Rainy Day Ahead

Get the rain gear ready, showers and cooler temperatures are coming our way.

Enjoy the dry time while it lasts today.  Temps will only reach the low 50s before they start falling into the 40s this afternoon with scattered showers.  At times, the rain will be heavy, but no severe weather is expected.  Winds will gust up to 35 mph, so hold on to your umbrella tightly!

Tonight, the chance of rain stays, and so does the wind.   Lows drop to the upper 20s.  A few snowflakes are possible, but no accumulation!

Friday will be dry, but much cooler.  Highs will only reach the mid 40s.

Saturday, we’re back into the 50s and low 60s with sunshine… but… rain returns Sunday.

The good news about this forecast?  It looks like the 70s could be coming our way late next week!

Please register for a race to save lives!

If you have never taken part in this race, please consider doing it this year. This is a race you will never forget. It is a compassionate atmosphere, filled with the triumphant spirit of breast cancer survivors and those who support them.

Hello,

Channel 13 has been a proud sponsor of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure for several years now.  It is a fundraiser for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest grassroots breast cancer movement by breast cancer survivors.  Hoosiers have such big hearts that the Indianapolis race is one of the top-ten biggest 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 year it takes place on Saturday, April 17th, around the IUPUI campus. 

I was talking to Dana Curish, the Executive Director of Komen’s Indianapolis Chapter, and she told me that she is concerned that this year’s race registration is down a bit.  If you have never taken part in this race, please consider doing it this year.  This is a race you will never forget.  It is a compassionate atmosphere, filled with the triumphant spirit of breast cancer survivors and those who support them.  This race attracts people of all ages and genders – some walking alongside a surviving family member; some walking in honor of someone who lost their life to the disease; and some simply coming out to walk or run to help fund research that could some day lead to a cure. 

You will see the heartwarming and emotional ‘Pink Parade of Survivors” and many more touching moments at the Race for the Cure.  Komen hopes to raise more than two million dollars this year with the majority of that money spent right here in Indianapolis to fund breast cancer treatment, education and research.  Komen is encouraging people in the race to ask ten people to donate ten dollars.  If everyone in the race did that, Komen could possibly double its’ fundraising goal.

Right now, Komen just needs more people to register and join this fight against a devastating disease.  One in eight women will have cancer in her lifetime.  Every three minutes, a woman is diagnosed with the disease and every 13 minutes a woman dies.  Susan G. Komen for the Cure has spent 1.5 billion dollars paying for education and research to fund better treatments and search for a cure.  Komen has prompted major advancements in the breast cancer fight with more people surviving the disease than they ever did before Komen was formed 27 years ago.

Please join Channel 13 in the Race for the Cure.  You can register by clicking here.  You can even join the Channel 13 team, if you’d like, or form a team of your own.

Each one of us can make an impact.  I have always believed that one of the reasons we were created is to help each other and to care about each other.  Joining the Race for the Cure will make you feel good and it will help breast cancer survivors realize that they are not alone.  We are here for them.

Hope to see you at the race!  If you have been to the Race, share your experiences with others on this blog. 

Also.. please watch the half-hour Race for the Cure: Bringing Hope to Millions special on Channel 13 on Saturday, April 10th, at 7:30 p.m.  You will learn important information about breast cancer, meet breast cancer survivors, and learn more about the impact of  the Komen organization.

And, don’t foget.  If you have any community issues, events or organizations that you would like for us to consider as a profile on our Noon Focus interview segments or on our Community Calendar, let me know.  Blog with me or e-mail me at acain@wthr.com.

We always like to hear from you! 

Take care,

Angela Cain

WTHR Community Affairs Director

Great Day Ahead… Then Rain

Wow! Highs in the 60s and sunshine, today looks great. Make sure to enjoy it while it lasts, because rain moves back in Thursday.

Highs will reach the low 60s across Central Indiana today with increasing/thickening clouds throughout the day.  A wonderful day is ahead, despite the fact that sunshine won’t be here!

Tonight, temps stay mild with cloud cover.  Lows will drop to the upper 40s.  After midnight a few scattered showers are possible.

Thursday, rain moves in.  At times, the rain will be heavy and by Friday morning an inch of rain is possible across the viewing area.  No severe weather is expected, but heavy downpours will be an issue.

Thursday night, rain continues, and as temps cool down some snowflakes could be possibly by early Friday morning.  No accumulation is expected, but we could see a few flakes!

The moisture gets out early Friday morning, and temps stay cool only reaching the mid to upper 40s.  Friday we are dry, Saturday we’ll see sunshine with highs near 60, then another soaker moves in for Sunday.

March Madness in the Wild West

Salt Lake City, Utah – I visited all the landmarks in Salt Lake City: the Great Salt Lake, the 2002 Winter Olympics Cauldron Park, the Utah state capital, the Mormon church headquarters and the Rose Park Coin Laundry. With clean underwear, I am now ready to switch my reporting duties from the Purdue Boilermakers to the Butler Bulldogs.

Salt Lake City, Utah – I visited all the landmarks in Salt Lake City: the Great Salt Lake, the 2002 Winter Olympics Cauldron Park, the Utah state capital, the Mormon church headquarters and the Rose Park Coin Laundry. With clean underwear, I am now ready to switch my reporting duties from the Purdue Boilermakers to the Butler Bulldogs.

But first a few closing thoughts on the Boilermakers, who I covered in Spokane, Washington, last week. Purdue advancing to the Sweet 16 is a huge accomplishment for a team that most experts (and maybe even some fans) had written off after Robbie Hummel’s injury. Chris Kramer’s toughness and determination has spread throughout the whole team.

The Boilermakers have proven many people wrong, including me. I thought this was a Final Four team with Hummel. I thought they would win one tourney game without him. I can’t see the Boilers beating Duke. But maybe that’s just the kind of motivation Purdue needs to hear. Hummel will join the team in Houston, giving Purdue another emotional boost.

Going from Spokane to Salt Lake City made more sense than coming home and leaving the next day, and saved Channel 13 a few dollars. So that’s why I’m with the Bulldogs now. Butler is in my Final Four. But I realize I’m going with a big underdog. Syracuse is a very good number one seed. The Orange won their first two games in the NCAA tourney by more than 20 points each.

Butler will have to play its best game of the season. Birthday boy Gordon Hayward, who turned 20 Tuesday, will have to perform the way every Bulldog fan knows he can. We have not seen that game from him for awhile. Butler has never advanced to the Elite 8. I think this is Butler’s best team and now is the time. Brad Stevens will be a hot coaching commodity at the Final Four. I hope he’s still coaching Butler that weekend.

Syracuse has often been a team ripe for an upset in the NCAA tourney. If Northern Iowa can beat Kansas, I believe Butler can beat Syracuse.

-Rich Nye, WTHR Sports Reporter

rnye@wthr.com

TheSportsGuy13 on Twitter

Mike Murphy rolls out TV ad

Republican challenger Mike Murphy is the first to hit the airwaves this election season for Indiana’s congressional races. Murphy is going up against long-time incumbent Dan Burton.

Republican challenger Mike Murphy is the first to hit the airwaves this election season for Indiana’s congressional races. Murphy is going up against long-time incumbent Dan Burton.

Murphy, a state rep, is trying to differentiate himself from the Fifth District’s Burton, who he characterizes as a career politician. Murphy claims an A+ rating from the NRA and a 100% rating with Indiana Right to Life.

See his ad

No Barking Allowed!

Keep your dog 24/7, or get fined! That’s the rule one New Jersey community is enforcing.

In Piscataway, New Jersey, dogs are expected to be quiet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

A town ordinance about incessant barking from 8pm to 8am has been expanded to 24 hours a day.  And, you could be fined if your dog barks!  Click here to read the story.

I get it, if you live next to a neighbor who leaves their dog out all the time and all it does is bark, yes, that can be annoying.  But, a dog’s bark is their way of talking.  How can we expect them to be quiet all of the time?  Dogs also bark to alert owners of strangers approaching, barking is useful!

My dog barks when we play… she growls… yips… and talks to me when we’re outside having fun playing tug or chase.

I think this is unfair.   What do you think of this ordinance?