Frosty Morning, Fine Finish

Freeze Warning/Frost Advisory: North/East of Indy, temps could fall to 32 or colder by sunrise.  Indy points south/west looking at low to mid 30s for morning lows.  Protect your plants to be safe.  And this may not be the only time we see a frost or freeze threat.  Signs point to a significant cold snap heading here next week  (maybe even a shot at snow?).


Nice Rebound: After 30s to start, we’ll make our way into the upper 60s by late Tuesday afternoon with 70s on Wednesday!

Next Rain: Arrives early Wednesday morning as scattered showers/isolated storms.  Indiana is no longer in the severe risk – which has been shifted westward into Illinois.  Also scattered showers/storms possible Friday into Saturday and again on Monday.

Triple Conjunction: Another great clear night for enjoying the “Triple Conjunction” of the Crescent Moon with Jupiter and Venus!

Take Care!
-Chikage

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Freeze coming!

It is a beautiful day out there but things are going to change, big time, tonight.

It is a beautiful day out there but things are going to change, big time, tonight.

Jeff Gatwood of Allisonville Nursery says an upcoming cold snap should not be strong enough to kill our plants that are now coming up.  Look for a high of 60 today, but tonight temps drop to the coldest level since March 11th.

A frost advisory will be in effect from 1 am-10 am Tuesday for Indianapolis and points west and south. From Carmel north and east, look for a freeze warning, again from 1 am until 10 am Tuesday. Not to worry – we will get back into the 70s Wednesday!

From Record Highs…to Freezing Temps

Last week’s 80s and record highs may have lulled you into a false sense of reality.  Well, not any more!  A reality check comes in the form of Tuesday morning lows that could dip into the upper 20s in Northeast Indiana and low 30s as close as the Indy ‘burbs!

Freeze Watch: Posted for areas north/east of Indy for Monday night into Tuesday morning.

How Cold? Indy should be out of the danger zone, but fruit trees and non-hardy plants just north and east could have damage if not covered.  If you’re in the suburbs in a spot that usually gets colder than Indy, better safe than sorry.  Hardier plants like pansies and petunias should weather this cold just fine.

Freeze Facts: Our average last freeze in Indy isn’t for another 3 weeks!  April 17th is the average date….even later for the suburbs.

Severe Storms: Slight risk of severe storms Tuesday night into Wednesday morning – north and west of Indy

Rebounding Temps: After the cold Tuesday morning, we rebound to well above average temps again.  The average high is 56…average low is 36.  Every day (high and low) will be above average this week except for Tuesday morning.

Triple Conjunction:  Monday night we’ll get another chance to see the triple conjunction of Jupiter, the Crescent Moon, and Venus creating a triangle in the sky.   Look west after sunset.

Have a great week!
-Chikage
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Dry Today… Freeze Watch Monday Night

Temperatures are still running above average, but we won’t be hitting the 80s anytime in the 7 day forecast.

Temperatures are still running above average, but we won’t be hitting the 80s anytime in the 7 day forecast.

Highs will reach the upper 60s today with morning fog giving way to a partly cloudy afternoon.

Tonight, clear skies and a cool north breeze will allow temps to drop to the low 40s.

Monday, will feel chilly compared to the warmth we’ve been enjoying!  Highs will reach the low 60s with partly cloudy skies.

Monday night into Tuesday, a Freeze Watch is in effect for areas north and east of Indianapolis including Muncie, Anderson and Kokomo.  Click here to see the counties under the Freeze Watch.  Temps will drop to the freezing mark, if not a little below, so protect any plants you have outside.

After a cold start Tuesday morning, highs will rebound to the upper 60s.  Late Tuesday night into Wednesday night scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible.

More ups and downs are in the 7 day as we go towards next weekend, including a daily chance of scattered showers and storms starting Friday.

No Records, but Above Average Temperatures Continue

Rain: The last of the isolated showers were moving out of the viewing area around midnight and we should be dry until Tuesday night.

Temps: We hit 67 Saturday (coolest since March 11th)…but temps should bump up to around 71 Sunday ahead of a cold front that will cool our temps back down into the 60s for Monday. Though temps will swing back and forth, we’ll remain well above average for the next 7 days. Average high: 56 / average low: 36. Wednesday will be our warmest day of the week – but the record is 82 so we won’t be in record territory.

March: Running 15.7 degrees above average so far. Could end up being the warmest March for Indy and statewide…

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
-Chikage

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Not a Weekend Washout

The chance for a spotty shower or isolated thunderstorm will linger across Central Indiana today, but the weekend won’t be a washout!

The chance for a spotty shower or isolated thunderstorm will linger across Central Indiana today, but the weekend won’t be a washout!

Highs will reach the mid to upper 60s today with mostly cloudy skies, and a 30% chance of showers or an isolated thunderstorm.  The normal high this time of year is 55, so we’re still above that, even though we’re not looking to break any records.

Tonight, skies remain mostly cloudy, and any rain that’s lingering will come to an end as lows drop to the low 50s.

Sunday, we’re back to the low 70s with a mix of sun and clouds.

Temps are up and down this week between the 60s and the 70s, but still above average.

Our two chances for scattered showers and storms come Wednesday and Friday into Saturday.

Scattered Showers and Storms Today

Break out the rain gear, scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible across central Indiana today.

Break out the rain gear, scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible across central Indiana today.

Highs will reach the low 70s with off and on shower chances and isolated thunderstorms.  Some storms may strong to severe with large hail and damaging wind.  The area in yellow is under a slight risk for severe storms.

Tonight, temps drop to the mid 50s and we could still see scattered showers and thunderstorms.

Saturday won’t be a washout, but scattered showers and thunderstorms stick around.  The best chance for any precip looks to be until midday.

Sunday, sunshine returns with temps around 70, then look at the nice forecast in store for next week!  The average high this time of year is in the mid 50s, and we’ll stay well above that.

Yet another record-breaker?

Today should be an outstanding, memorable and historic day in Indy. Look for highs in the mid 80s, a new daily record and if we reach 85, we will tie the all time record high for heat in Indianapolis in March.

Who would have thought?  Backyard cookouts, shorts and T-shirts….in March!

I spent Saturday with my wife and friends cruising the Chicago River on a boat. Having grown up there, I would have never thought such a thing would have ever been possible in the month of March in Chicago, much less in Indianapolis.

Today should be an outstanding, memorable and historic day in Indy. Look for highs in the mid 80s, a new daily record and if we reach 85, we will tie the all time record high for heat in Indianapolis in March. 

Look for thunderstorms to move in here late Thursday and Friday.  Take a look at the warm Extended Forecast, the average high is 54.

Spring is Here, But it Feels Like Summer!

*Happy Spring: The Vernal Equinox was 1:14 this morning.  Typical high for today: 54.  Your forecast for today: 85!

*Record stretch:  We hit 74 at 11am, making this our 9th straight day of 70+ temps (the record had been 6 straight for March and we keep adding to it!)

*Daily record: As of 1pm we were at 77. It’s going to be a breeze to beat 80 (set in 1894) today.

*Monthly record: Warmest all-time for the month of March was 85 on March 31, 1981.  I think we have a shot at tying the record both today AND tomorrow!

*Hoosier Pic at Noon:  This pooch sure knows how to beat the heat!  Submitted via facebook by Amy Marschard

Our next chance of rain arrives Thursday which will cool our temps down, but we’ll still be well above the normals in the mid 50s! (And for those of you suffering from seasonal allergies, rain will help wash away the pollen that’s going sky-high!)

So how many records have we broken so far? The National Weather Service has a great summary: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cmsstory.php?wfo=ind&storyid=80710&source=0

Enjoy this first day of Spring!
-Chikage

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Springing into More Record Warmth!

Our high hit 82 today beating the old record of 76 from
1921. We’ve now hit record highs 5 of the last 6 days
along with 8 straight highs of 70+ (a record for
March).

More records will likely fall with a high tomorrow of
84 (record is 80 in 1894) and Wednesday with a high of
83 (record is 82 in 1907). Thursday, I’m forecasting
just shy of a record, but it could be close. I’m
forecasting 81. The record: 82 in 1907.

Late Thursday through early Sunday, we have chances of
rain and cooler temperatures…that will still be well
above the average highs this time of year in the 50s!

What a way to welcome Spring! (The Vernal Equinox
occurs at 1:14am).

And how’s this for a contrast? On March 19, 1906, we picked up 12.1″ of snow!! That’s the most in one single calendar day for Indianapolis on record!

Enjoy the weather!
-Chikage

 

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