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90 Degree Heat Returns & Isolated Storm Chances

Posted By · June 24, 2012 at 5:26 am

A big temperature swing is setting up to move into the Hoosier state.

Highs will reach the low 90s today with increasing clouds.  There’s a 10% chance for an isolated shower or storm this afternoon.  Saturday marked 19 days with no rain in Indianapolis.

Tonight, isolated storms are possible as a cold front moves through Indiana.  The best time to see the chance of activity will be from 5pm to 1am.  An isolated storm may be strong to severe with damaging wind, and large hail.  Not everyone will get rain, and it doesn’t look like widespread storms are likely at this point.  Temps will fall into the mid 60s tonight.

Monday we’ll get relief from the heat as highs top out in the upper 70s and low 80s.

A big warm up is coming our way, by Thursday the hottest air of 2012 could settle in.  Highs look to hit the mid 90s, with an isolated storm Friday, and a 30% chance of scattered storms Saturday and Sunday. 

So far Indy has picked up .05″ of rain this month.  The driest June on record was in 1988 when just .36″ of rain fell. 

We’re watching any chance of rain closely, but it looks like the majority of this week will be dry.

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Hot End to the Weekend…Slim Rain Chances

Posted By · June 23, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Did you see the sun halo Saturday afternoon? Lots of people including viewer Tim Sturgeon saw it, snapped pics, and shared them with us here at WTHR. A gorgeous sight, sun halos occur when the sun’s rays pass through high thin cirrus clouds (made of ice crystals) at just the right angle. More: http://earthsky.org/space/what-makes-a-halo-around-the-moon

We’ll see temperatures nudge up a bit to end the weekend. We hit 88 today and could reach low 90s tomorrow with more cloud cover (mainly high clouds) through the day. Tomorrow’s high of 91 should make day number 11 this year of 90+ heat.

It should stay dry until nighttime when we’ll watch a cold front push through. Ahead of that front, there’s a chance (albeit a small one) of showers and storms – around 20% at best. Some areas that do manage a storm could see a strong or severe storm, so we are in a “Slight Risk” of severe for Sunday night/early Monday. I don’t expect much out of the chance. As for rain, most areas could see only up to 1/10″ if any at all. We’ve now gone 19 straight days officially at the Indianapolis International Airport without measurable rain.

Next week, we’ll have some big temperature swings. We could be hard-pressed to get out of the 70s Monday (I’m calling for a high of 80 – barely!) but as a strong warm front lifts through mid to late week, we could see the hottest air of the year arrive Thursday and Friday. Mid to upper 90s look possible! As for rain chances in your WTHR-TV 7-day… the majority of the week looks dry until an isolated shower/storm chance Friday or Saturday.

Saturday afternoon, Tropical Storm Debby formed in the Gulf of Mexico and could bring very heavy rain to the Gulf Coast. For updated track information: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/#DEBBY

Finally, our Hoosier Pic at 6. Brad Brown shot this flyover from his house as the planes were headed to the Indy Air Show. It’s a really busy weekend with all kinds of outdoor events – from the Air Show to the Fishers Freedom Festival to the Marion County Fair to the Indians. Snap a pic and share it on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChikageWindlerFanPage?ref=tn_tnmn or https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13?ref=ts

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
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Warming up for the Weekend

Posted By · June 23, 2012 at 5:39 am

Get ready for a temperature roller coaster Central Indiana!

Highs will reach the upper 80s today with mostly sunny skies.  The normal high this time of year is 84.  Today will be our 19th day without rain in Indianapolis.

Sunday, the 90s return.  So far this year we’ve had 10 days of 90 degree or warmer heat!  The low 90s are expected Sunday, and late in the afternoon into the evening and overnight there’s a 30% chance for an isolated shower or thunderstorm.  We’ll keep close tabs on this rain chance.  So far this month Indy has only picked up .05″ of rain.  The driest June on record was back in 1988 when only .36″ of rain fell for the entire month!

Temps crash on Monday with a cool down into the upper 70s for highs.

The 80s return Tuesday, then it’s back to the 90s by Thursday.

Our next chance for showers and storms appears in the forecast next Friday and Saturday.

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Not as Hot and Not as Humid

Posted By · June 22, 2012 at 1:24 pm

After a high of 93 yesterday (our 10th day of 90+ heat this year), we’re getting a bit of a break today and tomorrow with highs in the mid to upper 80s. The other big change: our humidity is much lower making for a comfortable feel for any outdoor plans, whether you’re heading to the Indianapolis Air Show, the Indians Games, Fishers Freedom Festival, Marion County Fair, Dave Matthews Concerts or any of the many outdoor events taking place this weekend. Sunday turns hot again with a chance of isolated storms. Right now, Sunday’s rain potential looks highest north and west of Indy (30% or better) and lowest south and east of Indy (10% or less). Rain amounts may average only around 1/10″ or less. Timing on Sunday’s rain chance looks most likely late day/night.

Were you lucky enough to get rain yesterday? Indianapolis officially (at the airport) recorded NO rain, so our dry streak goes to 18 days at the end of today. Some areas from Crawfordsville to Lafayette to Kokomo did get some much-needed rainfall according to Doppler Radar estimates.

Since Indy did not officially get any rain yesterday, our 0.05″ for the month so far continues as the least rain for the first 21 days of June since 1988! More here from the National Weather Service: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cmsstory.php?wfo=ind&storyid=84481&source=0 We could be on our way to the driest June on record! The current record is .36″ in 1988.

Last week, 88% of the state was in a drought. That number has now increased to 100% with an “Extreme Drought” (the worst in the state) for Southwestern Indiana. The Indy Metro has been put in a Moderate Drought (last week we were in the initial drought stages). If we don’t get significant rain soon, the drought will continue to worsen.

What’s ahead in your WTHR-TV 7-day? Much cooler air arrives to start next week, then a warming trend late week. There could be some isolated rain arriving Thursday and Friday of next week.

Finally, your WTHR-TV Hoosier Pic at noon. This gorgeous photo is even prettier thanks to the raindrops on the flower! Lebanon got rain yesterday to help perk up the plants. Thanks to Angie Ranney for the pic! Submit your pic on WTHR’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13

Have a great weekend,
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Media Summit proved a mini-internship

Posted By · June 22, 2012 at 10:41 am
Emily Thompson

Emily Thompson

I keep forgetting that I’m receiving class credit for my work with BSU at the Games. In the spring, the other students and I spent our class time preparing for London and building content. But since the start of summer, this experience has felt more like a dream job than a class.

In May, two professors, four other students and I traveled to Dallas for the 2012 Team USA Media Summit. Media professionals from all over the country gathered at the Hilton Anatole downtown to interview Olympic hopefuls. Not only was I able to interview dozens of athletes, but I also had the opportunity to network with professionals from The New York Times, Twitter, WTHR-TV (Indianapolis) and more. And that’s not to mention the fact that I attended press conferences for Michelle Obama and Michael Phelps.

When we first arrived, I’ll admit that I wasn’t sure how I was going to pull this off. Working next to media professionals who have “been in the biz” for years is incredibly intimidating. But I caught on quickly, and I was able to pull from my knowledge and practice from these last three years at Ball State. My time in Dallas felt like an entire internship’s worth of experience crammed into three days. And I loved every second of it.

I also learned quite a bit about myself at the Media Summit. Generally speaking, I work well under pressure. (I guess procrastination isn’t always a bad thing.) It turns out that I’m also very capable of stepping outside of my comfort zone, which proved to be essential in such a competitive environment.

Finally, my experience in Dallas reinforced my dreams and ambitions. As a soon-to-be graduate, it’s hard not to get bogged down by all the negative realities of the job market. But this trip was a reminder that I’m doing what I love and that it’s worth all the blood, sweat and tears. I can only imagine what my adventures in London will bring.

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Back to Sunshine

Posted By · June 22, 2012 at 4:15 am

The rain is gone, and now we’re back to sunshine in Central Indiana.

We’ll start the morning with fog, but end with mostly sunny skies and temps in the mid 80s.

Saturday and Sunday will be dry as temps reach the mid to upper 80s.  Late Sunday night, a chance for a few scattered showers comes back into the forecast.

More clear skies will come our way Monday as temps fall below average and top out in the upper 70s.

The normal high this time of year is 84.

A moderate drought has been declared for the Indy metro, with no drought busting rain in the forecast.

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Rain Chance Going up Today

Posted By · June 21, 2012 at 5:09 am

It’s been 16 days with nearly no measurable rain in Indianapolis, today, a chance will finally move in!

Highs will reach the low 90s today with showers and thunderstorms expected to develop after noon.  Widespread severe weather is not expected, but an isolated severe storm cannot be ruled out.  Less than .25″ of rain is expected as the rain moves out by late evening.

Tonight the state dries out as temps drop to the low 60s.

Friday highs will hit the mid 80s with mostly sunny skies.

Dry weather sticks around Saturday, with a very slight chance for rain moving in late Sunday.

Early next week much cooler temps move in with highs in the 70s!

No significant rain is in the 7 day forecast as we look ahead to next week.

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More 90 Degree Heat & Rain Chances

Posted By · June 20, 2012 at 5:43 am

Today could be the hottest day of 2012 so far, with a high of 94!

We’ll see temps shoot into the mid 90s with mostly sunny skies.  It’s felt like summer for a while around Central Indiana, but we “officially” usher in summer at 7:09pm.  Today will be the ninth time this year that we hit at the 90 degree mark.

Tonight skies remain clear with temps dropping to around 70.

Thursday scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible in the afternoon.  Less than .25″ of rain is possible.  A few storms may be strong to severe, but widespread severe weather is not likely.  Damaging wind is the strongest threat.

Friday temps drop back into the 80s and it will be cooler with partly cloudy skies.

Saturday looks dry with a 20% chance for a shower or storm at night, possibly hanging around Sunday morning.

Ready to cool off?  Check out the highs early next week in the low 80s!

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