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Highs today will hit the upper 50s with showers and thunderstorms.  The activity is likely to pick up this afternoon into tonight.  Heavy rain is expected prompting a flood watch for all of Central Indiana until Saturday afternoon.  One to three inches of rain is possible across Central Indiana.  This evening into tonight, some thunderstorms could turn strong to severe with damaging wind, and hail our primary concerns, but we can’t rule out an isolated tornado.

Overnight, the heavy rain starts to taper off into your Saturday morning.  Scattered showers are possible for your Saturday, but right now, the rain looks more likely south of I-70.  We’ll keep a close eye on where the rain sets up so you can plan your day!  As for right now it looks like “some” dry time is possible for your weekend.

Sunday, more showers and thunderstorms are likely across Central Indiana, and the chances stick through next Wednesday!  It’s too early to tell if some of these storms will be severe, but we’ll keep you posted.

Are you looking for a grain of good news in all of this soggy mess?  Take a look at the temps in the 7 day!

Indianapolis Seven Day Weather Forecast

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Dry Today… Another Soaking Ahead

Posted By · April 21, 2011 at 4:41 am

Highs today will reach the upper 50s with a mix of sun and clouds in Central Indiana.  Winds will be light out of the East up to 10mph.

Clouds increase as we head into tonight, and late this evening into the overnight showers and thunderstorms develop.  Some storms may contain heavy rain, which will only make flooding worse across Central Indiana.  A Flood Watch goes into effect for the entire viewing area tonight through Saturday, on top of Flood Warnings that are already in place.  Click here to stay on top of any watches and warnings that are issued.

Friday, scattered showers and thunderstorms are likely, and some storms could be severe.  The main threats from strong to severe storms will be damaging wind, large hail, and the possibility of an isolated tornado.  Flooding will continue to be a threat with an additional 1-3″ of rain possible.  So far this year, Indianapolis has picked up 16.99″ of rain, that’s 6.30″ above average!

Showers and thunderstorms are possible through the weekend, and into early next week.  It’s too early to tell if storms past Saturday will be severe, we will keep our eyes on it.

Take a look at the 7 day forecast… flooding will be our primary focus as rain is in the forecast each and every day starting Friday.

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On the bus

Posted By · April 19, 2011 at 5:12 pm

For my first experiment during a week without wheels, I hop aboard an IndyGo bus. Read the pros and cons here!

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Tuesday Afternoon Severe Weather Update

Posted By · April 19, 2011 at 3:15 pm

After a morning filled with heavy rain and thunderstorms… more storms are likely for this evening.  One to three inches of rain has fallen across Central Indiana and more is on the way.

A tornado watch is in effect for portions of Illinois until 10pm… the line of storms that will pop there… will then move into Central Indiana.

This evening into the overnight, we will be watching for the potential of strong to severe thunderstorms for all of Central Indiana.  The main threats will be damaging winds, tornadoes, large hail, and more flooding.

The storms look to exit Central Indiana by 2am.

Chief Meteorologist Chris Wright and I will be tracking the storms this evening and tonight.  We will keep you posted on any changes in the forecast and any watches and warnings that pop up.

You can follow watches and warnings here.

Indianapolis Seven Day Weather Forecast

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A week without wheels

Posted By · April 19, 2011 at 8:43 am

The author in her high school days.

Whenever gas prices spike, I start to do the math. “If I average 20 mpg and commute 10 miles a day, I’m spending how much more getting to and from work?”

Maybe it’s time to think about alternate modes of transportation.

I could take the bus, carpool, bike to work or even on ambitious days, run.

I’m lucky.  According to the Metropolitan Planning Organization, the average commute in Central Indiana is eight miles.  Mine is five.  The MPO also says the average commuter spends 22 minutes in the car.  I spend maybe 15?  So, why’s it so hard to consider a new way of getting to work?

I asked a few people that same question Monday.

Anthony Steward, who lives in Noblesville said, “Proximity. It’s not for me.  I live 20 miles north.”

I caught up with Sarah Murray and Katie Toy as they walked the Monon Trail.  They’re both nursing students at Marian University.

Sarah said she’d thought about biking, but “I don’t live near trails where it’s safe to get to work on.”

Katie added, “Our schedules are busy. We have 12-hour days, so that’s hard too.”

When I asked what might make taking the bus more attractive, Sarah said, “Being cheap and easy.  I know that sounds lame but when I was in college, the bus practically came to the door and you could ride it for free.”

Let’s face it. Indianapolis isn’t exactly known for embracing alternate modes of transportation.  We get in our cars and stay in them.  Yes, we have congestion, but it’s nothing compared to say, Chicago.

Sara Anderson of Indianapolis told me, “I have no choice but to drive. I’ll carpool, but the bus?  If I have to I guess, but I’ve never taken it before.”

Throughout my life I’ve traveled to school and work in a variety of ways.  In high school, I carpooled.  When my mom drove it was five girls and a guitar in her VW Beetle.  That was before things like mandatory seat belts and bike helmets, so no, I would not recommend doing that today (and nor would she, if she were still alive.)

I often walked to my job at Happy Foods, a small neighborhood grocery a little less than a mile away and I rode my bike to a job in downtown Evanston while on summer break from college.  I also took the El and the Chicago and North Western commuter train to my first full-time job after college, which was in downtown Chicago.

I never minded those alternate modes, except when Cathy O’Grady actually tried to play her guitar in my mom’s Volkswagen.  Okay, not really, but I liked being able to read on the el and loved the exercise I got riding my bike to work.

But truth be known, I haven’t commuted much since then.  Okay, not at all, unless you count the Bike to Work stories I do each year.

Why?  The extra time, too much planning, walking to the bus stop, riding or running in rain, sleet and snow, my love for hitting the snooze button…I’ve got the excuses covered.

Having said that I’m ready to look at things anew and explore my options.

Tuesday, I plan to take the bus.  I will also carpool, bike and walk or run to work this week.  I realize it’s not a commitment, not the same as carpooling every day, but I hope to get a feel for the pros and cons.  And just maybe I’ll say, why didn’t I do this earlier?  I’ll only know by trying.

– Mary Milz

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Tuesday’s Severe Weather Outlook

Posted By · April 19, 2011 at 7:38 am

All of Central Indiana is under a “moderate risk” for severe weather today.  This means that strong to severe storms are likely, and paying close attention to the forecast is a must. 

A severe thunderstorm is possible at any time today, but the best time for severe storms will be this afternoon as a warm front lifts through the state, and again tonight as a cold front pushes through Indiana.

At this time, tornadoes, damaging wind, large hail and flooding are all threats.  An additional 2-3 inches of rain is possible on top of what we received overnight.  We will be tracking anyand all changes in the SkyTrak Weather Center today and tonight.

Wednesday, will be quiet with cool temps and highs in the mid 50s.

Thursday, more sunshine and temps warm into the upper 50s.

Thursday night through Sunday more showers and storms develop.  It’s too early to tell if any of these could be severe.

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Severe Weather Risk Increases Tuesday

Posted By · April 18, 2011 at 7:25 am

Highs today will reach the mid to upper 60s with a chance of a spotty shower or isolated thunderstorm as we head into the afternoon.  Winds will gust out of the west up to 25mph.

Tonight, lows drop to the 40s with thunderstorms.  At times, the rain may be very heavy, creating localized flooding.

Tuesday, temps look to hit the low 70s.  More thunderstorms will develop for the afternoon, and some storms are likely to turn severe.  All of Central Indiana is under a moderate risk for severe storms Tuesday into Wednesday morning.  Tornadoes, damaging wind, and large hail are all likely threats from any thunderstorm that turns severe.

Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, the risk for severe weather will remain across Central Indiana.  We will once again be watching for thunderstorms that turn severe to produce tornadoes, damaging wind, and large hail. 

We will be in the SkyTrak 13 Forecast Center, tracking any and all storms that develop all hours of the day and night. 

Flooding will be another concern.  One to three inches of rain is possible from these storms, and some areas may pick up even more than that by Wednesday morning.

The chance of t-storms sticks around until midday Wednesday, with a break from the rain coming on Thursday.

More thunderstorms will be just around the corner Friday, but it’s too early to tell if those will be severe.  We will keep you posted.

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More Showers and Storms Targeting Indiana

Posted By · April 17, 2011 at 6:34 am

Enjoy today while you can… because a stormy weather pattern is setting up for the work week.

Highs today will reach 60 degrees with increasing clouds.  Winds will be gusting up to 20 to 30 mph.

Tonight, scattered showers move into the state.  Overnight temps will drop to the upper 40s.  Most of the rain should be off the radar by the morning commute.

Monday, we see some dry time as temps push into the low 60s, however, for the afternoon… more rain moves in, and some thunderstorms are possible Monday night into Tuesday morning.

Tuesday, highs are back in the 70s, but we’ll be watching the radar closely Tuesday afternoon and Tuesday night.  It’s during that time frame that severe storms are possible.  At this time, tornadoes, damaging wind, and large hail will be possible with any thunderstorm that turns severe.  Stay tuned to the forecast, we’ll keep you updated as we get closer to this possible severe event.

More showers and storms are in the forecast this week… get ready to keep the rain gear handy!

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