Much-Needed Rain Tonight & Tomorrow

This summer has featured far more dry days than wet and that has taken its toll on the Hoosier state.   53% of the state is currently considered in a drought!  12% is in a “severe drought” including parts of the Southwest Indy Metro!  Here’s a look at drought conditions courtesy of the U.S. Drought Monitor:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Though the long-range outlook for Indiana is for above normal temperatures and below average precipitation, we have a good chance at catching up on a little much-needed rain tonight & tomorrow.  First, a warm front moves through, followed by a cold front.  Ahead of and along both of those fronts, we get a chance of rain (maybe even an isolated t-storm, though not severe).  Hoosiers could get up to 1″ of rain.  Check out the precipitation outlook thanks to NOAA/Hydrometeorological Prediction Center:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 After the rain, we’ll see a nice and dry day Tuesday.  Another front approaches Wednesday, but it doesn’t look like it will have a whole lot of moisture with it, so I’m only forecasting a 20% chance of showers/storms with it.  The rest of the week looks cooler and mainly dry for now, just in time for the Autumnal Equinox which arrives 5:05 am on Friday as we welcome Fall!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a great week!
-Chikage

 Chikage Windler
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Soaking Rain on the Way

Today won’t be a washout… but spotty showers are in the forecast. It’s tonight and Monday that a soaking rain comes our way!

Today won’t be a washout… but spotty showers are in the forecast.  It’s tonight and Monday that a soaking rain comes our way!

Highs will reach the low to mid 70s today with a mix of sun and clouds.  A spotty morning shower is possible, and we could see an afternoon shower popping up too.

The most likely time for rain will be overnight into Monday.  By Monday night, portions of Central Indiana could pick up .50″ to 1″ of rain!  We need it!

Tuesday looks dry, with a slight chance for scattered showers and storms Wednesday.

We cool into the low 70s by Thursday, and watch for a rainy start to next weekend.

Last Official Weekend of Summer

It’s the last official weekend of summer, but it will feel more like fall across Central Indiana!

It’s the last official weekend of summer, but it will feel more like fall across Central Indiana!

Spotty sprinkles are possible through midday today with a mix of sun and clouds.  Temps eventually warm into the low 70s with a light East breeze.

Overnight, temps drop to the low 50s with partly cloudy skies.

Sunday, we start out dry.  Tailgaters should be okay before the Colts game, but as we head into the late afternoon and evening, spotty showers and thunderstorms will start to build.  Highs Sunday will hit the mid 70s.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are likely Sunday night into Monday… with more rain possible Wednesday. 

Check out the temps in the 7 day… a nice warm up close to 80… then we’re cooling down again.

Chilly Air Sticks Around

Below average temps kickoff the countdown to the weekend, but more seasonal warmth will soon be back!

Below average temps kickoff the countdown to the weekend, but more seasonal warmth will soon be back!

Highs today will reach the low to mid 60s with a mix of sun and clouds.  There’s a 10% chance of an isolated sprinkle late this afternoon and evening.  The average temps this time of year is 78, so we are at least 10 degrees below average today!

Temps will be chilly for Operation Football tonight.  If you’re heading to any games, expect temps in the 50s as the players take the field.

Saturday, we warm up to the low 70s with mostly sunny skies, and Sunday we hit the mid 70s.  Late Sunday afternoon and night our next chance for rain moves in.

A better chance to pick up precip arrives Monday and Wednesday.

Sweater Weather

Sweater weather is back in Central Indiana, but if you’re not ready to put away the flip flops yet… a warm up is on the way!

Sweater weather is back in Central Indiana, but if you’re not ready to put away the flip flops yet… a warm up is on the way!

It’s chilly across Central Indiana this morning with temps in the 40s and 50s!  Today highs will only warm into the low 60s with mostly sunny skies.

Overnight, temps drop into the mid 40s, but some of our outlying areas may see patchy frost.

Friday looks great!  Sunny skies will dominate the forecast with highs in the mid 60s.  Operation Football looks a bit chilly, with temps in the 50s… so get your warm gear ready!

Saturday and Sunday we have a slight warm up… and stay dry… but late Sunday night, our next chance for rain moves in, sticking around through the beginning of next week.

Much Cooler Temps Moving In & Rain

Tuesday was the 42nd time this year we hit the 90 degree mark, today… a cold front ushers in a major change!

Tuesday was the 42nd time this year we hit the 90 degree mark, today… a cold front ushers in a major change!

Highs will reach the low 70s today with a scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms.  Keep the umbrella handy, as rain is possible throughout the day into the evening.  Severe weather is not expected.  The best chance of rain is along and South of I-70.

Overnight temps drop to the mid 40s, and spotty showers are possible.

The sunshine returns Thursday, but the warmth holds off.  Highs will only reach the low 60s.

Look how low the overnight temps go through the weekend!  This is sweater weather!

Our next chance for rain is late Sunday.

If You Thought We Were Finished With 90-degree Heat, Think Again!

At 2pm today, the temperature hit 90 degrees in Indianapolis!  That’s just one more way for Mother Nature to remind us that this year has been anything but typical.  The average high this time of year is 79 and the average number of 90+ highs for Indy is only 15!  Today’s 90 brings our 2011 total to a whopping 42 days!

 

 

 

 

 

 

So where does that put us in the “standings” for 90+ heat?  Thanks to the National Weather Service for providing these stats:

Years With the Most Days of 90 degree Weather
1983 58
1936 55
1954 50
1988 49
1934 46
1953, 1941 45
1894 43
1933, 1913, 1895, 2011 42

We are now tied for 8th place for most 90s on record!  Impressive as that is, it’s a far cry from the record of 58 days set in 1983!

And with a very strong cold front on the way later today, our brief flirtation with 90 will be nothing but a memory in 24-hours.  Highs may only manage low 70s!  And Thursday and Friday’s highs may stay in the chilly 60s with wake-up temps in the low to mid 40s.  Summer now, fall later…and Mother Nature is clearly having fun with us!  My friends in Minnesota have already seen the impact of the front with upper 80s yesterday and FREEZE WATCHES hoisted for the first time this season!  Hoosiers won’t fall as far or as fast…but it will be a wild ride once that front moves through.

Take Care!
-Chikage

Chikage Windler
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Two Days of Summer

 

 

 

 

 

It’s a gorgeous day across Central Indiana as sunshine dances with cumulus clouds.  I can’t rule out a pop-up shower or t-shower, but the chances are quite slim (only around 10%).  So if you like it warm…go out and enjoy it while you can!  Highs today and tomorrow should reach upper 80s to around 90!  I know that sounds warm, but we’ve actually seen triple digit heat in Indianapolis as late as September 15th!  (It hit 100 both September 14 and 15 in 1939).  If you prefer fall-like temperatures, no worries.  Chilly air moves in mid to late week with highs Thursday and Friday only in the 60s!

Enjoy your week!
-Chikage

Chikage Windler
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Summer-like Warmth Returns

 

 

 

 

 

Get ready for a couple days of mid 80s for highs and more sunshine than we’ve seen in the last week!  Though most areas should be dry on Monday, there could be a very isolated shower (I went with a lowly 10% chance).  Then on Tuesday, a strong cold front approaches.  Several of the computer models are sweeping the front through Central Indiana totally dry…others bring an isolated shower or storm.  I’m calling for a 20% chance – mainly late.  After that, it looks like a mainly dry but cooler week ahead. 

Enjoy your week!

Chikage Windler
Meteorologist
cwindler@wthr.com

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Mostly Cloudy, More Spotty Showers Expected Sunday

Hope you’re having a good weekend so far despite the dreary weather we’ve been having.

*Cool Temperatures: We made it into the 70s for the first time since last weekend.  73 is still considerably cooler than the average high of 80 and Indy the coolest spot on the map for highs today from the Plains to the Midwest to the Mid-Atlantic!

 

 

 

 

 

*Warming Trend: We’ll get closer tomorrow with a high around 76, then see a two-day warming trend with highs into the 80s.

*Fog & Spotty Showers:  We may wake up to more patchy dense fog and there will still be a few showers possible again tomorrow – rotating around our pesky area of low pressure.  I’m going with a 30% chance of showers (maybe an isolated t-shower for Sunday)

*Project 9/11 Dedication Ceremony Weather 4pm tomorrow:
Mostly cloudy, slight chance of a shower and temp around 76.

*Tropics: Maria will curve away from land in the Atlantic, Nate will make landfall in Mexico, a third area (shaded in yellow) has a low chance for formation

 

 

 

 

 

Take Care!
Chikage Windler
Meteorologist
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