Knozone Action Day Wednesday

Today the air quality in the Indy Metro Area, is less than idea.

Today is a Knozone Action Day… here’s what that means for the Indy Metro:

THE OFFICIALS AT THE INDIANA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT HAVE CALLED FOR AN OZONE ACTION DAY TODAY FOR THE
FOLLOWING INDIANA COUNTIES…

MARION…HAMILTON…MADISON…DELAWARE…HANCOCK…SHELBY… JOHNSON…MORGAN…HENDRICKS…BOONE…HOWARD…JACKSON AND KNOX.

AN OZONE ACTION DAY MEANS THAT A COMBINATION OF HIGH TEMPERATURES …LIGHT WINDS…AND OTHER FACTORS…ARE EXPECTED TO PRODUCE
CONDITIONS WHERE HIGH LEVELS OF OZONE EMISSIONS…MAY EXCEED
FEDERALLY MANDATED STANDARDS.

HERE ARE SOME RECOMMENDED ACTIONS THAT THE PUBLIC CAN TAKE TO REDUCE OZONE FORMING EMISSIONS.

RIDE THE BUS INSTEAD OF TAKING YOUR CAR. CAR-POOL WITH A FRIEND OR CO-WORKER.
REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF TIME SPENT IN DRIVE THRU LANES.
POSTPONE FILLING OR TOPPING OFF YOUR GAS TANK UNTIL AFTER DARK.
PUT OFF MOWING YOUR LAWN UNTIL AFTER 600 PM.

Sticky Icky Humidity

The sticky icky weather continues across Central Indiana. Well, how would you describe it?

The heat and humidity aren’t going anywhere.  Prepare for another hot and humid day across Central Indiana with highs in the mid to upper 80s.  There’s still a chance for isolated afternoon thunderstorms.  Most spots will remain dry.

Overnight, skies clear but it remains muggy with lows in the mid 60s.

Wednesday, another day in the mid to upper 80s with a chance of isolated thunderstorms.

Thursday, a better chance of showers and t-storms with the hot and humid 80s.

Friday, we dry out, and that pattern looks to stick through race day.  Highs look to drop to the low 80s.  We’ll keep you posted as we get closer to the big event.

Indianapolis Five Day Weather Forecast

Romney’s PAC contributes to five Indiana GOP candidates

Mitt Romney has announced endorsements for several Indiana candidates.

Mitt Romney has announced endorsements for several Indiana candidates.

Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC says it’s sending the following five candidates a total of $15,000 in contributions:

Dan Coats (US Senate)
Larry Bucshon (8th District)
Todd Rokita (4th District)
Todd Young (9th District)
Jackie Walorski (2nd District)

Coats is getting the max $5,000 general election contribution towards his US Senate campaign, while the US House candidates are getting $2,500 each from Romney’s PAC.

Another Hot One Ahead

Sunday we hit 88 in Indianapolis, and we’re getting ready to do it again today.

Highs today will hit the upper 80s with mostly sunny skies.  There’s a chance for a pop up thunderstorm as we head into the afternoon.  Heat indices will be in the low to mid 90s, so if you have to be outside, prepare for hot and humid conditions.

Overnight, skies clear and lows drop to around 70 degrees.

Tuesday, a little cooler with highs in the mid 80s.  The stickiness will last and so will the slight chance for an isolated thunderstorm.  Expect a repeat of that forecast through Thursday.

Friday, we drop to the low 80s, and start to dry out for the weekend.  We’ll keep you posted on Indy 500 weather.  For now, it looks dry and around 80!

Warmest Day of the Year (So Far)

We are cranking up the heat! Today will be the warmest day of the year.

Here comes the heat and humidity!  Today will be the warmest day of the year (so far) with highs climbing into the mid to upper 80s.  The day will be mostly sunny.  An isolated pop up thunderstorm is possible, but most spots look to remain dry.  It’s the typical pattern of daytime heating t-storms. 

If you’re heading to the track for Bump Day, stay hydrated and slather on the sunscreen!

Overnight, lows only drop to the mid to upper 60s with mostly clear skies.

Monday, highs flirt with 90, we’ll hit the upper 80s.  There’s a 30% chance of an isolated thunderstorm during the afternoon.  We’ll see the same chance of rain Tuesday with highs in the mid 80s.

Through Friday, highs remain in the mid 80s with a 20% chance of an isolated afternoon t-storm.

Enjoy the heat and humidity!

Two sides, same coin

There’s a lot of chatter going on about whether the new qualifying format is a good thing for the Indy 500 or not. (In fact, I’ll wait to type more until you go cast your vote on the matter on the WTHR homepage. Go ahead, I’ll be here.) The new “Fast 9” format was kind of growing on me until Helio threw up a 227.OMG! on his first run. Game over. That’s like a baseball team scoring 10 in the top half of an extra inning game. Sure, someone *could* knock him off, but as the day’s best kept trying (including an impressive afternoon by Alex Tagliani), it was obvious that #3 was going to be on the pole again.

But aside from that, what about the rest of the day? Admittedly, I only watched the first dozen or so qualifying runs before my wife yanked me off on a quest for hostas and hanging baskets (which was actually not a bad time, but it wasn’t hanging out in the sun at 16th & Georgetown by any stretch of the imagination), but I couldn’t help but reflect on the “what-ifs” of the rest of Saturday.

How different would this year be if it were last year?

Immediately, most will point to Tony Kanaan’s crash as the head of the “cons” list regarding the new qualifying. But as much as I hope beyond hope that TK wins one, if not several, 500s before his time in a car is up, maybe his situation is overshadowed by a couple feel good stories that the new qualifying created.

At the top of that list, I think, is rookie Bertrand Baguette. While he could easily be bumped from his 24th spot in Sunday’s qualifying, what a fantastic situation for a rookie to be in – and one who many thought may be kept outside the bubble by his lack of oval experience, at that – now only having to worry about getting back in the car if nine drivers top his qualifying time. There are some big names left to hit the track and find some speed, sure, but Baguette has to be sleeping a little easier tonight.

Speaking of rookies, who would have thought *both* Ana Beatriz and Simona de Silvestro would qualify in front of Danica Patrick? Even with Danica’s troubles the first week and a half of practice, you had to think she would, along with the rest of Andretti Autosport, get it together enough to put in a solid qualifying spot, if not get into the Fast 9 mix. Instead, Saturday turned into a rocketship of nerves that culminated in a very public, very emotional moment for Patrick.

I don’t think it’s fair to decide on whether or not this year’s schedule tweaks are good or bad, based on one year. In the end, whether they qualified two or 32 cars on Saturday, Sunday is Bump Day at Indy and when the sun starts to sink below Georgetown Road, the fun will begin and we’ll have our 33 drivers ready to go next Sunday.

And I can’t wait.

A Strong Bond

The bond between animal and human is much tighter than many believe.

I am a huge animal lover, so you don’t have to convince me that animals are special.  I don’t think we give them enough credit for how smart they are, or, what they feel.

Matt Lauer shows us just how special the bond can be.  Click here to see the incredible story of a man, and the gorilla he raised.  You won’t believe what happens when the two come together again.

Turning Up the Heat

Summer like warmth is rushing into Central Indiana.

Highs today will reach the upper 70s with a mix of sun and clouds.

Overnight, lows drop to the low to mid 60s.

The heat is on (cue 80s music) Sunday.  Under mostly sunny skies high temps will heat up to the mid to upper 80s.

Monday-Thursday temps stay in the mid 80s, but a 20% chance of scattered t-storms will be in the forecast each day.  Not only will we experience summer like heat, but we’re also expecting humidity too.

Rainy Stretch Almost Breaks Record!

We’ve seen measurable rain every day since May 10th, and this nearly takes the cake (record wise)!

The following data has been put together by the National Weather Service Indianapolis:

Measurable rain (at least 0.01 inch) has fallen at the Indianapolis International Airport every day since May 10. This means there has been 12 consecutive days with measurable precipitation. For the Indianapolis Area, this is the second longest stretch of measurable precipitation. The record for most consecutive days of measurable precipitation is 13 days, which occurred in April 1893.

 Precipitation records for the Indianapolis Area go back to 1871. Below is a table of the longest stretches of measurable precipitation for the Indianapolis Area.

Rank  # Days   End Date

  1     13    4/21/1893

  2     12    5/21/2010

  3     11    7/17/1992

  4     11    6/19/1945

  5     11    5/15/1933

  6     11   12/20/1929

  7     11    5/ 9/1908

  8     11    1/26/1896

  9     11   12/23/1883

 10     11    7/ 7/1876

 11     11    3/24/1875

 12     10    1/20/1907

 13     10    9/13/1890

 14     10    2/13/1884