A Taste of Fall

An isolated sprinkle is possible today, and a taste of Fall is right around the corner!

Highs today will reach the low 80s with decreasing clouds.  An isolated sprinkle is possible, but it looks like most spots will stay dry as a cold front moves through the state.  The positive side of the front moving through?  A taste of Fall is coming our way!

Overnight skies will clear and temps will drop to the mid 50s.

Thursday, highs will only hit the upper 70s!  And, early Friday morning, some spots outside the metro could drop to the upper 40s!

However, this cooler weather is just a tease!  We’re back into the low 90s with humidity by Sunday.

Indianapolis Seven Day Weather Forecast

Slim Chance of Rain Moving In

Ready for rain… chances are going to be slim, but at least there’s a chance in the forecast!

Today will be dry, so no need to worry about an umbrella.  Highs will hit the mid to upper 80s with partly cloudy skies for the afternoon.  Low humidity is in the forecast too, so it’s going to be comfortable.

Overnight, lows drop to the mid 60s with partly cloudy skies.

Wednesday, a 20% chance of rain enters the forecast as a cold front moves through the state.  Highs will hit the low 80s.

Thursday, dry with a high in the upper 70s!  Yes, you read that correctly!  Then, get ready for a huge weekend warm up.

Indianapolis Seven Day Weather Forecast

Rain Chances Slim This Week

The next seven days is virtually rain free, and that’s not a good thing when conditions are so dry around Central Indiana.

Get ready for plenty of sun today!  Highs will reach the mid 80s with a light Northeast breeze.

Overnight, temps drop to the mid 60s with clear skies.

Tuesday, highs hit the mid to upper 80s with sunshine.  As we head into the late evening a chance of rain is possible.  A cold front is moving our way and could spark a few isolated showers into Wednesday.  At this time, not much rain is expected.

After that, the forecast stays dry through the weekend.

Indianapolis Seven Day Weather Forecast

Sunday, Random Sunday

Catching up with the old week as a new week gets underway.

A quick round-up as another weekend comes to an end:

-First, the “Observation of the Week” (coincidentally, also the “Animated Holiday TV Special of the Week,” because it’s August, we should start thinking about Christmas already!) goes to the co-worker who compared Colts back-up QB Curtis Painter to Hermey, the elf who wanted to be a dentist in the Rudolph special. Well done.

-Sticking with meaningless football games, NBC play-by-play guy Al Michaels made a curious comment at the end of tonight’s SF-Minnesota game. As the 49ers scored a safety on the game’s final play, changing the final score to 15-10, he laughed heartily and mentioned the final point differential moving from three to five points, and that “some people are not going to be happy with that, while others are going to be very happy” (paraphrased).

Obviously, he was talking about the betting line, which, sure enough, ranged from 2.5 to 3 points, favoring the Niners. First off, anyone who is betting preseason football games deserves to be kicked in the gut by a last-second safety.

But more importantly, how did Al Michaels know the betting line of a preseason game off the top of his head like that? Hmmm….

-In related news, I didn’t investigate the story too deeply, but I thought I heard that Pete Rose, who fought for 20 years to be allowed back around the game of baseball, then was finally given that right (in limited capacity), he says he can’t make a ceremony honoring him at a Reds game because of a prior commitment – at a casino.

Maybe he’ll run into Al Michaels.

Week One of iPhone-ness has been a success. Possibly the biggest plus is the WiFi capabilities of the iPhone4, which means work at home is free and, occasionally, a signal pops up at work, making usage in the newsroom free as well. I still think I’ll come in on the high side of AT&T’s 200MB level, but it could be interesting if I can save $10 along the way.

I’m still working on making use of the phone as a work tool as much as an expensive toy, but the play side of it has been amazing so far. It came in especially handy this evening as a run through the Taco Bell drive-thru turned into a 10 minute wait in the parking lot.

Any tips you have to help me catch up to the technology are always appreciated in the comments.

On to Monday!

Mayor of WTHR

CHECK IN: Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza “Love the pizza”

In just seconds, I expressed my love of Jockamo’s pizza though Foursquare.

Foursquare is social networking software which allows users to post their location to sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

Foursquare also keeps track of each time a user checks into a location.

Users are rewarded with badges after meeting certain criteria.

For instance…

The Adventurer badge is given for checking into 10 different venues.

The Gym Rat badge is for going to the gym more than 10 times in 30 days.

The School Night badge is earned by checking into a venue after 3AM on a school night.
(one of my favorites)

In addition, the person who checks into a venue the most becomes the mayor of the location.

You may be asking, what is the point of all this?

With Foursquare, your friends can instantly see your location and meet up with you. (very useful for late night bar hopping)

Some users enjoy earning new badges.  It gives them a sense of personal achievement.

Everyone enjoys the bragging rights associated with being the mayor of a location.

Some locations have special offers for those who check in.

Scotty’s Brewhouse offers a discount on lunch and dinner on certain
days of the week, and the Mayor of Scotty’s always receives 10% off
their bill.

This is a nice benefit for the regular crowd and a handsome reward for being the Mayor.  The restaurant, in return, earns loyal customers.

While Foursquare is fun, I always felt like it is a feature, not a full fledged, stand-alone service.

Facebook agrees with me.

Facebook programmers took one look at Foursquare and (click, click, click) made their own location
feature.  (time elapsed to save time in this blog)

Last week, Facebook revealed “Places”.

It is a feature which allows users to post their location so your friends will instantly know
where you are.  (sound familiar?)

Foursquare has about 3 million users and Facebook has over 500 million users.

Eventually, most companies will focus on Facebook Places just because of the shear number of users.

Once Places adds fun features like badges, I can’t see your average user checking in to both Facebook AND Foursquare.

Unless Foursquare expands its service, it may be forgotten, in favor of Facebook’s location feature.

Until then, I’ll continue to check into Foursquare.

Maybe one day, I’ll be the Mayor of WTHR.

Todd Donaldson

(Below are a few screen shots of Foursquare)

Dry Streak Begins

Sunshine and temps in the 80s, this week’s forecast looks perfect, except, we need the rain!

Highs today will reach the mid to upper 80s across Central Indiana with mostly sunny skies.  A light breeze out of the North will bring “drier” air into the state.

Overnight, temps drop to the low to mid 60s with mostly clear skies.

Monday, we’re back to the 80s, and that will play out for the rest of the week.

There’s a slight chance for rain late Tuesday.  We’ll have to watch the forecast carefully, because as of right now, it doesn’t look too promising.  We need all the rain we can get.  In Indy this month we’ve only picked up .37″ of rain.  That’s 2.31″ below average.  With this week looking pretty dry, we could be well on our way to setting a record of one of the driest August’s on record.  The driest was in 1897 when only .42″ of rain fell.

Indianapolis Seven Day Weather Forecast

Storms Redevelop Saturday Afternoon

The first significant measurable rain in about two weeks fell in Central Indaina this morning! As we head through the afternoon, we are expecting some more storms to develop, and some could be severe.

Finally, rain!  The first significant measurable rain in two weeks!

Highs today will hit the upper 80s.  A pop up shower or storm is possible at any time, but we will also see breaks of sunshine.  The best time for storms to redevelop after the morning rain, will be this afternoon/evening as a cold front moves through the state.  A slight risk of severe weather is outlined just SE of the state.  Heavy rain and damaging wind are the biggest threats.

Overnight, showers and storms end… and lows drop to the upper 60s.

Sunday, we’ll see a mix of sun and clouds will less humidity and highs in the mid to upper 80s.

In the next seven days we’re watching for more dry conditions.

Indianapolis Seven Day Weather Forecast

Rain for the Weekend

As we head into the weekend, our rain chances increase.

Rain, what’s that?  We finally have some in the forecast.

Today will be dry with highs in the low to mid 90s.

Overnight, lows drop to the upper 60s with partly cloudy skies.

Saturday, is the day of change.  Highs still look to hit the low 90s, but we’ll see a good chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms the later we head into the afternoon and evening.  Some spots will see heavy rain, depending on where the the t-storms set up.

Saturday night, the rain and storms continue with lows around 70.

We cool off a bit for Sunday, then look for a mostly dry week across the state.

Indianapolis Seven Day Weather Forecast

Heat & Rain in the Forecast

Here we go again… tracking 90 degree days and hoping for rain.

What a summer pattern we have going!

Highs today will hit about 90 degrees with mostly clear skies and light winds.  The humidity will remain comfortable.

Overnight, we cool off to the mid 60s with clear skies.

Tomorrow, we start to crank more heat in to the forecast.  Highs will hit the mid 90s.

Our next and only shot of rain in the next seven days comes Saturday.  You’ll feel an increase in humidity as we have a chance for scattered storms.  We’ll be keeping a close eye on this.

Next week we dry out, and it’s more mid 80 to 90 degree temperatures.

We need every drop of rain we can get.  So far this month in Indy, we’ve only had .19″ of rain.  So, we’re more than 2″ below average for the month.  Keep in mind that’s the “official” total for Indy kept by the National Weather Service.  I know some of you have been lucky with t-storms dumping rain right in your backyard!

Indianapolis Seven Day Weather Forecast

All Aboard Flipboard

Flipboard

When the New York Times, USA Today and Newsweek
shine a spotlight on the same application, I
get skeptical.  Apps seldom live up to the hype.

Flipboard is an exception.

Flipboard scans your Facebook and Twitter feeds
and displays them in a visual manner, similar to
a magazine. 

In fact, Mike McCue, the CEO of Flipboard, describes
the app as “the worlds’s first social magazine.”

Facebook and especially Twitter can be tedious. 

You have to scan each entry to evaluate the content.
To see a photo, you have to click a link, then click
“back” to return to the feed list.

The user is an active participant, almost playing a
video game going back and forth between feeds and links.

Flipboard is a much more pleasant and passive
experience.

Text and pictures are together in a clean magazine
layout. Your eyes drift from tweet to tweet with ease.
A simple flick of the finger turns the digital page.

Flipboard also assembles RSS feeds from popular content
providers in the same easy to read format.

For example, I added feeds from Wired Magazine, The Onion
and, of course, WTHR, Channel 13.  Each brief article
provides a link to the full story on the original website.

Flipboard is an iPad only app, which needs an online
connection to work.  Future versions may allow the user
to use it offline.

The anticipation surrounding Flipboard was intense.

The launch fell flat because the company’s servers
were overwhelmed with demand.  New users had be put
on a waiting list.

Flipboard rapidly expanded their servers and quickly
addressed users’ concerns.  Now anyone can walk up to
the front of the line and enjoy the ride.

Todd Donaldson