Sunnier, Warmer, and Drier Sunday Ahead

We barely nudged up to 72 around midday Saturday for our high, but because of the clouds and gusty wind, it felt much cooler. The average high is 78 for this time of year and we should get there Sunday with mostly sunny skies.

Scattered showers and downpours moved through the state Saturday, but most areas did not get much relief from our dry weather. We’re running 2.63″ below average for the year on precipitation. Our next chance of beneficial rain arrives Monday in the form of scattered showers and storms. They look most likely in the afternoon and heaviest in Southwest Indiana. There might be a passing shower or sprinkles midweek Wednesday, but the majority of the 7-Day forecast is looking mild and dry. At this point, an average of only around 1/4″ of rain is possible over the next 7 days.

Our WTHR-TV Hoosier Pic of the Day was this kingfisher photo montage submitted by Jerry Byard. He did some bird-watching at Mounds Park in Anderson Saturday morning. Submit your pic on WTHR’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13

Enjoy the rest of your weekend,
-Chikage
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How a broken wrist got me to the Summer Games

A year ago, if someone had told me that I would be spending this summer reporting on everything to do with the London 2012 Olympic Games, I would’ve been skeptical, to say the least.

Emily Thompson
Emily Thompson

A year ago, if someone had told me that I would be spending this summer reporting on everything to do with the London 2012 Olympic Games, I would’ve been skeptical, to say the least.

It’s funny how things really do work themselves out. Last fall, I was planning to study abroad in London during the spring semester. Then the night before Halloween, I took a nasty fall and broke my right wrist. Oh, and I’m right-handed, of course. It became nearly impossible to keep up with my class work, much less anything else. Once I realized that my wrist likely wouldn’t heal in time to leave for London like I had planned, I was crushed.

Right around the same time, instructor Ryan Sparrow’s brainchild, BSU at the Games, started coming together. I had heard about the learning project before but was under the impression that it was intended for sports reporters and graphic journalists. It turned out that he was recruiting feature reporters like me and that Sparrow is also the program director for the study-abroad program in Worcester, England, that takes place prior to the London Games. It didn’t take long for me to commit to this extraordinary opportunity. Combined, these two programs that pertain to my field of study cost less than the spring London study-abroad program. And because I’m also taking classes during the summer, this experience allows me to graduate a semester early.

So needless to say, it all worked out. I’m so thankful that Ball State supports programs like this, and I can’t think of a better way to spend my last summer break. Although I didn’t foresee any of this, I couldn’t be more excited about the adventures that lie ahead.

Spotty Showers Today… Sunshine Tomorrow

Temperatures remain below average for the first half of the weekend.

Temperatures remain below average for the first half of the weekend.

Highs will reach 70 degrees today, our normal high this time of year is 78.  Clouds will be on the increase with a chance for spotty showers or an isolated thunderstorm from midday into the evening.  The day won’t be a washout, but light rain is expected.  We need rain, but less than .10″ is expected.  Just check the radar before you head out.

Tonight the skies clear and temps cool to the mid 50s.

Sunday, we’ll measure the day in sunshine.  Highs will be seasonal in the upper 70s.

By Monday we have a chance for showers and thunderstorms with temps in the upper 70s.

Most of the work week looks dry with temps in the upper 70s with the exception of Wednesday when we have a 20% chance of an isolated shower or storm.

Turning Milder This Weekend, Plus Saturday Showers

Temperatures Friday were unseasonably cold! We spent most of the day in the 50s, but the official high (just past midnight) was 61. That’s 17 degrees below normal and also the coldest since April 28th!

We’ll turn milder this weekend. Saturday we climb out of the cold after a morning that could start in the upper 40s and rebound into the low 70s. Sunshine should start the day, but clouds win out with scattered showers expected for the afternoon. The rain looks very light with most spots getting less than 1/10″. We’re still running about 2.5″ below average for the year with around 50% of the state in a drought. Sunday we’ll have warmer and dry weather. Highs should be seasonable in the upper 70s.

More rain is possible Monday with scattered showers (maybe an isolated t-storm), and a passing shower or sprinkles are possible Wednesday, but no big rain-makers are expected in the next 7 days. As for temperatures, we’ll be near or slightly below average for the majority of the week. The exception looks like Monday when we could crack into the low 80s.

Have a great weekend,
-Chikage
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Drying Out & Cooling Off

Cool and cloudy conditions have settled into Central Indiana.

Cool and cloudy conditions have settled into Central Indiana.

Spotty showers will come to an end by late morning, but mostly cloudy skies will stick with us for most of the day.  Highs will only reach the low 60s today with a northwest breeze up to 25mph.  The normal high this time of year is 78, so enjoy the brief cool break!

Tonight the clouds break and temps drop to around 50 degrees.

Saturday highs reach the low 70s with a chance for spotty showers during the afternoon.  At this point, it looks like the best chance for rain will be north of I-70.  Very light rain is expected.

Sunday the warmth and sun returns with highs in the upper 70s.

A chance for showers and storms returns Monday along with highs in the mid 80s.

Temps settle back into the 70s Tuesday with a cool and dry pattern through Friday.