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Danica give-away on Facebook!

Posted By · May 20, 2010 at 4:27 pm

If you haven’t “liked” WTHR on Facebook yet, come on over and show us some love! We’re giving away signed Danica Patrick memorabilia all week.

Here’s how it works: Sports Director Dave Calabro asks a trivia question about Danica at 6:20 pm on Eyewitness News. You can leave your answer in the form of a comment (not a wall post) on the WTHR Facebook page. We pick a random number from the first correct 25 answers.

My humble apologies for some confusion over last night’s question. We asked what Danica’s hometown is…we meant where she grew up, which is Roscoe, Illinois. Some people were confused and thought we meant her place of birth, which is Beloit, Wisconsin.

We’re still pretty new to using Facebook for contests…so bear with us! We are finding it is not an exact science.

Also, whiners will be disqualified! (kidding. really. just kidding.)

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Rain Moving Back In

Posted By · May 20, 2010 at 6:37 am

Enjoy the sunshine while you can, more clouds will build in Central Indiana today, and rain will move in tonight.  Highs will reach the mid to upper 60s this afternoon.

Tonight rain and thunderstorms are likely as lows drop to the upper 50s.

Friday, more rain and storms.  At this time, we’re not expecting any severe weather.

Saturday looks dry for now.  We may see a few morning rain showers, but it looks like the system will clear out early.  Highs Saturday hit the upper 70s.

For the most part the early part of next week looks dry with highs in the mid 80s.

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A Monkey Could Do Your Job!

Posted By · May 19, 2010 at 6:44 am

As meteorologists we study several weather models and look at a lot of information to put a forecast together.

It’s no secret, but sometimes, the forecast just doesn’t come together, the weather just has a mind of it’s own.

Each year NOAA gives a hurricane forecast.  The scientists try to predict how many named hurricanes we’ll have.  This is done using a lot of data, including, but not limited to what’s happened over the past year, water temps, and historical data.

So, a think tank is taking on NOAA.  They’re put Dr. James Hansimian up against the brains at NOAA.  There’s only one problem, the “doctor” is a chimp!  They say he’s never been wrong, because this is his first prediction.

Click here to see the “doctor” in action.

Sure, sure, poke fun at meteorologists and scientists! 

**Please note, even though this is supposed to be fun, it is sponsored by The National Center For Public Policy Research, a political group.

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Pick It Up!

Posted By · May 19, 2010 at 5:49 am

According to Jerry Seinfeld, “Dogs are the leaders of the planet. If you see two life forms, one of them’s making a poop, the other one’s carrying it for him, who would you assume is in charge.”

But some humans aren’t picking up after their four legged friends in Baltimore, and a condo complex is thinking of going “CSI” on dog owners.

It’s an investigation that would make Monk’s stomach turn.  Who left that there! 

Unpicked up piles of poop are causing a big stink in the condo complex, so they’re thinking of taking DNA from all of the dogs in the building, and creating a canine database.  It would initially cost the owners $50.

If piles of doggie-doo are found in the complex, it will be tested, and the dog’s owners will be fined $500.  The condo complex will decide if this proposal will become “law” later this week.

Here’s a link to the story.

People not picking up after their pets is one of my biggest pet peeves!  (Yes, lame pun… but that’s how I feel!)  It’s not sanitary to have piles of poop along the Monon, or in condo complexes!  It’s simple, just pick it up.  Yeah, it’s gross, but it’s even worse to leave it there for everyone to see.  Don’t even get me started on the sanitary issues!

What are your thoughts?

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What’s It Worth to You?

Posted By · May 19, 2010 at 5:16 am

Has this ever happened to you, you order breakfast at Panera, and the cashier never tells you how much your meal costs, you’re just asked to make a donation?

Chances are, it hasn’t but if you live in the St. Louis suburb of Clayton, it’s just business as usual. 

Panera Bread has opened it’s first non-profit store.  Customers are just asked to make a donation for their meals.  Whether it’s a penny, or $100, or the usual cost of the goods.  If the store can sustain itself, Panera will expand the idea across the country.  Here’s the moto that hangs above the counter:  “Take what you need, leave your fair share.”  Simple enough concept, right?

The “cashier” doesn’t even handle cash, your “payment” is put directly into a donation jar.

The company believes the everything will even out in the long run.

Click here to read the full article on this concept.

I think this is an amazing idea.  What a cool way to form a community atmosphere in the neighborhood.

What do you think about this?  Will it work?  Please leave your comments in the section below.

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Finally, Improvement!

Posted By · May 19, 2010 at 4:35 am

After the drizzle departs this morning, we’ll see a mix of sun and clouds with highs in the mid to upper 60s.

Tonight, dry with partly cloudy skies and lows in the low 50s.

Here’s where the forecast improves… drum roll please… sunshine and 70s for Thursday.

Okay, now the letdown, late Thursday night into Friday scattered showers and thunderstorms move in, and stick around for Friday.  Highs will drop back into the 60s.

Saturday, a chance for showers and storms remains in the forecast as highs hit the upper 70s.

Sunday, the 80s with partly cloudy skies!

It looks like a warmer and drier pattern is setting up across Central Indiana next week.

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Mayor Ballard says Indy’s talking tough with Pacers

Posted By · May 18, 2010 at 6:48 pm

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.

Pacers considering all options

Pacers’ owner Herb Simon wants team to stay in Indianapolis

Mayor speaks about libraries, Pacers

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Drizzle & Areas of Rain Tuesday

Posted By · May 18, 2010 at 5:34 am

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!

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