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Jan
22

Rising temps Sunday; storms overnight

Posted By · January 22, 2012 at 9:48 am

A look at this week's forecast

Can you believe this crazy winter weather we have seen?

Fog has been sticking to bridges and overpasses so watch for slick spots this morning.

Please know that temperatures will rise into the evening and from south of Indy, a slight risk of severe weather will be in the forecast. The strongest storms will move through between 10 pm and 2 am going into Monday morning.

It looks like every day next week will be above the average high this time of year. Let’s all hope this trend stays throughout Super Bowl Week!

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Ready or not, here we go!

Severe T-Storms: The Storm Prediction Center has placed Indy points south under a “slight risk” of severe storms for Sunday night into early Monday morning including the risk of high winds, heavy rain, and isolated tornadoes.  This bears watching as a similar scenario to what played out last Monday night/Tuesday morning is setting up.  As you’ll recall that resulted in numerous severe t-storm warnings in Central Indiana and 3 tornadoes confirmed in Southern Indiana.  Timing looks like between 11pm (west) to 4am (east) for the most likely risk.  I’ll plan on staying late after our 11pm newscast to bring you weather updates via twitter, facebook, and on-air as warranted.

Wild Temperature Swings: Going with the “déjà vu all over again theme”, our temperatures may somewhat resemble what happened last week as well.  I expect you’ll wake up Sunday morning  to 20s with patchy fog (maybe even flurries or light freezing mist/drizzle), have lunch with fog/melting snow/flurries or drizzle and 30s, eat dinner with clouds/fog/drizzle and 40s, and go to bed with clouds/developing showers and around 50!  Our high will probably occur at midnight.  Then behind the storms, a cold front Monday will likely mean falling temperatures….so it may be around 50 at midnight,  40s in the morning, and 30s in the afternoon along with a few rain or snow showers possible.

Extended Outlook: We cool down briefly on Tuesday, then see a mild mid to late week. There might be a rain shower either Wednesday or Thursday, but chances are very low at this point.

Chikage Windler
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Jan
21

Super Space for Rent…

Posted By · January 21, 2012 at 2:12 pm

By all estimates, the Super Bowl is a potential windfall for downtown businesses hoping to cash in on the frenzy of the 100-thousand-plus visitors.

The city itself claims it comes with an economic impact of somewhere  between $125 million and $400 million.

But there is also money to be made by the savvy Hoosier—-willing to give up hearth and  home for a little cash in hand.  In other words, renting out their homes to fans wanting a place to stay while in town for the big game.

I’ve often asked myself—-(and my husband)—-whether we could open our doors to complete strangers during Super Bowl week.   The financial benefits (up to $10-thousand a day if you believe the signs)  seemed tempting.  But could I put a pricetag on my privacy?

It was during one of these discussions my husband mentioned a nephew who would indeed be offering his very attractive (and just two miles from Lucas Oil Stadium his very convenient) home to rent for the Super Bowl.

Greg Cummins is a talented, intelligent young professional (and a really nice guy) who lives in one of the historic districts near dowtown Indy. 

He tells me it was an easy decision to rent his house for the Super Bowl—-having done business in rental properites in the past.  

 And it’s that previous experience that helped him come up with a rental agreement that also gives him peace of mind.

For instance says Greg:  ” There won’t be time to do credit  checks so I am requiring full payment, upfront via a money wire or overnight cashier’s check or money order.”

He also plans to remove anything of value.      (That was actually my biggest deterrent.  The thought of having to remove all my personal effects, including clothing–seemed too daunting a task).

And under his contract, he can make daily onsite visits.

 To start the process, Greg  tells me he did  simple searches on the Internet to see what company or companies got the most hits.  He  decided on  www.sportseventrentals.com

  “It costs only  $49 to post an ad on the site, but that is all they do.  I am still responsible for communicating with the renters, collecting money and come up with a contract which I found online and simply modified. I also decided to list it on Craig’s list.   It works in my favor that the Colts are not in it this year which means more out-of-towners looking to rent.  ”

He  took  photos of his home  and through creative writing, came up with an attractive description.   See what you think:

“My home is architecturally interesting with bamboo floors, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances and many bells and whistles like a garden tub, outdoor grill and heater. ” 

 He says you really need to emphasize the bells and whistles or you’ll “just be another home for rent.”  

 Who am I to argue?

Afterall,  shouldn’t a renter paying $2000/night with a four night minimum  feel they are getting their money’s worth?

According to this  Super opportunist,  “The Super Bowl is  cash cow and if you really put your mind to it, there are lots of ways to ake money from this event.”

So Super Bowl XLVI may indeed deliver on its promise to pay off.

At least for people like Greg:  willing to take a gamble—-banking on a big payout no matter who wins the game.

 

Kris Kirschner

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Jan
21

Icy Conditions Today

Posted By · January 21, 2012 at 6:20 am

The freezing rain, snow, and sleet are gone, but with temps not expected to reach the freezing mark today, slick spots will remain likely across Central Indiana.

Highs will only reach the mid 20s today across Central Indiana.  We’ll see a mix of sun and clouds with winds out of the northeast up to 15mph.

Overnight temps drop to the low 20s with partly cloudy skies.

Early Sunday morning, a few flurries may be possible, but most of the daytime hours look dry as temps warm into the mid to upper 40s.  Most of the snow and ice should melt.  Sunday evening, rain develops and at times will be heavy with isolated thunderstorms through Monday morning.  With the snow melt, and the rain on the way, we will be watching for the possibility of flooding.

Monday, a rain/snow mix is possible with temps in the low 40s.  The day doesn’t appear to be a washout, with most of the precip falling in the morning.

Tuesday will be dry, then Wednesday a nearly daily chance of rain moves back into the forecast.

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Jan
20

Snow, Sleet & Freezing Rain Headed Our Way

Posted By · January 20, 2012 at 8:08 am

A Winter Weather Advisory goes into effect for Central Indiana at 4pm today and expires at 5am Saturday morning.  Very slick conditions are expected to develop as snow, sleet and freezing rain move into the state.

Highs will only reach the mid 20s today and we could see snow/sleet/light freezing rain develop by the afternoon.  If you are traveling this afternoon or tonight, plan on very slippery roads across the state, no matter what type of precipitation you come across.

Chuck Lofton’s forecast calls for around an inch to two inches in the city, 1-2 inches in near north counties and 2-3 inches from Lafayette to Muncie, a few heavier pockets may be found too.  The Indy metro may have sleet mixed in with those snow accumulations and light icing too.  South of I-70 light freezing rain looks possible.

The freezing rain is the biggest concern, because with temps below freezing, the ice will make things slick fast.

The wintry mix and snow will end overnight.

Saturday, highs look to warm above freezing, so that will help with the melting of any ice that does form.

Check out what’s ahead in the 7 day… we warm up nicely… and we have a few chances of rain in the forecast.  We could even hear rumbles of thunder Sunday night!

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Jan
19

Light Snow Today

Posted By · January 19, 2012 at 5:37 am

Light snow moves into Central Indiana today, and while we won’t see major snow accumulations, it will be enough to cause slick spots!

Snow showers will move in mid morning into the afternoon.  Up to 1″ of snow is likely in the Indy metro area, north of that 1-2″ of snow is possible, with a few heavier pockets possible.  South of Indy, less than an inch of snow is expected.  The drive home could be slick with temps below freezing and highs around 30.

Tonight, the cloud break and temps drop… fast!  Overnight in the metro we can expect temps around 12 degrees.  Outside the city, some spots will drop into the single digits.

Friday, highs will hit the low 30s and a rain/sleet/freezing rain mix will develop Friday night into Saturday morning.  We could see light snow too.  We are watching this system very closely… Saturday morning could be very slick.

Our warm up begins Saturday… with a return to the mid 40s by Sunday.

More rain moves in next week, and we’re setting up for a very active pattern!

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Jan
18

A Unique NFL Experience…

Posted By · January 18, 2012 at 9:12 am

One of the biggest attractions for Super Bowl XLVI will no doubtedly be the NFL experience.

It’s a fan-friendly, interactive pro football “theme park” that will take up the 500,000 square feet of space inside the Indiana Convention Center.

A pretty impressive set-up from all accounts, and one you can literally see “set up” right before your eyes!

The NFL Experience opens January 27th, but today, the WTHR engineering team is setting up a special camera to watch as crews assemble this popular attraction.

 The time lapse camera will record a frame about every minute  of the build-up of the NFL Experience. Once the build-up is done, a time lapse video of it will be posted on our website for people to view. After the camera has done the time-lapse, it will change over to a live feed from inside NFL for the duration of the event.

Be sure to have www.wthr.com listed on your “favorites” so you don’t miss one minute of the action!

For more information on the NFL Experience:

http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/story/09000d5d821d7902/article/enjoy-the-nfl-experience-presented-by-gmc-at-super-bowl-xlvi

 

Kris Kirschner

 

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Jan
18

Cold Air Returns with Snow Chances

Posted By · January 18, 2012 at 5:53 am

Cold air has settled back into the forecast, and our chances for snow are going up too!

You may see some morning flurries today, but then mostly sunny skies are expected with temps reaching the low 30s.

Tonight, clouds increase and flurries are possible as temps drop to the upper 20s with wind gusts out of the south up to 25mph.

Thursday, light snow is likely.  As of right now, the timing of the snow looks to impact the morning commute.  So, plan on slick conditions through the early afternoon.  By Thursday afternoon, most spots will see up to 1″ of snow, but some areas especially north of I-70 could pick up up to 2″ of snow.

Friday looks mainly dry with a slight chance of snow, but another chance of light snow moves in Friday night into Saturday morning.  Again, we could see enough snow to make roads slick.  Some rain could mix in with the snowflakes, so we’ll be watching this closely too.

Temps warm up for the weekend, with another good chance for rain moving in early next week.

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