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May
31

More Heat & Humidity Today!

Posted By · May 31, 2011 at 5:31 am

Whew!  What a way to kick off the unofficial start to summer.  Monday Indy hit 90 degrees, that’s the first time since last September… but we know it won’t be the last!

Highs today will hit the low 90s across the area, and it will feel even warmer because of the humidity.  This afternoon it will feel like the mid 90s, so make sure to drink lots of water and take it easy if you can!  We’ll see sunshine to start the day, but there’s a chance for a pop up thunderstorm late this afternoon.  Some storms may be strong to severe NW of Lafayette and North of Kokomo.

Overnight, any showers and storms that pop up will come to an end as lows drop to the upper 60s.

Wednesday, we’ll have another shot at a pop up shower or thunderstorm as highs “cool” into the upper 80s.

A better chance for rain moves in Thursday, it’s to early to tell if any thunderstorms will be strong to severe. 

Check out the 7 day below for a preview of the weekend, and more warmth to come!

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May
30

90 Degree Heat for the First Time This Year!

Posted By · May 30, 2011 at 7:24 pm
The Weinermobile

Hot Dog! The high on Memorial Day hit 90 degrees, making it a real "weiner" of a day!

Since I’m new to the Channel 13 team, I have to warn you about my sometimes cheesy sense of humor.  I couldn’t resist snapping a pic of the “Weinermobile” in Indy when I was running errands before work on Memorial Day.  It’s appropriate that on the unofficial start to summer, when hot dogs are a hot topic, Mother Nature went along for the ride.  For a change, we had sunshine from start to finish and that sent temperatures soaring.  We hit 90 degrees for the first time this year and the first time since September 23rd, when Indy hit 94 degrees. 

Here are some steamy stats for you, courtesy of the National Weather Service in Indianapolis:

  • *We missed a record by just 4 degrees!  The record high for May 30th is 94 set in 1895
  • *May averages only 0.4 days at 90 or hotter (that’s just under once every 2 years)
  • *Annually, Indy averages 17.5 90+ days
  • *The average high for May 30th is 78 degrees
  • *96 is the record for tomorrow and also the hottest temperature recorded in Indy in May.  That happened twice: May 31st 1895 & May 28th, 1911

And we’re not done yet!  Tomorrow, we could reach low 90s with heat index values into the middle 90s!

Stay cool and thanks for checking the SkyTrak Weather Blog!
-Meteorologist Chikage Windler

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May
30

Hot and Humid Start to the Week

Posted By · May 30, 2011 at 6:23 am

Heat and humidity are coming our way for the unofficial start of summer!  Highs today will reach the low 90s with mostly  sunny skies.  It will feel warmer, because of the humidity, so make sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.  Sunscreen is also a must if you have any outdoor plans!

Tonight, we stay dry, as temps drop to the low 70s. 

Tuesday, another day with highs in the low 90s.  Clouds will start to increase as we head into the afternoon and there’s a slight chance for a few isolated thunderstorms.

We “cool” off into the mid 80s Wednesday and Thursday, but a slight chance of thunderstorms sticks with us.

An early preview of the weekend shows temps again approaching 90!

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May
29

9th Hottest Indy 500!

Posted By · May 29, 2011 at 7:58 pm
The Indianapolis 500 Tropy on Race Day 2011

Sunshine and hot temps ruled Race Day 2011. Photo courtesy WTHR's facebook page.

After so much rain in recent days, including storms last night, Race Day weather brought a quick turn-around. Sunshine and upper 80s made for a very summer-like day at the Speedway! The official high reached 88 degrees, tying for 9th warmest in the 100-year history of the race. Here are the “top 10 hottest” Race Days, courtesy of the National Weather Service in Indy:
(1) 92 in 1937
(2) 91 in 1953
(2-tie) 91 in 1919
(4) 90 in 1978
(4-tie) 90 in 1977
(6) 89 in 2010 *
(6-tie) 89 in 2006 *
(6-tie) 89 in 1929
(9) 88 in 2011 *
(9-tie) 88 in 1934

*3 of the hottest Indy 500 race days have been in the last 6 years!

Want more race facts and figures? You can find all kinds of fun weather-related Indy 500 stats right here: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/ind/print_localdata.php?loc=txtdat&data=Indy500.txt

Now we could be looking at near-record heat for Memorial Day Monday. I’m forecasting a high of 92. The record is 94 set in 1895.

Thanks for reading!
-Meteorologist Chikage Windler

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May
29

Indy 500 Forecast

Posted By · May 29, 2011 at 4:09 am

Highs today will reach the upper 80s with wind gusts out of the Southwest up to 30mph.  Skies are expected to be partly cloudy turning mostly sunny later this afternoon.

Overnight, temps remain mild.  We’ll only cool off to the upper 60s with partly cloudy skies.

Monday looks hot and humid as we hit 91!

Tuesday, another day in the 90s with a slight chance for an isolated shower or thunderstorm.

A slight chance of rain stays in the forecast almost everyday this week.  We’re not looking for a washout… in fact… it will feel like summer!

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May
28

Race Weekend Forecast

Posted By · May 28, 2011 at 6:47 am

Happy Saturday!  There’s so much to do around Central Indiana this weekend!

Today, the weather looks pretty good with mostly cloudy skies and a chance of thunderstorms developing late this afternoon and tonight.  Some storms may be strong to severe, especially in our extreme Western counties.  Highs today will reach the mid to upper 70s across the viewing area.

Tonight, scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms are possible, especially North of I-70.

Now… Sunday’s Indy 500 forecast!  Click here to see what to expect hour by hour.  With temps close to 90, an isolated storm isn’t out of the questions, but we look to be mainly dry for the afternoon!

Monday, highs hit 90!  Check out the warmth and then the cool down for the work week.

Enjoy your weekend!

Here’s an updated tornado count from the Indianapolis National Weather Service.

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May
27

Carb Day & Weekend Forecast

Posted By · May 27, 2011 at 4:41 am

Patchy fog and drizzle will linger around Central Indiana today until about midday.   Highs will only reach the low to mid 60s.  A mix of sun and clouds is expected for the afternoon.

Overnight, we’re dry as temps fall into the 50s.  Enjoy this cool break, because a major heatwave is coming our way!

Saturday we warm up into the upper 70s with a mix of sun and clouds and breezy conditions with wind gusts up to 25mph.  There’s a slight chance for a few isolated pop up thunderstorms.  As of right now, widespread severe weather is not expected, but an isolated severe thunderstorm cannot be ruled out.

Sunday, get ready for the upper 80s!  An isolated t-storm is possible, but most spots look absolutely dry.

Eat and humidity return early in the week with highs around 90!  More thunderstorms return midweek.

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May
26

Calmer Weather Today

Posted By · May 26, 2011 at 10:32 am

I think it goes without saying, Wednesday was a historic and dangerous day across Central Indiana.  Click here to see the storm reports from yesterday’s severe weather.

Today will be much calmer.  Highs will hit the upper 60s to low 70s with a mix of sun and clouds and a chance for scattered showers and an isolated thunderstorm.  Severe weather is not expected today.

Friday, highs only hit the mid 60s with a mix of sun and clouds and a slight chance for a shower.

Temps start to warm up for Saturday, as we hit the upper 70s, but there’s a chance for isolated thunderstorms.

Sunday looks mainly dry with highs in the upper 80s!

A nice heatwave is building into the state!  Another taste of summer is coming our way.

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