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Aug
21

Storms Redevelop Saturday Afternoon

Posted By · August 21, 2010 at 6:53 am

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

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Aug
20

Rain for the Weekend

Posted By · August 20, 2010 at 6:41 am

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

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Aug
19

Heat & Rain in the Forecast

Posted By · August 19, 2010 at 5:52 am

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

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Aug
18

All Aboard Flipboard

Posted By · August 18, 2010 at 5:05 pm

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

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Aug
18

Isolated Sprinkles Wednesday

Posted By · August 18, 2010 at 4:52 am

Today’s rain is a tease.  We’ll see isolated sprinkles, and a few showers across Central Indiana through midday.  Highs will hit the mid 80s with a mix of sun and clouds for the afternoon.

Overnight, skies clear and lows drop to the mid 60s.

Thursday, get ready for more sun, and the return of 90 degree temps!

Our next chance of rain moves in Saturday… we’ll be watching closely as warm temperatures in the 90s stick around.

So far this month Indianapolis has only picked up .19″ of rain.  With only three days of measurable rain.

Indianapolis Seven Day Weather Forecast

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Aug
17

More Please!

Posted By · August 17, 2010 at 4:56 am

Get ready for another gorgeous day!  Highs today will hit the mid 80s with partly cloudy skies.  Dew points will remain comfortable in the 50s.

Overnight, there’s a chance for an isolated shower, as lows drop to the mid 60s.

Wednesday, temps stay comfortable in the mid 80s, but there’s a chance of rain.  Not everyone will get wet, but showers are possible.  A better chance of rain comes later in the week on Friday.

Indianapolis Seven Day Weather Forecast

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Aug
16

Welcome to the world!

Posted By · August 16, 2010 at 9:50 pm

After several years of feet dragging, I’ve taken a bite of the poison Apple and bought an iPhone. Although I’m still not sure which side of the “work vs. expensive toy” fence it will fall on, it should help out in several areas of my personal and professional life.

Of course to do that, I have to know how to use it and thus far, all it has done is tease me from afar. After closing my eyes on the AT&T web site Friday afternoon and clicking “Complete Purchase” (or whatever the button said), I expected – because I was told by AT&T and Apple it could be 5-10 business days until they shipped it – to have a wait ahead of me.

And I was cool with that.

That coolness went away when the e-mail came announcing the shipping of the phone. “It will get here someday” was quickly replaced by a neurotic rotation back to the AT&T web site to check the status of my order. By mid-day Saturday, my new toy was sitting in a warehouse in Indianapolis and there was nothing I could do but wait. Seriously, I drive past a FedEx warehouse every day, probably the same one holding my phone hostage, and there was nothing I could do about it for two whole days.

Finally, today arrived and the phone was marked “out for delivery” and the race was on. The delivery estimate was for 3 p.m. and I had to leave for work at 3:30. By 2 o’clock and no phone, I checked the FedEx site again. “Incorrect Address.” Panic. Calm. Phone calls.

To FedEx’s credit, they were very cool on the phone, called back twice to double check our address and at 3:20, the doorbell rang. I’d have better off if they had missed me by 10 minutes.

I had enough time to open the box, look at the parts, plug it in and leave. In the meantime, my wife ordered a new BlackBerry at the same time, it was delivered in the mail this morning and she has been busy playing and configuring all day. Such a tease.

All I know now is this better live up to the hype, because the last two days have felt like 200. (Okay, a little exaggeration there.)

This meandering story of an idiot waiting for his new phone was really a call for help. What do I do now that I actually have the phone? How does a 36-year-old web guy go about best using a shiny new iPhone 4? A call out on Facebook has yielded two parts sarcastic ridicule and 1 part help, but I have access to Indianapolis, and darn it, I’m going to use it!

Apps, cases, gadgets, whatever, help me out Indy! What are your favorite parts about the iPhone and why? What can’t you live without?

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Aug
16

A Great Start to the Week

Posted By · August 16, 2010 at 4:38 am

Lower dew points combined with cooler temperatures will make for a gorgeous start to the week!

Highs today will reach the low to mid 80s with dew points in the 50s.  Expect mostly sunny skies, and overall great conditions.  On a side note, Sunday’s high was 96 degrees, that ties the record set back in 1988.

Overnight, skies remain clear and some spots drop into the upper 50s, while the metro cools to the low 60s.

The great weather sticks around for Tuesday.

Starting Wednesday, we’ll start to see more humidity, and a chance for a scattered t-storm.

Indianapolis Seven Day Weather Forecast

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