Lugar’s 2Q fundraising surpasses challengers

Money does not always translate into a win but it does show a serious gap.

Sen. Richard Lugar-R

Roll Call is reporting that reporting the second quarter fundraising numbers for US Senate from April 1 to June 30th.

The cash on hand column is revealing. It shows Republican Richard Lugar with over $3.5 million, challenger Richard Mourdock with $214,000 and Democrat Joe Donnelly with $686,000.

Overall Lugar raised $912,000 in the second quarter and spent $375,000 of it. Mourdock raised $312,000 and spent $221,000. Donnelly raised $453,000 and spent $106,000.

Money does not always translate into a win but it does show a serious gap. It will also be curious to see how much of that money Sen. Lugar will feel he needs to spend. If he has to spend most of it in the primary it may be difficult to raise that kind of money for a general election. This primary will be an interesting race to watch.

Hot, Hot, Hot!

Want to do a little number crunching about heat?

Want to do a little number crunching about heat?

The following info was compiled by the NWS.  The original link can be found here.

 …High Temperature last occurrence at Indianapolis…

 98 degrees on July 20, 2011
 99 degrees on July 30, 1999
102 degrees on August 16, 1988
103 degrees on July 15, 1988
104 degrees on July 14, 1954
106 degrees on July 14, 1936

The highest temperature recorded at the Indianapolis airport is 107 degrees on July 25, 1934.  At this time the official weather station was located in downtown Indianapolis where the temperature reached 105 degrees.

 

…Last time Low Temperature was so warm at Indianapolis…

  78 degrees on July 20, 2011
  79 degrees on July 19, 2011
  80 degrees on August 23, 1936
  81 degrees on August 22, 1936
  82 degrees on August 19, 1936
  84 degrees on July 7, 1874
  85 degrees on June 28, 1874


 
Indianapolis Area
Occurrences of more than 7 consecutive days with
Maximum Temperature 90 degrees F or higher
Years: 1871-2011

Rank  # Days   End Date
  1     19    8/26/1936
  2     18    7/30/1901
  3     15    7/17/1936
  4     14    8/13/2007
  5     14    7/24/1983
  6     14    7/20/1980
  7     14    7/ 6/1966
  8     13    8/30/1983
  9     13    7/31/1940
 10     12    8/21/1995
 11     12    8/ 2/1941
 12     12    9/27/1891
 13     12    8/ 5/1887
 14     11    8/18/1988
 15     11    7/ 1/1890
 16     11    7/20/1878
 17     10    9/ 4/1973
 18     10    7/ 2/1952
 19     10    7/ 9/1949
 20     10    7/19/1921
 21     10    7/31/1916
 22     10    9/16/1897
 23     10    7/13/1881
 24      9    6/22/1994
 25      9    7/20/1977
 26      9    9/ 2/1953
 27      9    8/ 3/1953
 28      9    8/16/1944
 29      9    8/ 7/1935
 30      9    7/26/1934
 31      9    7/13/1914
 32      9    6/26/1910
 33      9    8/11/1900
 34      9    7/10/1897
 35      8    7/26/1999
 36      8    7/10/1988
 37      8    8/26/1959
 38      8    8/ 6/1955
 39      8    8/29/1948
 40      8    8/ 2/1931
 41      8    7/ 7/1921
 42      8    7/27/1914
 43      8    7/ 9/1902
 44      8    7/ 5/1901
 45      8    8/11/1896
 46      8    8/ 4/1890
 47      8    7/18/1887

Maximum Days in a Month of 90 degrees and higher at Indianapolis
Month Average Maximum Year
April 0.0  1 1925, 1942
May 0.4  6 1941
June 3.3 18 1934, 1954
July 7.3 25 1901
August 4.7 23 1983
September 1.8 12 1891, 1897
October 0.0  2 2007
Annual 17.5 58 1983

 

Maximum Days in a Month of 100 degrees and higher at Indianapolis
Month Average Maximum Year
June 0.1  4 1934
July 0.3  9 1936
August 0.1  3 1936
September 0.1  2 1939, 1953
Annual 0.4 12 1936

 

Years at Indianapolis With Daily Temperatures of 100 Degrees

                            Year           Jun            Jul          Aug        Sep          Ann
1936 0 9 3 0 12
1934 4 6 0 0 10
1988 1 3 1 0 5
1954 1 2 0 1 4
1953 1 0 0 2 3
1881 0 2 1 0 3
1887 0 3 0 0 3
1901 0 3 0 0 3
1930 0 3 0 0 3
1939 0 0 0 2 2
1895 1 0 1 0 2
1911 0 2 0 0 2
1916 0 2 0 0 2
1918 0 0 1 0 1
1913 0 1 0 0 1
1914 0 1 0 0 1
1940 0 1 0 0 1
1941 0 1 0 0 1
1952 0 1 0 0 1
1980 0 1 0 0 1
Record Total 8 41 7 5 61
Annual Average 0.1 0.3 0.1 0 0.4

Warmest Day Since 1999

Today could be the hottest day of the year, with a forecast high of 99 degrees.

The heat rolls on… and today could be the hottest day of the year so far.  A forecast high of 99 degrees is expected today.  Wednesday, we hit 98! 

The last time we hit 99 degrees was back in 1999.  If we hit 100, it will be the first time since 1988!  An excessive heat warning is still in effect for all of Central Indiana until Saturday.  Afternoon heat indices will push 115.  A pop up shower or thunderstorm is possible late this afternoon.

The massive heat wave is now affecting 36 states in the United States.  According to the National Weather Service, 995,000 square miles and 150 million people are under some type of heat alert.  Also, one thousand records have been tied or set this month.

Overnight, skies remain partly cloudy with lows in the upper 70s.  It will still feel warm with heat indices running up to 95 degrees.

Friday, we cool down a bit.  But, it’s still going to be hot!  Highs will hit the mid 90s Friday and Saturday with a chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms. 

Sunday, we’re in the low 90s… and by Monday we could drop into the 80s!

No major rain is expected in the next 7 days, but as you see from the 7 day… there are a few chances for scattered showers or storms.

Excessive Heat Warning Continues

We’re not even close to done with the heat and humidity across Central Indiana.

An Excessive Heat Warning remains in effect for all of Central Indiana until Saturday afternoon. 

Highs today will reach the mid 90s with heat indices pushing 115.  There a chance for an isolated thunderstorm, but we’re not looking at widespread rain for Indiana in the 7 day forecast.

Overnight, temps drop to the 70s and 80s, but heat indices will likely stick in the 90s, so we’re not even getting relief overnight!

Thursday may be the hottest day of the year so far, with a projected high of 97.

This will be the warmest eight day streak in Indianapolis history since 1941.

Through Saturday, heat indices will top out at 105 to 115. 

Tuesday… Indy topped out at a feels like temp off 110, some spots felt closer to 130!  Click here to see where the weather was the worst!

How High will the Heat Index Go?

Indy topped out at 94 Monday with a max heat index of 101. Courtesy of the National Weather Service

It’s the buzz around town in Indy and across the Plains, Midwest, and Ohio Valley: it’s HOT!  Monday’s high made it to 94 for the second straight day.  Our heat index peaked at 101.  Check out the conditions around Central Indiana at 4pm and you’ll see low 90s for temperatures and low to mid 70s for dew points are making it feel very uncomfortable.  An EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING goes into effect at 2pm Tuesday and continues through Saturday!  It will be dangerously hot!

So how high will the heat index go?  Combining rising temperatures with rising dew points, our heat indices may rise above 110 later this week!

Here’s a list of forecast max heat index values through the week:
Tuesday: 108
Wednesday: 112
Thursday: 112
Friday: 105
Saturday: 105
Sunday: 103

Check out Monday’s Highest Heat Indices courtesy of NOAA.  Knoxville, Iowa had the highest heat index in the country at a whopping 131!!!

STORM SUMMARY NUMBER 05 FOR HIGH HEAT INDICES
NWS HYDROMETEOROLOGICAL PREDICTION CENTER CAMP SPRINGS MD
500 AM EDT TUE JUL 19 2011

...COMBINATION OF VERY HOT TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY WILL
CREATE DANGEROUS HEAT INDICES OVER THE CENTRAL U.S. THE HOT
WEATHER WILL SPREAD INTO THE EASTERN U.S. THIS WEEK...

EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCHES...WARNINGS AND HEAT ADVISORIES ARE IN
EFFECT FOR A LARGE PORTION OF THE CENTRAL U.S. AND OHIO RIVER
VALLEY. TEMPERATURES WILL FEEL LIKE 100 TO 110 DEGREES OR HIGHER
DURING THE AFTERNOON HOURS.

FOR A DETAILED GRAPHICAL DEPICTION OF THE LATEST
WATCHES...WARNINGS AND ADVISORIES...PLEASE SEE WWW.WEATHER.GOV

HEAT INDEX SAFETY INFORMATION AND MEANINGS OF WATCHES...WARNINGS
AND ADVISORIES CAN BE FOUND AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/OM/HEAT/INDEX.SHTML

GRAPHICAL HEAT INDEX FORECASTS CAN BE FOUND AT
www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/heat_index_MAX.shtml

...SELECTED HIGH HEAT INDEX VALUES FROM MONDAY JUL 18 2011...

...ILLINOIS...
FREEPORT                                      124
MOLINE                                        112
RANTOUL                                       111
SAVANNAH                                      110
QUINCY                                        106
TAYLORVILLE                                   105

...INDIANA...
GRISSOM AFB                                   110
LAFAYETTE                                     106
INDIANAPOLIS                                  101

...IOWA...
KNOXVILLE                                     131
NEWTON                                        129
ATLANTIC                                      126
COUNCIL BLUFFS                                126
ORANGE CITY                                   123
ALGONA                                        122
ANKENY                                        122
SPENCER                                       118
SIOUX CITY                                    117
WATERLOO                                      116
DES MOINES                                    114

...KANSAS...
LAWRENCE                                      110
TOPEKA                                        108
GREAT BEND                                    107
SALINA                                        107
WICHITA                                       107
HAYS                                          106
HILL CITY                                     106

...MICHIGAN...
LENAWEE COUNTY ARPT                           107
ANN ARBOR                                     105
HILLSDALE                                     105
JACKSON                                       105

...MINNESOTA...
MADISON                                       124
HUTCHINSON                                    123
AUSTIN                                        121
REDWOOD FALLS                                 119
ROCHESTER                                     118
MARSHALL                                      117
MINNEAPOLIS                                   117
ST JAMES                                      117
NEW ULM                                       114
PIPESTONE                                     114

...MISSOURI...
KIRKSVILLE                                    107
WHITEMAN AFB                                  106
KANSAS CITY                                   105

...OKLAHOMA...
SHAWNEE                                       111
CHANDLER                                      109
ARDMORE                                       108
OKLAHOMA CITY                                 106
PONCA CITY                                    106
STILLWATER                                    106

...NEBRASKA...
OFFUTT AFB                                    117
TEKAMAH                                       117
HEBRON                                        115
FALLS CITY                                    113
LINCOLN                                       111
ALBION                                        110
KEARNEY                                       107

...SOUTH DAKOTA...
CHAMBERLAIN                                   115
MITCHELL                                      115
ABERDEEN                                      114
HURON                                         113
PIERRE                                        113
SIOUX FALLS                                   111
WATERTOWN                                     109

...TEXAS...
DALLAS                                        108
PARIS                                         106
TYLER                                         105

...WISCONSIN...
WATERTOWN                                     119
BOSCOBEL                                      117
LONE ROCK                                     115
MADISON                                       114
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN                              114
VOLK                                          114
EAU CLAIRE                                    113
STEVENS POINT                                 110
MILWAUKEE                                     107

Here in Indiana, we did NOT make the “hottest heat index” list…yet.  But that heat and humidity will be pushing eastward and we could be in the thick of it the rest of the week!
And while our heat wave will certainly be worthy of complaining, you might recall last summer, when we hit 90 or hotter a whopping 37 times! (In contrast, Monday made day 13 of 90+ heat in 2011).
We average 18 days/year of 90-degree heat.

A lot of the precautions you can take to stay safe in the extreme heat are simple common sense.  For a refresher, check out this link from the National Weather Service: http://www.weather.gov/om/heat/index.shtml

Stay cool!

-Chikage
-Meteorologist Chikage Windler Follow Chikage on TwitterBecome a fan on Facebook

Heat Blasts Central Indiana

The heat is here, and today begins our streak of heat indices pushing 115 degrees.

The heatwave is just beginning.

Highs today will reach the low to mid 90s with heat indices pushing 105 to 115.  It’s going to be hot, humid, and miserable.  There’s a chance for isolated thunderstorms.  Some of which could turn strong to severe across Central Indiana.  An Excessive Heat Warning is in effect for all of Central Indiana today through Saturday.   Any and all severe weather watches and warnings can be found here.

Overnight, temps drop to the mid 70s, but will continue to feel warm and sticky.

Wednesday through Friday, we stay dry in terms of chances of rain… but we heat up into the mid 90s.   Again, it will feel up to 115 degrees.  The National Weather Service will likely issue heat advisories/watches/ warnings each day.

We stay in the 90s through the weekend.

Heat & Humidity Getting Worse

Get ready for what is set to be the hottest week of the year across Indiana.

It’s not the heat… but the high humidity that will make it feel downright miserable outside.

Today, highs hit the low to mid 90s but it will feel up to 105 because of the humidity.  There’s a 30% chance for scattered showers or thunderstorms as we head into the afternoon.  Some storms North of I-70 may be strong to severe with damaging winds being the major threat.  Because the atmosphere is so moist, very heavy rain is possible in individual thunderstorm cells.  An isolated tornado or even large hail cannot be ruled out from any severe storm that pops.

Overnight, we only drop to the mid 70s with a chance for isolated showers and storms.

Tuesday begins the streak of some of the hottest and most humid days of the year.  All of Central Indiana is under an excessive heat watch Tuesday afternoon through Saturday evening.  That’s because during peak heating it will feel like 105 to 115 degrees, each day.

Take a look at the 7 day below… low and mid 90s look to settle in through the weekend.

Take care, drink lots of water, and stay cool inside as much as you can.

It’s Not the Heat…It’s the Humidity!

Excessive Heat by Midweek in Central Indiana and much of the country. This heat index forecast for Wednesday courtesy of NOAA/HPC.

There’s no better time to explain that often spoken phrase than now.  With a week’s worth of “excessive heat” in the forecast, I thought you might like to know what goes into the heat index and how a “dry heat” as opposed to a “moist/humid heat” can make all the difference in the world as to how you feel when you step outside!

First – I have have to acknowledge the Heat Index Forecast from the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center (say that 5 times fast!)  Central Indiana is poised for midweek heat indices of 105-110!  It will feel even hotter to our west, though, where portions of the Plains and Upper Midwest will feel like 110-115!

The heat index is derived from a long and drawn-out math equation that combines temperature plus humidity to yield “apparent” temperature, or how your body feels as a result of the heat and humidity.  If you’re bored and would like to compute it for yourself…here you go!

Formula for finding heat index

where:

HI = Heat Index
T = Temperature (° F)
RH = Relative Humidity (%)

What?  Not interested in punching all those numbers into your calculator?  OK – here’s the “easy” way to compute the heat index courtesy of the National Weather Service at this link:

http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/html/heatindex.shtml

In a nutshell, the higher the temperature and the higher the Relative Humidity or Dew Point (both measure how moist the air is), the higher the heat index.

For example: Let’s say it’s 90 degrees with a dew point of 65.  The heat index = 94.  Look at the difference as dew points get higher:

Temp: 90 + Dew Point: 70 = Heat Index 97
Temp: 90 + Dew Point: 75 = Heat Index 101
Temp: 90 + Dew Point: 80 = Heat Index 107

Anytime the Heat Index exceeds 105, that’s considered the danger zone…and that’s what prompts an excessive heat watch or warning.

I’ve been watching all my friends in Minnesota (that’s where I used to live and work before moving to WTHR) suffer through 80-degree dew points today.  And that air is heading here to Indiana in the next couple days.  So ready or not, prepare to sweat.  And if you need a refresher on hot weather safety, check out this link: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/brochures/heatwave.pdf

Stay cool and stay safe!
-Chikage
-Meteorologist Chikage Windler Follow Chikage on TwitterBecome a fan on Facebook

Heat Builds and Eyes Central Indiana

Dangerous heat is coming to Central Indiana, from Tuesday to Friday this week temps will feel like 100 to 110 degrees!

Highs today will reach the low 90s with partly cloudy skies, and a 20% chance of a pop up shower or thunderstorm this afternoon.  It will feel closer to 100 degrees this afternoon with the humidity.  A Heat Advisory has been issued for the extreme northern section of our viewing area.  Click here to see the advisory area.

Tonight, temps drop to the low 70s with partly cloudy skies.  It will remain warm and muggy.

Monday, temps will soar into the low 90s again with feels like temps of 95 to 105 degrees.  There’s a 20% chance for an isolated thunderstorm.  Some storms may be strong to severe most likely containing damaging winds.

Starting Tuesday, all of Central Indiana is under an Excessive Heat Watch.  This means temps in the 90s combined with high humidity will make it feel like 100 to 110 from late morning to early evening each day through Friday.  Watches and warnings will be updated here throughout the day.  The best chance for rain also comes Tuesday, but it’s only a 30% chance.

This is dangerous heat.  It may seem like a silly reminder, but drink lots of water to stay hydrated, and stay in air conditioning when you can.

What is an Excessive Heat Watch, Anyway?

The Excessive Heat Watch for Central Indiana goes into effect Tuesday PM and continues through Friday PM

If you’ve been following the forecast, you’ve probably heard about the heat wave heading this way.  But unlike the last time was had high heat and humidity, this time, the National Weather Service has posted an Excessive Heat Watch for us days in advance.

What it means to you is that the combination of heat and humidity will create dangerous conditions this upcoming week.  Excessive Heat Watches are issued when the following conditions are expected: Highs in the 90s or hotter, dew points in the mid 70s or higher, and heat indices of 105 or more.  And unfortunately, that’s what Central Indiana will likely be seeing as early as Tuesday and continuing through the end of the week.

Tomorrow and Monday, it will still be hot, but not quite hot enough to prompt a heat warning.  Highs in the low 90s plus dew points in the 70s may give us heat indices in the upper 90s to around 100.

Check out the heat index chart and you’ll see that heat index values of 105 or higher are in the “Danger” zone.  You’ll want to take it easy this week!

Today’s high of 89 wasn’t quite enough to add to our growing list of 90-degree highs.  We’re at 13 so far this year.  Tomorrow through Saturday should add another 7, which would put us above the average of 18 days/year.  Hot stuff?  Yes.  Hottest ever?  Not by a long shot.  Back in 1936, several days in July hit 106!  That’s the hottest on record for Indianapolis.  No signs of that kind of heat anytime soon, thank you very much!!

Stay cool and take care!
-Chikage
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