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Your Forecast for the Next 7 Days

Good Morning!  Today will feature mostly sunny skies and dry weather with comfortable humidity levels too.  Highs will be cooler today with most spots only in the low 80s.  I’m forecasting an afternoon high of 84 in Indy…which just so happens to be the average high this time of year!  We’ll nudge temperatures up to around 90 by midweek, though, so enjoy the cooler weather while it lasts.  Our next chance of storms moves in overnight tomorrow night and on Wednesday.  For now, it looks like potential for 1/2″ to 3/4″ of rain.  Central Indiana is NOT included in a risk of severe weather when those storms arrive, but the northern tier of the state is under a “slight risk” for Wednesday.

While our weather is looking great, the tropics are heating up.  Early this morning, Tropical Storm Irene strengthened into Hurricane Irene, the first hurricane of the Atlantic Hurricane season.  Irene has the potential to strengthen even more as it heads toward the Southeast US Coast.  Areas from Florida to the Carolinas need to be on guard and the storm’s impacts could be felt all the way to New England and Nova Scotia.  I’ll post updates periodically on twitter and facebook to keep you updated.  If the storm continues on its track, evacuations might be recommended for some parts of the coastal United States.

By the way, here in Central Indiana, we picked up officially only a “Trace” of rain over the weekend as most of the pop-up storms didn’t hit the airport where official records are kept.  That means we’re still in a “moderate drought” and and nearly 4″ below average on rainfall since June.  Leftovers from Irene might actually help Hoosiers that are dealing with so much dry weather, but as of now, most of the moisture looks like it will stay east of Indiana.

Have a great week!

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

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Aug
21

Mainly Dry Sunday

Posted By · August 21, 2011 at 5:16 am

We’re waking up to a few scattered showers and thunderstorms on Live Doppler 13, but we should be drying out as the day goes on!

Most spots will be dry today, but I’m keeping a 20% chance of showers in the forecast. Any activity that pops up will be isolated, but could contain heavy downpours.  Highs today will reach the low 80s with a mix of sun and clouds.

Overnight, skies clear and patchy fog develops as lows drop into the upper 50s.  The kids will need a sweater as they head out the door to the bus stop.

Monday, we stay “cool” in the low to mid 80s with partly cloudy skies, and by Tuesday we’re back in the mid 80s.

Our next chance of widespread rain moves into Central Indiana Wednesday and Thursday… overall… the week doesn’t look too bad ;) .

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Aug
20

Spotty Storms Saturday

Posted By · August 20, 2011 at 6:21 am

Highs today will soar into the upper 80s, and storm chances stick around for the first part of the weekend.

The day won’t be a washout, but any time after the noon hour, a spotty shower or thunderstorm is possible.  The chance for rain goes up the later we head into the afternoon/evening.  Widespread severe weather is not expected, but an isolated storm may turn severe with damaging wind and hail possible.

Don’t cancel outdoor plans, but keep the rain gear handy, and checking the radar isn’t a bad idea too.

Overnight scattered showers and storms come to an end and patchy fog will likely form.  Temps tonight drop to the mid to upper 60s.

Sunday morning, a few spotty showers or thunderstorms are possible, but will end to give way to a partly cloudy day.  Highs Sunday will reach the low to mid 80s, and will feel less humid.

Monday looks great… and by Wednesday, we’ll be tracking our next chance of significant rain.

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Aug
19

Friday Forecast & Weekend Preview

Posted By · August 19, 2011 at 4:31 am

The weekend won’t be a washout, but we will be watching for scattered showers and thunderstorms!

As we ease into the weekend, highs will reach the mid to upper 80s across Central Indiana Friday.  Late afternoon/early evening there’s a 20% chance for an isolated shower or thunderstorm.  Widespread severe weather is not expected, but isolated thunderstorms could turn severe with damaging wind, large hail, and very heavy rain.

Saturday and Sunday won’t be a washout, but you’ll need to keep the rain gear handy as highs hit the mid to upper 80s.  Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be possible this weekend.  Severe weather is not expected at this time.  Right now, it looks like the best chance for rain on Saturday will be in the afternoon/evening.

A few showers and storms may linger early Monday morning, but we’ll dry out as we head into the work week with temps in the low to mid 80s.

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Aug
18

Spotty Storms Possible Today

Posted By · August 18, 2011 at 4:57 am

A mix of sun and clouds is expected across Central Indiana today, there’s a slight chance for an isolated storm.

Highs today will reach the upper 80s to around 90 degrees.  There’s a 20% chance for an isolated storm.  Most spots look to stay dry, and severe weather is not expected.

Overnight, temps drop to the upper 60s with partly cloudy skies.

Friday, highs hit the upper 80s to around 90 again with a 20% chance of an isolated storm.  Again, severe weather is not expected.

Rain chances increase for the weekend, especially on Sunday.  At this time, we’re not looking for a washout, but we’ll keep you posted on the timing of the rain as we get closer to the weekend.

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Aug
17

Wonderful Wednesday… Rain Tonight?

Posted By · August 17, 2011 at 7:36 am

Another great day is ahead for Central Indiana, and if you want rain, we’ve got a shot at some over the next few days.

Highs today will reach the mid 80s with clouds building as we head into the afternoon.

Tonight, isolated thunderstorms are possible as temps drop to the mid 60s.  There’s onl ya 20-30% chance of rain, so as of right now, widespread showers are not expected.  Severe weather is also not expected.

Thursday, highs hit the upper 80s… could we maybe hit 90 again?  There’s a 20-30% chance for isolated thunderstorms, again, severe weather is not expected.

Rain chances stick around for the weekend, but we’re not looking at a washout.  It will feel more humid as temps push into the mid and upper 80s.

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Aug
16

Beautiful Day Ahead

Posted By · August 16, 2011 at 6:15 am

If you liked how Monday turned out, today will be just as nice, just a few degrees warmer!

Highs today will reach the low to mid 80s with mostly sunny skies.  As we head towards the afternoon, a light East breeze will blow through Central Indiana.

Overnight, temps drop to the 50s and 60s with mostly clear skies.

Wednesday, we warm up into the mid 80s with clouds increasing as we head into the afternoon.  Wednesday night into Thursday scattered showers and thunderstorms will likely develop.  Thursday, highs still hit the mid 80s.

Check out the rest of the 7 day forecast below… there’s a nice warm up… plus chances for rain mixed in with the sunshine.  It doesn’t look too bad!

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Aug
14

Sunday Forecast Includes Isolated Showers & Storms

Posted By · August 14, 2011 at 7:07 am

Saturday night severe thunderstorms rolled through Central Indiana, impacting the Indiana State Fairgrounds.  More than 40 people were injured waiting for Sugarland to take the stage, and four people lost their lives.  The stage collapsed as a gust front moved through the area.  A Severe Thunderstorm warning was issued at 8:39pm for Marion County, at 8:45 pm 60 to 70mph winds hit the stage at the fairgrounds.  A gust front is a strong gust of wind from a thunderstorm.

Severe weather is not expected today, but isolated showers and thunderstorms will be possible.

Highs today will reach the upper 70s with a 30% chance for an isolated shower or thunderstorm.  It appears that the best chance for rain will be for the Eastern counties of Central Indiana.

Overnight, patchy fog will develop as temps drop to the low 60s under partly cloudy skies.

Monday and Tuesday dry weather returns, and so do temps in the 80s.

Our next chance of rain begins late Wednesday night into Thursday.

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