Get Ready for Heavy Rain and Severe Storms in Parts of Indiana

The flag outside WTHR waving in the gentle breeze on Flag Day

After a fantastic Flag Day, our weather is about to take a turn for the wet! 

Tomorrow a warm front nudges northeast into Indiana and we’ll get a combination of heavy rain, strong to severe t-storms, and warmer, more humid air.

Timing:  It looks like some of the storms could develop as early as 4 am across Central Indiana, and the morning rush looks wet.  You might want to leave yourself a little extra time to get to work.  Periods of heavy rain are likely to continue through midday, then lighter showers and occasional downpours are possible through early Thursday morning. 

Totals: We could have pockets of heavy rain – the heaviest we’ve seen this month in parts of Central Indiana!  So far in June, we have officially picked up only 0.93″ of rain at Indianapolis International Airport.  That’s a full 1″ below average.  Of course with such a wet April and May, we’re still nearly 7″ above average for the year.  A swath of heavy rain is possible from Minnesota through Northern Tennessee, including Indiana.

Wednesday rain totals could be impressive. Expect a widespread 1/2" of rain with locally heavier amounts. Map courtesy HPC/NOAA
Severe Threat:The biggest threats for tomorrow in Indiana will be hail and high winds.  Portions of Southern Indiana are included in the “slight risk” for severe storms, including Bloomington and Nashville to Columbus and Versailles points south. Indianapolis and the 9-county metro area are not within the Storm Prediction Center’s outlook.  The SPC will issue new outlooks as we head into tomorrow, so be sure to check in with Chris Wright tonight and Chuck Lofton tomorrow on Channel 13.
Areas in the yellow shading from Southern Indiana down through northern Alabama and Mississippi are in the slight risk of severe. Map Courtesy SPC/NOAA
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Showers and Thunderstorms Return

More lovely temps in the 70s are in the forecast today, but the later we head into the afternoon, the better chance we’ll see some showers and thunderstorms.

Highs today will reach the upper 70s with a mix of sun and clouds around Central Indiana.  This afternoon into tonight, scattered showers and thunderstorms will likely develop.  The later we head into the day… the better chance you’ll see some rain drops!

Overnight, lows will drop to around 60 with scattered showers and thunderstorms.

Wednesday, thunderstorms are likely, and some could be strong to severe, especially south of I-70.  We’ll be keeping an eye any any stroms that could contain damaging wind and hail.

Thursday, the storms become more scattered as highs hit the upper 70s… and by Friday we’re warming up into the 80s!

An early preview of next week shows shows that the 90s could return!

Comfortable Temps Remain

I am loving this forecast… I hope you do too!

We’re starting the day off with partly to mostly cloudy skies, and a few sprinkles, but that will clear out quickly, and we’ll be basking in sunshine this afternoon.  If you liked Sunday, today’s forecast is pretty much the same!  Highs will reach the mid 70s with sunnier skies the later we head into the afternoon.

Overnight, skies remain partly cloudy and lows drop to the upper 50s.

Tuesday, we warm into the upper 70s, and start introducing a chance of rain.  The showers and thunderstorms will develop as a warm front lifts from south to north.  At this time, it looks like areas along and south of I-70 will see rain Tuesday.  The heaviest and most persistant rain is expected the farther south you go.

A better chance for more widespread showers and thunderstorms moves in Wednesday.

By the weekend, highs rebound into the mid 80s, and weather models are hinting at more 90 degree days next week.  We’ll keep our eyes on it… it’s still pretty far out!

Beating the Heat!

Sunshine and a spring feel in the air made for a fantastic day to get outside on the White River Canal Sunday

What a difference a day makes!  We beat the heat!!!  We savored some splendid spring weather today with sunshine, cooler temps, and dramatically lower humidity levels.  That was just what the doctor ordered for Indy after seeing June temps so far nearly 8 degrees above average.  The 2-week hot streak has officially come to an end now.

Today’s high hit 74, the coolest since May 28th…and it sure felt more like May than June!  The average high for June 12th is 82.  In contrast, the average high on May 16th is 74.  You know we’ll get back into the hot, sticky weather before too long, but if you didn’t get enough of the comfortable weather today, you can go out and enjoy more of it tomorrow.  It won’t be as sunny (I’m expecting some high clouds to drift overhead), but it will still be unseasonably cool with low humidity.  Look for a high of 77 for your Monday.

The other nice change with our weather today: we’re in a storm-free zone!  With Canadian high pressure overhead, we should fend off storms for one more day, but overnight tomorrow night into early Tuesday morning, some storms may take a run at Indiana.  The best chance looks like the southwest third of the state, but I’m going with a 30% chance even in Indy on Tuesday.  Then Wednesday brings likely storms.  For now, looks like the severe chances should be relegated to far southwest Indiana (Evansville area).

Hope you were able to enjoy the cool change!  I spent dinner break walking the White River Canal.  It’s a spot that has quickly become my favorite place in the Circle City!

Want to see my photos from the Canal today?  Check ’em out on facebook here:

Have a great week and a “Mav-elous” Monday!
-Meteorologist Chikage Windler

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Spectacular Sunday

Today is the first time in two weeks that high temps won’t hit the 80 degree mark!

Finally!  A break from the heat!

Highs today will reach the mid to upper 70s with sunshine taking over for the afternoon.  A cool North breeze will pump drier air into Central Indiana, so we’ll get a break from the humidity too.

Overnight, your air conditioning can get a break!  Lows drop to the mid to upper 50s with partly cloudy skies.

Monday, temps warm up a bit to the upper 70s, but with high pressure still in control, we look to remain dry with partly cloudy skies.

Starting Tuesday, scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible, and by Wednesday we return to the 80s!

How will you enjoy the break from the heat and humidity?  Enjoy this while it lasts!

June 10-11th Storms, Plus a Much-Needed Break!

Severe Storms Rolled through Central Indiana Friday into Saturday bringing wind, hail, and heavy rain. Storm Reports Courtesy of the National Weather Service
Take your pick: hail or high winds.  Both were widespread through Central Indiana Friday into early morning Saturday as severe storms rolled through the state.  But welcome change is moving in for Sunday.  The front that had been meandering through the Hoosier state the last 3 days has finally dropped south as a cold front that will leave us with cooler, drier, less humid air to end the weekend.
Sunday’s temps should stay in the 70s for highs for the first time since May 28th!  In addition, our dew points will drop from uncomfortable 60s into the upper 40s and low 50s – pleasant by any measure!
So whether you’re biking the Monon, heading to the Indians game, or catching up on yardwork, you can plan on sweating less.
A couple other notes for you: the National Weather Service has compiled tornado stats for the year so far in Indiana.  If the preliminary reports verify, then our 58 reported tornadoes this year will set a new record!  The old record was 49 in 1990.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
-Meteorologist Chikage Windler

Our Warm Streak in Perspective

Hazy & Hot in the Circle City…An Unusually Long Stretch of Warmth

Today, we’re on our way to the upper 80s for highs in Indianapolis.  This continues our streak of above average temperatures.  I did a little checking.  The last time temperatures stayed BELOW average in Indy was the day before Race Day: Saturday, May 28th when we had highs in the 70s.  Since then, 80s and 90s have become the rule.  The normal high this time of year is 80 degrees.

By the numbers:
*Our current warm streak of temperatures above average is 9 days.  That’s the longest since 10 days on April 6th through 15th!
*Tomorrow we will have no problem tying that mark as highs should surge into the 90s.
*Wednesday we should push our streak to 11 days PLUS we have a shot at a record high.  The record is 95 set in 1933.  We’re forecasting 94.
*The streak could break by Saturday as some slightly cooler air moves in.  That would put us at 14 straight days above normal
*This warm streak will likely be the longest  (14 days) since last August when we were above normal from the 8th through the 25th…an 18 day stretch!
And temperatures are only part of the story.  Dewpoints will also be running high…reaching “oppressive” 70-degrees or warmer starting tomorrow!  In addition, the hazy, hot, humid conditions will allow ozone to reach “unhealthy” levels for sensitive individuals.  Indianapolis has issued a “Knozone” Action Day for tomorrow.  Especially old or young people, as well as anyone with breathing problems, could be impacted by the higher ozone build-ups during the heat of the afternoon, so the best times to be outdoors will be early morning or late at night.
Thanks for reading…and stay cool!
-Meteorologist Chikage Windler

Record Heat and Severe Storms…Not Your Average Saturday

Check out this Bank Thermometer Reporting 100 Degrees! Thanks to Tina Roe of Ladoga for the Photo

What a day on Saturday!  The blazing hot sun sent temperatures soaring to record levels for June 4th!  In Indianapolis, the official high temp was 95.  That set a new record, surpassing the old record of 94 set in 1925 and 1911.  But some areas got even hotter!  Now I know bank thermometers are notorious for reading “too warm”…but you’ve gotta appreciate when triple digits make the marquis!  100-degrees at the Hoosier Heartland State Bank in Ladoga, Indiana in Montgomery County.  So just how hot can it get in June?  The record for Indy is 102 set on June 25th, 1988.  In case you’re wondering, it does NOT look like a record high repeat for Sunday.  Our high should be cooler (88) and the record is actually higher (98) set in 1925.

But what could make a cameo is more severe weather.  The storms that rolled from the Northern third of the state through Central Indiana packed quite a punch on Saturday!  Lots of trees were reported downed, and at one point Duke Energy was reporting 20 thousand people without power on the North Side.  Unfortunately, the storms were also the cause of one fatality – someone inside a car at Mounds State Park in Anderson – when a tree fell.  Here are some of the severe weather reports from Saturday:

Look for more strong to severe storms possible late Sunday – especially from Indy point south and west.

Take Care!
-Meteorologist Chikage Windler

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Summer Warmth Ahead of Schedule, But Will it Last?

Central Indiana is within the "Above Average" area for temperatures this month, per the Climate Prediction Center

Is it hot enough for you yet?

I know a lot of people love summer heat and humidity, but not everyone.  As I write this on a warm Friday evening, I can’t help but wonder if our early surge of warmth will stick around.  We’ve already hit 90 twice this year, on May 30th and 31st.  And I’m forecasting 90 again tomorrow, then3 more times next Tuesday through Thursday!  Our annual average in Indianapolis is 17.5, so we’ll be off to a quick start!

Here’s the breakdown by month, according to the National Weather Service for average number of days at 90 or hotter in Indy:

May: 0.4
June: 3.3
July: 7.3
August: 4.7
September: 1.8

Now that you know the averages, you should take a look at the map from the Climate Prediction Center highlighting above average temperatures possible this month!  

So will the heat build or ease as we make it through the summer months?  Time will tell, but the Climate Prediction Center suggests a decent chance of BELOW average temperatures for the period June through August (see the second map). 

Indianapolis could end up "Below Average" for the summer, according to the Climate Prediction Center

If that’s the case after a very warm June…you’ve gotta wonder if a very cool July and August are heading our way.  As a broadcast meteorologist, I don’t dabble in long-range forecasting, but I do like checking the Climate Prediction Center’s maps frequently.  You might find them of interest as well – not only for temperature trends, but also for precipitation.  At last check, along with above normal temps this month, Indy’s outlooked for above normal rain too!  The next map update will be the third week of June…I’ll probably post an update then so you can track any changes.

Just a little food for thought as you’re settling into the hot, steamy (and possibly stormy) weekend ahead.

Have a great weekend and thanks for reading!
-Meteorologist Chikage Windler

For more: Climate Prediction Center

More Heat & Humidity for the Weekend

Get ready for a hot and humid weekend, with a chance for strong to severe storms on Saturday.

Today the temp goes up and so does the humidity!  Highs today will reach the mid 80s with a mix of sun and clouds.  There’s a 10% chance for an isolated sprinkle before 10am.

Overnight, a few clouds stick with us as temps drop to the mid 60s.

Saturday looks to be our third 90 degree day of the year!  The beginning of the weekend will be hot and humid with scattered showers and storms developing for the late afternoon and evening.  Some storms are expected to be strong to severe.  All of Central Indina is under a slight risk for severe storms tomorrow.  Large hail and damaging winds are the primary concerns with any severe t-storms that pop.

Sunday, we cool into the mid 80s, but still leave a slight chance for an isolated shower or storm.

Next week… more heat and humidity… and a chance for more scattered storms by midweek.  Your air conditioning looks to get a hearty work out for the first full week of June!