Archive for March, 2011
Pace yourself. It’s a mantra I need to repeat to myself after our first day in Houston netted my photographer colleague and I about two hours sleep! Traveling to cover an event like the Final Four is a privilege. But it’s also work. In our case, we started our morning in Indy leaving the WTHR studios about 6am headed for the Indy airport for an 8am flight.
On board the plane bound Houston-via Dallas– I met a delightful man who offered some interesting conversation. He happened to be from Texas, and so I felt really good about the people we’d be running into during our stay there.
No sooner had we arrived in Houston and our work had begun. Photographer Matt Whisner with camera ready rolling on the volunteers passing out mini basketballs to visitors at the airport. We ran into a couple of Wildcat fans…then we’re shooting “beauty shots” around Houston–hoping to give our viewers at home a feel for the city.
It was during our first stop at Reliant stadium where the game will take place that we ran into our first Hoosier. She was visiting a friend who lives in Houston–both big Bulldog fans.
We managed a quick stop to check in to the media hotel–the Crowne Plaza–located adjacent to Reliant Stadium. Enough time to wash my face, freshen up and we’re on our way again.
More scenic shots–noticing Houston traffic flows a little heavier and a lot more aggressively than Indy (thank goodness Matt was driving).
We planned to be at the team hotel by 7p to help our sports crews gather content–and I was hoping to land an interview with the Tracy Stevens–wife of Butler head coach Brad Stevens. The team bus ran later than expected (which is usually the case–since they’re coming from the airport). A fairly large group of media gathered outside–as did the hotel staff decked out to welcome the team–a great chance to catch up.
By 7:45 they arrived (that’s local time–8:45 Indy time)…Tracy was gracious enough to grant me an interview–even though her kids were ready for bed–and we headed back to the hotel.
Now it’s time to put together all that we gathered into what we hope is an interesting story to run during Surise the following morning. After all was said and done–I hit the sack about 11:30p local –with a wake up call set for 2am.
And the day starts all over again.
It is work. But I must admit it is fun. Running on adrenalin with the help of a good cup of coffee. Covering a story that’s captivated the state–and the country–but with the possibility of 5 days to go (assuming Butler wins!) I better pace myself.
A mix of sun and clouds is expected in Central Indiana today with highs in the upper 40s.
Tonight, we remain dry with lows dropping to the low 30s.
Friday, scattered showers return to the state. We should pick up, up to .25″.
Saturday… back to sunshine… but for Sunday, more rain returns. We’ll have to watch Monday’s forecast closely, because it looks like some thunderstorms could be strong. We’re still days away from that, but keep your ears tuned into the forecast!
Highs today will reach the mid 40s with a mix of sun and clouds for the afternoon. Before we get there, light drizzle mixing with snow flurries is possible. No accumulation is expected.
Tonight, the clouds break, and temps drop to the upper 20s.
Thursday, the sunshine is back! Highs will hit close to 50 degrees.
Friday, we’ll be watching for rain with highs in the 50s.
Saturday looks dry… with more rain moving in for the second half of the weekend.
Highs today will reach the mid to upper 40s across Central Indiana with mostly cloudy skies. Morning flurries are possible, especially in our Western counties, but they aren’t expected to move far because they’re running into extremely dry air, so they are falling apart.
Overnight, the clouds stick and lows drop to the low 30s, we do have a slight chance of flurries.
Wednesday and Thursday, temps will push close to 50 degrees.
Another chance of rain moves into the area Friday.
Saturday is dry… and by the time we warm into the 60s Sunday and Monday, another chance of rain moves in.
Highs today will reach the mid 40s with a mix of sun and clouds becoming mostly sunshine for the afternoon.
Tonight, expect partly cloudy skies with temps in the upper 20s.
Tuesday, the day remains dry with temps in the upper 40s. Tuesday night, rain starts to move in and as temps fall, a wintry mix will turn to light snow. Snow looks to be possible through Wednesday morning. Right now, very light accumulations are possible. We’ll keep our eyes on this changing forecast!
More rain moves in Friday and Saturday… but the 60s return for Sunday.
Highs today will reach about 40 degrees with clouds popping up for the afternoon.
Overnight, we stay dry as temps drop to the mid 20s.
Tuesday, a chance of rain moves in with highs in the upper 40s. The rain chances turn to a wintry mix for Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.
Wednesday, snow showers are possible until we warm into the low 40s.
Temps go up from there in the 7 day forecast!
Highs today will reach the low 40s with increasing clouds. A rain/snow mix is possible this evening, eventually transitioning to snow. Up to 1″ of snow is possible in the metro, with 1-2″ of snow possible south of Bloomington and Greensburg. Most of the snow looks to accumulate on grassy areas, with a few slick spots on roadways. The snow looks to move out of the area by 7am Sunday morning.
Sunday, we start cold with temps in the mid 20s, but we’ll warm to the upper 30s with partly cloudy skies.
Monday looks dry with a high in the low 40s.
Tuesday and Wednesday, another chance of a rain/snow mix moves in.
The average temp this time of year is 55, we don’t hit that until Saturday, in the 7 day forecast.
Cold air is sticking around Central Indiana.
Highs today will only reach the low 40s with mostly cloudy skies, and a chance for drizzle and or flurries.
Overnight, temps drop to the mid 20s with mostly cloudy skies, and dry conditions.
The change in the forecast comes Saturday! Highs will reach the low 40s and during the day we’ll see a mix of sun and clouds. Clouds increase into the afternoon, and by Saturday night, it looks like we’ll be tracking snow. Along and south of I-70 1-2″ of snow is possible. The set up of the snow is likely to change, so keep checking back with us for the latest timeline, and possible snow amounts.
Sunday, the snow looks to move out by early morning, we’ll see a mix of clouds and sun with temps in the low 40s.
More rain chances are in the 7 day forecast, and temps remain cool. The average high this time of year is around 55 degrees.