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Feb
29

Morning Storms and Wind Advisory

Posted By · February 29, 2012 at 5:33 am

Showers and thunderstorms will continue to push through Central Indiana this morning, then a windy afternoon with temps near 70 comes our way!

This morning some storms may be strong to severe south of I-70.  Very heavy rain, damaging wind and isolated tornadoes are possible.

By mid morning the storms should clear, and the winds pick up.  A Wind Advisory is in effect for all of Central Indiana from 9am to 7pm.  Wind gusts out of the southwest up to 45mph are possible this afternoon.  We should see mostly sunny skies for the afternoon, there’s a slight chance for a pop up storm.

Tonight, skies remain partly cloudy with lows in the mid 30s.

Thursday, temps will be cooler with highs in the low 50s with sunshine.

Friday looks breezy and warm with highs in the mid to upper 60s.  Showers and thunderstorms develop for the afternoon and evening, and some storms could be strong to severe.  We’ll keep a close eye on this developing system.

The weekend looks much cooler with temps rebounding next week.

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Feb
28

Get Ready for Rain and Storms Tonight & Tomorrow Morning

Posted By · February 28, 2012 at 2:43 pm

What a day so far! Sunshine and high clouds have created some gorgeous photo ops! This morning, I shot a sundog on my way to work – that’s the prism-like patch of rainbow color to the right side of the sun, created when the sun’s rays pass through high, thin cirrus clouds which are made of ice crystals. Always a pretty sight!

By 2pm, the clouds have started to thicken a bit and temperatures continue to warm. 52 degrees and into the mid 50s later as a warm front lifts northward through the Hoosier State. Once the warm front is to our north, we’ll be in the “warm sector” which is the favored zone for thunderstorm development ahead of a cold front.

Scattered showers may develop this evening, but the best risk of heavy downpours and thunderstorms arrives after midnight and through around 9am. Some of the storms could turn strong to severe, and from Indy points east, a “slight risk” of severe storms will be with us in the morning. That’s the area shaded in yellow. The biggest risks include (1) high winds, (2) heavy rain, (3) isolated large hail.

This will impact the morning rush, so you may want to leave yourself some extra time in the morning and check in with Chuck Lofton (weather) and Mimi Pearce (traffic) on WTHR when you wake up. Here’s what FutureTrak13 is projecting for 8am tomorrow. Rain = green. Heavy rain or t-storms = yellow, orange or red.

We could pick up around 1/2″ of rain (more in the strongest storms) with the steady rain moving out by around 9am. After that, an isolated storm could pop later in the day, but most areas will turn dry, windy, and warm. We could hit upper 60s for highs (70s as close as Bloomington!) The average high is 45 degrees.

We’re dry and cooler (but still well above average) on Thursday in the 50s, then warm again with t-storm chances returning on Friday in the 60s. This upcoming weekend brings a colder pattern with an outside chance of scattered flurries (esp. Northeast Indiana) Saturday, and a chance of light rain/snow mix on Sunday. But anything that falls won’t stick around…highs will be just too warm!

Enjoy the rest of your day!
-Chikage

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Feb
28

Warming Up and Tracking Storms

Posted By · February 28, 2012 at 8:10 am

Temps will hit the low to mid 50s with partly cloudy skies across Central Indiana today, with showers and thunderstorms developing late tonight into Wednesday morning.

Tonight temps stay nearly steady tonight in the low 50s with scattered showers and thunderstorms moving into the state.  Some storms overnight into Wednesday could be severe.

Wednesday, highs hit the mid to upper 60s with strong to severe storms possible in the morning.  Damaging wind and hail are the primary concerns with any storm that turns severe, but an isolated tornado can’t be ruled out.  Outside of storms, winds gusts out of the southwest up to 40mph are possible.

Here’s the severe weather outlook for Wednesday.  The area shaded in yellow is the slight risk for severe storms.  Green means thunderstorms are possible.

The storms exit by midday Wednesday and temps drop to the upper 30s.

Thursday will be dry with highs in the low 50s.

Friday temps rebound into the 60s, with more showers and thunderstorms.  It’s too early to tell if storms may be severe on Friday, we’ll keep watching the developing system, and keep you posted.

Saturday look dry for now with highs in the 40s.

There’s a slight chance for rain Sunday.

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Feb
27

Warming Up and Tracking Storms

Posted By · February 27, 2012 at 2:29 pm

It’s a beautiful and breezy Monday and temperatures have climbed into the low 50s for the 2nd straight day. Our mild air sticks around. In fact, temperatures will be in the 50s again tomorrow and could hit mid 60s to around 70 by Wednesday! Check out this map of forecast highs Wednesday…70 in Bloomington? Possible!

Along with the warmth, we’ve got rain on the way. Plan on rain showers developing late Tomorrow (probably around or after sunset). But the showers become more widespread and heavier as the night wears on. We could have some thunderstorms late Tuesday night through early Wednesday. Here’s what our FutureTrak13 model is projecting for 9am Wednesday:

Some of the storms could turn strong to severe from Indy points south and east mainly from Wednesday morning to midday. I have a hunch most of the rain will end Wednesday morning, but with some instability and lots of warmth we might fire a couple additional storms later in the day. The highest risk of severe will be to our southeast.

We’ll end February (and meteorological winter) on a very warm note! March brings cooler air to start, but we could hit 60 again on Friday. The upcoming weekend brings very small chances of a flurry or two early Saturday, and some scattered snow showers Sunday. Neither chance looks like much.

Here’s your WTHR-TV 7-Day:

Enjoy the rest of this gorgeous day!
-Chikage

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Feb
27

Feeling like spring…

Posted By · February 27, 2012 at 9:03 am

If you enjoyed yesterday, the this day should be perfect for you! I still find it hard to believe, but I saw a guy mowing his yard yesterday afternoon and it is still February!

Beautiful weather all day long today with a high of 50 degrees. Remember that we are just 22 days from the official beginning of spring but it will feel like the new season all week.

Rain moves in Tuesday, late, with more rain early Wednesday. Highs by mid week could reach the mid 60s. Look for rain and thunderstorms Tuesday night into Wednesday and the early forecast from the Storm Prediction Center shows a slight chance for severe weather for parts of Indiana during that time period.

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Feb
27

Mild then Wet This Week

Posted By · February 27, 2012 at 12:00 am

*Warmth: We hit 52 today and despite a weak cold front moving through overnight, tomorrow’s temps will only be a couple degrees cooler…still around 50! We have a shot at 60s by Wednesday!


*Triple Conjunction Sunday Night: Thanks to clear skies we once again were able to see the triangle in the night sky…this time the crescent moon was closest to Jupiter (upper left) and above Venus. Jupiter and Venus will continue to get closer and closer together as we head into March

*Rain: Rain is likely late Tuesday (even a chance of thunderstorms) into early Wednesday morning. We could get up to ½” of rain…heavier amounts to the south. (Meanwhile, the first major winter storm of the season is targeting the Upper Midwest – a foot or more possible in Minneapolis-St. Paul!) Another chance of rain for us Friday.

*Weekend Snow Chance: There’s a slight chance we might see flurries Saturday morning and possibly some snow showers Sunday – but with highs both days in the 40s, and very little moisture – this is meager at best.

Have a great week!
-Chikage

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Feb
26

Share Your Sunday Hoosier Pics!

Posted By · February 26, 2012 at 4:14 pm

What a day! We’ve turned off winter and put spring in high gear today. Our temp at 4pm is up to 52 degrees on a sunny, breezy, and mild Sunday. I stopped by the Indy Canal and snapped this pic of people taking advantage of the warm-up in shorts!

Submit your pic! 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  Make sure it’s a pic you took today.

Thanks for sharing your pics!

-Chikage

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Feb
26

Mild Air Returns & Settles In

Posted By · February 26, 2012 at 5:30 am

The 50s are returning to central Indiana, and so is a chance for thunderstorms!

Highs will reach the low 50s today with sunny skies and wind gusts out of the south up to 30mph.

Tonight won’t be as cold as temps drop to the low 30s with clear skies.

Monday, highs reach the upper 40s with sunshine.

Our weather pattern begins to change Tuesday.  Highs will soar into the 50s with increasing clouds.  Late Tuesday afternoon into the evening showers and isolated thunderstorms are possible.  By Wednesday morning, up to .50″ of rain is possible.

A few showers may linger Wednesday morning, but we’ll eventually dry out as highs warm into the mid to upper 50s!

Thursday will be dry, but Friday looks to be soggy.  Late Friday night we could see rain transition to light snow.  It’s too early to tell if accumulating snow is possible, so we’ll keep you updated as we head towards the end of the week.

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