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Apr
07

Rain Chances Going Up

Posted By · April 7, 2011 at 4:16 am

Highs today will reach the mid to upper 60s with increasing clouds and an East wind up to 10mph.  This afternoon into tonight, rain chances will build across Central Indiana and overnight scattered showers and thunderstorms are likely. 

Tonight, lows only drop to the low 50s.  Rain is likely, with scattered storms.

I’ll let you check out the 7 day for the rest of the thunderstorm chances… as we have them each and every day through early Monday morning. 

The good news?  Temps go up close to 80 degrees by Sunday.  The SkyTrak Weather Team is watching the forecast closely, some storms may be strong to severe Saturday and Sunday afternoon into Monday morning.  We’ll keep you posted as we get closer to this system impacting the state.

Indianapolis Seven Day Weather Forecast

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Apr
06

Temperature & Rain Chances Going Up

Posted By · April 6, 2011 at 4:21 am

Highs today will reach the mid to upper 60s with partly cloudy skies.  Today will be another breezy day with wind gusts up to 35mph.

Tonight, temps only drop to the upper 40s, but we stay dry.

Thursday, highs hit the upper 60s with increasing clouds and a chance for rain beginning in the afternoon.

As we approach the weekend, highs warm into the 70s with a daily chance for scattered thunderstorms.  We’ll be watching the forecast closely, because some storms look like they could be strong to severe Sunday afternoon or into the evening.  Stay tuned to the forecast and blog for more details.

Until then… almost everything is summed up in the 7 day!

Indianapolis Seven Day Weather Forecast

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Apr
05

What a Difference a Day Makes

Posted By · April 5, 2011 at 3:40 am

What a difference a day makes!  Say goodbye to the 70s (for now)… highs today will only reach the low 50s with partly cloudy skies, and wind gusts up to 25mph.  The good news?  It will remain dry… Indy picked up just over an inch of rain Monday.

Overnight, we remain dry, but the wind sticks around.  Temps will drop to the upper 30s by Wednesday morning.

Wednesday, we remain dry, and temps will rise to the mid 60s.

Starting Thursday… a nice warm up begins.  By Sunday, highs could hit the upper 70s!  However, with the increased temps, there’s also a chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms as an unsettled pattern parks itself over the state.

We’ll keep you updated if any storms look strong or severe.

Indianapolis Seven Day Weather Forecast

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Apr
04

Thunderstorms Likely Today

Posted By · April 4, 2011 at 2:12 am

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are likely across Central Indiana as we head towards daybreak.  Some storms may be strong to severe with damaging wind and hail.  These storms are expected to last through midday as temps drop from the 70s this morning… into the mid 40s by the afternoon.  Winds will continue to gust up to 35mph. 

Tonight, the rain comes to an end, but temps drop to the low 30s.  Add a 30mph wind to that, and it’s going to be a cold start to your Tuesday morning.

Tuesday is dry, but highs only hit the low 50s.

Wednesday looks to be one of the best days of the week with sunshine and highs in the mid 60s.

Starting Thursday, there’s a daily chance of t-storms through the weekend as highs push into the 70s.

Indianapolis Seven Day Weather Forecast

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Apr
03

Butler captures the country’s imagination

Posted By · April 3, 2011 at 12:43 pm

As the golf cart motored by the cottage in Sun Lakes, Arizona, you could hear the exchange over the hum of the battery powered cart.

“I just like Butler. They seem to never quit.”

I thought this vacation to the sunny southwest would regenerate my battery after five weeks of watching and listening as politicians blamed each other for the lack of activity at the Indiana Statehouse. But for the second year in a row my plans were thwarted.

A year ago I didn’t even want to go the beach in Florida because I was missing out. While I was supposed to be sunning myself everyone back home in Indiana was basking in the sunlight of Butler’s improbable run and I was missing out. How was I supposed to know that Spring Break meant Butler Basketball?

You would think I would have learned my lesson. Now one year later I am visiting with my in-laws, sitting along the 7th hole, experiencing a strange deja vu. It is not the first time an underdog has captured the imagination of the country.

During another recession, in fact an actual depression, a small horse with a big heart ran the race for the common man. There is a great line in the movie Sea Biscuit where the trainer tells the jockey to slack off coming around the second turn to let the horse look into the eyes of its competition. Then hold on. For some reason that I was I think of when I watch Butler.

There wasn’t supposed to be a thoroughbred in the bunch except for Shelvin Mack, but he didn’t start that way. He willed himself that way. Matt Howard carries the hopes of the town of Connersville, Indiana and every other small town in America – where people know and like their mailman enough to make sure he has the ability to take his family to watch his son deliver.

You feel good about yourself when you see the shot of the Howard family watching the game. Hard work makes good. Family makes right. Matt Howard is the one I think of most when I remember that line from the movie Sea Biscuit. Just slack off a bit and let him look in the eyes of his competition. Then hang on. We are all hanging on.

From the world of politics, from the golf courses across America, to a lot of folks going out to pick up their mail. All rooting for a team of unlikely basketball players who haven’t realized they are not supposed to be able to do this. Certainly not two years in a row. They may not win Monday night either, but for a lot of their fans it is not always about surviving. Monday night it will be about thriving again.

Looking into the eyes of that thoroughbred next to you and then taking off. What does that popular television commercial say? It’s just my way of sticking it to the man. I can’t wait until Tuesday morning. I can almost hear it now. Just over the hum of the passing golf cart, or on the mail route in Connersville. “I knew they could do it” someone will say in a tone that belies what that really implies. I can do it too. Just let me at ‘em.

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Apr
03

Covering the Final Four…is a blast in Houston

Posted By · April 3, 2011 at 8:48 am

I’ve covered two Winter Olympic games, the Rose Bowl, the NBA Playoffs, but I’ve never had as much fun covering a sporting event than I have here in Houston for the Final Four.

And some of the best moments happened behind the camera.

On game night–when the Butler Bulldogs took on the Virginia Commonwealth Rams–my role was two-fold.  Get photos and provide updates for social media and www.wthr.com during the game…and then act a “runner” for our sports team after the game.

My media credentials offered me access to the game floor–a wonderful view of the action on the court–plus a chance to get some pics of the “moments” during the game.  (see below).  I’ve certainly watched these games on t-v as Butler has progressed in the tourney this year and last–but being there–among the record 75-thousand fans–the electricity in the air–unsurpassed.

I ran into Charles Barkley–who stopped for a photo op and a little conversation.  (WTHR  photographer Matt Whisner met former President George H.W. Bush–now a Butler fan!)

During the second half,  I kept tabs on the action from the Media Center in Reliant Stadium–a room full of sports and news teams from all over the country covering the game.  Even after more than 20 years in this business, being included among them seems unreal.

While the competition is certainly intense on the court–it’s also “game-on” for reporters.  We want to have the best coverage–and if possible to have it first.  Our game plan was this–Eric Yutzy interviews the players and coach inside the locker room.  Dave Calabro broadcasts live for our special coverage after the game from the live location outside Reliant Stadium.   Matt  and I would relay the video from one to the other. (we figured it was about a quarter mile from the locker room to the live location)

Because of NCAA rules for coverage –unless you’re the network airing the game–television affiliates are not allowed to show highlights until both games were finished.  

(And they’re serious about this rule.   A  CBS affiliate thought they’d be ok to get reaction from the Butler team on the court right afte the win.  But according to the photographer shooting the video the NCAA  ordered them to erase what they shot)

So the buzzer sounds…and we’re off.   My role afforded me access to the locker room after the game.  A new experience for me.  Right after the team enters–a hoard of reporters, and cameras move in like cattle.  Everyone vying for the great interview.  I stay close to Eric and sports photographer Matt Wilkening.  A team who work so well together it’s as if they choreograph their every move.  I know I work with some talented people..but to see them in action is a thing of beauty. 

Eric first approaches one player…gets a few questions in..then it’s off to the next.  Once that interview wraps up Matt Whisner takes the SD card and literally runs it from the locker room to the satellite truck so that Dave can “pitch” to it on air.

Meantime, Eric continues with more interviews..then I get the SD card and I start running.  (It’s at this point I realize two things–1) I should have packed sneakers 2) I am really out of shape!)

I meet Matt half way and pass off the card like a baton in a 100 meter relay.

We do this three or four more times–it comes off flawlessly on the air (Dave’s a pro)–and our viewers are able to hear from the players right after the game.  None the wiser.

In the middle of it all, I just thought to myself–“this is so fun”.  It’s quite an adrenalin rush.  I love being “on-air”–but being part of this team–doing my part to cover this amazing Butler story was a thrill as well.

And the best part is, I get to do it all over again Monday night.

Go ‘Dawgs!

Kris Kirschner

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Apr
03

Windy Today… Severe Potential Overnight into Monday

Posted By · April 3, 2011 at 7:04 am

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?

Indianapolis Seven Day Weather Forecast

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Apr
02

Butler’s Mascot is Out of this World

Posted By · April 2, 2011 at 4:09 pm

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

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