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Cloudy with a chance of Farmville

Posted By · July 31, 2010 at 10:21 pm

With a couple clicks and a push in the right direction, the SkyTrak Weather Team has become the SkyTrak Facebook Team! While several members of the Eyewitness News team you see on air everyday has begun a takeover of the social media “airwaves,” the weather folks have taken off!

Now, in addition to getting your forecast and weather information on Channel 13, you can get it in your Facebook news feed, too!

Check out the fan pages:

Chris Wright

Chuck Lofton

Jude Redfield

Nicole Misencik

If you prefer your Twitter over Facebook, don’t miss Nicole there, too!

And just kidding about the Farmville thing. If I so much as see a lost cow anywhere around Jude Redfield, we’re shipping him off to MySpace!

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Spotty Showers and T-Storms Saturday

Posted By · July 31, 2010 at 6:46 am

Temps today will reach the mid 80s with a mix of sun and clouds.  Scattered showers and isolated t-storms are possible through early afternoon.  It won’t be a washout of a day, but keep the umbrella handy.   This afternoon when we get more sunshine the atmosphere will more unstable, and an isolated thunderstorm will be possible.  Severe weather is not expected.

Overnight, a spotty shower is possible as lows drop to the mid to upper 60s. 

Sunday we crank up the sunshine and the heat!  Highs will hit the upper 80s with partly cloudy skies.

More mugginess returns Monday and so do the 90s.

Indianapolis Seven Day Weather Forecast

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A Beautiful Friday

Posted By · July 30, 2010 at 6:04 am

Highs today will reach the low to mid 80s with partly cloudy skies.  It looks like a great Friday! 

There’s a chance for a t-storm tonight as lows drop to the mid 60s.

A scattered t-storm is possible Saturday as temps warm up to the upper 80s.  At this time, we’re not looking for an all day rain, but be prepared for a t-storm at almost any time.

Sunday, dry weather returns and we hit the upper 80s again.

More hot and humid air builds in next week.

Indianapolis Seven Day Weather Forecast

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Who’s Ready for a Break?

Posted By · July 29, 2010 at 6:50 am

Get ready to feel a little difference in the forecast.  Less heat and less humidity will settle into Central Indiana today.  Highs will reach the mid 80s with partly cloudy skies. 

Tonight should feel fabulous as lows drop to the low to mid 60s!  The warmer temps will be found in the metro area.

Friday, more sunshine and the mid 80s.

Saturday, it looks like there’s a 30% chance for scattered storms.  We’ll keep you updated on this.  Highs will warm to the upper 80s.

The heat remains for Sunday with highs in the upper 80s.  It is summer after all… right?

Indianapolis Seven Day Weather Forecast

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Local swimmers go for trifecta

Posted By · July 28, 2010 at 5:51 pm

From reporter Mary Milz:

I like to run marathons.  Some people ask why would ever want to do that?  Jim Barber and Victoria Rian swim marathons (open water events six miles or longer.)  I found myself asking them the very same question.  Why?

 Victoria, an IPS teacher, didn’t think twice.  ”

Because it scares me to death.” 

Yeah, me too.  Twenty miles in the open sea – saltwater, surf and sharks.   While the Monon has its moments, it’s nothing like that. 

Victoria continued, “By trying to get over those fears, maybe it will help me with the rest of my life.”

 Jim, who’s done the English Channel and Long Island swims, earns the Triple Crown of Swimming with Catalina, a feat only 34 others have achieved.

 I swim some and struggle to finish a mile.  At least with running or biking, you can talk, listen to music or take in your surroundings. Swimming is so solitary.  The thought of pushing through the water for two hours let alone nine or ten is hard for me to imagine.  How do you stay motivated?

Victoria told me she focuses entirely on what she’s doing – her breathing, her strokes, her kicking.  Jim said sometimes he’ll be listening to music on the way to the pool or lake and a tune sticks in his head and he’ll be singing it through.  Other times he works through a problem. 

The two log about 40 miles a week when training for a distance swim.  As Jim swims about three miles an hour – that’s roughly 13-14 hours a week in the water.  Wow.  And did I mention that Jim is 50, married and a father of four?   He may be a bit slower than he was 20-years ago but he’s no less determined (and no doubt a lot faster than many a swimmer half his age.)

I’m in awe of people like Jim and Victoria.   They found a passion (in swimming) and they go for it, and in doing so they demonstrate that we’re all probably capable of doing more than we realize.  I’ll be among those cheering from afar when they hit land in LA.

On a different note – some of the accompanying photos show the work behind the story.  Photographer Jacob Jennings had the challenging task of capturing the story from a dock and the front of a pontoon boat on a hot, sunny and very muggy day.

I don’t know enough about light and color balance to explain the difficulty of shooting on water with the sun directly overhead, but I can tell you Jacob went the extra mile to show Jim and Victoria in action from several different angles. 

He got down to water’s edge, even immersed a small camera in the water to catch eye-level shots.   Also, thanks to Lisa Sidner for motoring us around Morse.

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Muggy & Stormy Wednesday

Posted By · July 28, 2010 at 5:12 am

Highs today will reach the low 90s, but will feel closer to 100-110 degrees.  A heat advisory is in effect for all of Central Indiana this afternoon.  Thunderstorms are expected to develop along a cold front that will push into the state this afternoon and evening.  Some storms could be strong to severe.  Very heavy rain and damaging winds are the main threats.

Overnight temps drop to the low 70s as scattered showers and storms start to push out of the state.

Thursday highs hit the upper 80s, it should feel less humid.  Yippee!

Check out the 7 day forecast below to see what’s in store for the weekend.  A quick preview!

Indianapolis Seven Day Weather Forecast

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Heat & Humidity Returns

Posted By · July 27, 2010 at 7:00 am

This forecast is brought to you by the letter “H”.  For heat and humidity.  It’s making a comeback, and will stick with us this week.  Highs today will hit the upper 80s to around 90 degrees and there’s a slight chance for a pop up shower or storm.  Most spots look to stay dry.

Overnight, the chance for a pop up returns, along with a muggy night with lows in the low to mid 70s.

Wednesday, highs hit about 90 with scattered showers and storms.  Some storms may be strong to severe in the afternoon/evening.  The storms will be triggered by a cold front, and after that passes you see a big difference for Thursday in the extended forecast!

Indianapolis Seven Day Weather Forecast

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Here’s Looking at You Barbie!

Posted By · July 26, 2010 at 8:16 am

Get ready for a new Barbie, and to me, this is a little in the cool but weird category.

Mattel is launching Video Barbie.  Yes, she’s a camera.  Check out the picture below.  Her “necklace” is the eye of the camera, and she has a screen on her back.  You can even uploaded up to 30 minutes of recorded video to a computer and edit.

According to what I’ve read, this doll will retail for $50.

Read more about it here.

What do you think about this new technology?  Good 0r bad? 

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