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Stormy Weather for the Weekend

Posted By · June 17, 2011 at 5:10 am

I hope you enjoyed Central Indiana’s “cool” streak!  The heat and humidity returns today with highs pushing into the upper 80s.  Scattered showers and thunderstorms will likely develop after noon today.  Widespread severe weather is not expected.

Overnight, temps only drop to the low 70s with scattered showers and thunderstorms.

For the weekend, keep your eyes on the forecast.  Both Saturday and Sunday strong to severe thunderstorms are possible as highs push close to 90 degrees.  Both days all of Central Indiana is under a slight risk for severe storms.  We will be tracking the potential of damaging wind and large hail as the primary threats.

The heat continues for the beginning of next week, with a little cool down coming by Wednesday.

Summer officially begins Tuesday!

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Rain Chances Increasing for the Weekend

Posted By · June 16, 2011 at 4:37 am

Today may be one of the best days out of the next seven!

Highs will reach the low 80s with a slight chance for an isolated thunderstorm.  At this time, most spots look to stay dry.  Winds will gust up to 25mph, so get ready for a breezy day.

Overnight, lows drop to the mid 60s with partly cloudy skies.

Both Friday and Saturday scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible.  Some storms could be strong to severe both days, so we’ll keep a close watch on any storms that pop up.

For Sunday, a chance of t-storms will stick around as highs hit the upper 80s.

Monday will be hot and humid as temps track closer to 90 degrees, with more stormy weather returning Tuesday.

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Father’s Day of Fools

Posted By · June 15, 2011 at 8:07 am

Father’s Day is quickly approaching… are you scrambling to buy the perfect card for dad?

I’ve been looking for a good one, but can’t find exactly what I’d like.  Am I being too picky?  Nope, I don’t think so.   I don’t think our standards for Father’s Day cards are high enough.

Where am I going with this? 

Well, according to the cards I’ve seen, dad’s only drink beer, control the remote while sitting in their favorite chair, BBQ, cut the grass, or golf.  I don’t know about you, but there’s a lot more to my dad than those stereotypes.

Father’s are not the doofus’ American culture has made them out to be.  They are not the incapable characters many TV shows have created.  They are not another child that a woman needs to parent.  Fathers are equal parents who are just as loving and just as responsible for kids as mothers.

Can you imagine what would happen if Mother’s Day cards featured vacuums, women cooking, washing the dishes, folding laundry, and cleaning the house?   That wouldn’t fly… would it?  So, why is the dad stereotype allowed to continue?  Gender roles fluctuate with couples, after all, marriage and love is about a partnership.

My dad is awesome.  Sure, he cuts the grass, has an occasional beer, and we fight over the remote, but is that all he is? 

No, he’s a role model who’s always there for me.  When I think of my Dad, I remember childhood ski trips, 100 mile bike rides together, and his love, support, and encouragement. 

So, Dad, Happy Father’s Day… I’m glad a greeting card doesn’t begin to describe your parenting!

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Stormy Wednesday

Posted By · June 15, 2011 at 4:27 am

Highs today will reach the mid 70s across Central Indiana with scattered showers and thunderstorms.  Some isolated storms may be strong to severe.  Very heavy rain will be likely in some thunderstorms as well.

Overnight, scattered showers and thunderstorms are still possible as lows drop to the low 60s.

Thursday a few showers and storms are sticking in the forecast as highs push closer to 80.

We can’t rule out a pop up storm on Friday, but for now, the day doesn’t look like a washout.

More showers and storms move in for the weekend as highs hit the mid to upper 80s.  It’s too early to nail down the timing of the systems yet, but we’ll keep you posted as we get closer to the weekend!

Temps push closer to 90 as we head into early next week.  Get ready… the official start to summer kicks off Tuesday!

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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

Thanks for checking in!

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Showers and Thunderstorms Return

Posted By · June 14, 2011 at 6:59 am

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!

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Comfortable Temps Remain

Posted By · June 13, 2011 at 7:10 am

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!

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Beating the Heat!

Posted By · June 12, 2011 at 11:09 pm

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: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150636079990182.699891.244491645181&l=22abcbed10

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

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