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The Warm Up Begins

Posted By · May 23, 2012 at 5:24 am

The warm up is just starting for Central Indiana!

Highs will reach the low 80s today with mostly sunny skies.

Tonight temps drop to the low 60s.

By Thursday, temps soar into the upper 80s with more humidity moving into the forecast.

Friday will be hot and sticky with highs in the low 90s.  There’s a 20% chance for an isolated shower or thunderstorm.

Saturday looks dry with temps in the low 90s.

For the Indianapolis 500 highs push into the low 90s.  We could tie or break the all time record high for the race.  The hottest running of the Indy 500 was in 1937 when the temp hit 92.  That’s what we’re forecasting for this Sunday.  An isolated storm is not out of the question. 

Isolated storm chances are possible again Monday as temps hang out in the low 90s, but a better chance for rain and cooler temps in the low 80s move in Tuesday.

We need rain, as of today, Indianapolis is 1.42″ below normal for this time of month.

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Cooler for Now…Plus Isolated Showers & Storms

Posted By · May 21, 2012 at 12:40 pm

After hitting 88 yesterday (warmest since September and just 2 degrees from a record), a cold front has shifted our winds to the cool northwest and dropped our temperatures significantly. Highs may only reach 60s north and west of Indy, with seasonable mid 70s in Indy and upper 70s to the south and east. Don’t get used to the cool change, it won’t last!

While we’re not expecting much rain, and isolated shower or storm may pop up this afternoon – just as these did at midday on Indy’s Northside. The best chance of rain will be Indy points south and east with disorganized showers and t-storms. Your lawn will appreciate the rain. If you don’t get wet this go-around, it could be next week before rain visits again.

Coming attractions include warming temps. We’ll be back in the 80s by Community Day Wednesday out at the Track. Humidity starts to creep in late week and we could see highs near 90 by the weekend! The hottest Indy 500 was 92 back in 1937. We could get close! And though most indications are for dry weather on Race Day Sunday, one computer model insists on isolated storms. I’ve thrown in an “isolated” with a question mark and will watch the trend closely in the days leading up to the race! It DOES look like scattered showers/storms may pop on Memorial Day Monday at this point.

By now you’ve probably seen some amazing shots of the Annular Solar Eclipse last night that was stunning from Japan to the West Coast. Most Hoosiers had no view whatsoever of the partial eclipse just before sunset yesterday, but if you look closely at our WTHR-TV Hoosier Pic at noon, Stefan Hawkins of Peru caught the VERY beginning of the eclipse before the clouds took over. It’s a gorgeous pic regardless! Submit your pic! Just post it on WTHR’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13

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A line of showers and storms accompanied by gusty wind and some pea sized hail is slowly making its way from Western Indiana toward the east. Plan on some pockets of heavy rain during the overnight hours as a cold front moves through. At this point, isolated strong to severe storms can’t be ruled out.

After hitting 88 degrees Sunday (hottest since September and just 2 degrees shy of a record), we’ll have a considerably cooler start to the workweek! Showers/t-storms move out in the morning but cooler air filters in. Highs Monday may only reach mid 70s. We’ll stay on the cool/dry/comfy side of things Tuesday before another warm-up moves in.

If you thought it was hot this weekend, just wait ’til next weekend! Signs are pointing to highs near 90 combined with building humidity levels making for a steamy Race Weekend! As for rain chances, we’ll have another mainly dry week ahead. A very low storm chance is possible late Friday into early Saturday, but dry will be the rule for most.

Finally, most Hoosiers didn’t see even a glimpse of the annular solar eclipse which was absolutely stunning for Japan and the West Coast – as you can see from this photo from California courtesy of Michael Rogner. The eclipse occurred just before sunset here and clouds got in the way for most areas in Central Indiana.

Some parts of Northwest Indiana caught a glimpse of the partial eclipse including Joey Lax-Salinas from JoeyBLS Photography. This shot was taken just before sunset from Schererville. The next solar eclipse visible in Indiana is October 23, 2014. It is a partial eclipse.

A better view of the eclipse took place for areas to our west. The partial eclipse in Western Illinois was stunning! Photo courtesy of Jeremy Simmons.

Have a great week!
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Hot! Hot! Hot!

Posted By · May 20, 2012 at 5:31 am

The heat rolls on across Central Indiana!

Highs will reach the upper 80s today!  The record high is 90 set back in 1977.  Our normal high this time of year is around 74.  Clouds will be on the increase today, and there’s a chance for an isolated shower or thunderstorm.  Plan on almost everyone staying dry!  A Knozone Action Day has been declared for today.

Tonight, temps drop to the low 60s with showers and thunderstorms developing.

Monday, scattered showers and storms are possible as a cold front moves through the state.  Not only will we see some much needed rain, but a cool down too.  Highs will only reach the mid 70s.

Tuesday stays nice in the 70s, but by Wednesday we’re already back in the 80s.  By the weekend, we could be tracking 90 degree temps.  As of right now, no significant rain is in the forecast.

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Another Knozone Action Day is on the way for Sunday with an Air Quality Alert that includes the Indy Metro, Columbus, Seymour and Bloomington. Ozone levels are expected to reach the ORANGE – Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups level – which means if you’re elderly or very young or have any respiratory problems, it might be difficult to breathe. Things you can do to help keep pollution levels down include filling up your tank after dark and postponing mowing the lawn.

We hit 86 degrees Saturday and could build on that warmth Sunday with highs in the upper 80s. The average high this time of year is 74 and the record is 90 set in 1977. If you’re heading to the Broad Ripple Art Fair, here’s what you can expect from open to close:

Here’s a look at your Hour-By-Hour Bump Day forecast at the track. We’ll go from sunny skies in the morning to partly sunny skies late afternoon. Air temps will reach upper 80s, but track temps could approach 130!

We’ll cool down a bit Monday with a chance of scattered showers and storms. We could get up to 1/2″ of rain. But this month so far, we’re 1.02″ below average for precipitation. Keep on watering. It looks like Monday will be the only day this upcoming week with a decent chance of getting wet. After a brief cool-down, the heat returns late week and race weekend. We could also see higher humidity creeping in!

The first Named Storm of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season – Tropical Storm Alberto – formed Saturday afternoon off the South Carolina Coast. Tropical Storm Watches were issued for the South Carolina coastline. Updates here: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/index.shtml?#ALBERTO

An annular solar eclipse occurs tomorrow – but best viewing is in the Pacific and on the West Coast. Here in Indiana, we might get a brief and very partial solar eclipse just before sunset. More info here: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/27jan_annulareclipse/ NASA Image of path of annular solar eclipse in the Western US:

Finally, your WTHR-TV Hoosier Pic at 11. It was a perfect pool day…as you can see from this pic submitted by Laura Handloser. You can submit your pic on WTHR’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
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Knozone Action Day & Near Record Heat

Posted By · May 19, 2012 at 5:30 am

Near record heat is in the forecast this weekend!

The normal high for today and tomorrow is 74, this weekend I’m forecasting 87 for both Saturday and Sunday!  It will be close to record heat.  The record high for Saturday and Sunday is 90 set back in 1977.  Enjoy the sunshine today, but make sure to slather on the sunscreen if you’ll be soaking up the sun.  Today is a Knozone Action Day.  If you can, avoid short car trips, don’t fill up your car before 6pm, and don’t cut the grass before then either.

Tonight temps drop to around 60 degrees with mostly clear skies.

As mentioned previously, Sunday will be another great day with highs in the upper 80s.  We’ll see a few more clouds for the afternoon.

It’s great to forecast a dry weekend when there is so much going on like the Broad Ripple Art Fair, and qualifications at the track, but we need rain!

It hasn’t rained in Indy since May 9th!  So far, we’ve picked up just over two inches of rain for the month of May.

Our next best chance for rain is Monday with scattered showers and storms.  A few may linger into Tuesday… then it’s back to a dry and warm pattern.

By the end of next week, temps are back in the mid to upper 80s, and we could be talking 90 next weekend!

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This Weekend Brings the Warmest Temps of the Year!

Posted By · May 18, 2012 at 12:43 pm

It’s Fast Friday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and our weather is sunny, warm and dry. Sunscreen, shades, and staying hydrated will be top of mind for fans. And though the humidity levels will be in the comfortable range today, we’ll watch some stickier air move in by the end of the weekend on Bump Day. Today’s high should reach around 82, 9 degrees warmer than the average of 73…but shy of the record 90 set in 1962.

This weekend, whether you’re heading to the Broad Ripple Art Fair, the Brickyard, Brick Street Market in Zionsville, the Geist Half Marathon, or the Indianapolis Great Strides Walk, you’ll need to be prepared to beat the heat! Highs in the upper 80s will be the warmest air we’ve seen since September! Tomorrow will be the perfect day to stop by one of the many lemonade stands going up for Lemonade Day. Keeping cool will be a must. We should stay dry all weekend, the exception might be far Western and Northwestern Indiana by late Sunday/Sunday night.

So when will we finally see some rain? Our next chance arrives Monday with scattered showers and storms. Most areas could get up to 1/4″ of rain…something our yards could definitely use. Our last rain officially at Indianapolis Airport (.13″) came on Wednesday, March 9th. Tuesday, we may see a few widely scattered showers, and an isolated shower or storm can’t be ruled out Wednesday before we dry out and warm up again. 5 of the next 7 days we’ll likely have highs in the 80s.

Finally, our Hoosier Pic today at noon. Love this pic of Butler Blue III and Butler Blue II taken this morning at Butler University! They tweeted out this pic commenting on the “Beautiful Spring Weather!” I second that! Submit your pic to WTHR’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13

Have a great weekend!
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Warming Up for the Weekend

Posted By · May 18, 2012 at 4:32 am

If you have weekend plans, the weather will cooperate nicely!

The weather blog will be short and sweet, because that’s how our weather is shaping up.

Highs will reach the low 80s today with mostly sunny skies.

Tonight temps drop to the low 60s with clear skies.

If you’re heading to the Broad Ripple Art Fair or IMS this weekend, slap on the sunscreen and drink plenty of water.  Highs both days will reach the mid 80s.  Our normal high this time of year is 73.  The record high for Saturday and Sunday is 90, so we aren’t expecting to hit that.

Indianapolis International Airport hasn’t seen rain since May 9th.  Our next chance for rain and storms moves in Monday through Wednesday. 

Check out the 7 day below, temps will briefly dip into the 70s Tuesday and Wednesday with the 80s returning by Thursday!

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