Cooler and Less Humid Election Day

Election Day weather is a big change from the steamy and stormy weather we had yesterday. Dewpoints have dropped into the comfortable 50s and highs will only make low to mid 70s. Though that’s still above the normal high of 70, it will certainly feel cooler. We’ve had highs in the 80s 5 of the last 6 days, but now I’m forecasting 60s and 70s for highs the next seven days.

One thing I’m not forecast is snow! But you might be interested to know that on this date in 1923, we got just under an inch of the white stuff in Indy. That’s the latest measurable snow on record for the city. In comparison, this season’s last measurable snow was all the way back on March 5th when we got 0.3″!

And what a difference a year makes! Last season’s snow total was more than 37″, compared with only 9.8″ this season. Too soon to say what’s in store for next winter!

If you’re heading to tonight’s Indians game, you’re in luck! We’ll have partly cloudy, dry, and pleasantly cool 60s through the game. A light jacket might come in handy as you’re leaving Victory Field.

Tomorrow, come on down to the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Cookout! Chris Wright, Anne Marie Tiernon and I will be grilling up burgers along with other media teams to raise money for the Salvation Army. The event is from 10 to 2 on the Circle. We’ll be cooler in the 60s with maybe a passing shower or few sprinkles, but most of the day will be dry. Tomorrow will be the coolest day of the week.

Looking ahead to the weekend, we’ll warm back up into the 70s. Saturday looks dry and pleasant for the 500 Festival Kids Day Rookie Run and any other outdoor plans you may have. Mother’s Day is a little more in question. A cold front sinking through could spark an isolated shower or t-storm. A this point it looks like that front could stall in Southern Indiana – meaning rain chances might continue Monday and Tuesday in Downstate Indiana, while we may stay dry in Central Indiana. We’ll have to watch for any changes.

Finally, here’s our Hoosier Pic today at noon from Rachel Copas. After some storms rolled through Martinsville yesterday, she captured this rainbow. If you look closely, you can see a very faint double rainbow! If you’d like to share your pics, just post them on WTHR’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13

Take Care,
-Chikage
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Our Severe Storm Risk This Afternoon Has Been Dropped

If you were watching last night and this morning and even at the top our 13 Eyewitness News at Noon, you probably heard Central Indiana was in a “slight risk” of severe storms. In their midday update around 12:33 this afternoon, the Storm Prediction Center dropped Indiana from the severe risk which now covers our neighbors in Ohio. Why the change? much of the morning we’ve been stuck in clouds and the leftover boundaries from some early storms pushing across Northern Indiana have worked to stabilize our atmosphere. Farther south in Southern Indiana where the sun has been out longer and temperatures are in the 80s, there’s still a chance of seeing some stronger storms. So what does this mean for your afternoon and evening plans? You’ll still want your umbrella for the chance of some showers and storms, but anything that forms is now not expected to reach severe limits.

We should reach a high around 80 this afternoon with some scattered storms possible. They could still be around during the schedule Indians game. So if you’ve got plans at Victory Field this evening – take your raincoat and check weather conditions before you go just to be sure. Games tomorrow, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday are all looking dry.

In your WTHR-TV 7-Day Forecast, you’ll notice a cooling trend as our warm, humid airmass exits the Hoosier State. Election Day Tuesday may start cloudy, but transitions to partly cloudy with comfortable highs in the mid 70s. Wednesday brings mostly cloudy skies with a low chance of an instability shower or t-shower, but most of the day should be dry. It will also be cooler with highs only in the upper 60s. Speaking of cool, check out Thursday. With mid 60s and sunshine, it will feel like a lovely early Spring day! Mother’s Day Weekend brings a bit of a warm-up, plus at least a slight chance of an isolated shower/storm late Saturday night into Mother’s Day. It doesn’t look like even close to a washout, so that’s some promising news!

Finally, here’s our Hoosier Pic today at noon. After the rain moved through Anderson this morning, Pat Stiles took this shot of her beautiful black iris. If you’d like to share your pic, just post it on WTHR’s Facebook page (or mine!)  https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13

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-Chikage
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Severe Storms Possible Monday

One batch of strong to severe storms moved through portions of Illinois into Northwest and West-Central Indiana before dying out over Indy. Along the way, there were 25 storm reports, including one tornado in Ashkum, Illinois. In the Hoosier state – there were two wind damage reports coming from Lafayette where the WeatherBug station there gusted to 57 mph. Several areas also saw heavy rain, including rural sections of Warren, County Indiana with estimates of 2″+ rainfall.

Monday brings us a slight risk of severe storms with hail and high winds the greatest threats along with the possibility of isolated tornadoes and heavy rain. The best chance for the severe storms comes in the afternoon to evening, but there’s a chance of rain pretty much from sunrise to sunset across Central Indiana.

After one last steamy day Monday with highs around 80, we’ll see a cooler, drier airmass move in for Election Day Tuesday with highs dropping into the 70s. That will be followed by two April-like days with highs in the 60s Wednesday and Thursday. Some instability showers/t-showers may develop (esp. Northern Indiana) on Wednesday. We’ll be dry after that until Mother’s Day weekend when a chance of scattered showers and storms looks to arrive late Saturday night through Sunday morning.

Finally, our Hoosier Pic at 6 Sunday. The Saturday night Supermoon was shining brightly in New Palestine and Brad Brown snapped this great pic! If you’d like to share a pic, just post on WTHR-TV’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13

Have a great week!
-Chikage
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Great End to the Weekend… Then Tracking Storms

We’re ending the weekend with a great forecast, but the start of the work week isn’t looking up.

We’re ending the weekend with a great forecast, but the start of the work week isn’t looking up.

Highs will reach the low 80s today with a few clouds.  There’s a 10% chance of a VERY isolated shower.

Tonight, clouds increase and spotty showers are possible as lows drop to the low to mid 60s.

Monday, showers and storms will increase in coverage and intensity.  Strong to severe storms are possible with damaging wind and large hail being our top concern.  Very heavy rain is possible, so localized flooding will be a possibility too.  Up to 1″ of rain is possible.

Behind the rain we’ll see cooler temperatures and sunny skies.  Highs Tuesday reach the low 70s.  Our normal high this time of year is 70.

We’ll have another shot at rain and storms on Wednesday, then we’ll dry out until Late Saturday.

Temps hover around normal this week, enjoy!

From the Supermoon to a Super Sunday

Have you seen the moon? It’s 100% full and even more significant, it’s the biggest and brightest moon of 2012. The Saturday Supermoon could look as much as 14% bigger and 30% brighter than other full moons. The moon sets at 6:01 am. This shot was taken by Ron Wise from White River State Park. We have lots of other great pics viewers like you have posted on WTHR’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13

Sunday will be “Super” if you don’t mind the heat. We should stay dry during the day with storms developing late night – probably after midnight. We’ll make low to mid 80s for highs across the state, but it won’t be quite as humid as it was Saturday.

Severe storms may be possible for Northwest Indiana late Sunday night – mainly hail and high winds.

The severe risk reaches Indy points south and east on Monday. The most likely time for severe storms will be during the afternoon/evening hours Monday.

If you’re looking for heat and humidity relief, look to election day Tuesday and beyond. We’ll see cooler, less humid air stop in for a visit. There could be isolated showers/storms Wednesday, and storms developing late Saturday…otherwise, plan on plenty of dry and pleasant weather next week!

And though the Supermoon has been getting all the attention, we’ve had some great sunsets too! Our Hoosier Pic Saturday at 11 was from Chrissy Lane of Monticello. She took this sunset pic from Monon Friday evening. If you’d like to share a pic, just post it on WTHR’s facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
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Weekend Weather Blog

The weekend forecast is looking up for most of Central Indiana!

The weekend forecast is looking up for most of Central Indiana!

Off the bat, let’s talk Mini Marathon!  Temps will be in the upper 60s for the start of the race, and get into the low to mid 70s by 10am.  It will be very humid, stay safe!

Today highs will reach the low to mid 80s.  A mix of sun and clouds is expected.  We can’t rule out the chance for a scattered shower or thunderstorm, but it looks like the best chance for activity will be south of Bloomington.

Tonight, temps drop into the low 60s with partly cloudy skies, and patchy fog.

Sunday looks mainly dry, with a slight chance for a shower or thunderstorm as highs reach the low to mid 80s.  Late Sunday into Monday scattered showers and storms are likely to develop.  Some storms are expected to be strong to severe with damaging wind and hail the main threats.  Because we’ve had so much rain lately, and heavy pockets of rain are possible, flooding is a concern too.

As I mentioned, scattered showers and storms some severe will continue Monday as highs reach the upper 70s.

Tuesday we dry out and cool off.  Temps will reach the low 70s!

A chance for showers and storms returns Wednesday, but cooler temps remain in the 60s and 70s into next weekend.

Steamy & Stormy Times Ahead

This afternoon, much of the Hoosier State is under the slight risk of severe storms with hail and high winds the greatest threats. It looks like Southern Indiana has the highest chance of severe storms, but we can’t rule them out for Central Indiana as well. Meanwhile, temperatures are warm and humidity levels are high. It was 75 degrees at 1pm with highs around 80 expected by late afternoon.

Tomorrow looks very warm and humid as well. Participants in the Mini Marathon will start at 7:30 in the morning with a temp around 66 degrees and very high humidity. There could be fog/drizzle/or possibly even showers/storms during the early morning, then scattered showers and storms later in the day. By noon, temps will be nearing 80 with an afternoon high around 84. While it will be warm, it will not be record-worthy. The record high for tomorrow is 92 set in 1952.

Coming attractions in the next 7 days include tomorrow night’s “Saturday Supermoon” in which the full moon will be the biggest of the year. It could look 15% larger and 30% brighter. If we’re lucky, skies will clear enough for a nice view here in Central Indiana. 11:35 is the time to check it out in all its glory. Sunday now looks mainly dry by day, with an isolated storm chance at night. It will still be quite humid. Monday brings a renewed chance of widespread showers and storms which should move out pre-dawn Tuesday paving the way for cooler and drier weather on Election Day. Then Wednesday, we’ll still be cooler, but with a chance of showers and storms.

Finally, a great looking Hoosier Pic I shared with our viewers today at noon. Gorgeous iris courtesy of Jerry Byard. He posted the pic on WTHR’s Facebook page. Share your pic right here: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13

Have a great weekend and good luck to all the runners! Please stay hydrated!
-Chikage
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Severe Storm Chances Today & Your Mini Marathon Forecast

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are likely to develop across Central Indiana today. Some storms could be strong to severe with damaging wind, hail, and localized flooding.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are likely to develop across Central Indiana today.  Some storms could be strong to severe with damaging wind, hail, and localized flooding.

An isolated tornado can’t be ruled out as temps reach the low 80s today.

Tonight, thunderstorms are likely as temps drop to the upper 60s.

It will be a hot and humid start to the Mini, temps will be in the upper 60s for the start, into the 70s by 10am, with highs reaching the low to mid 80s.  Scattered showers and isolated storms are in the forecast for the race.

Sunday, an isolated shower or storm is once again possible as highs remain in the 80s.

Monday looks soggy with showers and storms likely, temps will drop to the mid 70s.

Much cooler air moves in staring Tuesday with highs in the low 70s.  Enjoy the dry time while it’s here, more rain moves right back in Wednesday.

Record Heat & Severe Storm Chances Coming

Record heat and severe storms… we’re talking both in today’s weather blog!

Record heat and severe storms… we’re talking both in today’s weather blog!

Highs will reach the upper 80s today, the record is 86 set back in 1959.  Mostly sunny skies are expected with humid conditions.  If you didn’t kick on the A/C yesterday, you’ll probably need to today.

Tonight, showers and storms are expected to pop, especially northwest of the Indy metro.  Some storms may be strong to severe.  Temps tonight drop to the mid 60s.

Friday, scattered showers and storms are likely.  All of Central Indiana is under a slight risk for severe storms with damaging wind and hail the main threats.  Temps Friday will  hit the low 80s and still remain above the average high in the upper 60s.

If you’re running the mini, be prepared for scattered showers, the possibility of isolated storms, and temps in the mid 60s.  It’s going to be a warm run, with temps reaching the 70s by 10am.  Highs will eventually top out in the low 80s.

Rain and storm chances linger Sunday and Monday, with drier and cooler air moving in by Tuesday.  Highs in the low 70s will be a relief!

Record Highs Possible Wednesday & Thursday

The heat is on, get ready for summer like temps and humidity across Central Indiana!

The heat is on, get ready for summer like temps and humidity across Central Indiana!

Highs will reach the upper 80s this afternoon with a chance of pop up thunderstorms.  The record high for today’s date is 87 set back in 1959.

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

Thursday, another record setting day is possible.  Highs will reach the upper 80s with mostly sunny skies.  The record to tie or beat on Thursday is 86 set in 1959.  Winds will gust up to 25mph out of the southwest, so it will be a very breezy day.

Friday strong to severe storms are possible, especially north of I-70.  We’ll keep our eyes on how the storms develop, so check back with the forecast as the area for severe storms will likely change as we get closer to the end of the week.  Friday highs will reach the low 80s.

If you’re running the 500 Festival Mini Marathon, be prepared for warm and humid weather.  Starting temps will be in the mid 60s, and temps will be in the 70s by 10am with highs topping out in the low 80s. 

Cooler and drier air eventually works back into the forecast by next Tuesday with partly cloudy skies and highs in the low 70s.