Much-Needed Rain, Cooler Start to the Week, Steamy Race Weekend, & the Solar Eclipse

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!

The heat rolls on across Central Indiana!

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.

Hottest This Year, Knozone Action Day, And When Will We Finally Get Rain?

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:

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: 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:

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Knozone Action Day & Near Record Heat

Near record heat is in the forecast this weekend!

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!

This Weekend Brings the Warmest Temps of the Year!

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:

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Warming Up for the Weekend

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

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!

The Heat is On!

The heat is on… get ready to slap on more sunscreen and enjoy the great outdoors!

The heat is on… get ready to slap on more sunscreen and enjoy the great outdoors!

Highs will reach the mid to upper 70s today with mostly sunny skies.

Tonight the temps drop to the low 50s.

By Friday highs reach the low 80s, and for the weekend, the mid 80s look likely with partly cloudy skies.

Our next chance of rain arrives Monday into Tuesday as temps cool into the 70s behind the rain.

Not a bad looking forecast… right?   The normal high this time of year is 73.

Warmth and Sunshine Stick Around

Get ready for the heat to build across Central Indiana.

Get ready for the heat to build across Central Indiana.

Today will be one of the coolest days heading into the weekend!  Highs will reach the mid 70s with skies becoming mostly sunny.  A North breeze up to 15mph will help keep temps mild.

Tonight skies remain mostly clear with temps dropping to the upper 40s.

Thursday temps soar into the upper 70s, and by Friday we’re in the low 80s.

At this point, we stay dry through the weekend with temps reaching the mid 80s.

Our next best chance for showers and storms starts Monday and continues Tuesday as temps fall back into the 70s.

The normal high this time of year is in the low 70s, so we’re basking in above average warmth until the beginning of next week.

More Like June!

It’s a sunny and warm day across Central Indiana today. Our average high is 72 and we were already 77 at noon on our way to the low 80s. It will feel more like the 2nd week of June. While the warmth is here, the humidity is not. We have comfortably cool dew points in the 30s and 40s. It’s a great day for taking in practice at the IMS…just don’t forget the sunscreen!

Today’s temps will top our around 10 degrees above average, but we won’t quite reach record territory. The record for today is 88 set in 2001.

While we’ll be sunny and dry today, there is a weak cold front sagging through the Upper Midwest. As the front makes it into parts of Wisconsin and Illinois, some strong to severe storms could develop in places like Chicago and Milwaukee. As that front scoots into Indiana overnight into the morning tomorrow, signs now point to it weakening even more. There could be a few showers in the morning through far Northern Indiana, but here in the Central part of the state, it looks like we’ll be hard pressed to see much more than a few sprinkles. Then as the front sags into Southern Indiana, there could be a few showers developing in the afternoon. Most areas in the Indy Metro will stay dry tomorrow.

After a couple slightly cooler days in the upper 70s, we’ll bump back into the 80s – and add in some humidity Friday through Monday. This weekend dew points will surge into the sticky 60s! When combined with temps in the mid 80s, this weekend we could have heat index values of 90+. And if you’re heading to the track, it will feel even hotter than that because of the metal stands and hot track surface. As for rain, we might get an isolated storm late Sunday night, but the best chance arrives on Monday with scattered showers and storms.

Finally, here’s today’s Hoosier Pic at noon courtesy of Randall Tishner who got this great pic of a momma bird with her babies. Submit your pic on our facebook page:

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Warm and Mainly Dry Week Ahead

We hit 70 at noon and will continue to warm this afternoon into the upper 70s. Though temperatures will be warm, humidity levels will be in the “comfortable” range. If you’re heading out to the track or anywhere outdoors, don’t forget the sunscreen!

The week ahead looks mainly dry and very warm. We could hit 80 tomorrow with sunny skies. You’ll probably have the need to water your plants and yard this week, because Mother Nature’s free water looks like a tough commodity. Our best chance comes a week from today with scattered showers/storms. Before that, a dying cold front *might* be enough for a couple passing showers on Wednesday – but it’s a slim chance. Late Sunday night we could get a couple isolated storms – especially northwest Indiana. In addition to the mainly dry weather, we’ll watch the heat and humidity crank up by qualifying weekend. We could hit mid 80s with heat index values in the 90s this upcoming weekend!

Finally, our Hoosier Pic today at noon. A gorgeous pic taken by Pamela Brearley who celebrated Mother’s Day enjoying the view of Eagle Creek from Rick’s Boatyard Cafe yesterday. Sailboats and a helicopter made for a fantastic photo op!

Enjoy the week!
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