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Apr
20

Rain Today… Dry Tomorrow

Posted By · April 20, 2012 at 5:47 am

Rain today… dry for the weekend… the forecast is looking up!

Highs will reach the upper 60s today with wind gusts up to 25mph out of the southwest.  Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms will develop, especially for the afternoon. 

Overnight, the rain comes to an end with temps dropping to the upper 30s to low 40s.

It will be a cold start to our Saturday and Race for the Cure, but it looks dry!  Highs Saturday will reach the mid to upper 50s with a mix of sun and clouds

Sunday looks dry with highs again sitting below our average high of 65.

Dry weather sticks around through Wednesday as temps start to rebound to the mid 60s by then.

Rain and storm chances begin Thursday and Friday as temps return to the 70s!

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Apr
19

Get Out and Enjoy Your Thursday

Posted By · April 19, 2012 at 5:54 am

Today will be the warmest day out of the next seven, so plan your outside time right now!

Highs will reach the mid 70s today with partly cloudy skies.  Winds will come out of the south up to 15mph.

Tonight, we’ll see mild conditions with partly cloudy skies and temps only dropping to the mid 50s.

Friday, highs will only reach the upper 60s with a chance for showers and thunderstorms.  Rain looks likely the later we head into the afternoon.

Behind the rain is much cooler air.  Saturday morning for the Race for the Cure, a few lingering showers are still possible as we start the morning out around 40 degrees!

Highs for the weekend will only warm into the mid to upper 50s.  After the chance for morning rain Saturday, the rest of the weekend dries out.

By next Wednesday, highs in the 70s will be coming our way!

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Apr
18

Sunny Today… Storms on the Horizon

Posted By · April 18, 2012 at 5:44 am

Enjoy the sunshine while it lasts because our next chance of storms will move in by Friday.

Highs will reach the low 70s today with sunny skies.

Tonight, skies will remain clear with temps in the upper 40s.

Thursday remains calm and quiet with highs in the mid 70s.

Late Thursday night through Friday night scattered showers and thunderstorms are likely.  Highs will reach the mid 70s.

Behind the rain we’ll find much cooler temps for the weekend.

If you’re joining thousands of walkers and runners in the Race for the Cure, temps will be in the the upper 40s, with a chance for scattered showers.  We’re keeping a close eye on the forecast for this big event!

Sunday will be dry, but highs will remain the mid 50s for highs.

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Apr
17

Dry Stretch Underway, Plus a Warm-up Coming

Posted By · April 17, 2012 at 11:54 am

Today’s average high is 64. We’ll be seasonable with highs in the mid 60s across Central Indiana. Indy should land right around 66. The big change: the wind! Yesterday’s peak wind gust was 45 mph. Today, winds are light out of the northwest.

Depending on where you are, it’s either sunny, cloudy, or a mix of both. Today Northern Indiana is basking in sunshine while the southern half of the state is stuck in the clouds. Here in Indy, we’ll see a mix of sun and clouds…it’s still a nice day to be outside!

If you’re heading to the Indians game tonight, plan on a seasonable evening with 62 at first pitch.

Tomorrow, we’re in for mostly sunny skies and unseasonable warmth as highs soar into the low 70s. It will be the pick of the week for any outdoor plans…including the midday game at Victory Field!

I’ve warmed up and dried out Thursday’s forecast as it now looks like any rain will be relegated to far Northern Indiana. Central Indiana should stay dry. That changes Friday when a cold front and accompanying area of low pressure push through bringing us showers and t-storms. Unfortunately, that system now looks a little slower…which means the rain could linger into Saturday morning’s Komen Race for the Cure. For now, be ready for a cool, damp start at Military Park Saturday morning. Highs this weekend may only manage 50s….but Sunday at least looks dry. There’s even a chance for patchy frost Sunday and Monday mornings!

Finally, check out today’s Hoosier Pic at Noon! A gorgeous sunset captured last night by Abra Brant-Myers. Want your pic featured? Post on https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13 or email your pic to pix@wthr.com.

Have a great day!
-Chikage
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Apr
16

A Windy Monday Underway

Posted By · April 16, 2012 at 11:56 am

This morning’s rain is over. Many areas picked up between 1/4 to 1/2″ of rain. Officially at Indianapolis International Airport, we got .44″ of rain. Here are some rain totals from our SkyTrak13 WeatherBug Network:

Now we’re dealing with strong gusty winds. A WIND ADVISORY continues until 6pm with gusts out of the southwest/west up to 45 mph possible. At 11am, Indy recorded a gust of 40 mph, Muncie a gust of 45 mph.

You’ll notice it’s a cooler day out there as well. Yesterday’s high hit 78. Today, the high will technically go down as 72 degrees just past midnight. But this afternoon most areas will be in the mid to upper 60s for highs. The average high is 63.

Tonight, the Indians game may start out windy, but after sunset our winds should diminish quickly and turn light overnight. If you’re heading to the game, you’ll want a coat as temps will be falling into the 50s.

The week ahead features a nice warm-up midweek with our next chance of rain arriving Thursday. For most of us, the rain won’t move in until late Thursday night, but there’s a weak disturbance that could sweep in a few early morning showers to the far northern tier of the state Thursday morning. Friday looks like our wettest day of the week with showers and thunderstorms likely. It looks like the rain will be over by the time walkers head to Military Park Saturday morning for the Komen Race for the Cure. It will be a cool start, though, with Saturday morning lows around 40 degrees and a high of only 55. Sunday could bring a chance of frost across parts of Central Indiana!

And finally, our Hoosier Pic today at noon! LOVE this pic taken by Jolynn Bales of her daughter Terry enjoying a windy and wild boat ride on Morse Lake yesterday. IF you have a pic you’d like to share with us, it’s easy. Just post to our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13 or email your pic to pix@wthr.com.

Have a great Monday!

Take Care,
-Chikage
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Apr
15

Early Morning Storms, Another Windy Day Ahead

Posted By · April 15, 2012 at 11:29 pm

The storm system that prompted 122 tornado reports Saturday another 10 on Sunday is now moving toward Indiana, but when it arrives in the early morning hours, it will be considerably weaker. We may see an isolated strong storm, but for the most part plan on a brief period of moderate to heavy rain with up to 1/3″ of rain and some embedded thunder and lightning. Here’s what FutureTrak13 shows around 5am Monday morning, so it could be a slower than normal commute.

The rain moves out by mid morning, and we’ll be dry but windy through the rest of your Monday. A WIND ADVISORY continues in effect until 6pm with gusts out of the southwest to 45 mph possible.

Temperatures will trend downward as well. We hit 78 Sunday (the record of 84 set in 2002 is safe) and will manage upper 60s to 70 on Monday, still above the average high of 63. The coolest weather is waiting for the weekend when highs may only manage 50s!

Speaking of the weekend, if you’re walking in the Komen Race for the Cure Saturday morning, it now looks dry, but cool. Morning lows may be near 40 with temps only warming into the mid 50s by late afternoon.

Take Care,
-Chikage
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Apr
15

Near Record Heat Today… Storms Tonight

Posted By · April 15, 2012 at 6:25 am

Get ready for a warm and windy day!

Highs will hit 80 today with partly cloudy skies, and wind gusts out of the south up to 40mph.  The day time hours will be dry, so our plants and grass will be able to enjoy the sun after a little more than an inch of rain fell in Indianapolis Saturday.

Tonight showers and storms will move through the state.  They look to push through after midnight.  Widespread severe storms are not expected, but an isoalted severe storm is possible with strong winds and hail.  The rain and thunderstorms will be with us through the morning rush hour.

After the rain clears by midday, cooler and drier air moves in.  Temps will top out in the low 60s with wind gusts out of the southwest up to 40mph.

Wednesday will be dry as temps start to warm to the upper 60s.

Our next chance for rain moves in Thursday, with showers and storms likely by Friday.

Temps cool into the 50s by next weekend, and as of right now, light rain looks possible on Saturday.

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Apr
15

Rain Moves Out, Warmth Moves In

Posted By · April 15, 2012 at 12:14 am

While the Plains are dealing with a huge tornado outbreak, Hoosiers are drying out after a soggy Saturday.  We picked up 1″ or more in some parts of Central Indiana.  We were lucky, though.  No severe storms developed, only rain, heavy at times.  Here’s a look at our WeatherBug rain totals for Saturday:

It’s a very different story for parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa where 103 tornadoes were reported as of midnight.  Among them, a tornado which caused damage to the south and east sides of Wichita, Kansas.  Here’s a look at Preliminary Storm Reports from the Storm Prediction Center:

We should be dry, warm, and windy (gusts 30+ mph) Sunday with a high of 80 degrees.  That will come close to the record of 84 set in 2002, and well above the average of 63.

If you’re heading to Victory Field, the Indianapolis Indians will be hosting a double-header (since Saturday’s game was postponed due to rain).  First pitch is 12:35 and temps should soar through the 70s reaching 80 by 4pm.

We should stay dry until the wee hours of the morning Monday.  That’s when a line of strong storms (maybe an isolated severe?) is likely to develop ahead of a cold front as shown on FutueTrak13.  The rain may slow the morning commute, but it dries out for the rest of the day.

There’s a slight chance of showers/storms late Wednesday night into early Thursday morning, then more storms possible Friday.  At this point, it looks like rain should end early Saturday morning…hopefully before the Race for the Cure!

Take Care,
-Chikage
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On a personal note, outbreaks like the one in the Plains are part of why I decided to pursue a career as a meteorologist. I grew up in the heart of Tornado Alley in Oklahoma. Instead of being afraid of storms, I decided to face them head-on and learn all that I could about them. But as we see time and time again, even with the best technology and better warnings, it’s impossible to stop a tornado. What you can do is be prepared to seek shelter and stay safe. Have a weather radio. Subscribe to email weather alerts. Get weather warnings via facebook, twitter, or your smart phone. Learn what to look for on radar so you know what a tornadic supercell looks like. And above all things, don’t ever become complacent. My sister’s yard was in the path of Friday’s tornado that hit Norman, Oklahoma. Her backyard is a mess, but her house is fine and she is fine…thanks to heeding the tornado warning. There’s no better reminder than when a tornado strikes a little too close to home that safety is the biggest priority. Here’s a pic from her yard:

Be safe everyone!

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