More Storms on the Way

More severe storms are possible across Central Indiana today and tomorrow.

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!

When opportunity knocks…

After months of joking about jockeying for position, Gov. Mitch Daniels decided not mount up at all.

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.

Severe Storms Possible Monday

Another round of severe thunderstorms are possible this afternoon into tonight.

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!

Strong to Severe Storms Sunday

Strong to severe storms are possible across Central Indiana today as temps climb into the 80s.

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!

Weekend Forecast

This weekend we’ll be tracking heat, humidity, and thunderstorms.

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.

Daniels enjoying the moment

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

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.

Fast Friday Forecast

The forecast looks perfect for Fast Friday at the Speedway!

Now, this is track weather!

Highs today will reach the low 80s with partly cloudy skies.  A stray shower is possible South and Southwest of the viewing area.  If you’re heading to the Speedway for fast Friday, make sure you slather on the sunscreen!

Overnight, skies clear and temps drop to around 60 degrees.

Saturday, temps will once again hit the low 80s.  At this time, partly cloudy skies are expected with showers and thunderstorms developing for the afternoon.  Some storms could be strong to severe with very heavy rain, frequent lightning, and damaging winds.  Join me on Sunrise beginning at 6am Saturday for the latest outlook.

Sunday, the entire state is under a slight chance for severe storms.  Very heavy rain, large hail, damaging wind, and even an isolated tornado is possible.  At this time, we will see a mix of sun and clouds with showers and t-storms developing for the afternoon.

Next week highs go from the 80s to the 70s with a daily chance for showers and thunderstorms.  I know you’re getting sick of this forecast!  Next week’s rain will be triggered by a frontal boundary that’s expected to stall out across the state, bringing the daily chance for precipitation.

Above Normal Atlantic Hurricane Season Expected

Hurricane season begins June first, NOAA has released its annual hurricane forecast, and the organization is calling for an above normal Atlantic Hurricane Season.

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Across the entire Atlantic Basin for the six-month season, which begins June 1, NOAA is predicting the following ranges this year:

  • 12 to 18 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which:
  • 6 to 10 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including:
  • 3 to 6 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher)

Each of these ranges has a 70 percent likelihood, and indicate that activity will exceed the seasonal average of 11 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes.

“The United States was fortunate last year. Winds steered most of the season’s tropical storms and all hurricanes away from our coastlines,” said Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “However we can’t count on luck to get us through this season. We need to be prepared, especially with this above-normal outlook.”

Climate factors considered for this outlook are:

  • The continuing high activity era. Since 1995, the tropical multi-decadal signal has brought ocean and atmospheric conditions conducive for development in sync, leading to more active Atlantic hurricane seasons.
  • Warm Atlantic Ocean water. Sea surface temperatures where storms often develop and move across the Atlantic are up to two degrees Fahrenheit warmer-than-average.
  • La Niña, which continues to weaken in the equatorial Pacific Ocean, is expected to dissipate later this month or in June, but its impacts such as reduced wind shear are expected to continue into the hurricane season.

“In addition to multiple climate factors, seasonal climate models also indicate an above-normal season is likely, and even suggest we could see activity comparable to some of the active seasons since 1995,” said Gerry Bell, Ph.D., lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.

NOAA’s seasonal hurricane outlook does not predict where and when any of these storms may hit. Landfall is dictated by weather patterns in place at the time the storm approaches. “The tornadoes that devastated the South and the large amount of flooding we’ve seen this spring should serve as a reminder that disasters can happen anytime and anywhere. As we move into this hurricane season it’s important to remember that FEMA is just part of an emergency management team that includes the entire federal family, state, local and tribal governments, the private sector and most importantly the public,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate.

This is a picture Hurricane Ike taken from the International Space Station.

Starting to Dry Out & Warm Up (For Now)

We still can’t rule out a spotty shower today, but at least it’s going to be warmer!

The pesky area of low pressure that’s brought us cloudy, damp and cool days is finally starting to move on outta here!  Today will be a day of transition.  Highs will hit the upper 60s and low 70s with a chance for a spotty shower.  Not everyone will see rain, but the chance for rain is still there!

Overnight, temps drop to the mid 50s with a few cloud breaks.

Friday, looks to be the best day of the week!  Highs will hit the upper 70s with partly cloudy skies.  There’s a 10% chance of a shower at this time in Southwest Indiana.  We’ll keep our eyes on this to make sure it doesn’t move into our viewing area.

Saturday, the heat sticks, but a chance for showers and isolated thunderstorms exists. 

A better chance for thunderstorms exists Sunday.

The stormy pattern remains into early next week.  Check out the 7 day forecast for the details.

Drizzle & Rain… then a Warm Up Coming!

The drizzle and spotty sprinkles stay in the forecast today, but temperatures are slowly going to start moving up!

Highs today will reach the upper 50s to low 60s with scattered showers and areas of drizzle.  That pesky area of low pressure to our East is still controlling this weather pattern, making very gloomy conditions for the state!

Overnight, lows drop to the low 50s with a chance of scattered showers.  It’s really more of the same!

Thursday, highs hit the upper 60s with a chance for scattered showers.  Yes, there’s a chance of rain in the forecast, but the temperature is going up… that’s a start… right?

Friday looks nice and dry with highs hitting the upper 70s.

The weekend looks warm with a slight chance of thunderstorms Saturday, more rain will be likely the later we head into the day.

Sunday, scattered thunderstorms stick with us.