A Windy Monday Underway

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!

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-Chikage
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Early Morning Storms, Another Windy Day Ahead

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.

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-Chikage
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Near Record Heat Today… Storms Tonight

Get ready for a warm and windy day!

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.

Rain Moves Out, Warmth Moves In

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!

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-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!

Soggy & Stormy Saturday

Scattered showers and storms are likely across Central Indiana today.

Scattered showers and storms are likely across Central Indiana today.  We’re not expecting severe storms, but up to one inch of rain will be possible as the rain rolls through.  Highs will reach the upper 60s with a breeze out of the south up to 20mph.

Early this evening, showers and storms are still possible, it’s not until after midnight that the radar should start to dry out.  Temps will drop to the upper 50s, and by Sunday morning, the radar should be dry.

Sunday looks mainly dry with highs around 80.  The record for Sunday is 84 set back in 2004.  As of right now Sunday looks dry with a mix of sun and clouds.  Winds will gust out of the south up to 35mph.

Late Sunday night (after midnight) into Monday morning, showers and storms will return to Central Indiana.  Heavy rain with thunderstorms should be in place for your Monday morning commute.  The rain Monday moves out by lunch time.

Drier and cooler air takes over starting Tuesday with temps in the 60s.

Our next chance of rain will enter the forecast starting Thursday and Friday.

Dry Today… Stormy Weekend Setting Up

The warmth is returning to Central Indiana, but rain and thunderstorm chances are increasing as we head towards the weekend.

The warmth is returning to Central Indiana, but rain and thunderstorm chances are increasing as we head towards the weekend.

Highs will reach the mid 60s today with increasing clouds.  If you’re heading to the Indians game, there’s a chance for showers or an isolated thunderstorm this evening.

Overnight, temps drop to the low 50s with scattered showers and thunderstorms.

Saturday, showers and thunderstorms are likely, especially through midday.  Highs will rebound into the low 70s.  It looks like the heaviest rain is setting up north of I-70 right now.

As of right now, Sunday looks mainly dry, but we can’t rule out the chance of an isolated shower or thunderstorm.  The best chance for rain and storms moves in late Sunday into Sunday night and Monday morning.  Some storms may be strong to severe, we will continue to monitor the severe weather risk.

Showers and storms continue Monday as temps stick in the 70s.

By Tuesday, we start to dry out with an isolated shower chance, but temps fall into the low 60s.

Wednesday and Thursday look cool and dry as high temperatures stay in the 60s.

Warming Up & Tracking a Stormy Weekend

Temperatures are warming up across Central Indiana, but as the temps go up, so do rain chances into the weekend.

Temperatures are warming up across Central Indiana, but as the temps go up, so do rain chances into the weekend.

Highs will reach the upper 50s to around 60 today with mostly sunny skies across Central Indiana.  We’ll feel a light breeze out of the west up to 5 mph.

Tonight, temps drop to the upper 30s to low 40s, so we’re not worried about freeze warnings for the first time in two nights.

Friday, highs hit the mid 60s with partly cloudy skies.

Late Friday night showers and thunderstorms move into Central Indiana.  The showers and storms will stick around through Tuesday as temps for the weekend reach the 70s.  As of right now, more than an inch of rain looks possible Friday night through Tuesday.

We’ll keep you posted on chances of severe weather over the weekend into early next week.

Freeze Warnings Not Over Yet

Central Indiana is waking up to temperatures below freezing this morning.

Central Indiana is waking up to temperatures below freezing this morning.  A freeze warning remains in effect for all of Central Indiana until 9am.

Today, we’ll eventually warm up to the mid 50s with mostly sunny skies.  The wind will finally relax to come out of the north up to 15mph.

Tonight, another freeze warning goes into effect for all of  Central Indiana, from 2am to 9am Thursday, as temps drop to the upper 20s and low 30s around the viewing area.

Thursday the warm up begins with highs around 60 with partly cloudy skies.

Our forecast starts to change Friday, late in the afternoon as scattered showers and thunderstorms move in, and off an on showers and storms remain in the forecast through the weekend, and into next Tuesday.  It’s too early to tell if storms will be severe, but we’ll we watching the forecast closely as a soggy weekend sets up.  On the bright side?  Temps warm into the 70s for the weekend.

Warm & Windy Start to the Work Week

Hold onto your hats, today is going to be very wind across Central Indiana.

Hold onto your hats, today is going to be very wind across Central Indiana.

Highs will reach the low to mid 60s across the area today with wind gusts up to 35mph out of the west.  Because the humidity is low, fire danger is high, so if you’re doing any grilling, be extra careful.  Especially if you have an open flame outside.

Tonight temps drop to the mid 30s, patchy frost may be possible as we see partly cloudy skies.  For the most part, the wind should be around 10mph from the northwest, so that should prevent any frost from forming.

Our average high this time of year is in the low 60s, and we’ll be below that Tuesday as highs only hit the low 50s.

We will gradually warm up by Friday, but Wednesday, and Thursday mornings we’ll be watching for patchy frost.

Our next best chance of rain moves in Friday, through the weekend as highs rebound to the 70s!

Mild Night

Temperatures across the state warmed into the low to mid 60s today. It was a great Easter weekend across Central Indiana, but the windy conditions are just beginning.

Temperatures across the state warmed into the low to mid 60s today.  It was a great Easter weekend across Central Indiana, but the windy conditions are just beginning.

Tonight temps drop to the mid 40s with winds relaxing to come out of the west up to 1o mph.  There’s a slight chance for a sprinkle in our extreme Northern viewing area as partly cloudy skies move in.

Monday, highs hit the low to mid 60s with wind gusts out of the west up to 35mph.  Because the humidity is low, fire danger is high.  Allergy sufferers also be on alert, pollen levels will remain high through the next three days with Maple, Poplar and Juniper being the top three.

Patchy frost may be possible early Tuesday morning, but I think the wind will be a bit to strong to allow any frost to form.

Tuesday’s high will only reach the low 50s, below our average of 61!

We’ll be watching for patchy frost again on Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

Our next best chance for rain moves in Friday.