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Tornadoes, Hail, & Damaging Winds Possible Wednesday

Posted By · May 25, 2011 at 6:11 am

Severe thunderstorms are likely this afternoon and evening.  Please prepare for severe weather.  Strong tornadoes, hail, and damaging winds are all possible with this storm system heading our way.  Highs will hit 80 degrees, and we will keep you posted on any and all changes in the forecast.  Stay tuned to WTHR, the weather blog, and follow me (Nicole) on Twitter, @NicoleWTHR @WTHRcom. 

We will still be watching for severe storms early tonight, then more scattered showers and storms overnight as temps drop to the mid 60s.

Thursday, scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible, at this time, we’re not looking at severe storms.  Highs will reach the upper 60s.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, all include a slight chance of rain as temps warm up into the 80s by the end of the weekend.

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Tornado Threat Increasing for Wednesday

Posted By · May 24, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Central and Southern Indiana are in a Moderate Risk for Severe Wed.

We’ve had our share of severe weather this week and the outlook for Wednesday is for an even GREATER risk of strong to severe storms. In fact, both the National Weather Service in Indy and the Storm Prediction Center are suggesting the possibility of strong and long-lived tornadoes tomorrow. They will likely develop during the heat of the afternoon to our west in Missouri and Illinois, then track eastward into the Hoosier State. We’ll keep you covered here at Channel 13 with updates from Chuck Lofton on Sunrise, Nicole Misencik at Noon, and Chief Meteorologist Chris Wright along with Nicole in the afternoon.  Stay safe! -Meteorologist Chikage Windler

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More Storms on the Way

Posted By · May 24, 2011 at 6:51 am

Let’s just  put this forecast on repeat!  Highs today will reach the upper 70s with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing this afternoon into the evening.  The entire state is under a slight risk for severe storms.  Damaging wind and large hail are the primary threats, with an isolated tornado possible.

Overnight, temps drop to the low 60s as the storms die out.

Wednesday, highs hit the low 80s and strong to severe thunderstorms are once again likely in the afternoon.  Portions of the viewing area from Indy to the Southwest will see an increased chance of severe storms.  The outlook will probably change by tomorrow in terms of where the higher risk is placed.  Prepare for damaging wind, large hail and isolated tornadoes.

Thursday, highs will drop to the mid 70s, but we will still be monitoring thunderstorms.

Check out the 7 day below for a look at where temps go for the weekend.

Both Saturday and Sunday there’s a slight chance of rain and or thunderstorms.  We’ll keep you posted on what to expect for the parade and the race!

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When opportunity knocks…

Posted By · May 23, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Gov. Mitch Daniels

I am trying to think of how many times I have seen opportunity knock only to have someone refuse to answer. Nationwide Republicans have moved on. They are already talking about Pawlenty or longing for Palin.

Locally Republicans have enjoyed having one of their own touted as the candidate on the white horse who was going to ride in and save the day but all that ended Sunday. After months of joking about jockeying for position, Governor Mitch Daniels decided not mount up at all. He said the five girls in his house have veto power and so it is over.

Now what?

Democrat gubernatorial candidate John Gregg joked that he hoped Mitch Daniels ran for president and took a lot of young Indiana Republican talent with him to Iowa and New Hampshire. He didn’t stop there. If you are a Republican and going to write one check, he said, write it to Mitch Daniels.

Well, now the state’s popular governor will be staying home, focusing on Indiana issues and Indiana campaigns. He will be able to raise money for GOP candidates in the state and work to solidify the changes he has implemented. That may not be good news for Indiana Democrats.

On the other hand some Democrats will tell you that may not be all bad. Many believe Mitch Daniels stirred up a hornet’s nest in the last general assembly, motivating the unions, teachers and women’s groups to get politically involved. He put together the perfect resume to run for president but left an agitated electorate behind. Minority Leader Pat Bauer said he was getting more calls from angry Democrats wanting to get involved during the legislative session than he has even seen before.

I read a long time ago that we are not always responsible for the situations in which we find ourselves but we are responsible for how we react to them. This will be interesting to watch. The man who wanted to be president elected not to answer when opportunity knocked. Now it will be interesting to see how he reacts to it.

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Severe Storms Possible Monday

Posted By · May 23, 2011 at 6:58 am

Keep a close eye on the radar today.  It won’t be a washout, but basically like Sunday, a pop up shower or thunderstorm is possible at any time.  The best time for activity will be this afternoon and evening.  Some storms may be strong to severe with damaging wind and hail the primary threats.  An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out, but hail and wind look to be the biggest concerns right now.

Highs today will reach the low 80s with gusts out of the SW up to 30 mph.

Overnight, temps drop to the mid 60s, and we will once again be tracking showers and thunderstorms.

Tuesday, isolated severe storms cannot be ruled out as highs hit the mid 70s.

At this time, Wednesday, the entire state is once again under a slight risk for severe storms, so we will be nailing down the primary threats as we get closer to those storms developing.  Highs look to hit the 80s again.

Rain chances stick with us through Saturday with temps dropping into the 70s.

For now, Sunday looks dry, but with a weather system close, that could change.  We’ll keep you posted!

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Strong to Severe Storms Sunday

Posted By · May 22, 2011 at 6:38 am

Rain, heat, and humidity… it’s all in our forecast today.

Highs across Central Indiana will reach the low to mid 80s with scattered showers and thunderstorms across the state.  A chance for pop up showers and storms begins after 11am today.  Some storms may be strong to severe across the entire state as we head into the afternoon and evening.  The primary threat from any severe storm that develops will be heavy rain, damaging wind, and large hail.

Overnight, scattered showers and storms will continue, but be more spotty in coverage with temps in the mid 60s.  Patchy fog will be likely early Monday morning.

We start both Monday and Tuesday with a slight risk for severe storms again.  We will be watching the timing of the rain closely, so check back often for updates.

Rain sticks through the forecast Thursday as a frontal boundary parks itself right over the state.  Some heavy rain will be possible, so we will monitor the risk for flooding this week.

An EARLY preview of the Indy 500 shows a 20% chance of showers or t-storms.  A storm system will develop Friday… as of right now… it looks to move South of the state, but at this time, I can’t rule out the chance of a shower.  We will keep you posted of any and all changes as we get closer to the big day!

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Weekend Forecast

Posted By · May 21, 2011 at 6:35 am

Highs today will reach the low to mid 80s with a mix of sun and clouds.  After noon today, scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms are possible.  Rain will become more likely as we move into the evening.  Widespread severe weather is not expected, but an isolated severe thunderstorm cannot be ruled out.

Overnight, scattered showers and thunderstorms will stick around with lows only dropping to the mid 60s.

Sunday, our entire state is under a slight risk for severe storms.  Any severe storm that develops could bring heavy rain, damaging wind, and large hail.  Sunday’s storms will be pop-up in nature, so as we get into the afternoon… a scattered shower or storm will be possible at any time.

Monday through Thursday we’re still looking at a daily chance of showers and thunderstorms.  It’s too early to tell if any of these storms will be severe, but at this time we’re not expecting a washout.

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Daniels enjoying the moment

Posted By · May 20, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Gov. Mitch Daniels

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels says there will be no announcement about his political future on Friday. It appears he wants to enjoy the moment.

Earlier in the day it was announced that the states unemployment rate fell to 8.2% April. That is 0.8 below the national average, which is very big news in Indiana. It marks the first time since June of 2003 that Indiana’s unemployment rate has dropped below that benchmark. He can now take the weekend and add that to his resume.

If there is one thing Mitch Daniels knows it is how to play to his audience. Declining unemployment, balanced budgets, slashed spending, capped property taxes, limited collective bargaining for teachers, school vouchers and the defunding Planned Parenthood looks more like a GOP wish list. It hardly reads like a man who angered conservatives by calling for a truce on social issues.

Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty will be announcing his candidacy for President in Iowa on Monday. Meanwhile Gov. Daniels will be espousing the party line at the National Republican Senatorial Committee meeting in Washington, DC on Wednesday.

After that he will return to Indianapolis where the Indianapolis 500 will be celebrating its 100th anniversary. If someone wanted to take advantage of a national audience it would be the perfect time to launch a campaign.

When he was first elected governor in 2004 Mitch Daniels told Hoosiers to “buckle up” for change. He reiterated it two months later in his first inaugural address. He was using a phrase he knew Hoosiers would relate to.

Now he may have yet a third opportunity to use it right before the nation’s biggest auto race and before his biggest audience.

Update: Daniels’ mishap involving a swinging door could end up postponing any plans to announce. See the story here.

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