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Apr
25

Day trip to Cornwall

Posted By · April 25, 2012 at 10:16 am

 CORNWALL, UK – One of the great joys of going on the Olympic pre-trip is having the ability to set the itinerary. We are not limited to stay in the host city. We have the freedom to explore other parts of the country.

Since Dave Calabro and Anne Marie Tiernon will be based this summer in London to cover the athletes and the sports, Steve Rhodes and I wanted to spend a good portion of this trip taking you to places beyond London. Our stories will air this summer during the Olympics.

We couldn’t wait to visit Cornwall. We were hooked for several reasons. The coastline of the southwestern part of England is fabulous. We found a pub sign artist in this area and there is a spectacular St. Michael’s Mount castle surrounded by water.

Getting to Cornwall from London involves a six-hour train trip. We woke up at 5:30am Thursday and took a cab to Paddington Station where we caught the 7:30am train. Steve and I took a brief nap on the train, ate breakfast and watched the rolling English countryside out our window. By 1:30 pm, we had arrived at Penzance.

We squeezed seven bags of broadcast equipment into our small rental car and drove ten minutes to the Godolphin Arms hotel, situated on the beach looking out at St. Michael’s Mount. Driving in England is a challenge. The wheel is on the wrong side of the car, you drive on the opposite lane and the stick shift is on the wrong side too. Everything you’ve ever learned in driving is opposite. It is quite a challenge.

We spent most of the afternoon conducting interviews on the beach and videotaping the castle from nearly every dry vantage point. Friday morning, we will take a small boat across Mount’s Bay to reach this spectacular treasure.

The rest of the evening was spent visiting pubs in Penzance. Pubs remain important to the British culture but high tax on alcohol is making it difficult for many pubs to survive.

Gary Turner, the manager of the “Turk’s Head,” says he and other pubs are selling more food than they have in the past in order to stay in business and compete with chain establishments.

We chatted with Paddy and Trish McGregor who own “Admiral Benbow,” a Penzance pub decorated with hundreds of items from shipwrecks.

We had dinner at “The Dolphin Tavern” and talked with manager Matthew Jorey who said his restaurant is a popular place for food and drinks.

Friday is going to be a long day. We catch an 8:00 am boat ride to St. Michael’s Mount, then leave around 12:00 pm to interview a talented pub sign artist, Andrew Grundon, who owns “Signature Signs.” We are scheduled to have dinner at “London Inn” in Padstow before embarking on a three-hour car ride to Bristol, England. We are hustling to be in place to document a wedding Saturday at Thornbury castle.

It’s well after midnight. We have been up 18 hours and Steve is still importing video clips into our hard drives and recharging batteries for Friday.

Good night from the southwestern tip of England.

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Apr
25

Severe Storms Possible Today

Posted By · April 25, 2012 at 5:26 am

Strong to severe storms are possible late this afternoon into tonight for Central Indiana.

Highs will reach the low 70s today as showers and thunderstorms build between late this afternoon and midnight.  All of Central Indiana is under a slight risk for severe storms.  Damaging wind and large hail our the biggest threats.  Up to .50″ to 1″ of rain is possible too.

Overnight, the rain and storms come to an end as temps drop to the upper 50s.

Thursday, we’ll see a mix of sun and clouds with highs in the mid 60s.  Wind gusts out of the northwest up to 25mph are expected.

By Friday and into Saturday scattered showers and thunderstorms are once again in the forecast.  We’ll be watching to see if storms may be strong to severe. 

Check out the 7 day, highs for the weekend only reach the 50s… that’s below our average high of the upper 60s.

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What a difference a day makes! Yesterday we had winds gusting to 44 mph in Indy. It’s still breezy today, but winds will gust 20-30 making it a lot easier to enjoy the milder temps outside! We’re bucking our unseasonably cool trend of the last 3 days with highs only in the 50s. Today, we’ll climb to near average (66) with a high of 65 in Indy.

Yesterday it looked like there could be some passing showers moving through Central Indiana today. There have been some very light sprinkles trying to move through Eastern Illinois and far Western Indiana, but most of the rain isn’t even reaching the ground and it now looks like Indy will stay dry until tomorrow. That’s great news if you’ve got tickets to this evening’s Indians game!

Our stretch of dry weather ends tomorrow – in fact there’s even a slight chance of severe storms tomorrow afternoon through night. A few storms could bring severe wind and hail to Central Indiana. At this point it looks like the rain will arrive after the Indians’ day game, but storms could impact the evening rush. Here’s a look at our FutureTrak13 Computer Model at 4pm tomorrow:

And here are the areas (shaded in yellow) highlighted for a slight risk of severe storms tomorrow for Indy points south and west. T-storms are possible for areas to the north and east (shaded in green).

We’ll enjoy a mild day today, then warmer air tomorrow and Thursday, but temps take a plunge back into the cool 50s late week and into the weekend.

Here’s a look at your WTHR-TV 7-Day…

Finally, a great Hoosier Pic at noon today! The poppies are popping in Jerry Byard’s yard. Great shot. If you’d like to submit your pic, it’s easy. Just post on WTHR’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13 or email it to pix@wthr.com.

Have a great day!
-Chikage
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Apr
23

Windy and Cool Today, Rain Chances Return Tomorrow

Posted By · April 23, 2012 at 11:51 am

This morning the winds stayed up enough to fend off a freeze for most areas, but with wake-up temps in the mid 30s combined with the winds, we had wind chills in the 20s this morning!

This afternoon, we’ll warm into the upper 50s (well below the average high of 66) with strong winds out of the northwest gusting 30-40 mph. So it may feel more like upper 40s to low 50s even during the late afternoon.

While we are cool and dry, folks in the Appalachians are dealing with a winter storm! Some areas in the mountains of Western PA had picked up 5″ already earlier this morning. Anywhere from the mountains of West Virginia to Pennsylvania to Western New York State could see accumulating snow with isolated spots in New York that could reach a foot in the highest elevations!

We stay dry until late tomorrow when a few showers are possible. More widespread showers and possible thunderstorms move in Wednesday – timing looks most likely for the afternoon through nighttime hours. We could have an early shower Thursday, then most of the day should be dry. On Friday, we start out cool and dry, but rain moves in late and could linger into Saturday morning. Then Sunday, another disturbance brings a chance of a couple showers/storms. So enjoy today’s cool sunshine (despite the wind) because this may be the most sun we see all week!

Today’s Hoosier Pic at noon is a great shot taken at Saturday’s Race For the Cure of One-Year Cancer Survivor Bev Cross “Reaching for Hope.” She signed her name and in memory of her mother and cousin. If you’d like to share your pics, post on our WTHR-TV Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13 or email to pix@wthr.com

Take Care,
-Chikage
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Apr
22

Freezing Temps to Start Your Monday!

Posted By · April 22, 2012 at 11:12 pm

It’s been two straight days of unseasonably cold weather with highs only in the 50s. Monday will make 3 in-a-row. But with skies finally clearing overnight, temperatures will be dropping into the low to mid 30s by morning. That’s cold enough to cause damage to sensitive plants. A FREEZE WARNING continues from 4 to 8am for much of Central and Northern Indiana, NOT including Indy. But if you’re in the ‘burbs, it’s fair game that you could wake up to a freeze.

You may not notice frost on your plants in the morning, however, because winds overnight will stay up out of the north 10-15 mph. Frost has difficulty forming if it’s windy. But due to the wind, wind chills in the morning will be in the 20s for kids at the bus stop and people heading to work.

How cold where you live? Not quite a freeze for Indy, but most outlying spots could fall to 31-32 by morning.

We’ll rebound into the upper 50s by afternoon with windy conditions – gusts over 30 mph out of the northwest will be possible. But consider us “lucky.” Farther east where a Nor’easter is moving up the coast of New England, inland snows in Western New York and Pennsylvania could pile up 6-10″ of the white stuff!

We’ll stay dry ’til late Tuesday. There’s a chance of showers by then. A good chance of scattered showers and storms will arrive Wednesday and could linger into early Thursday. We get a brief break before more rain is possible late Friday into Saturday. We could get more showers and storms on Sunday.


In the next 7 days, there’s only one day where above average temperatures are expected: Wednesday (which just so happens to be our wettest day of the week as well). The average high for Wednesday is 67. I’m forecasting 68.

Guess this is payback for all those 80s we had in March! This too shall pass…

Thanks for checking in and have a great week,
-Chikage
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Apr
22

Freeze Watch Tonight

Posted By · April 22, 2012 at 5:22 am

Freezing temps are possible across Central Indiana tonight, that’s why a Freeze Watch is in effect.

Before we get to tonight, let’s go through today’s forecast!  Highs will reach the mid to upper 50s with a mix of sun and clouds.  A North breeze up to 20mph will make it feel cool, and there’s a 10% chance of sprinkles in West Central Indiana.  The average high this time of year is in the mid 60s, so we’ll be cooler than average!

Tonight, the clouds break to partly cloudy skies, and temps drop to the low to mid 30s.  Cover your sensitive plants before you go to bed.  A Freeze Watch is in effect for all of Central Indiana late tonight into Monday morning.

Monday, highs reach the upper 50s with partly cloudy skies and wind gusts out of the Northwest up to 30mph.

Tuesday remains breezy with an increase of clouds and highs in the mid 60s.

Our next chance of showers and storms arrives Wednesday as highs try to hit the 70 degree mark.

Cooler air is behind the rain chances for Thursday into next week.  A new system looks to develop late Saturday and Sunday, we’ll keep our eyes on it for you!

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Apr
21

Cool Weekend Ahead

Posted By · April 21, 2012 at 5:03 am

Get ready to grab a jacket this weekend, temps will be cool across Central Indiana!

Early morning mist is possible around Central Indiana, then we’ll see a mix of sun and clouds today with temps topping out in the mid to upper 50s.  If you’re heading our early to support the Race for the Cure, temps will be in the low 40s with wind chills in the 30s, so make sure to layer up!

Tonight, temps drop to the upper 30s with partly cloudy skies.

Sunday, a mix of sun and clouds will settle in with highs in the mid to upper 50s.

The average high this time of year is in the mid 60s, and we’ll stay below that both Monday and Tuesday.  Late Tuesday night into Wednesday we’ll watch for our next chance of showers and thunderstorms.

 

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Apr
20

Out With the Rain, In With the Cool

Posted By · April 20, 2012 at 11:13 pm

Our rain has ended in Indy and the last showers should clear the state of Indiana by midnight. Rain totals ranged from one hundredth in Manilla to just over a quarter inch in Danville on our SkyTrak13 WeatherBug Network. Indy picked up 0.15″ officially at the airport.

Now we’re dealing with a major cool-down. Our high Friday afternoon hit 72 degrees, but behind a strong cold front, we had fallen to 43 by 11pm. Temps will continue to gradually fall into the upper 30s to low 40s across the state by morning. That means a chilly start for the Race for the Cure and Carmel Marathon in the morning.

We’ve got a cool weekend ahead. By afternoon, highs only manage 50s each day. The average high is 65 degrees.

If skies are clear enough Saturday night into Sunday morning, you might get to see some shooting stars! The Lyrid Meteor Shower peaks Saturday night and coincides with the New Moon – which means the moon won’t interfere with viewing the meteors. The only problem may be some clouds that could try to sneak in. Look toward the eastern sky near the constellation Lyra anytime after 10pm until dawn. 10-20 meteors per hour can occur on average, but many are possible.

We’ll stay cooler than average until midweek. We could even have some patchy frost in spots Monday morning. We’ll also be dry until late Tuesday. From Tuesday night through Friday, a front may meander around Indiana bringing rain chances each day, most likely on Wednesday and Friday.

Have a great weekend!
-Chikage
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