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Heating Up for the Weekend

Posted By · June 8, 2012 at 4:30 pm

The temperatures will climb into the upper 80s this weekend across Central Indiana.

Saturday and Sunday highs will reach the upper 80s, well above our normal high of 80 this time of year.  A Knozone Action Day has been declared for the Indy metro Saturday.

Clouds will be on the increase Sunday, and the humidity will be going up as well.  Late Sunday night into Monday morning showers and thunderstorms will likely build across the state.

Much needed rain is in the forecast Monday and Tuesday.

As the rain exits, much cooler air moves in and temps dip into the upper 70s by Wednesday.

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Dry & Sunny

Posted By · June 7, 2012 at 4:41 am

Temps are going up… and so will the humidity as we get into the weekend forecast.

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

Tonight temps drop to the mid 50s with clear skies.

Friday highs reach the mid 80s with mostly sunny skies.

Saturday and Sunday will be more humid with temps reaching close to 90 by Sunday!

Our next best chance for rain is Monday into Tuesday.  Scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible with cooler temps behind the rain.

That’s the short but sweet weather blog!

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Cranking Up the Heat

Posted By · June 6, 2012 at 6:31 am

Enjoy the 70s while they’re here… the heat will be building across Central Indiana.

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

Tonight, temps drop to the low 50s.

Thursday highs warm into the upper 70s, and by Friday we’ll be tracking temps in the low 80s.

The weekend will be more humid, but dry as temps reach the uuper 80s to around 90 degrees!

Our next chance of rain moves in late Monday into Tuesday.  As of right now, Indy is 3.01″ below normal for yearly precip. 

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It’s something that won’t happen again in our lifetimes: the Transit of Venus. This evening, you’ll have the chance to view the planet Venus as it crosses the sun. This transit will take almost 7 hours, starting at just after 6 pm. The best view will be around sunset, which is at 9:10 pm. Viewing conditions should be great with partly cloudy skies early and mainly clear skies late. Venus will appear as a black dot crossing the sun. The next time this happens? 2117!

You don’t want to look directly at the sun, which could cause eye damage. Instead, wear eclipse glasses, make a pinhole camera, view through a specially equipped telescope, or check out the view online. Here are two sites for live Transit of Venus viewing: http://www.ccssc.org/transit2012.html


And here’s a great opportunity for you to see the Transit of Venus in Indy: Butler University’s Holcomb Observatory will be open from 5:30 to 8pm. http://www.butler.edu/holcomb-observatory/

Though a sprinkle could fall in far Eastern Indiana today or tomorrow, most areas will likely be dry until late Monday (even that’s looking like an isolated shower/storm chance). Next TUESDAY brings a good chance of much-needed rain. As for temperatures, they’ll steadily climb from comfortable mid 70s today to hot and humid 90 by Monday!

Finally, our WTHR-TV Hoosier Pic at noon! A great shot of the Full Strawberry Moon taken yesterday morning around 6am from Monroe Lake. Incidentally, yesterday morning there was a partial lunar eclipse that coincided with the full moon. It peaked at 37% AFTER the moon set here in Indiana, but if you want to see what it looked like in other places, Spaceweather.com has a great photo gallery here: http://spaceweather.com/gallery/?PHPSESSID=ekluvc8s0gbu03jioi9rmrgdi2 No doubt there will be plenty of pics of the Transit of Venus added later today! Want to share your pic with us? Post on our WTHR facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13

Have a good one!
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Not Much Rain

Posted By · June 3, 2012 at 11:28 pm

We’ll see some passing showers move through Central Indiana overnight, but the hope for significant rain is dwindling. Monday rain now looks light at best with most of the showers moving southwest of the Indy Metro. We’ll have another chance of sprinkles or a stray shower Wednesday, but all week long, most areas will get less than a tenth of an inch of rain.

A partial lunar eclipse occurs Monday morning, but we’ve got a couple problems here in the Hoosier State that will make viewing difficult: (1) lots of clouds expected and (2) the moon sets before the eclipse peaks. At its peak, around 37% of the moon will be covered by the Earth’s shadow. We may catch a glimpse of the very beginning of the eclipse, which starts at 6am. The moon sets at 6:23 but the eclipse peaks at 7:03am. Viewing will be best from Asia to the West Coast. If you’re a sky-watcher, you’ll also want to check out the sky around sunset Tuesday evening for the transit of Venus – a once in a lifetime viewing opportunity.

We’ll have a mostly cloudy Monday with just an isolated shot at a shower. But highs should reach upper 70s to 80 degrees. We’ll cool down for a few days starting Tuesday.

After a slightly cooler midweek, the heat returns in a big way next weekend. Mid to upper 80s are possible with 90 not out of the question for Monday the 11th!

Have a great week!
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Spectacular Sunday & Tracking Rain Chances

Posted By · June 3, 2012 at 5:59 am

Sunny skies return to Central Indiana today… and the rain watch continues!

Highs will be seasonal today in the upper 70s with mostly sunny skies.  A light breeze out of the west up to 10 mph is expected.

Tonight a spotty shower is possible as clouds will be on the increase.

Monday, there’s a 30% chance for showers and storms.  At this time, less than .25″ of rain is possible.  We need rain.  Saturday Indy picked up .03″ of rain, and for the year we are 2.60″ below our yearly average.  Monday doesn’t look like a washout, but we’ll take what rain we can get.

After the rain moves out we dry out Tuesday, and really remain that way for the rest of the week.  As of right now there’s a slight chance for sprinkles Wednesday.

Temps return to the 80s by Friday.

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Sunnier, Warmer, and Drier Sunday Ahead

Posted By · June 2, 2012 at 10:47 pm

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,
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How a broken wrist got me to the Summer Games

Posted By · June 2, 2012 at 10:39 am
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.

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