Fabulous Friday

Today looks absolutely perfect!

I am loving this forecast… at least what’s in store for today!

Highs today will reach the mid to upper 60s with mostly sunny skies.

Saturday, an increase of clouds is likely with highs in the low 60s.  There’s a chance for rain as we head late into the afternoon into the overnight.  Saturday will be the best day of the weekend, and will not be a washout.

Sunday, rain is likely, highs only hit the low 50s, and we could see a couple of wet snowflakes mix in.

More scattered showers continue Monday, as highs don’t even crack 50 degrees.

Messer’s ad to hit airwaves

The 5th District race for the republican Congressional nomination is about to raise its profile dramatically.

The 5th District race for the republican Congressional nomination is about to raise its profile dramatically.

Luke Messer, one of seven candidates vying for the GOP nomination,  is taking his campaign to the airwaves. Messer has a new 30-second TV commercial that will start airing on cable and then make its way to local TV in the next two weeks.

“We do have six, even candidates in the race but when you see polling it is clear that people are looking for a new congressman.  We want to be that alternative.  I think this ad is the start of the final six weeks of the campaign and our opportunity to show we really are the best chance to bring a new congressman to the 5th district,” said Messer.

The primary is May fourth.

How to run yet not be a runner!

My fascination with riding many different disciplines in the world of bicycling, always brought me to the conclusion that running was for those who either took it way too seriously, not serious enough or for those who participated in it for a particular charitable cause. Either way, I simply thought it wasn’t for me due to all the stories of how boring it was and how many injuries you can get from running all the time.

This past June, I decided to give it a shot with a little help from my friend who is a runner. I hated the first month or so but after my body acclimated to the particular demands of running, I quickly adapted and actually enjoyed it. Boring still?…Yes, it is but with an iPod and/or a good friend to run with, I have maintained a consitent schedule of running 3-4 times out of each 7 day period.

I still lift weights pretty hard and didn’t want to run more than those 3-4 days due to not wanting to lose muscle mass. So far, it has worked out great despite losing a couple pounds of muscle and just a tad of strength. I am really happy with how lean and conditioned I am with my runs, lifts and my bicycle riding.

Some weeks, I only run two days and still maintain a high level of conditioning. This format allows me to run yet not become a “runner” in the sense that I am not focusing entirely on running but rather a variety of activities. However, I run just enough to be acclimated but not over-doing it.

Why am I telling you all of this? Well….I have a couple friends who are both former world-ranked, Olympic runners and they use a very similar format of getting in 3-4 runs per week at 20-35 minutes per session…thats it! They are not competing anymore and run just enough to enjoy many of its benefits yet not so much that they run the risk of injury, burnout or boredom. Each run is at a brisk pace to keep the “body machine” functioning at a high level, bodyfat at a low level and the heart & lungs well conditioned. Simple stuff!

It is very possible to run a few times per week without becoming a “runner” or spending a lot of time doing so. It is all about quality of exercise in shorter periods of time and getting it done! Obviously, if you haven’t run before or in a very long time, you should start slow and even get guidance from a running expert or exercise professional on how to slowly build up to a few days a week of running per week. Seeking help is a great way to ensure results in a safe and efficient manner.

If you are smart, patient and consistent, you too can start running yet not be a runner. Sweet!

Lovely Forecast

There is no other way to describe this forecast, other than lovely!

Plan your time outside now… or find a way to sneak some!

Highs today will reach the mid 60s in Central Indiana with mostly sunny skies.  Add a few clouds to that with temps in the upper 60s for your Friday, and we have a wonderful forecast ahead! 

Saturday starts off with sunshine, clouds will be on the increase as temps hit the low to mid 60s.  By the afternoon showers and scattered thunderstorms are possible.  We’ll be watching this forecast closely, especially the timing of it as we get closer to the weekend.

Sunday, much colder air moves in and highs will only hit the mid 40s, we could see a few snowflakes mix in with the raindrops.

Monday, we start to dry out after a few sprinkles/flurries in the morning, and highs hit the mid 40s.

We stay dry until Wednesday, that’s when we’ll be watching for our next chance of rain.

Tornado Drill at 7:30pm

A second tornado drill will run across the state tonight.

As a part of Severe Weather Preparedness Week, a second tornado drill will sound between 7:30 and 7:45pm Wednesday night.

This is a practice, there is no severe weather expected.

You will hear sirens, and if you’re watching TV, you’ll hear about a tornado warning and also see a crawl at the bottom of your screen.

If you’re home with your families tonight, it’s a great way to practice going to your safe place during severe weather.

Remember, in the event of a tornado, head to the basement or the first floor of your home.  If you’re on the first floor of your home, get into a room without windows such as a bathroom or closet.

Today is also a good way to make sure your weather radio is in working order.

If you have any questions about the drill, or what to do in a severe weather situation, please post them in the comments section below.

Click here for more about severe weather facts.  (Be patient, it’s a pdf file).

And, click here for how to talk to your kids about severe weather, and for an activity booklet.  (Again, be patient, it’s pdf)

Golden St. Patty’s Day

We are in store for one beautiful day across Central Indiana today!

The luck o’ the Irish is with us today!  Highs will reach the low to mid 60s with mostly sunny skies.  If you’re heading out to the parade, expect gorgeous conditions with temps around 50 for parade time!

Overnight, lows drop to the mid to upper 30s under mostly clear skies.

Thursday and Friday we remain dry… and will warm up close to 70 degrees for Friday!  Soak up this sun while you can, because the dry pattern ends as we head into the weekend.

Saturday we’ll see an increase of clouds with highs in the upper 50s.  Showers and thunderstorms are likely as we head into the evening.  We’ll be watching the timing of this closely.

Sunday, we’ll see falling temperatures and snowflakes may mix in with rain showers.

Monday, flurries are possible as highs only hit the low to mid 40s.  I know, I know… it’s not fair!

Sunshine & Warmth Return

Get ready for sunshine and warmer weather to take over the forecast!

Highs today will soar into the mid to upper 50s across Central Indiana with partly cloudy skies.

Tonight, skies remain partly cloudy with lows in the upper 30s.

Enjoy St. Patty’s day with highs nearly 60 with dry conditions!

Thursday and Friday we hit the low 60s with mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies.

Saturday, rain and cooler temps return as highs only reach the low to mid 50s.

Sunday, we could see falling temperatures with highs only in the mid 40s.  A few snowflakes could mix in with rain showers.

Become A Weather Spotter

Help spot severe weather and keep track of rain and snow for Central Indiana by becoming a weather spotter.

If you love weather, consider becoming a weather spotter.  It’s quick training that will allow you to help report severe weather, and keep Central Indiana safe and  informed.

Here’s a list of upcoming training sessions put on by the National Weather Service.

This is a great activity for kids to learn about weather and science with parents!

Have any gardening tips for Spring or need some? Please share your thoughts with us.

If you are like me, you will need all the help you can get if you are planning to make the outside of your home pretty this Spring and Summer. I am known to kill even artificial plants:) (How is that possible? Probably too much dust on them… smiles. )

Hello,

Have you been to the 52nd annual Indiana Flower and Patio show at the State Fairgrounds yet?   If you are still fighting the winter blues, this is a great way to step into Spring and lift your spirits.  We will take you there for a sneak peek of the show on my Noon Focus  Segment Tuesday.  I also got an “up-close” look at the show just a few days before “Opening Day” last week.  It is really a cool event.  You can get tips and information for all garden budgets from more than 250 outdoor living experts.  You will also see 29 different ‘Showcase Gardens’ from dozens of landscape artists.  These gardens are so beautiful and this year the gardens’ theme is “A Novel Idea”.  It is a nod to Indy Reads, a program that provides free tutoring to functionally illiterate adults.  You can donate books at collection bins at the Show, including K-6 student workbooks or teacher’s manuals, copies of the classics, children’s books bins, and all appropriate titles.   One of the gardens that I saw ‘in the making’ is so creative!  Its’ theme is the Wizard of Oz and you have to see how the landscape artists have incorporated the theme through their version of the yellow brick road, the Wicked Witch and Dorothy’s home – tossed around by a tornado – all in one little space.  It will be a show favorite. 

If you are like me, you will need all the help you can get if you are planning to make the outside of your home pretty this Spring and Summer.  I am known to kill even artificial plants:)  (How is that possible? Probably too much dust on them… smiles. )  I love to decorate the inside of my home and have done a lot of that on my own, but anytime I have headed outside to ‘decorate’, nothing survives:(.  How about you?  Do you have a green thumb?  If so, do you have any tips for keeping plants alive?  Which plants are most hardy?  What are the best perennials – something I wouldn’t have to plant every year?  Share some of your thoughts with people, who like me, can’t keep plants alive.  In the meantime, I am sure the Indiana Flower and Patio show experts could give all of us some great advice for being successful with landscaping and gardening.   The event runs through Sunday the 21stClick here for more information.

Also this week on our Noon Focus segment, you can get some tips Wednesday on improving self-esteem – for you and your children – from “Carol the Coach”.  She’s a Life Coach and Marriage and Family Therapist who visits us monthly with great tips on various topics.  Thursday on Focus, see one of Israel’s premiere dance companies.  The world-class  Kibbutz Contemporary Dance company will perform in our studios.  We’ll tell you why they are in town and where you can see them perform for free.  And on Friday, find out how donating daffodils is helping fight cancer.

If you have any community issues, events or organizations that you would like for us to consider as a profile on Focus segments or on our Community Calendar, let me know.  Blog with me or e-mail me at acain@wthr.com.

Channel 13 is constantly involved in sponsoring various community campaigns.  We are a part of you and we want to do what we can to serve our community.  Right now, we are sponsoring 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.

We always like to hear from you! 

Take care,

Angela Cain

WTHR Community Affairs Director