Mayor Ballard says Indy’s talking tough with Pacers

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard says when it comes to negotiations with the Pacers, it’s the city that’s driving a hard bargain.

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard says when it comes to negotiations with the Pacers, it’s the city that’s driving a hard bargain.

The Pacers say they’re losing lots of money.  They want the city to pay the $18 million a year they say it costs to run Conseco Fieldhouse. Tied in to that? The revenue from non-game events – money the Pacers now get.  It’s one of the issue on the table.

“It’s been a little mischaracterized. We’re the ones being obstinate, not them,” said Ballard, who did not elaborate.

The Pacers have said they want a decision one way or another by the end of next month.

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Drizzle & Areas of Rain Tuesday

Get through today, and sunshine awaits you in the forecast!

Another dreary day is ahead for Central Indiana.  Yuck!

Cloudy skies, drizzle, areas of rain, and sprinkles are expected today as highs hit the upper 50s to around 60 degrees.  This will be nearly 15 degrees below normal!

Here’s where the forecast improves… Wednesday, we’ll see mostly cloudy skies with highs in the upper 60s.  A little drizzle is possible in the morning.

Thursday, what we’ve all been waiting for!  Sunshine!  Highs will hit the mid 70s.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are likely Friday.  Then, we’ll see a chance of t-storms Saturday and Sunday.

We’ll keep you updated as we get closer to Pole Day!

Warmest April Global Temperature on Record

Indianapolis had the second warmest April on record, and thanks in part to El Nino, April was the warmest global temperature on record.

Indianapolis had the second warmest April on record, and thanks in part to El Nino, April was the warmest global temperature on record.

To see the full article, read on, or click here to be linked to NOAA.

The combined global land and ocean surface temperature was the warmest on record for both April and for the period from January-April, according to NOAA. Additionally, last month’s average ocean surface temperature was the warmest on record for any April, and the global land surface temperature was the third warmest on record.

The monthly analysis from NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center, which is based on records going back to 1880, is part of the suite of climate services that NOAA provides government, business and community leaders so they can make informed decisions.

Global Temperature Highlights – April 2010

Temperature Anomalies April 2010.

(Credit: NOAA)

  • The combined April global land and ocean average surface temperature was the warmest on record at 58.1°F (14.5°C), which is 1.37°F (0.76°C) above the 20th century average of 56.7°F (13.7°C).
  • The combined global land and ocean average surface temperature was the warmest on record for January-April at 56.0°F (13.3°C), which is 1.24°F (0.69°C) above the 20th century average.
  • Separately, the global ocean surface temperature was 1.03°F (0.57°C) above the 20th century average of 60.9°F (16.0°C) and the warmest on record for April. The warmth was most pronounced in the equatorial portions of the major oceans, especially the Atlantic.
  • The global land surface temperature was 2.32°F (1.29°C) above the 20th century average of 46.5 °F (8.1°C) — the third warmest on record for April. Warmer-than-normal conditions dominated the globe, with the most prominent warmth in Canada, Alaska, the eastern United States, Australia, South Asia, northern Africa and northern Russia. Cooler-than-normal places included Mongolia, Argentina, far eastern Russia, the western contiguous United States and most of China.
  • El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) weakened in April, as sea-surface temperature anomalies decreased across the equatorial Pacific Ocean. The weakening contributed significantly to the warmth observed in the tropical belt and the warmth of the overall ocean temperature for April. According to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, El Niño is expected to continue through June.

Other Highlights

(Credit: NOAA)

  • Arctic sea ice was below normal for the 11th consecutive April, covering an average of 5.7 million square miles (14.7 million square kilometers). This is 2.1 percent below the 1979-2000 average extent and the 15th smallest April extent since records began in 1979. It was, however, the largest April Arctic sea ice extent since 2001.
  • Antarctic sea ice extent in April was near average, just 0.3 percent below the 1979-2000 average.
  • Based on NOAA satellite observations, snow cover extent was the fourth-lowest on record (since 1967), and below the 1967-2010 average for the Northern Hemisphere for the seventh consecutive April. Warmer-than-normal conditions over North America, Europe and parts of Russia contributed to the small snow footprint.
  • The North American snow cover extent for the month was the smallest on record for April. It also was the largest negative anomaly, meaning difference below the long-term average, on record for any month.
  • According to Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology, Victoria and Tasmania had their warmest 12-month period since national records began.
  • According to the Beijing Climate Center, China experienced its coolest April since 1961. Liaoning, Jilin and Shandong had their coolest April on record. Hebei, Anhui and Jiangsu had their second coolest April since records began in 1951.
  • China had its wettest April since 1974 and Tibet had its wettest April since records began in 1951. Meanwhile, Germany had its second-driest April on record since 1901, behind 2007, according to the German Meteorological Service (Deutscher Wetterdienst).

Scientists, researchers, and leaders in government and industry use NOAA’s monthly reports to help track trends and other changes in the world’s climate. This climate service has a wide range of practical uses, from helping farmers know what and when to plant, to guiding resource managers with critical decisions about water, energy and other vital assets.

Keep the Umbrella Handy This Week

This week won’t be a washout, but you’ll need to keep the rain gear handy this week.

Highs today will reach the low 60s with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms.  These temps are about 10 degrees below normal.  No severe storms are expected today.

Overnight, a few more showers are possible with lows in the low to mid 50s.

Tuesday, the rain starts to move out with spotty sprinkles.  High temps remain cool, only hitting the low 60s.

Wednesday looks mainly dry, with sunshine.  Highs start to warm up to the mid 70s.  We’ll see that same temp on Thursday.  However, late Thursday, more showers and storms are expected to move into Central Indiana, and stick around through Friday.

Spotty Showers Sunday

Highs today will reach the mid 60s, but not without the threat of rain.

Temperatures will be below normal today, only reaching the mid 60s with cloudy skies.  Scattered showers are possible all day.  We’re not looking for a washout, but it would be a good idea to keep your rain gear handy.

Tonight, heavier rain and possible thunderstorms move in.  Lows will drop to the mid 50s.  The heaviest rain looks to fall south of I-70 and move north through Monday morning’s rush hour.

Monday, showers and t-storms are expected with highs in the mid 60s.  No severe weather is expected, but we’ll keep our eyes on that.

There’s a chance for rain each and every day this week through Friday.  Right now, it looks like there will be plenty of dry time, but we’ll be talking about many chances of rain.

Dry Start to the Weekend

Get ready for a fabulous day in Central Indiana!

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

A few spotty showers are possible as we head late into the evening.  If you’re heading to Verizon Wireless Music Center to catch up with Jimmy Buffett, prepare for a spotty shower.

The rain will become more widespread overnight as lows drop to the mid 50s.

Early Sunday morning, showers and t-storms are likely.  Rain chances diminish mid-morning, but don’t rule out the chance for a spotty shower or t-storm the rest of the day.  Temperatures will be cool, only reaching the low 60s.

Monday and Tuesday more rain and t-storms.  It’s too early to tell if any storms will be severe, but we’ll keep an eye on the forecast for you.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Fantastic Friday

A great start to the weekend begins today!

After a week filled with showers and storms, we finally get a break!

Highs today will reach the low 70s with increasing sunshine.

Saturday, expect more of the same.  If you’re headed out to see Jimmy Buffett tailgating will be perfect!

Sunday, we start the day off with sun, but showers and storms are possible late in the day.  We’ll keep an eye on this to give you more specific timing, the closer we get to the end of the weekend.

Monday, and Tuesday temps drop into the 60s with more rain.

At least the weekend is looking up!

Strong to Severe Storms Thursday

The temperature is going up, but so is our chance for strong to severe storms.

Highs today will reach the low to mid 80s, and it’s going to feel humid.  Cloud cover will have a lot to do with our temp.  If the clouds don’t break, expect temps around 80, but if they do, temps will hit the low to mid 80s. 

Most of the day will be dry, but late this afternoon showers and t-storms will move into the state.  Some storms will be strong to severe and all of Central Indiana is under a slight risk for severe weather.  The main threats are large hail and damaging wind.  However, an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.

As daytime heating diminishes the storms should die down by midnight.

Friday, some early showers are possible, but then we dry out with temperatures in the low 70s.

Saturday looks dry with a high in the low 70s.

A 30% chance of rain returns to the forecast Sunday, with more rain on the way Monday.

Taking Attendance

Bueller… Bueller… Bueller? How many times have you sat in a college classroom… and a scene from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off played in your head?

I was one of those kids in college who attended every class.  Eight in the morning… no problem.  Seven to ten at night?  Count me in.  I loved school, and to be honest, I’d be a forever student if I could.

In college, attendance wasn’t mandatory in my classes, but it was a no-brainer that if you showed up, and participated, the teacher might be a little more generous if you were right on a letter grade line.  Class participation it’s called.  But, it’s a choice to go to class.  You’re not mandated to go… right?

A school in Arizona is trying to change that, well, kind of.

Northern Arizona University is my Alma mater.  The small college in the mountains of Flagstaff Arizona is making waves.  The school is installing an electric system that will detect when students walk through the doors of some large lecture halls.  The system will then produce an attendance report for the instructor. 

NAU’s president believes doing so will help school retention, and of course, improve students grades.

Students as you can imagine, are not happy about the plan.  They’ve even started a Facebook page against the idea.

Read more about the proposed electronic attendance taker here.

My question is, what if I forget the card, but I’m really in class.  Or, I guess I could just give my card to my best friend to carry for me.

In my opinion college is about choices.  I chose to go to class, because I liked it, and after all, I was working towards a career that I’d wanted to do forever.  I learned to be more responsible, and my hard work paid off in the end.  We’re not forced to do anything.  After all, how long can young adults be watched? 

What do you think of this plan?  Fair… not fair?  Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

We are shattering the silence and would like to hear from you.

If you have any community events, community organizations or community issues that you think we should help promote, send your ideas my way.


Hope you are finding some great ways to explore Indiana this Spring and Summer.   I have the coolest job because I get to help promote a lot of the community events going on around Central Indiana.  I also get to profile some of our crucial community service organizations and community issues in the WTHR Cares Noon Focus segment Monday through Friday.  My background is news anchoring and reporting until I took this Community Affairs Director job in 2002.  I loved reporting the news, but I also love profiling more of the good news – telling you how to enjoy your community and/or get involved in serving others or agencies in your community.

If you have any community events, community organizations or community issues that you think we should help promote, send your ideas my way.  We may choose your suggestion and promote it in a Noon Focus segment or on our daily Community Calendar announcements.  This is your community, so we would love to hear from you!  You can blog with me or e-mail me at

Right now, my Community Affairs producers and I are gearing up for our eighth annual Shattering the Silence campaign against domestic abuse.  We will be delving into the issues of child abuse, the impact of abuse on children, teen dating abuse, and spouse/partner abuse.  If you have any thoughts or story ideas that you think we should tell, please let me know.  The goal of this campaign is to bring the issue of domestic abuse ‘out of the shadows’ and direct abuse victims to resources for help and healing.  We will be shattering the silence this summer, in July and August, but we talk about the issue of domestic abuse year-round.

WTHR Channel 13 is also busy promoting and sponsoring several community campaigns in May and June.  We have been promoting the 40th annual  Broad Ripple Art Fair on Saturday and Sunday, May 15th and 16th; the 500 Festival Kids Day  and Rookie Run at Monument Circle on Sunday, May 23rd; the Miracle Ride motorcycle fundraiser for Riley Hospital for Children, with a lap around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, June 4th – 6th; the Asian Fest at Garfield Park on Saturday, June 5th; the Indianapolis Air Show June 11th – June 13th, and the Walk for Wishes  on June 12th at Fort Harrison State Park. 

You can hear more about all of these events on our daily WTHR Cares Community Calendar announcements on Channel 13 or on our Noon Focus community interview segment, Monday through Friday.

Let us know what is on your mind, when it comes to the community.  Hope to hear from you.

Take care,

Angela Cain

WTHR Community Affairs Director