Hoosier Pic Picks!

It’s always fun perusing the lastest photos posted on Facebook and submitted to our photo gallery at WTHR.com!  If you’ve missed seeing our featured Hoosier Pics on-air, here are some of our most recent selections.  Keep your pics coming!

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

 

Sunday, January 15th was the coldest morning since February 10th in Central Indiana! The morning low was 11 in Indy, but as cold as 3 in Kokomo.
Here’s what the frosty morning looked like through the camera lens of Jennifer Horsley who posted this Hoosier Pic on our Facebook page. Just gorgeous!

Snow in rural county plus a rustic shed helped make Ryan Harter’s pic our Hoosier Pic at 11pm Saturday, January 14th!

Daniel Paull says this hawk in Lapel let him get really close…and here’s the Hoosier Pic to prove it! I featured it at 6pm Saturday, January 14th!

Rhonda Beagan measured the snow drifts in Cass County…and some were over 4 feet! Impressive, and worthy of being our Hoosier Pic at noon on Friday the 13th!

Ready for a Warm Up?

Are you ready for a warm up? There’s a good one coming our way… but it’s not filled with sunshine!

Are you ready for a warm up?  There’s a good one coming our way… but it’s not filled with sunshine!

Today our warming trend begins with highs in the low 30s.   Hey, that’s better than the teens we had on Friday, and the 20s from Saturday!  We should hit the freezing mark today with mostly sunny skies.

Overnight, clouds increase late and temps drop to the mid to upper 20s.

Monday starts off cloudy, but rain develops by mid morning, and scattered showers will be likely into the afternoon and evening as highs hit the low to mid 40s.

Monday night, the rain rolls on, and we could hear a few rumbles of thunder too! 

Tuesady we start the morning off with rain, and temps in the 40s, but temps will tumble into the afternoon, and rain will start to mix with snow. 

Wednesday is dry, but cold… and on Thursday, we could see light snow.

We’ll keep you posted on the timing of all of the wet and snowy weather! 

If you like it warm… look at next Saturday!  Highs look to hit the mid 40s, and by Sundaywe could be in the 50s!

Tapping into Super Bowl XLVI

As an official sponsor of Super Bowl XLVI, Bud Light* is tapping into the Indianapolis market in bigger numbers than ever before.

As an official sponsor of Super Bowl XLVI,  Bud Light* is tapping into the Indianapolis market in bigger numbers than ever before.

And that’s good news for the Indianapolis distributor of Anheuser-Busch products, family-owned Zink Distributing –whose workers have been busy stocking bars and shelves preparing for an event Jim Zink describes as “Final Four times 5”.

Banners are already adorning local restaurants and bars for Bud Light* and two dozen more establishments will be decked out this week.

But perhaps the most unique marketing for the Super Bowl beer will be happening at the Hampton Inn downtown.  In the next couple of weeks it will transform into the “Bud Light hotel”.  Every sign will acknowledge  the name change–even the soaps and shampoos will carry the Bud Light* logo.

It will be a place not only for Super Bowl guests…but parties ahead of the big game.

Zink Distributing believes the  exposure and volume of business they’ll get from the Super Bowl will last far beyond February 5th.

Also…stores are already carrying  a limited edition aluminum Bud Light* bottle—-in cobalt blue—-with the Super Bowl logo, host city and date printed proudly on its label.  (I suggest you buy two—-and save one.)

Limited Edition Bud Light aluminum bottle

Then January 23rd, Indianapolis will be among the first to sample a brand new brand of Bud Light*.  Bud Light* Platinum–a sweet malt liquor that Zink says is marketed to the “high end drinker”.

The official kick off  “Platinum” is Super Bowl Sunday.

 

Kris Kirschner

Chilly Air Sticks… Warmer Weather on the Way

Temps won’t get above freezing today… but wait a few more days… and a warm up is on the day.

Temps won’t get above freezing today… but wait a few more days… and a warm up is on the way.

Highs will reach the mid 20s today with mostly cloudy skies and scattered flurries.  Winds will be light out of the west up to 10mph.

Tonight, scattered flurries are still likely, as temps drop to the mid teens.

Sunday, highs finally get above the freezing mark with temps in the mid 30s expected, and partly cloudy skies.

Monday, even warmer air moves back into the forecast, but so does a chance of rain.  By Tuesday, that will change to a rain/snow mix… and another chance of snow moves in on Thursday. 

The 7 day forecast is filled with lots of ups and downs!

How Much Snow? Snow Reports from January 12-13, 2012

The snow that started on January 12th and continued through most of Friday the 13th will NOT go down as the biggest storm for Indy this season.  The official total: 1.6″ which falls short of the 2.3″ that fell December 27th.  Our seasonal snow total is now up to 4.8″ compared with the average of 11.5 to date.  And in case you’re wondering, last season, we had amassed 23.6″ of snow to date!

The cold and wind were bigger stories!  Our high of 19 degrees was the first time with highs in the teens since 17 degrees back on February 10th, 2011.   At times this morning, wind chills were down below zero!  I went for a walk downtown and was glad to have lots of buildings blocking the brunt of the wind, which you can see from the flag waving over the Scottish Rite was gusty and fierce!

While the Indy Metro didn’t see that much snow this go-around, it was a different story up north where Lake Effect off Lake Michigan dropped 9″ on Elkhart!

Here’s a compilation of National Weather Service snow reports through Friday afternoon:

COUNTY                       CITY/TOWN                   SNOW (inches)

Elkhart Elkhart 9
St. Joseph 4 Nw South Bend 7.1
St. Joseph 6 Se Mishawaka 6.5
St. Joseph South Bend 6.5
La Porte 1 Nne Laporte 6.1
Starke North Judson 6
Laporte Michigan City 6
Porter Portage 6
St. Joseph 3 W Granger 5.9
Starke 6 Ese North Judson 5.5
Starke 2 S Aldine 5.5
St. Joseph Mishawaka 5
Elkhart 5 Sw Elkhart 5
Lagrange 1 Ene Lagrange 5
Blackford Hartford City 4.8
Newton Kentland 4.3
Laporte Michigan City 4.3
Elkhart Wakarusa 4.2
Laporte Laporte 4.1
Cass 2 Ene Logansport 4
Fulton 2 Nw Rochester 3.9
Tippecanoe 3 Nw West Lafayette 3.9
St. Joseph Osceola 3.5
Steuben 4 N Angola 3.5
Allen 5 Sw Fort Wayne 3.3
Lake Highland 3
Fulton Rochester 3
Elkhart 1 Sw Millersburg 3
Elkhart 2 Nw Goshen 3
Cass 1 Ese Galveston 3
Grant Marion 3
Wells Bluffton 3
Marshall Plymouth 2.5
St. Joseph 2 Se Georgetown 2.5
Tippecanoe 10 Sw Lafayette 2.3
Porter Valparaiso 2.2
Tippecanoe 3 Nw West Lafayette 2.1
Porter Chesterton 2
Fulton Akron 2
Lagrange 10 E Lagrange 2
Ripley 6.5 N Holton 2
Marion 2 S Castleton 1.7
Marion 1 Sse Indianapolis Int’ 1.6
Lake Schererville 1.5
Starke North Judson 1.5
Johnson 2 S Greenwood 1
Elkhart Jimtown 1
Morgan Brooklyn 0.7
Daviess 3 Se Odon 0.7
Shelby Morristown 0.5
Huntington Huntington 0.2

 

Hoq much snow did you get?  Let us know and if you have a pic, post it on our facebook page or email us!

All you need to do is post on our facebook wall: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13, attach it in an email to us at pix@wthr.com, or upload directly from our website http://iwitness.wthr.com

To check out other viewer snow pics, you can view our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13 and the photo gallery at wthr.com:  http://iwitness.wthr.com/.

Don’t forget to tell us your name and where the pic was taken along with any important details (i.e. in Lafayette this afternoon).  That way, we can credit you online and on-air!

Stay warm and have a great weekend!

-Chikage

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

Bitter Cold Temperatures Today

Light snow showers are still possible today, but the wind and very cold air will be the focus of our forecast.

Light snow showers are still possible today, but the wind and very cold air will be the focus of our forecast.

Highs today will only reach the low 20s with wind gusts up to 30mph.  That means it will feel like -5 to 5 degrees outside at times.  We won’t see much sunshine today as the clouds stay with us, and light snow showers continue.  The wind will also create reduced visibility with blowing snow.

Tonight, the clouds break with mostly cloudy skies.  A few flurries may still be around, but the temps are the story!  Tonight, the single digits are likely.

Saturday, highs hit the mid 20s with a slight chance for late afternoon snow showers.

Sunday… we finally get above freezing!

Early next week it’s warm enough for rain and and a rain/snow mix… but with more cold air moving in late next week, we’ll once again be watching for snow.

Snow Timeline Thursday to Friday

The morning commute looks fine, but as we head into the afternoon, the snow showers begin, and conditions will rapidly change.

The morning commute looks fine, but as we head into the afternoon, the snow showers begin, and conditions will rapidly change.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Central Indiana from noon today until 1pm Friday.

Snow showers are expected to develop around midday and pick up towards the afternoon.  For the drive home, up to 1″ of snow is possible.  While the snow will make things slick, wind gusts up to 30mph will create blowing snow and reduced visibility.  Travel will be slow going.  Temps start out near 40 this morning, but will drop into the 20s for the drive home.

Tonight, more snow is expected to fall, in the Indy Metro, we could pick up an additional 1-2″ of snow.  Again, blowing snow will be a big concern.  Temps will be in the low teens, and with wind gusts up to 30mph, will feel more like -10 to 5 early Friday morning.

Here’s a look at expected snow totals by Friday morning.  

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, highs will only reach the low 20s with wind gusts up to 30mph.  Wind chills will range from -10 to 10.  Blowing snow will again be a concern.

There’s a slight chance for snow on Saturday, and early next week our next system moves in.  At this time, a rain/snow mix will be likely.  We’ll keep you posted.

25 Days and Counting…

For the past year, WTHR (the Super Bowl station) has been actively counting down the days to Super Bowl XLVI. But it’s really been in the last week we’ve ramped up our final preps (and the city too) for this Indy first.

For the past year, WTHR – the Super Bowl station – has been actively counting down the days to Super Bowl XLVI.  But it’s really been in the last week we’ve ramped up our final preps (and the city too) for this Indy first.

Now 25 days out, there is a “buzz” in  the newsroom ( and for that matter around town)  the result of  meetings, set construction, schedule planning,  more construction—-all in an effort to put on our Super Bowl Sunday best.

Setting the Stage

Just this past week, I attended a staff meeting where I learned exactly how our coverage will play out.  Some if it, I thought you might find interesting as well.  For example,  these noteworthy tidbits:

5000 NFL credentials  will be handed out (90 of those to WTHR staff)

130 Public and Private events are scheduled

59 NBC cameras in use

800  Traffic Control Operators to keep you on the right path

WTHR monitors that will be placed at the NFL Experience

The Super Bowl is far more than the game–or even the commercials.  It’s a week’s (or more) worth of entertainment that attracts worldwide media, A-list celebrities, and fans across the globe.

Indianapolis–and Channel 13–are at the center of it all.

So stay tuned for our special coverage.  The game may be 25 days away, but the efforts to bring it here–years in the making. 

Check here for more on our Super Bowl Coverage  – Including parking info, transportation, events listings, schedules and news stories.

Kris Kirschner

Rain Today… Snow Tomorrow

I hope you enjoyed the sunshine and 50 degree temps of Monday and Tuesday… because today is a day of transition across Central Indiana.

I hope you enjoyed the sunshine and 50 degree temps of Monday and Tuesday… because today is a day of transition across Central Indiana.

Highs today will reach the mid 40s with scattered showers.  Rain is likely, so keep the rain gear handy.

Tonight, the rain continues, and as colder air moves in, we’ll watch rain change to snow Thursday.

Light snow is likely Thursday across the state.  Temps will be falling throughout the day.  The morning commute could see slick conditions, but the afternoon commute looks to be more snowy.

As for snow totals, by Friday morning we’re looking for 1-2″ of snow in the metro area.  Areas south of the Indy metro could see up to an inch of snow.  North of the metro from Lafayette to Muncie to Kokomo could pick up around 3 inches of snow.  This will not be a big  snow maker, but with falling temps, roads will become slick, and at times visibility will be reduced.

Friday, flurries are likely as temps only reach the low to mid 20s for highs! 

Another shot at a rain/snow mix could come Monday into Tuesday… stay tuned for the latest!

Mild Pattern Turns to Rain… then Snow

Today is the best day of the 7 day forecast, if you like sunny and mild weather!

Today is the best day of the 7 day forecast, if you like sunny and mild weather!

Highs today will reach the low to mid 50s with mostly sunny skies.  Temps will warm up rapidly as we go through the morning hours.

Overnight, rain moves in after midnight, and temps stay pretty mild in the mid 30s.

Wednesday, rain is likely, but temps stay pretty mild.

Wednesday night into Thursday a blast of cold air moves in bringing snow chances back to Central Indiana.  At this time, up to an inch of snow may be possible, with some of our northern viewing area seeing more.  This could change, so check back with the forecast often.  Plan on light snow accumulations, and slick roads during your Thursday commutes.

Check out the cold air that settles into the state by Friday and the weekend!