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Apr
30

Severe Thunderstorm Watch Until 10pm

Posted By · April 30, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Much of the WTHR viewing area is now under a severe thunderstorm watch with hail and high winds the biggest threats. Storms in Eastern Illinois and Western Indiana continue pushing eastward this afternoon. We’ll be tracking the storms for you throughout the afternoon and evening.

For a detailed look at counties under the Severe T-Storm Watch, check out the Storm Prediction Center page here: http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/watch/ww0208.html

Chief Meteorologist Chris Wright will have updates on WTHR starting at 5 (earlier if needed) and I’ll keep you updated on Facebook and Twitter. Keep in mind if you have storm photos you’d like to share, you can post them on WTHR’s facebook page or email to pix@wthr.com.

Take Care,
-Chikage
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Apr
30

A Warm and Stormy Week

Posted By · April 30, 2012 at 12:33 pm

If you’ve walked outside today, you know it’s here: the WARMTH. We were already up to 72 degrees at lunchtime! Highs will continue to soar into the upper 70s to 80 degrees this afternoon. The average high is 68 for April 30th.

Along with the warmth and higher humidity, we’ll be increasing the storm chances across Central Indiana late afternoon through early evening with a slight risk of severe storms. The greatest risks: Hail and High Winds.

What’s ahead? More unseasonably warm temperatures and more storm chances. Wednesday and Thursday look like the driest and hottest days of the week. We could approach record highs! The record for Wednesday is 87 (1959). The record for Thursday is 86 (1959). And while I had expected to finally eek out an entirely dry day on Sunday, it now appears we have to throw in an isolated storm chance. That’s the way the cookie crumbles.

Finally, today’s Hoosier Pic at noon. Great shot of an Eastern Bluebird at Brown County State Park yesterday. Thanks to bird watcher Margo Hart for the great shot! If you’d like to submit your pic, post it on WTHR’s facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13, upload to our photo gallery on wthr.com http://iwitness.wthr.com/, or email it to pix@wthr.com.


Take Care,
-Chikage
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Apr
29

Severe Storms Possible Monday, Soaring Temps

Posted By · April 29, 2012 at 11:32 pm

After a cool, cloudy and damp weekend, get ready for a major change for the workweek!

The first change will be more widespread showers and storms. Unlike the rain we had over the weekend which was non-severe and in “stable” air, Monday and beyond, our we’ll be in a warmer, more unstable pattern which may support strong to severe storms. We’re under a slight risk of severe for Monday – hail and high winds are the greatest threats.

We’ll watch a warm front lift northward Monday and once it does, temps will soar into the 70s. We could have a 5-day stretch of 80s starting Tuesday to begin the month of May. Wednesday and Thursday could approach record highs! Wednesday’s record high is 87 set in 1959. Thursday’s record high is 86 set in 1959.

Have a good week!
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Apr
29

Stormy Week Setting Up

Posted By · April 29, 2012 at 5:11 am

The work week won’t be a washout, but there’s a chance of rain and storms every single day through next weekend.

Highs will reach the mid to upper 60s today with a chance for isolated showers or isolated thunderstorms.  Some storms may be strong to severe in southwest central Indiana.  The day will see plenty of dry time, but be prepared for morning, then late afternoon/evening rain chances.

Tonight, scattered showers are possible as temps stay mild in the 50s.

Monday, strong to severe storms are possible for all of central Indiana.  Hail and damaging wind are the top threats.  Highs will reach the upper 70s with scattered storms.

Tuesday through Friday, highs will top out in the 80s with a daily chance for showers and storms.  We will be watching the risk of severe storms each day closely.

An early preview of the Mini Marathon, shows mainly dry conditions with starting temps in the 60s, and highs in the mid 70s.

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Apr
28

Rain Chances Stick Around, Temps Start to Warm

Posted By · April 28, 2012 at 11:24 pm

Rain: Between 3 rounds of rain this morning and one more this evening, we picked up .3” officially in Indy. Parts of Southern Indiana got 1”+ and there were some reports of hail to golf ball size and wind damage in the Southern tier of the state.

Temps: We only hit 52 in Indy for a high, but Evansville made it into the 80s! A warm front separates us from the warmth – but it also keeps us out of the severe t-storm risk that our neighbors in Southern Indiana will deal with yet again tomorrow. We’ll nudge into the 60s tomorrow…then the warm front finally lifts north of us Monday. That will send temps soaring into the upper 70s to 80s for the rest of the week.

At least a slight chance of rain each day in the 7-day….but not looking for washouts. The driest days look like: Sunday, Wednesday, and Saturday.

Take Care,
-Chikage
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Get ready for a cool, and at times, wet weekend!

We started off the morning with cool temps in the 40s and scattered rain showers with isolated storms. We should see a break in the rain midday, but late afternoon into the evening storms may develop, especially in the southern half of the state. There’s a slight risk of severe storms for areas south of Indy into Kentucky this afternoon and evening – the biggest risks are for large hail and damaging winds.

Highs today will likely land about 10 degrees below average. The average high is 68. Today’s high in Indy: 58. The farther south you go, the warmer it will get.

Tonight, we’ll have mostly cloudy skies with maybe a leftover shower. Despite the clouds, temperatures will cool down into the low 40s in Central Indiana with 30s to the north. Far Northern/Northeastern Indiana could get down to the freezing point by early Sunday morning, and a FREEZE WATCH has been issued for that part of the Hoosier State.

By Sunday afternoon, we’ll warm up a little. Highs will still be below average, but we should manage low 60s in Indy, closer to 70s in Bloomington. Most of Sunday should be dry, but an isolated shower or t-storm can’t be ruled out.

We keep at least a slight chance of a shower or thunderstorm in all next week, but with a warm front lifting north of Indy for much of the week, we’ll see temperatures soar into the 70s and 80s to start off the month of May.

Have a great weekend,
-Chikage
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Apr
26

Freezing Temps Back in the Forecast

Posted By · April 26, 2012 at 5:18 am

It just wouldn’t be Indiana weather if we didn’t have HUGE ups and downs in the forecast!

Highs will reach the low to mid 60s today by the noon hour, then fall into the 50s by the late afternoon with a mix of sun and clouds.  A cool northwest breeze up to 20mph is expected.

Tonight, temps in the metro drop to the mid 30s.  Yep, we’re setting up for a very chilly night!  A Freeze Watch is in effect north of Indy for Muncie and Kokomo, with a Hard Freeze Watch for areas north of that.  For the latest watches, click here.  Temps in those spots will drop near freezing, if not below!

Friday looks dry with highs in the mid to upper 50s. 

Late Friday night into Saturday our next chance for rain moves in, setting up for a soggy weekend start.  It looks like the rain may end by 8am Saturday morning, stay tuned, because that could change!  I’m not sold on that just yet.

Sunday will be dry with temps blow average.  Our normal high this time of year is in the upper 60s.

Enjoy the dry time Sunday and Monday… as starting Tuesday, a daily chance of showers and thunderstorms are likely.

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Apr
25

Harry Potter culture leaves mark on London

Posted By · April 25, 2012 at 11:58 am

The popularity of the Harry Potter films is alive in London. We booked a “Harry Potter” film tour today through Hackney Heritage Tours.

Graham Woodhouse is a 19-year veteran cabbie and guide who whisked us all over London to see many of the sites where film makers chose to capture the Potter magic. We saw Lambeth Bridge where “Prisoner of Azkaban” was filmed, walked along the Thames River and through Trafalgar Square.

Graham carried a mini DVD player and showed us the movie scenes before describing in vivid detail how moviemakers used London scenes to create memorable films.

One of my favorite locations was Kings Cross where Platform 9 3/4 is located. That’s the spot where Harry Potter disappears through the brick wall to catch the Hogwarts Express. Dozens of fans took pictures with the luggage trolley that appears to be halfway through the wall.

A family from Norway, self described as “Potterheads”, took pictures of their daughters at that location.

A terrific day! You will see the story this summer during our Olympic coverage.

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