Monday Night Thunderstorms

Thunderstorms are firing up across Central Indiana.

High temperatures reached the upper 70s today, and with a warm front trying to cross the state, it’s the prefect combination for some strong thunderstorms.

Some storms may reach severe levels with strong wind gusts up to 60 mph and hail. 

Heavy rain and frequent lightning is expected with any thunderstorm that forms this evening into tonight.

T-storms will continue to rumble across Central Indiana through midnight.  These storms are being fueled by daytime heating, so once temps start to cool, the activity will die down.

Record Setting Heat… Again?

Get ready for a nice warm up, well, I think it’s going to be pretty hot!

The average temp in Indy this time of year is in the mid to upper 50s.

We set two records in the beginning of April when temps soared into the 80s, and it looks like we could break a few more records this week.

Tuesday highs could soar into the low to mid 80s.  The record for that day is 82°.  We’ll see sunny skies tomorrow, so it will be a perfect day to get out and about to enjoy the sunshine.

Wednesday, highs could hit the low 80s again (the record is 83°).  But, Wednesday it looks like strong to severe storms could be setting up for the afternoon/evening, so we’ll be watching that closely.

Anyone want to take a guess as to what time we’ll hit a record high temp if that happens?  Leave your comments below for a little friendly competition!

Active Week Coming

Spring storms are on the way to Central Indiana.

Highs today will reach the upper 70s in Central Indiana.   We’ll see a mix of sun and clouds today, but this afternoon into tonight a few pop up showers and thunderstorms are possible.

Overnight any activity that pops up will diminish, as lows drop to the upper 50s.

Tuesday looks to be the best day of the week with highs in the low 80s and plenty of sunshine.

Spring storm activity will pick up Wednesday.  There’s a chance for strong to severe storms in the afternoon, so we’ll be keeping an eye on this developing forecast for you.

More storms stick around Thursday as temps top into 50s.

Friday, we dry out and warm up into the 60s by Saturday.

Happy Easter!

A beautiful Easter Sunday is ahead of us.

Highs today will reach the low 70s with partly cloudy skies.

Tonight, clouds increase as lows drop to the mid to upper 50s.  After midnight, scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms are possible.  Some t-storms could contain gusty winds and small pea size hail.  Severe storms are not expected.

By 9am most of the rain should be gone, and the sun returns, at least for part of the day!  Highs will reach the mid to upper 70s Monday.  Late Monday afternoon/ night more scattered showers and t-storms could enter the area.  The chance for severe weather looks to stay in Illinois, but keep your ears open as we continue to analyze the storm’s path.

Tuesday, highs push close to 80 degrees with a 20% chance of isolated t-storms.

We have our eyes on Wednesday.  That’s our next chance for stormy weather as temps drop to the upper 60s.  We’ll keep you posted on what develops, it looks like some spring storms could be coming our way.

Final Four Forecast

Our record breaking heat fizzles out today, as rain moves into Central Indiana.

Goodbye 80s, hello 60s!  Highs today will reach the mid 60s with scattered showers and isolated t-storms.  The day won’t be a washout, but, keep the rain gear handy.  Winds will gust up to 25mph. 

The rain will taper off by the evening with overnight lows dropping into the low 40s.  Cloudy skies will break to partly cloudy skies, and a nice set up is on the way for Easter.

Easter Sunday highs reach the low 70s with plenty of sunshine.

A daily chance of t-storms will be in your work week forecast through Wednesday.  High temps hover in the 70s.

Can they do it?

Can the Butler Bulldogs extend their season one more game? Cue Marv Albert….YES!

Doesn’t it seem like a month ago that Butler finally put away Kansas State and cut down the nets in Salt Lake City? (Technically, it WAS last month, smartypants, but you know what I’m saying.) My less-than-normal work schedule gives me a Wednesday-Thursday weekend, so it really feels like forever ago that our BU alum-filled sports department was going nuts over the Bulldogs’ trip to the Sweet 16. Actually, it was a Ball State grad that was most vocally in disbelief, but if Butler really is carrying the flag for the “mid-majors,” he gets a pass.

So a week has passed since an improbable, but apparently not impossible, three-day stretch of basketball where Syracuse, Kansas State and the hoops world learned all about “The Butler Way.” Count me as a believer now, too.

Not saying I didn’t think they had a good, possibly great, team at Hinkle Fieldhouse, as that much has been evident for the better part of a decade now. But while several co-workers were touting their pick of “Butler to the Final Four,” I brushed it off as home cooking and moved on. But to me, the Bulldogs proved in roughly 48 hours in Salt Lake City that they not only deserve to be in the Final Four, but that they can probably win it all.

In a pair of very similar games, the Bulldogs built a lead with solid shooting, held on with tough defense, then used both to put a couple top 10 caliber teams away. So now, with a week off and a trip home the Bulldogs are rested and have had time to plot the Attack of the Butler Way on a hobbled Michigan State team. And just like the two games before (or heck, why not the first rounder against UTEP that several “experts” gave them no shot to win?), Butler has a chance to play their game and, I think, beat the Spartans – and after that, who knows?

Win or lose, I’ve enjoyed the excitement of the past week-plus. Who knew when I headed south to Roberts Stadium in Evansville in late November to watch the Bulldogs nip the UE Purple Aces, I could have been watching a national champion?

Oh, and for those doubters that think this Butler team is a one-trick pony? You might not want to look at the “Class” column of their roster.

Record Setting Friday

We are in for round two of record setting temps in Central Indiana.

Thursday we hit 82 degrees, that broke the previous record set in the 60s of 81 for a high temp.  And, it looks like we’ll do it again today.  The record for today is 80 degrees, we’ll hit the low to mid 80s with wind gusts up to 25 mph.

Overnight, lows drop to around 60 degrees with mostly clear skies.

Saturday, scattered showers and thunderstorms are likely with highs in the upper 60s.  Wind gusts up to 30 mph are possible.

Easter Sunday we dry out and hit 70.

More scattered rain chances move in next week with temps in the upper 60s through Wednesday.

Long range models are showing a cool down for late next week… we’ll have to see if the temp tumbles!

March Recap

Okay number crunchers, here’s March 2010’s recap. It was the 22nd warmest on record, and the 60th driest on record.

22nd Warmest on record at Indianapolis

60th Driest on record at Indianapolis

The following information was prepared by the National Weather Service Indianapolis:

March 2010 saw a transition to a milder, slightly wetter pattern for central Indiana. Many locations received two to five inches of precipitation during the month, primarily in the form of rain. For the second consecutive March, very little snow impacted central Indiana throughout the month. Temperatures also modified with the first 60 and 70 degree readings of the year being recorded in quick succession between the 8th and 10th for most of the region. The month saw a mixture of extended dry periods with mild temperatures and shorter stretches of cool, wet weather that often lasted no more than two or three days at a time.

Temperatures

After a cool start to the month, temperatures warmed above 50 degrees for the first time in six weeks on the 7th as a ridge of high pressure aloft built into central Indiana. Southerly winds pumped increasingly warmer air into the region over the next several days, providing the first major spring preview as temperatures climbed in the low 70s across all of central Indiana on the 10th.

Temperatures cooled back down into the 40s in the wake of a strong low pressure on the 12th, but the return of upper level ridging brought a stretch of beautiful weather with abundant sunshine from the 16th through the 20th with high temperatures mainly in the 60s. High temperatures oscillated between the 40s and the 60s over the next week as three successive low pressure systems moved through the region. Deep upper level ridging and southerly winds brought a significant warming trend for the last few days of the month with highs rising from the 50s on the 27th and 28th into the mid and upper 70s on the 31st. High temperatures on the 31st were the warmest of 2010 to date.

 Low temperatures were generally warmer than normal for much of the month. After the morning of the 8th, temperatures were rarely below 30 degrees for the remainder of March.

Site March 2010 Avg Temp March 2010 Difference from normal HighestTemperature Lowest Temperature
Indianapolis 45.9  +4.2 79 on 31 23 on 5 and 6
Lafayette 44.8  +6.0 78 on 31 21 on 6
Muncie 42.9  +4.1 74 on 31 20 on 5
Terre Haute 45.0  +2.5 76 on 31 19 on 6
Bloomington 45.2  +3.2 79 on 31 18 on 6
Shelbyville 44.6  +3.2 75 on 31 20 on 5
Indy – Eagle Crk. 45.0  +3.3 79 on 31 21 on 6

 

At Indianapolis, there were 9 days with below normal average temperatures, 20 days with above normal average temperatures and 2 days at normal average temperatures.

March 2010 was the 22nd warmest in the Indianapolis area since 1871.

Precipitation

Most of the rain during March fell between the 11th and the 28th.   Monthly rainfall departures ranged from 50% of normal to 200% of normal.   Monthly amounts varied from of 1.50 inches to nearly 6 inches. The wettest areas were generally north of Interstate 74.

Lowland flooding affected much of central and southern Indiana as result of the numerous rain events. Most streams and rivers rose to their highest levels since the late winter and spring of 2009.   Lowland flooding continued at the end of the month in western and southern Indiana.

The Indiana agricultural season will not get an early start as a result of March’s rain and high water. Field conditions were improving at the end of March because of warm and windy conditions.

Site March 2010 Precipitation March 2010 Difference from Normal Wettest Day Longest Dry Stretch
Indianapolis 3.09 -0.35 0.75” on 22 6 days 1-6
Lafayette 3.22 +0.38 0.89” on 28 6 days 1-6
Muncie 4.25 +1.15 1.12” on 12 6 days 1-6 and 15-20
Terre Haute 1.58 -2.10 0.88” on 25 6 days 1-6 and 15-20
Bloomington 3.62 -0.04 1.17” on 25 5 days 2-6 and 16-20
Shelbyville 3.57 +0.15 1.01” on 25 6 days 1-6
Indy – Eagle Crk. 3.34 -0.10 0.75” on 22 and 28 6 days 1-6

March 2010 was the 60th driest in the Indianapolis area since 1871.

Snowfall

 Similar to March 2009, the month almost saw no snowfall recorded in Indianapolis. The only instance of snow across central Indiana occurred on the back side of low pressure that moved through the Ohio Valley on the 25th. Colder air rushed into the region during the evening, with rain changing to snow for a short period of time to the northeast of the Indianapolis metro area.   Accumulations ranged from a trace in Indianapolis, to around one inch from Muncie south towards Rushville.

Severe Weather

 
No severe weather occurred in central Indiana in March. A few strong thunderstorms developed on the evening of the 12th across east central Indiana.

For information on severe weather in other areas during December, visit the Storm Prediction Center “Severe Weather Event Summaries” website at http://www.spc.noaa.gov/climo/online/

Miscellaneous

At the Indianapolis International Airport, the peak wind gust this month was 40 mph from the northeast on March 25. Fog or haze was observed on 16 days. Dense fog was observed on just two days; the 12th and the 23rd.  

April 2010 Outlook

The official outlook for April 2010 from the Climate Prediction Center indicates a greater chance of above normal temperatures across central Indiana. At Indianapolis, the average temperature for the month is 52.0 degrees. An equal chance of above, near, or below normal precipitation exists across central Indiana. The average precipitation at Indianapolis is 3.61” and the average snowfall is 0.4”.