Windy Today… Severe Potential Overnight into Monday

Hold onto your hats… and anything else outside! Winds will gust up to 45mph this afternoon, with some higher gusts possible as a storm system moves our way.

Highs today will reach close to 70 degrees with a mix of sun and clouds.  A Wind Advisory is in effect for all of Central Indiana.  Wind gusts up to 45mph are possible, with some higher gusts possible.  A spotty shower is possible along and North of I-70… but most spots look to remain dry today.

Overnight, scattered showers and isolated storms develop.  Some storms may be strong to severe overnight into Monday midday.  Heavy rain, and damaging winds are the greatest threats, but I won’t rule out large hail and the chance of an isolated tornado.

Monday… temps fall throughout the day as the strong to severe storms move through the state.  Because this is a morning event, the severe potential may be less, but still, keep your eyes and ears open to changing weather conditions!

Tuesday, we’re cool in the low 50s with more windy conditions.

The temps climb up from there, but we are also tracking a daily chance of scattered showers and t-storms beginning Thursday.  Do the 70 degree temps at least make you feel a bit better?

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Butler’s Mascot is Out of this World

posing with WTHR's Kris Kirschner at Johnson Space Center

Standing in front of the Saturn V rocket at the NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, it’s impossible not to be awed by the size .  One hundred yards in length–the size of a football field.  Close enough to reach out and touch it–the history of the Space Program is brought to life–and names like Lovell, Aldren, Grissom, and Armstrong come to mind.  All those history makers and their feats displayed on the walls of the hangar that houses the rocket.

But on this particular Friday, the visitors marveled less at the wonders of space than the  unexpected appearance of a sweater-clad bulldog named Blue.With an entourage that included his handler, Michael Kaltenmark, Michael’s wife and infant son, Butler alum , a t-v crew (myself and a photographer) and our tour guide–a NASA flight surgeon–Butler Blue arrived at the Rocket Center at Johnson Space Center like a rock star–or better yet, an astronaut.  And getting the star treatment every four-legged step of the way.

This was his first stop in Houston–but the latest in an exhausting schedule as what is arguably the most recognizeable mascot in the NCAA Men’s Tourney.

The Butler Men’s basketball story–becoming the first Indiana team to earn back to back appearances in the Final Four–is one of movie lore.  Last year’s last second heartbreaking loss to Duke emblazoned the Butler brand in the minds of basketball fans.  This year’s surprising appearance as one of the four teams remaining sealed their place as a force to be reckoned with.  And the popularity of Butler–as the team people can’t help but root for–is largely due to the dog who can move a basketball and hearts with the swipe of a paw.

So perhaps it isn’t surprising that heads turned from the massive rocket–to the stout, but loveable pooch.  A man with a  UCONN shirt asked if he could get a photo with Blue.  “I love Bulldogs”, he said.  Then, “not Butler Bulldogs” but the breed.  However, he also admittedd he wanted to buy a Butler banner–because he wanted a picture of a Bulldog.

A Texan said he enjoyed following Blue 2 on twitter (@ButlerBlue2) .

And on the way out–a gentleman in a University of West Virginia shirt stopped to give Blue a pat on the head –all the while raving about the Butler program, the players, its coach.   Then he paused for a photo op with the famous bulldog.  Turns out he was the president of the university.

The flight surgeon, Dr Richard Scheuring, says he’s worked with the top astronauts.  And he’s “seen a lot of things”.  But he’s never seen anything like the popularity of this stocky school mascot..

Lovell, Armstrong, Aldren, …and Blue 2?

Let’s face it.  As cute as he is, he’s no rocket scientist. 

But Blue 2’s charm and popularity has launched him among the stars of college basketball …and beyond.

Kris Kirschner

Severe Storm Potential Developing

Today will be the best day out of the weekend, Sunday night through Monday, severe storms are possible across Central Indiana.

Highs today will reach the low to mid 50s with a mix of sun and clouds and wind gusts up to 30 mph.

We stay dry tonight, with lows in the upper 30s.

Sunday, scattered showers are possible until midday, then thunderstorms could develop for the afternoon and evening.  Highs will reach the upper 60s with winds gusting up to 35mph. 

We are monitoring the chance for severe t-storms Sunday night into Monday.

Some thunderstorms Sunday night could be strong to severe across the entire viewing area.  Damaging wind, hail and isolated tornadoes will be possible, along with heavy rain.

Monday, thunderstorms are still likely, and the severe risk is still in place for the entire state.  Again, severe storms could contain damaging wind, hail, and isolated tornadoes along with very heavy rain.  It will be a windy start to the week, with temps falling into the afternoon.

Tuesday, temps drop into the upper 40s with a chance for rain… then we start to go up from there.

We will continue to track the severe potential across Central Indiana as we head into Sunday and Monday, please keep posted on the forecast to keep your family safe.

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Rainy Days Return

Today won’t be a washout, but scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms will develop as we head into the afternoon.

Highs today will reach the low 50s with mostly cloudy skies.  Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms will develop as we head into the afternoon.

The rain sticks around early tonight, but the rain will end by midnight with the clouds breaking, and temps falling into the mid 30s.

Saturday is dry with a mix of sun and clouds and highs in the low 50s.  Saturday will be windy, so get ready for winds out of the West up to 20mph.

Sunday, more rain will move in, and by Monday we could be tracking strong to severe thunderstorms.  Check back with the SkyTrak Weather team this weekend as we continue to monitor the potential for severe storms.

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