Not Only Was Our Super Bowl Week of Weather “Super,” It was Record-Setting

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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Super Fans…

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

Everyman at the Super Bowl…

I don’t think it’s any surprise that the Super Bowl is a huge corporate event as well as the biggest sporting event.

While there are those who are able to scalp a ticket – —-or save up all year to spend the roughly $1000 a ticket —-many in attendance at the “big game” are  representing their business—-people of means—or celebrities.

This year, I’m happy to say there was one “working man” who not only attended the game; but in spectacular fashion.

My husband, David,  I’m proud to say, is a courier for FedEx…and a great one at that.  He works hard; is very conscientious; and rarely complains.  He’s also a big sports fan.  So when his brother, Mark, the CEO for Wheaton Van Lines (one of those corporate types)—-one of the many contributors to Indy’s bid for the Super Bowl—-offered him a chance to go to the game,  he couldn’t pass it up.

David and Mark sat in the Quarterback Suite at Lucas Oil Stadium—with an unbelieveable view of the field—along with about 200 other people.  Among the  guests, basketball giant Shaquille O’Neal.  Not bad company.

It wasn’t just the game—or the halftime show.  Mark also received tickets to events all week; (i,.e. NFL Experience, Media Party),  free parking, jackets sporting the Super Bowl logo (although someone walked off with David’s); seat cushions; and a luncheon at the Columbia Club before the game as part of the company “perk package”.    And he was generous with all.

Since I couldn’t be with him, I requested (many times) that my better half send me pictures of his adventure.  Below are some of the snapshots of a once in a lifetime opportunity for a man who would never ask for anything–but deserves everything.

 

Mark and Shaq

 

 

 

 

Freezing Fog this Morning & Warm Weather Continues

Above average temperatures have become the “norm” around Central Indiana lately, and the warm streak rolls on… at least for part of the week!

Above average temperatures have become the “norm” around Central Indiana lately, and the warm streak rolls on… at least for part of the week!

Patchy freezing fog is possible around the state this morning, especially on bridges and overpasses, so watch for slick spots.

Mostly sunny skies are in the forecast today with highs in the upper 40s to around 50 degrees.  Winds out of the southwest up to 10mph will make the afternoon a little breezy.  The normal high this time of year is 38, so we’re still running above average in the temperature department.

Tonight, skies remain mostly clear, and temps drop to the low 30s.

Tuesday, clouds will be on the increase as highs top out in the mid 40s.  Late Tuesday into Wednesday a few light snow showers are possible.  A light dusting may be possible, but little to no accumulation is expected.

A shot of colder air moves in behind the chance for snow on Wednesday, and by the weekend overnight lows could be in the teens.

Super Bowl Sunday Forecast

Happy Super Bowl Sunday! The weather is looking pretty spectacular for today’s festivities!

Happy Super Bowl Sunday!  The weather is looking pretty spectacular for today’s festivities!

We’re starting the morning off with patchy dense fog, but that should burn off as the morning goes on.  Skies will clear as we head into the afternoon and temps soar into the mid 40s!  A chill breeze out of the north up to 10mph is expected.  Our average temp this time of year is in the mid 30s.

Tonight, mostly clear skies remain, and temps drop to the mid 20s to around 30 degrees.

Monday, more sunshine and highs in the upper 40s.

Tuesday looks dry, but Tuesday night into Wednesday a rain/snow mix may develop.  We’ll watch the timing of this closely.

Much colder air eyes the Hoosier state next weekend when lows are in the teens and highs only warm into the upper 20s.

Monday

My Brush with Fame…

I like to meet famous people as much as the next guy.   But I can’t say I’ve ever been one to “seek them out”.

With the Super Bowl in town, however, I must say I’ve been keeping an eye out–looking over my shoulder–for “celebrity sightings”.  In a few cases, the search came easy.  Actually, they came as assignments.

“Today” gave me some of the best access.

The “Today” show brought some of its morning team to Indianapolis—broadcasting from the Super Bowl Village Friday and Saturday mornings.

Saturday, during our Sunrise show, I hung out at the “Today” show set–right at Capitol Avenue and Georgia Street outside the NFL Experience. 

In true Hoosier fashion, there was a good size crowd ready to welcome both shows–some standing in a cold rain as early as 4:30am–and as friendly as we’ve come to expect.  And it was that “friendliness” that most impressed Today show anchor and correspondent Jenna Wolfe.

I watched throughout her broadcast, as she genuinely gushed about “Hoosier Hospitality”–and how helpful and friendly folks here have been to her.  After meeting her, I must say, the feeling is mutual.

You never know what to expect between the person you see on t-v and the one you meet in person.  Will they be as nice?  Do they have an ego?  In my short talk with her, I’d have to answer “yes” and “no”.

Even before I interviewed her live on our air for our special Super Sunrise show, Jenna was gracious, and fun to talk with.  It was as if I was talking with someone I’d known for a while.  I felt immediately comfortable. 

Jenna and Me

Her crew just as accommodating–offering coffee and a warm place to wait in between our live segments.

She had fun with the crowd, too.  While she did go inside the Pan Am plaza building to warm up from time to time–she also took time to take photos with fans, sign autographs and just have fun with the crowd of Hoosiers who’d waited all morning to see her.

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Another celebrity bowled over by our Hoosier charm, Adam Levine.  “The Voice” coach and Maroon-5 front man was in town to entertain, but also to promote the new season of “the Voice” which airs right after the Super Bowl.
It was for that reason I was given a few minutes to interview him.

Full disclosure, while I’d heard the name, I wasn’t familiar with “who” Adam Levine is.  I have young children, so what little t-v we do watch is usually something on PBS or Sprout or the latest Disney film.  And I must admit, I’m not up to speed on current music either.  It wasn’t until “after” my interview, really, that I found I was the envy of women everywhere.

Adam Levine and Me

Headed into the interview, one of Adam’s (for practical purposes we’ll say I’m on a first name basis)  press people sent an email to media warning us because he’s been putting in long hours, and he’s tired , that he might be, let’s just say “irritable”.  So just be prepared for that.  Got it.  Expect worst (pop star divo)  hope for best (nice guy).  I got the best of Adam Levine.

The interview was set up inside the IMS production studios in Speedway.  There were media from Houston and Cincinnati there as well.  We each had about 5 minutes with the musician/tv star. 

In these scenarios it works like this:  the interviewee (Adam Levine in this case) is set up to do a series of interviews with various media outlets.  Most of them are done via satellite–meaning he stands there with a backdrop, listens through an earpiece to an anchor/reporter who’s set up in their own studio, and talks to the camera.  He’d been doing this about 3 hours when we showed up.  (you can imagine that might make one a little cranky)

From the moment we showed up, his media liasion was welcoming.  And once we entered the room with Adam, not a trace of ego or irritability to be found.

I actually did my interview live for our Noon show.  Yes, I was nervous.  But it was short-lived.  And yes, he was promoting a show–so you might say he “has” to be nice.  Maybe to a point.  But I judge these situations based on how a celebrity acts “off” camera.  And in between interviews, Adam was funny, cracking jokes, and just having a the kind of conversation with anyone– you would have with friends or co-workers.

Plus, I was able to sit in the “chair”–a prop like the ones they use on “The Voice”  (I haven’t watched the show, but I’ve seen the promos).

In the 'Voice" chair!

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While I didn’t get to meet her, I was one of the bazillion reporters/photographers on hand to see Madonna.
Sitting in the front row, on the floor, I had a good view–and I must say she looked fantastic.
I wasn’t sure what to expect with her either–it could go any way with Madonna–but by appearances, she seemed down to earth, and more than accommodating to a litany of ridiculous questions thrown her way.
Plus she mentioned her kids would visit the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis—so giving them a plug before a worldwide audience made her ok in my book.

Madonna

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With so many high profile people in town for the Super Bowl, who knows who’ll I’ll meet next?  It’s part of what makes this job fun.

Kris Kirschner

 

Soggy Saturday… Improving Sunday

The rain is here, and is here to stay for your Saturday across Central Indiana.

The rain is here, and is here to stay for your Saturday across Central Indiana.

Highs will stay steady in the low 40s with wind gusts up to 25mph from the east today.  Off and on showers are expected throughout the day, with up to .50″ of rain expected.  A few areas north of I-70 could see a few snowflakes or sleet mix in with the raindrops, but we’re not looking for any accumulation.

If you’re heading to the Super Bowl Village tonight, temps will fall into the mid to upper 30s, and spotty showers or drizzle is possible.

Sunday morning we could see some patchy drizzle early with a few snowflakes, but then we gradually clear the skies for mostly sunny skies by the afternoon.  Highs Super Bowl Sunday will reach the mid 40s.

Next week looks pretty quiet with temps staying above our average high in the mid 30s.  Wednesday we’ll be watching for a rain/snow mix.

A Hometown Tourist…

All week I’ve been part of the WTHR (Super Bowl Station) team covering all things Super Bowl.

It’s been great, but when you’re working, you don’t have the time to really stop and take in all the excitement.  So last night, my husband and I did just that.

I put down my microphone, and reporter’s notebook  and just enjoyed downtown Indy for a couple of hours.  Trying to soak in what visitors to the city might; viewing the Super Bowl host as they might. 

We parked in a lot on South Street for $30.  Yes, expensive.  But it was close and well-lit and served our purposes.  We walked up Meridian Street to Georgia, right in the heart of Super Bowl Village.  Along the way passing several street performers–which I think only adds to the ambiance.

The streets were packed.  I’m not much for large crowds–I get claustrophobic if it gets to bad–but this crowd seemed manageable. 

I’ll admit our first mission to grab a cold beverage.  We made our way to the Huddle for that.  (It’s the three floors of the area in the Circle Centre Mall that used to be Nordstrom).  Other than to get warm, not a whole lot to see in the Huddle.  The first floor, there are bars (our thirst quenched!)  The 2nd floor is all souvenirs and Super Bowl gear–and nothing to see on the third floor.

We ventured out once again where we noticed a huge crowd outside St Elmo (the popular steak house with the shrimp cocktail that will clear you sinuses!).  There were t-v cameras and people huddled.  We found out they were waiting for celebrities.  No one in particular, just anyone in general.  I suppose it’s as good a place as any to wait.  But we didn’t linger long. 

On the way back, my husband did run into one of his favorite sports talk radio hosts.  Mike Greenberg of “Mike and Mike in the Morning”.  So as any good tourist would do, we stopped for a photo.  (This was the highlight of his night–so well worth it!)

We went to Monument Circle to see the giant Roman numerals.  We checked out the zipline.  We stopped by Pan Am Plaza where the ESPN stage is set up.

Basically we just walked.  And it seems so did thousands of others who were downtown that night.

I wondered if between the parking, the pricey beer and paying the babysitter it was worth it.  But like most people excited for the Super bowl, it was a chance to get right in the middle of it–and for me–to  see it from the eyes of those who aren’t covering it from every angle.

Indeed, we had a “super” time. 

 

Kris Kirschner

Increasing Clouds & Rain for Central Indiana

Our above average temps continue, but a good chance of rain moves in for part of the weekend!

Our above average temps continue, but a good chance of rain moves in for part of the weekend!

Patchy dense fog is likely this morning across Central Indiana.  Today we can expect increasing clouds and temps warming into the mid 50s.

After midnight, rain begins to move into the state, and will likely stick around for much of the day Saturday.  Up to 1/2″ of rain is possibly by early Sunday morning.  Highs Saturday will reach the mid 40s.

Super Bowl Sunday we start off in the mid 30s with sprinkles… and we’ll eventually warm into the mid 40s.  The clouds should break as we head into Sunday afternoon. 

Above average temps roll on into next week with highs in the 40s and a mainly dry forecast!  Our average high this time of year is in the mid to upper 30s.

The Today Show Comes to Indy…

While “celebrity watch” is at fever pitch the last days leading to the Super Bowl…there are some great opportunities to see some of your favorites–and avoid the crowds at the same time!

The NBC “Today Show” is broadcasting live from Indianapolis starting Friday.  “Today at the Superbowl” kicks-off with Ann Curry and Al Roker broadcasting live from the Super Bowl Village at Pan Am Center at 7 a.m.   (My sources tell me Al Roker is already in town doing some prep work.)

The Today Show headed to Indy!

Today show promoters say during the show, Adam Levine and Gym Class Heroes will perform a special live concert,
Jimmy Fallon will stop by, and Ann and Al will get a preview of the halftime show featuring Madonna . 

And you’re invited to watch it all  in person!  Just head to the corner of West Georgia Street and South Capitol Avenue–just outside the entrance to the NFL Experience.

On Saturday, Jenna Wolfe will co-host a special Saturday edition of “Today,  live from  the same location.  Crowds are again encouraged to watch the broadcast, which starts at 7 a.m.

On Super Bowl Sunday  Ann Curry, Al Roker, Natalie Morales and Savannah Guthrie  will broadcast live from Lucas Oil Stadium.  (That’s not one you’ll be able to stop by to see–but you can check it out on Channel 13!)

The festivities in Indy will continue through Monday, February 6th, as Al recaps the big game from the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Monument Circle.  That’s one you can watch in person.

While the Today Show starts at 7am–the WTHR Sunrise team is live just ahead of that!  Why not get there early and say ‘hi” to Julia Moffitt and Chuck Lofton who continue to take the show live from Super Bowl Village –again, Georgia and Capitol.

You may even run into Jeremy Brilliant who’s roaming the Village and reporting on all things Super Bowl.

Sunrise starts at 4:30a.  The Today Show at 7am.  Bring some coffee  (and a camera!) and spend an entertaining morning with your favorite news teams!  Who knows, you might even make it on t-v!

 

Kris Kirschner