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Feb
12

Sun Today… Snow Late Tomorrow

Posted By · February 12, 2012 at 5:26 am

Sunshine will soon give way to snow showers across Central Indiana.

This morning we’re waking up with temps in the teens and wind chills in the single digits.  Skies will remain clear today with highs in the upper 20s.

Overnight, a few clouds pop up, as lows drop to the mid teens.

Monday, we’ll start the day with mostly sunny skies, and end the day with snow.  Clouds will increase throughout the day as highs top out in the mid 30s.  By the evening commute, we could see a few snow showers, but ground temps look too warm for the snow to stick.  Snow is more likely to stick starting late Monday night through Tuesday morning.  The Tuesday morning commute could be slick, with 1-2″ of snow falling across the area by then.

As temps warm Tuesday, we could see a rain/snow mix develop.

Milder air pushes into the state by the middle of the week, and by Thursday, we could see rain.

We’ll keep you posted on any and all changes as these systems continue to develop.

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Feb
11

Bitter Cold Wind Chills Today

Posted By · February 11, 2012 at 5:58 am

Get ready to bundle up in your warmest winter wear!

Highs will only reach the low 20s today with a mix of sun and clouds and flurries.  Winds will gust out of the northwest up to 30mph, so it will feel more like -5 to 10 degrees outside. 

Tonight, the metro drops to about 11 degrees, and outside the metro the single digits are possible under mostly clear skies.  Winds will continue to howl out of the northwest up to 25mph, so subzero and single digit wind chills are likely.

Sunday, we start off cold, but rebound to the upper 20s with sunshine.

Another quick shot of snow is possible as we head into Monday night.  Late Monday afternoon, light snow moves in and by midday Tuesday we could pick up 1-2″ of snow.  We’ll keep you updated on the timing of this next system as we get closer to the winter weather arriving.

Temps turn more mild as we head later into next week, so we could see chances of rain instead of snow.

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Feb
10

Snow on the way

Posted By · February 10, 2012 at 9:54 am

We have seen some flurries around the Indianapolis metro area this morning, but most of the snow that sticks will be later today.

Look for  1”-2” this afternoon and tonight in most of central Indiana with isolated spots in northern counties seeing up to 3 inches.

In our southern counties, I am looking for a rain/snow mix with about a half inch of snow possible in Bloomington and Columbus.

Can you believe this? We were up to 60 degrees on February 1st!

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Feb
09

Sunshine Today… Rain/Snow Mix Friday

Posted By · February 9, 2012 at 4:59 am

Get ready for a great day across Central Indiana today!  Enjoy the sunshine while it’s here… big changes are around the corner!

Highs will hit around 40 degrees today with mostly sunny skies and a light breeze out of the west up to 10mph.

Overnight, partly cloudy skies are likely with temps dropping to the upper 20s.

Friday, a rain/snow mix will likely develop.  No accumulation is expected, as highs hit the low 40s.  Wind gusts out of the west up to 25mph will make the day feel a little raw.

Much colder air settles in for the weekend.  Check out the early morning lows on Saturday and Sunday, we fall into the teens!  Temps will only warm into the 20s for highs this weekend.

Our next chance of precip moves in late Monday night into Tuesday and Wednesday.  As of right now, it looks like this system will start off as a rain/snow mix, and change to rain as temps warm up next week.  We’ll keep our eyes on this system as it continues to develop.

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Feb
08

Light Snow This Morning

Posted By · February 8, 2012 at 4:42 am

Light snow showers are likely across Central Indiana this morning, mixed with mist and drizzle.  Less than 1/2″ of snow is expected across the viewing area.  This isn’t a big snow event, however, with temps around freezing, slick spots are likely, so the morning commute could be slow going.

The snow looks to end by midday, tapering off to flurries, and by this afternoon the sunshine will return with highs in the mid to upper 30s.

Tonight, skies clear and temps drop to the low 20s.  It will be a very chilly start to your Thursday morning.

Highs Thursday will raech the upper 30s, that’s average for this time of year!

Friday temps stick in the upper 30s, however, late Friday into early Saturday we have a chance for light snow. 

Behind the chance for snow are much cooler temps.  Highs Saturday will only reach the mid 20s, and by Sunday we only warm up to the upper 20s.  Overnight lows this weekend will be in the teens.

Early next week we’ll see another quick disturbance move through that could be a rain/snow mix.  As of right now, temps look to warm up into the 40s again next week.

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Feb
07

More Winter Like Conditions Return

Posted By · February 7, 2012 at 6:24 am

Sure the 50s and 60s are nice, but if you’re craving winter like temps… colder air is coming to Central Indiana.

Patchy fog is likely this morning, and with temps below freezing especially north of I-70, we could see freezing fog again.

Clouds increase throughout the day as highs hit the low 40s.

Overnight, lows drop to the low 20s, and there’s a chance for a dusting of snow into Wednesday morning.  So, your Wednesday morning commute could be slick.  Less than 1″of snow expected.

A few flurries may stick around Wednesday morning, then the clouds break for highs to only reach the mid 30s.  By the way, 38 is average for this time of year!

Thursday looks dry and sunny with highs in the upper 30s.

Friday, another quick disturbance moves through that could bring a very light rain or snow mix to Central Indiana.  We’ll keep our eyes on this, but right now the system doesn’t look impressive.

What’s behind that is much colder air for the weekend.

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The city of Indianapolis has been getting rave reviews on its hosting of Super Bowl XLVI, and many of the positive comments have been about how great our weather was during Super Week!  Now, the National Weather Service has crunched some numbers to confirm that our weather was not just “Super,” it set a record!

During the stretch from January 30-February 5th, our average high temperature in Indy was 54.7 degrees.  That ranks #1 on the list!  Yes – we set a record for the warmest week ending 2/5 since records have been kept.  That’s 140 years!

Here’s the complete list, courtesy of the National Weather Service:

Indianapolis Area Extremes
Highest Average Maximum Temperature degrees F
Days: 1/30 – 2/5
Length of period: 7 days
Years: 1872-2012

Rank  Value  Ending Date
1    54.7    2/ 5/2012
2    52.4    2/ 5/1890
3    52.3    2/ 5/1927
4    50.3    2/ 5/1877
5    49.3    2/ 5/1884
6    48.6    2/ 5/1968,  2/ 5/1924
8    48.3    2/ 5/1903
9    48.1    2/ 5/1973
10    47.7    2/ 5/1931

You’ve got to believe the Super Bowl Host Committee is thrilled!  Bravo, Indy for a great Super Bowl!!

Chikage Windler
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Feb
06

Super Fans…

Posted By · February 6, 2012 at 9:57 am

As we look back on what’s been a whirlwind week+  of Super Bowl fun; it goes without saying to the Super Bowl Host committee, volunteers, public safety, and anyone who had a part in putting this together–an outstanding accomplishment, all.

But while we’ve basked in Super Bowl glory—and the accolades from an appreciative NFL and world press—lets not forget the fans who deserve OUR appreciation.

We set out to make them welcome–whoever “they” were.  When we found out we’d be hosting New Yorkers and New Englanders (nay, the Patriots!)  did we all not feel a little nervous about whether they’d live up to their reputation ( or perhaps stereotype is the more appropriate word) for being rowdy, pushy, or just plain rude?

My experience is that they were just the opposite. 

Take the airport today for example.  I met several Giants and Pats fans on their way out of town.  Each and every one complimentary of this city and its hosting duties.  Even the Pats fans, who had every reason to pout–shrugged off the loss and instead focused on the fun they had here in Indy.

This weekend, when most o the out-of-towners showed up, I was met with smiles, friendly greetings, and good old fashioned competitive fun.

A police blotter would show no brawls,  fights, riots or  real trouble of any kind  (none out of the ordinary)—not even after the game.

Everyone seemed on their best behavior.    Respectful of their host the way any good party guests would be.

So to the fans—Giants and Patriots alike—I say THANK YOU.    Thank you for a “super” week; for a superb game; and for giving Hoosiers a chance to see you in a new  (likely more accurate) light.

I hope to see you again soon.

 

Kris Kirschner

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