Palm Sunday Tornado Outbreak Anniversary

Today is a somber anniversary in weather history.

In 1965 10 tornadoes hit 18 counties in north and central Indiana.  This later became known as the Palm Sunday Tornado Outbreak, the deadliest in state history.

The tornadoes hit between 4:45pm and a little after 6:30pm.  Seven of the tornadoes left 137 dead, and 1724 injured. 

The National Weather Service in Northern Indiana has put together this summary of the event.

The National Weather Service office in Detroit has put together this analysis of the conditions that led up to this weather disaster.

Spotty Sunday Storms?

Today won’t be a washout, but there is a chance for an isolated shower or t-storm late in the afternoon.

Warm temperatures are once again settling into Central Indiana.  Highs today will reach the low 70s.  Clouds will be on the increase as a cold front pushes south through the state during the day.  An isolated shower or t-storm is possible late this afternoon into the evening.  It looks like most spots will stay dry, and I wouldn’t cancel your outdoor plans based on the 20% chance of precipitation.

Overnight, the clouds break and any rain that pops up will fall apart.  Lows will drop to the mid 40s.

Monday, we’ll see a few clouds, and temps will hit the upper 60s to around 70 degrees.

Another dry week is ahead for Central Indiana, and that’s bad news for allergy sufferers.  Temperatures approach 80 degrees by Thursday.

Friday, the chance for showers and storms returns.

Temperatures Rebound

Get ready for a warm up! This weekend will be beautiful across the state.

Temperatures are warming up across Central Indiana this weekend.  Highs will flirt with the 70 degree mark this afternoon.

Tonight, lows won’t be as cold, only dropping into the mid 40s.

Sunday, expect increasing clouds with highs hitting the upper 60s to low 70s.  As a cold front pushes through the state a few sprinkles are possible late in the afternoon/evening.

A few of those light showers may hang around early Monday morning, but then the clouds break and we dry out with highs in the mid to upper 60s.

We stay dry through Wednesday as temps warm up close to 80… another chance for rain may move in Thursday.

Warming for the Weekend

You’ve been working for the weekend, so why not add some warmer temperatures in there too?

Temperatures are warming up across Central Indiana, and probably the best part about the forecast, the wind is dying down!

Highs today will reach the upper 50s across the viewing area with partly cloudy skies winds out of the west up to 15 mph.

Overnight, patchy frost is possible with mostly clear skies and temps in the mid to upper 30s.

Saturday, temps rebound into the upper 60s with sunshine.

Sunday, we’re back to the 70s, but there’s a chance for spotty showers.  The day won’t be a washout, but we could see a little rain.  Same story Monday… then we dry out through Thursday. 

It looks like another dry pattern with temps in the low 70s is setting up for next week… we’ll keep you posted if that changes.  Enjoy!

Cooling Down

Severe weather has moved out of Central Indiana, now we’re looking forward to much cooler temperatures below average.

After a stormy night, a quiet weather pattern will settle into Central Indiana.

And, instead of seeing above normal record setting temps, we’re going to go below normal today.  Highs will only reach around 50 degrees today with a mix of sun and clouds.  Wind gusts up to 30 mph are possible.

Tonight, temps drop to the mid 30s, brr!  Once again wind will be an issue with gusts up to 25 mph, so, wind chill will be an issue for the little ones at the bus stop Friday morning.

Friday, the wind sticks, but sunshine returns and highs climb to the mid to upper 50s.

The weekend looks dry, and temps get even warmer rising to the upper 60s and low 70s.  I’m watching a system that could possibly bring light rain late Sunday, but I’m not sold on it yet.

As of right now, a pretty quiet pattern looks to stick with us through early next week.  Plenty of sun and warmth for the grass to grow!

Severe Storms Possible Wednesday

The entire state of Indiana is under a slight risk for severe weather today.

Hold onto your hats, we’re going to have another windy day across Central Indiana, and as the day goes on, our chance for thunderstorms will be on the increase.  Highs will reach the low to mid 70s today.  Wind gusts up to 30 mph are likely.  Thunderstorms will develop as we head into the afternoon as a cold front starts to move into the state.  Some storms may be severe with large hail and damaging wind.  An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.

Tonight, scattered storms continue, but temps drop dramatically into the upper 40s with the passage of the cold front.

Thursday, we could see a few more showers in the morning, but the real story will be the temps.  Highs will only reach around 50 degrees.

We dry out Friday as temps hit normal ranges for this time of year in the upper 50s.  For the weekend we stay dry and inch closer to 70 degrees.

Third Record Setting Day!

We did it… another record setting temperature in Indianapolis.

For the third time this month, we’ve broken a temperature record.  The high today in Indianapolis reached 83 degrees, that breaks the previous record of 82 set back in 1929.

Overnight temps drop to the low to mid 60s with a slight chance for an isolated t-storm.  Breezy conditions will stick with SW gusts up to 20 mph.

Wednesday we’re watching for severe weather.  It looks like we’ll hit temps in the 70s, but all of Central Indiana is under a slight risk for severe weather.  Right now, the afternoon and evening look like the best time for t-storms to slam into the state as a cold front works its way through.  Large hail, and gusty winds are our primary concerns right now.  Thunderstorms will also contain frequent lightning and very heavy rain.

Behind the cold front and t-storm activity is much colder air.  Thursday highs will only hit the low 50s with a chance for scattered morning showers.

We dry out Friday, and eventually make it up back into the low 70s for the weekend.

Windy & Record Temperatures Tuesday

Record temps are possible today, but so are strong gusty winds!

We could tie or break another record temperature today in Central Indiana.  Today’s record high is 82 degrees, we’ll come pretty close to that, or even surpass that number!  Winds will gust up to 40 mph, so to say it’s going to be breezy, is an understatement.

Overnight temps drop to the low 60s with winds continuing to gust up to 25mph.

Wednesday we’ll be watching for more severe storms to move into Central Indiana.  The entire state of Indiana is under a slight risk for severe weather.  At this point we’ll mainly be watching for damaging winds and hail.  As of right now, the timing of  storms looks to be during the afternoon/evening.  We’ll continue to keep you updated on the chance for severe weather here on the blog, and also on the SkyTrak Weather Network.

Thursday, a few showers may linger, but what will be more noticeable, will be the much cooler temps, with highs only in the low 50s!

Friday we stay in the 50s… but warm up in the 70s for the weekend with dry conditions expected.

Wow! Butler about to play in the national title game

I’m safe from the thunderstorms inside Lucas Oil Stadium, killing three hours before tipoff of the national championship game. This is the first time I’ve had a chance to stop and let it sink in: Butler is playing for a national championship. I have been so busy just covering the day-to-day road to the Final Four that I sometimes don’t really fully comprehend the magnitude of what the Bulldogs have accomplished.

I’m safe from the thunderstorms inside Lucas Oil Stadium, killing three hours before tipoff of the national championship game. This is the first time I’ve had a chance to stop and let it sink in: Butler is playing for a national championship. I have been so busy just covering the day-to-day road to the Final Four that I sometimes don’t really fully comprehend the magnitude of what the Bulldogs have accomplished.

Butler is my alma mater. I like to think the Dawg Pound really started when I was a student there in the early 1990’s and Barry Collier became coach. I can’t tell you how proud I am of this team. They have taken the basketball program to a new level most people never thought possible. They have done it with class. The Bulldogs go to class, graduate, speak well, represent the university with dignity and win a lot of basketball games along the way.

But to be playing for the national championship is more than remarkable. Playing here at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis just a little dramatic twist to the storyline. This is a very good basketball team. Cinderella is not an appropriate tag for Butler, not for a team that has won 25 games in a row and started and finished the season ranked 11th in the nation. But the likelihood of a school from the Horizon League with 4,200 students and a basketball budget less than what many head coaches make at other schools actually reaching the title game is about the same as a 16 seed beating a 1 seed in the first round (which has never happened).  

It has happened. And now Butler has the chance to do what Indiana State and Larry Bird could not in 1979, win a national championship for a little mid-major from the Hoosier state. They will have to beat one of the giants in college basketball. When Butler was just starting to turn its basketball program around, Duke was starting to build one of the dominant programs in the game.

The Blue Devils won their first national championship in 1991, right here in Indianapolis. Since then, coach Mike Krzyzewski has led Duke to two more titles and the best winning percentage in the NCAA tournament of any school (minimum 50 games). This year’s version may not have the future NBA stars of some of the other Duke squads, but is still one of the best.

The Blue Devils have won more games (64) over the past two seasons than any team in college basketball. The Blue Devils allow just 61 points a game, the best defensive average at Duke since 1950. Duke led the ACC in rebounding. The Blue Devils are an experienced bunch with all senior and junior starters. Butler has knocked off some really good teams on this magical run. But Duke will be the biggest challenge yet. And I mean big. The Blue Devils have size across their starting five and down the bench.

A Butler win would rank as one of the top 10 stories in Indianapolis sports history, maybe top five. It might rank as the biggest story in NCAA tourney history. Whatever happens, the ride has been incredible. The Dogs have been this man’s best friend. 

-Rich Nye, WTHR Sports Reporter

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