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Jul
15

Heat Returns & Small Rain Chances Remain

Posted By · July 15, 2012 at 5:31 am

Indy only hit 89 on Saturday, breaking our 17 consecutive days of 90+ temps.  That makes it the fourth longest stretch in history!

However, another round of counting is set to begin.

Highs will likely reach the low 90s today with a 20% chance for a shower or storm.  Most spots will remain dry.

Monday and Tuesday highs warm into the mid 90s, it will be humid as well with partly cloudy skies.

Our next best chance of rain arrives Wednesday, with a 30% chance for scattered showers and storms.

After the rain, temps cool to around 90 degrees, with dry weather ruling the forecast through Sunday.

An interesting fact, in 2004 we had no days of 90 degree heat, so far this year we’ve hit 90, 28 times.  Last year we had a total of 37.

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Jul
15

90+ Streak is Broken, Tracking More Rain Chances

Posted By · July 15, 2012 at 12:02 am

After 17 straight 90+ days, our streak has ended (barely!) We only hit 89 on Saturday. Thank the extra clouds along with some showers for the cool-down.

Rainfall totals Saturday varied widely. Officially at the airport, Indy only received a Trace. But up in White County – a spotter in Monticello reported 4.06″! Morning rain was heaviest south of Bloomington, Bedford, and Seymour. Evening rain was heaviest from Eastern Hamilton County to Blackford County.

Heavy rain in parts of Grant, Blackford, Huntington, and Wells counties prompted a Flood Advisory ’til 1am Sunday.

And though no severe thunderstorm warnings were issued in Central Indiana, there was a storm in Blackford County near Hartford City that spawned a short-lived funnel cloud. The cloud never touched down. Here’s a link to video of the small funnel cloud: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZua4FXXPa4&feature=youtu.be

What’s ahead in your WTHR-TV 7-Day? A new hot streak begins with the potential for at least another week’s worth of 90s, plus more rain chances. Isolated showers and storms are possible Sunday, scattered showers and storms on Wednesday, and some leftover showers or storms possible Thursday.

Finally, two great WTHR-TV Hoosier Pics to share. At 6pm, I aired this cool shot from Cathy Jones in Russellville (Putnam County) which finally got some rain.

At 11, I aired this celebration of rain in Lawrence courtesy of Steve Simonsen. Submit your pic here: https://www.facebook.com/ChikageWindlerFanPage or here: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
-Chikage

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Jul
14

Weekend Rain Chances

Posted By · July 14, 2012 at 5:15 am

It’s not the widespread soaking rain that we need, but we do have chances of rain in the forecast this weekend.

Highs will top out around 90 degrees today with a 30% chance of scattered showers and storms.  The day won’t be a washout, but would we really complain if it was?  Expect partly cloudy skies and isolated storms as we head into the afternoon.

Tonight, isolated storms may stick around as temps drop to the low 70s.

Tomorrow the low 90s are back, along with a 30% chance for showers and storms.  Through the weekend spots will be lucky to get .25″ of rain, and isolated areas with thunderstorms could pick up more.  Not everyone will see rain.

Monday and Tuesday sunshine and highs in the mid 90s return.

As of Friday, Indianapolis has seen 17 days in a row of 90+ temps.

Wednesday, we have another shot at showers and thunderstorms.

Temps remain around the 90 degree mark as we head into next weekend.

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Jul
13

Don’t Count on Much Rain This Weekend

Posted By · July 13, 2012 at 1:01 pm

The hope for much-needed rain is growing a little dimmer today as computer models are backing off on our chances of rain for the weekend. Most are now bringing less than 1/10″ to Central Indiana and shunting the majority of the rain to our south and east in Kentucky and Ohio. Southeast Indiana might still get 1/4-1/2″, but areas north and west of Indy could possible go dry all weekend.

That’s sobering news as we’re currently in the longest dry spell in 104 years! If we don’t get any measurable rain through Sunday, we would tie the record for longest dry spell. That is a possibility unless we get lucky.

Another record in jeopardy is the stretch of consecutive 90+ days. We set the record last year with 23 in a row. We’re currently at 16 and today could make 17. Tomorrow is the most likely day to *not* hit 90, but if we don’t get rain, I have a hunch temps might squeak up to 90 yet again. Your 7-day forecast reflects the change.

Finally our WTHR-TV Hoosier Pic at noon…a rainbow over Warren Township yesterday emailed from a viewer named Laurence. He missed the rain, but got a spectacular view of this rainbow!

Take Care and hang in there!
-Chikage
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Jul
13

Rain Chances Return

Posted By · July 13, 2012 at 5:37 am

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are coming back in the forecast, unfortunately, the track of the system is changing, and that equals less rain for Central Indiana.

Bottom line… as we go through the weekend some spots will stay absolutely dry while others could pick up, up to .50″ of rain.

With a sunny start to the day and into the early afternoon highs will top out near 90 again today.  You’ll feel the humidity build into the afternoon.  This afternoon scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible into tonight.

Tonight lows drop into the upper 60s with a chance for scattered showers and storms.

Saturday and Sunday scattered showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast as temps top out in the upper 80s to around 90 degrees.  Again, not everyone will the rain we need so badly.

Next week we kick off Monday and Tuesday with highs in the low to mid 90s as the heat builds back in.

There is almost a daily chance for showers and storms through Wednesday, but they will be scattered in nature, not the widespread soaking rain we need.

 

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Jul
12

Big Changes Are Coming

Posted By · July 12, 2012 at 5:26 am

Today will be our was our 26th day of 90+ degree heat.  Last year we had 37!  While we’re looking for more 90s today, but something is changing in the forecast, a decent chance for rain!

The low 90s are in the forecast with mainly dry conditions today.  There’s a chance of an isolated storm in south central Indiana.

Right now we are in the longest dry spell in 104 years.  From June 1 to July 11, only .09″ of rain has fallen in Indy.  The National Weather Service has crunched all the numbers, click here for a great overview of just how dry it is.

Tonight skies will be partly cloudy with temps around 70.

Friday, scattered showers and storms will develop in Central Indiana.  We have a daily chance of rain through next Tuesday.  Friday through Sunday we could see isolated severe storms, as temps cool into the 90s!  Up to an inch of rain is possible. 

We need at least six inches of rain to help with the drought.  As of right now Indianapolis is running more than 8 inches below normal when it comes to rain.

That said, any rain is good rain and we’ll take all we can get!

Tonight

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Jul
11

The 90 Degree Days & The Best Chance of Rain Since May

Posted By · July 11, 2012 at 4:49 am

Today will be another dry day as we add to our streak of temps hitting 90 degrees or warmer!  Today will be the 15th day in a row of 90+!

Tonight skies will be clear and temps drop into the upper 60s.

Thursday, skies become partly cloudy with highs in the low 90s again. 

Our best chance for rain since May moves in Friday… and sticks around through Tuesday!

Friday temps will top out in the 80s with 50% chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms.

Saturday and Sunday a 40% chance for showers and storms exists.  Up to .50″ to 1″ of rain is possible.  This will not end the drought, every drop of rain will help!

We will keep a close eye on rain chances through early Tuesday with temps in the 80s.

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Jul
10

Our 90-Degree Streak Isn’t Ready to End Yet

Posted By · July 10, 2012 at 12:33 pm

What do you get when you combine dry ground, high pressure, and nearly full sunshine? Answer: Another day with highs in the 90s. We’ve had 13 straight already and today will make 14 in a row – 2 weeks straight!

Our noon temperatures were already warming in a hurry with Indy up to 87 and Terre Haute already at 91!

Highs should make it into the low 90s today and we could tap low 90s tomorrow and Thursday as well. Here’s a look at your afternoon forecast.

The UV Index today is very high – at a 10. Slather on the sunscreen…unprotected skin could burn in less than 15 minutes.

What about rain? We’ll be dry today and tomorrow, but signs are now pointing to a significant change late week and into the weekend – a GOOD chance of much-needed rain! Here’s what the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center is projecting for rainfall totals…some parts of Southern and Southeastern Indiana could get 2″+ and 1″+ might be possible here in Indy. We desperately need it.

In your WTHR-TV 7-Day, here’s the timing for our rain chances. We stay dry today and tomorrow. Thursday there could be isolated storms in Southeastern Indiana. Friday scattered storms are possible (about a 30-40% chance). Saturday rain is now looking LIKELY with a 40-50% chance. Sunday and Monday and even in to Tuesday it now looks like a 20-30% chance of getting wet. Since we’re now 7.91″ below average for rainfall since January 1st and 5.87″ below since June 1st, every little bit will help!

Finally, our WTHR-TV Hoosier Pic at noon. Check out the stunning sunrise shot that Richard Gentry captured yesterday morning from Jamestown in Boone County. It’s fantastic! If you have a pic you’d like to share, post it here: https://www.facebook.com/ChikageWindlerFanPage or here: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13

Have a great afternoon and keep your fingers crossed for rain later this week!
-Chikage

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-Chikage
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