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Aug
13

Strong to Severe Storms Possible Saturday

Posted By · August 13, 2011 at 7:01 am

Strong to severe storms are likely late this afternoon into tonight across Central Indiana.

Highs today will reach the mid 80s with a mix of sun and clouds.  Late this afternoon into tonight showers and thunderstorms will likely develop.  The entire state is under a slight risk for severe storms, which include damaging wind, large hail, and we can’t rule out an isolated tornado.

Overnight, showers and storms come to an end as temps drop to the mid 60s.

Sunday, we’re on the backside of the system that’s bringing us the severe weather chance today, and that means cooler temps and a chance for scattered showers.  Highs Sunday will only reach the upper 70s!

We dry out Monday and Tuesday… but by Wednesday we’re back into rain chances and temps warming up into the mid to upper 80s!

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Aug
12

The Weekend is Almost Here

Posted By · August 12, 2011 at 4:29 am

We’re just hours away from the weekend, and another chance for showers and storms around Central Indiana.

Today, looks great!  More sunshine and temps in the low 80s.

Tonight, clouds will be on the increase, and late tonight into Saturday morning scattered showers and thunderstorms will likely build into the state.  Overnight lows will drop into the mid 60s.

Saturday will not be a washout, but morning showers and thunderstorms are possible, with off and on showers and storms for the afternoon.  Some storms could be severe Saturday afternoon.  Damaging wind and hail are the top threats from any storm that turns severe.

Sunday, we’ll see another chance for scattered showers and storms with highs in the upper 70s.

Early next week, the sunshine returns with temps edging towards the mid 80s by next Wednesday.

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A beautiful day is ahead for Central Indiana!  And, I hope to see you at the Indiana State Fair!

Highs will hit the low 80s with mostly sunny skies.  Today is WTHR Day at the fair, so stop by and see us near the free stage (NW corner of the fairgrounds).  Dr. Oz will hit the state aroudn 3pm, and we’d love for you to stop by and see us all day at the WTHR booth!  We couldn’t have asked for better weather!

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

Friday looks great with clouds increasing as we head into the afternoon.  Highs will remain comfortable in the low 80s.

Late Friday night into Saturday and Sunday scattered showers and thunderstorms move into the state.  The weekend doesn’t look like washout, but some much needed rain will fall off and on through the weekend.

Temps stay “cool” in the low 80s, with more heat and humidity expected for the middle of next week.

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Aug
10

Finally! Cooler Temps Settle In!

Posted By · August 10, 2011 at 5:20 am

We’ve made it!  The light at the end of the tunnel, the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, however you want to celebrate… cooler temps are settling into Central Indiana!

The streak of 90 degree days is over.  We wrapped up the record setting heatwave with 23 consecutive days of 90+ temps.  The previous record was 19 set back in 1936.

We will now start counting beautiful days!  Highs today will reach the low to mid 80s with mostly sunny skies.  The cooler, less humid weather settles in all the way through Friday!  Late Friday into Saturday our next chance for rain rolls in.

Overnight lows will drop into the 60s, so your a/c units will get a break!

This is great back to school weather, perfect Indiana State Fair conditions… how will you enjoy the “cooler” temps?

The 7 day forecast looks great!  And, I am so happy to not “say” 90 anywhere in it!

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Photo Courtesy WTHR-TV Facebook Fan Linda Smoot

What a way to end our record 90-degree streak!  Mother Nature brought us one more round of strong to severe storms ahead of the cold front that will bring the coolest air since June to Central Indiana!

For the record:

We racked up 23 days of 90+ heat.  That streak is over since Tuesday’s high managed just 89.  The old record was 19 in 1936.

We’ve stacked up 39 days of 85+ heat.  That’s a streak that continues but will likely snap on Wednesday.  39 is a record.

We’ve score 44 straight days of 80+ heat.  That’s NOT a record, but is in 9th place.  The record is 86 set in 2002.

In case you’re wondering, we’re now up to 34 days of 90+ heat in 2011.  Last year we had 37 and 1983 had the most with 58!  you may have heard us mention from time to time that the average number of 90-degree days is 17.5 (we usually round to 18) a year, but the National Weather Service just released new “climate normals” for the last 30 years.  The new average number of 90-degrees days is 14.6!  So consider this year quite a feat!

Want more stats?  How ’bout a storm reports from the severe storms that rolled through Tuesday evening.  The National Weather Service in Indy compiled this list:

 

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDIANAPOLIS IN
853 PM EDT TUE AUG 09 2011

..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
            ..REMARKS..

0622 PM     TSTM WND DMG     3 S ADVANCE             39.95N 86.62W
08/09/2011                   BOONE              IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            POWER LINES DOWN AT 9967 WEST AND 600 SOUTH. TIME
            ESTIMATED.

0630 PM     TSTM WND GST     NEW ROSS                39.96N 86.71W
08/09/2011  E65.00 MPH       MONTGOMERY         IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            WINDS ESTIMATED AT 60-65 MPH. ACCOMPANIED BY DIME TO
            NICKEL SIZE HAIL.

0638 PM     TSTM WND DMG     1 N JAMESTOWN           39.94N 86.63W
08/09/2011                   BOONE              IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            PEA SIZE HAIL. ESTIMATED 40 TO 50 MPH WIND GUSTS AND
            SEVERAL TREE BRANCHES DOWN.

0641 PM     HAIL             1 N JAMESTOWN           39.94N 86.63W
08/09/2011  E0.75 INCH       BOONE              IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0645 PM     HAIL             3 NNE LIZTON            39.93N 86.52W
08/09/2011  U0.25 INCH       BOONE              IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0648 PM     TSTM WND GST     BROWNSBURG              39.84N 86.39W
08/09/2011  E50.00 MPH       HENDRICKS          IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            40-50 MPH WIND GUSTS IN SE BROWNSBURG.

0649 PM     TSTM WND DMG     2 NNE LIZTON            39.91N 86.53W
08/09/2011                   HENDRICKS          IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            2-FOOT LIVE TREE ACROSS ROAD, ACCOMPANIED BY NICKEL SIZE
            HAIL

0649 PM     HAIL             2 NNE LIZTON            39.91N 86.53W
08/09/2011  U0.75 INCH       HENDRICKS          IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            NICKEL SIZE HAIL ACCOMPANIED BY 2 FOOT DIAMETER TREE DOWN
            ACROSS ROAD

0650 PM     TSTM WND DMG     3 S ADVANCE             39.95N 86.62W
08/09/2011                   BOONE              IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            SEVERAL POWER LINES DOWN ACROSS STATE ROAD 75. TIME
            ESTIMATED.

0650 PM     TSTM WND DMG     2 NNE LIZTON            39.91N 86.53W
08/09/2011                   HENDRICKS          IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            THUNDERSTORM WINDS BLEW A 2-FOOT DIAMETER TREE DOWN
            ACROSS STATE ROAD 39 AND COUNTY ROAD 1025N

0652 PM     HAIL             BROWNSBURG              39.84N 86.39W
08/09/2011  M1.00 INCH       HENDRICKS          IN   AMATEUR RADIO

0655 PM     HAIL             10 NNW INDIANAPOLIS     39.91N 86.22W
08/09/2011  M1.00 INCH       MARION             IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            QUARTER SIZED HAIL ACCOMPANIED BY 50 MPH WINDS AT 86TH
            AND TOWNSHIP LINE ROAD.

0656 PM     HAIL             3 E AVON                39.76N 86.33W
08/09/2011  E0.50 INCH       HENDRICKS          IN   AMATEUR RADIO

            AT US 36 AND RACEWAY RD.

0705 PM     TSTM WND DMG     3 NNE JAMESTOWN         39.97N 86.61W
08/09/2011                   BOONE              IN   PUBLIC

            8 TELEPHONE POLES DOWN IN THE 6000 SOUTH AND STATE ROAD
            75 AREA. TIME APPROX.

0706 PM     TSTM WND GST     INDIANAPOLIS INT`L AIRP 39.72N 86.29W
08/09/2011  M58.00 MPH       MARION             IN   ASOS

0707 PM     HAIL             1 N CLERMONT            39.83N 86.32W
08/09/2011  E0.75 INCH       MARION             IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0720 PM     HAIL             5 S INDIANAPOLIS        39.70N 86.15W
08/09/2011  U0.50 INCH       MARION             IN   AMATEUR RADIO

            LOCATED AT INTERSTATE 465 AND STATE ROUTE 135

0725 PM     HAIL             8 SE INDIANAPOLIS       39.69N 86.04W
08/09/2011  E0.75 INCH       MARION             IN   CO-OP OBSERVER

            AT SOUTHPORT AND I-65. ACCOMPANIED BY 40 MPH WINDS.

0725 PM     HAIL             7 ESE INDIANAPOLIS      39.74N 86.02W
08/09/2011  E0.25 INCH       MARION             IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            AT FRANKLIN AND RAYMOND. ACCOMPANIED BY 40 MPH WINDS.

0727 PM     HAIL             7 SE INDIANAPOLIS       39.70N 86.05W
08/09/2011  U0.75 INCH       MARION             IN   NWS EMPLOYEE

0729 PM     HAIL             9 SSE INDIANAPOLIS      39.66N 86.08W
08/09/2011  U0.50 INCH       MARION             IN   AMATEUR RADIO

0810 PM     TSTM WND DMG     MARIETTA                39.44N 85.88W
08/09/2011                   SHELBY             IN   COUNTY OFFICIAL

            TREE LIMBS DOWN

0817 PM     HAIL             5 N HOPE                39.37N 85.77W
08/09/2011  U0.75 INCH       SHELBY             IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            NICKEL SIZE HAIL

0821 PM     HAIL             4 NNE HOPE              39.35N 85.74W
08/09/2011  U0.25 INCH       SHELBY             IN   AMATEUR RADIO

0832 PM     HAIL             4 ENE HARTSVILLE        39.29N 85.63W
08/09/2011  U1.00 INCH       DECATUR            IN   AMATEUR RADIO

            ACCOMPANIED BY ESTIMATED WINDS OF 60 MPH

0832 PM     TSTM WND GST     4 ENE HARTSVILLE        39.29N 85.63W
08/09/2011  E60.00 MPH       DECATUR            IN   AMATEUR RADIO

            LOCATED AT 800 WEST AND STATE ROAD 46. ACCOMPANIED BY
            1-INCH HAIL

Storm Reports - NOAA

Although a tornado warning was issued for Shelby County at one point, no tornadoes were reported, thankfully!  After the storms, cooler air is filtering in.  Not only will it be the coolest since June, but it should also be the most comfortable in weeks!  Enjoy it!

-Meteorologist Chikage Windler Follow Chikage on Twitter - Become a fan on Facebook

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Aug
09

A Break in the Heat?

Posted By · August 9, 2011 at 8:27 am

We’ve been counting 90+ temperatures for 23 days straight… will we make it number 24 today?

As of right now, it looks like temps will stay in the mid to upper 80s today.  A mix of sun and clouds is expected with a 30% chance for afternoon and evening thunderstorms.

Tonight, lows drop to the mid 60s and any isolated showers or storms come to an end.

Wednesday and Thursday look great with highs in the upper 70s and low 80s.  Yes… a nice cool streak!  We’ll see lots of sunshine then too.

Temps remain comfortable through the weekend, with a chance of rain late Friday into Saturday.  We’ll keep our eyes on it!

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Aug
08

Monday’s Forecast Includes More Storm Chances

Posted By · August 8, 2011 at 6:23 am

We keep on racking 90+ days up.  Sunday was the 22nd day in a row we’ve hit at least the 90 degree mark.  Today, we might come close again, and a chance for severe storms is in the forecast.

Highs today should hit the upper 80s with a mix of sun and clouds.  During the afternoon and evening thunderstorms are possible, and some could be strong to severe with similar characteristics as Sunday’s storms.  Damaging wind and heavy rain are the primary threats, with large hail a possibility too.

Overnight, isolated storms are still possible with temps in the low 70s.

Tuesday looks seasonal with highs in the mid 80s and a 30% chance for a shower or thunderstorm.

Wednesday and Thursday get ready for sunshine and highs in the low 80s… yes… the LOW 80s!!!

The temps climb and rain chances return for the weekend.

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Aug
07

Severe Storm Chances & Another 90+ Day!

Posted By · August 7, 2011 at 4:38 am

We’ve done it… 21 straight days of 90+ temps, and we look to add another today!  A break in the streak is coming in the 7 day forecast!

Highs will reach the low 90s with a mix of sun and clouds.  Thunderstorms will likely develop this afternoon into the evening hours.  Some storms may be strong to severe across the entire state.  All of Central Indiana is under a slight risk for severe storms.  Damaging wind and very heavy rain that could lead to localized flooding is expected.

Tonight, isolated showers and storms are likely through midnight as temps drop to the low 70s.  Early Monday morning patchy fog is likely.

Monday, we could break the 90 degree streak!  Highs are expected to reach the mid 80s with a mix of clouds and sun.

Late Monday night into Tuesday more showers and storms enter the forecast.

A break from the heat is found in the 7 day!

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