We Broke the Streak! (But Severe Storms Struck Along the Way)

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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

A Break in the Heat?

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

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!

Monday’s Forecast Includes More Storm Chances

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.

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.

Severe Storm Chances & Another 90+ Day!

We’ve done it… 21 straight days of 90+ temps, and we look to add another today!

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!

Severe Storms Possible Saturday

The heat rolls on, and we add to that, a chance for strong to severe storms across Central Indiana today.

A new record stands in Indianapolis.  Friday was the 20th consecutive day Indy hit at least 90 degrees, breaking the previous record of 19 set back in 1936.  Today, we could add another day to that as temps come close to the 90 degree mark.  Today heat indices will push close to 100.

Today we are watching the radar closely as strong to severe thunderstorms are possible late this morning through the afternoon and early evening.  The main threats from any strong to severe thunderstorm will be damaging wind, and flash flooding.

Overnight, temps drop to the low 70s, patchy fog is possible where rain falls during the day.

Sunday looks mainly dry during most of the day as highs hit the low 90s again.  Late afternoon into evening, scattered showers and thunderstorms will likely devlop.  The day is not expected to be a washout.

Monday we get a break from the heat, and less humidity moves in too.  The mid 80s never looked so good!

Indiana State Fair Forecast

Today is opening day at the Indiana State Fair! So… what’s the forecast hold? It looks pretty good!

Today is opening day at the Indiana State Fair!  So… what’s the forecast hold?  It looks pretty good!

Highs today will reach the upper 80s to around 90 degrees.  If we hit 90, we would break the record for consecutive 90+ days!  So far we’ve hat 19, that ties the record from 1936.  Will we make it number 20 today?  There’s a 30% chance for an isolated shower or thunderstorm late this afternoon, but not everyone will be lucky enough to get rain.  A mix of sun and clouds will be found around the state today.

If you have early evening plans, there’s a slight chance for an isolated shower or storm, but that will quickly diminish.

Saturday, a 40% chance for showers and storms as highs hit the upper 80s.  Saturday appears to be the best chance for rain!

Sunday, we keep rain chances in the forecast, but reduce them to 30%.  With more sunshine expected, I think highs will reach 90 again.

Check out the 7 day forecast… all the way at the end… a little relief!

Record Tying Day Thursday?

Today’s the day… if we hit 90 degrees we tie the record set back in 1936 of the most 90+ days in a row, 19!

Today’s the day… if we hit 90 degrees we tie the record set back in 1936 of the most 90+ days in a row, 19!

It’s going to be close.  Today’s high is expected to hit the upper 80s to around 90 degrees with mostly sunny skies.  It won’t feel as humid with a light breeze out of the Northeast.

Overnight, the skies remain mostly clear and temps drop to the upper 60s.

Friday, highs hit the mid to upper 80s with partly cloudy skies.  There’s a 30% chance for showers and storms the later we head into the afternoon and evening.

The 30% chance for rain remains in the forecast Saturday and Sunday, but a washout doesn’t look like it’s developing.  Highs will again reach the upper 80s.

Some weather models are hinting at a cool down next week… a little relief from the heat may be settling in!  Stay tuned!

Not as Hot… but still in the 90s!

After a night of scattered showers and thunderstorms, temps will rebound to the low 90s this afternoon.

After a night of scattered showers and thunderstorms, temps will rebound to the low 90s this afternoon.

Here are a few rain totals from weather spotters across the state.  Feel free to leave your rainfall totals in the comments section!

Frankton:  1.08″

Tipton:  .81″

Kokomo:  .78″

Russiaville:  .64″

Fishers:  .25″

Carmel:  .19″

Shelbyville:  .17″

Lebanon:  .11″

Indianapolis:  .06″ (spotter total, not the official airport total)

Zionsville:  .04″

Downtown Indianapolis:  .02″

The cloud cover will break and more sunshine will be found the later we head into the day.

Overnight, mostly clear skies are expected with temps dropping into the 60s.

Thursday looks dry with a high around 90 degrees.  If we hit 90, that will tie the record of 19 conescutive 90 degree days from 1936.

Friday, a 30% chance of showers and storms moves in, as highs again look to hit 90 degrees.

The weekend doesn’t look like a washout, but you’ll need to watch the radar with a 30% chance of scattered showers and storms.  We look to break the 90 degree broken record forecast with temps in the upper 80s!

Near Record Heat Tuesday

Near record heat is possible around Central Indiana today… add to that a Heat Advisory, and a Knozone Action Day, and we have a lot to talk about!

Near record heat is possible around Central Indiana today… add to that a Heat Advisory, and a Knozone Action Day, and we have a lot to talk about!

The forecast high today is 97, the record is 98 set back in 1888.  It’s going to be a day to sweat it out.  A Heat Advisory is in effect for all of Central Indiana, it will feel more like 107 this afternoon.  A Knozone Action Day is in effect for entire Indy metro area.  Today will be the 17th day in a row we hit the 90 degree mark.  The record is 19 back in 1936, we look to at least tie that!

Overnight isolated thunderstorms are possible.  Some storms may be strong to severe North of I-70.  Damaging wind is the main concern.  Very heavy rain is also possible in any t-storm that pops up.  We need it, so keep your eyes to the sky as temps tonight drop to the mid 70s.

Wednesday, isolated thunderstorms are possible in the morning, but we’ll clear out to partly cloudy skies as temps hit 90.

Our next best chance of rain comes Friday for the opening of the Indiana State Fair, as temps hit around 90 degrees.  There’s only a 30% shot at showers or t-storms Friday.

 

July 2011 Weather Recap

July 2011 was the driest on record, and the second hottest in Indianapolis history!

July 2011 was the driest on record, and the second hottest in Indianapolis history!  The numbers were crunched by the Indy NWS, click here for the original link.
 
July 2011 will go down in history at Indianapolis as the hottest month in 75 years since July of 1936 and the 2nd hottest since weather records began in 1871. During the summer of 1936, the Midwest and much of the nation was in the middle of the epic Dust Bowl. A persistent upper level ridge of high pressure is to blame for the prolonged period of heat this July. Nearly every day of the month was at or above normal. Much of the second half of the month was near 10 degrees above normal, when the most intense heat waves impacted the area. Combined with relatively high amounts of moisture in the air, conditions became dangerous and posed a clear threat for those exposed to the excessive heat.  Heat index values consistently ranged from the 100s to 110s across central Indiana during several periods in the second half of the month.
 
Several locations broke into the triple digits on the 21st. Indianapolis reached 100 on this day, which was the first time since August of 1988 (102 degrees). Many locations had impressive strings of consecutive days with maximum temperatures at least 90 degrees. Shelbyville and Eagle Creek both finished the month with 16 straight days of highs at or above 90 degrees, and Indianapolis had 15. Temperatures look to continue such a trend into early August, which would give Indianapolis a good chance of coming close to the record of 19 straight days set back in August of 1936.
 
 
Site
July 2011 Avg Temp
July 2011 Difference from Normal
Highest
Temperature
Lowest Temperature
Indianapolis
82.0
+6.6
100 on 21
63 on 5
Lafayette
79.9
+6.1
101 on 21
59 on 5
Muncie
79.4
+4.9
97 on 21
57 on 14
Terre Haute
79.8
+3.6
99 on 21
60 on 5
Bloomington
79.0
+3.6
96 on 21
59 on 15
Shelbyville
80.1
+4.9
97 on 21 and 20
60 on 14
Indy – Eagle Crk.
81.2
+5.8
98 on 21
63 on 14
 
At Indianapolis, all 31 days had above normal average temperatures.
 
July 2011 was the 2nd warmest in the Indianapolis area since 1871.

Precipitation
The persistent upper ridge of high pressure that prevailed over the central United States for the vast majority of the month not only contributed to above normal temperatures, but it has also deflected storms from much of central Indiana. Any chances for precipitation usually accompanied a weak frontal passage or stationary front, and any development typically was not widespread across the area. With generally weak wind shear in place, there were not many opportunities for storms to become well-organized or longer-lived. As a result of the lack of widespread shower and thunderstorm development, the monthly total precipitation across central Indiana included some notable variation. While most locations were below normal, including much of the central and eastern portions having less than half an inch, some areas to the west and southwest had 5 to 8 inches.
 
Site
July 2011 Precipitation
July 2011 Difference from Normal
Wettest Day
Longest Dry Stretch
Indianapolis
0.47
 -3.95
0.22 on 24
15 days 9-23
Lafayette
3.37
 -0.63
2.01 on 2
10 days 13-22
Muncie
2.63
 -1.35
1.07 on 7
10 days 12-21
Terre Haute
2.62
 -1.83
1.36 on 29
6 days 13-18
Bloomington
1.93
 -2.39
1.46 on 3
15 days 9-23
Shelbyville
0.06
 -3.97
0.03 on 8
7 days 9-15
Indy – Eagle Crk.
0.68
 -3.74
0.23 on 30
12 days 12-23
                           
July 2011 was the driest in the Indianapolis area since weather records began in 1871.