Pleasantly Cool Weekend Ahead

We’ll wake up to temps in the 40s and 50s and warm into the upper 70s tomorrow, then do it all over again on Sunday. It will feel more like September than August with lots of sunshine and comfortable humidity both days, which will mean great weather for the final weekend of the Indiana State Fair, the MotoGP, Motorcycles on Meridian, the Elwood Glass Festival and other weekend events.

The 7-day stays dry with gradually warming temperatures. Our average high is 84.

Some interesting stats courtesy of the National Weather Service. From April 1st through July 31st, we had less than 7″ of rain, which was the driest ever on record for Indianapolis for that period. What a turn-around the last 2 weeks! This month, we’ve had more than 5″ of rain, which is the wettest in 19 years!

What will it take to break the drought? Around 1″ of rain widespread every 10 days through October. At least for now, we’ll be rain-free for at least a week.

Our Hoosier Pic at 6 was from Brad Brown of New Palestine. Cool hummingbird shot!

Finally, our Hoosier Pic at 11 from Courtney Shanks. Her daughter may be a future meteorologist! She’s got her swimsuit on if it’s hot…her snow boots on if it’s not!

Have a great weekend,

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Taste of Fall

The rain has passed, and now Central Indiana will get a taste of Fall for the weekend!

The rain has passed, and now Central Indiana will get a taste of Fall for the weekend!

Scattered showers and storms brought Indianapolis .78″ of rain Friday.  Spots throughout the viewing area picked up, up to 2.50″ of rain.

Today a few sprinkles are possible, as skies begin to clear and temps top out in the mid to upper 70s.

If you’re heading to Operation Football, a light jacket will be needed as temps drop into the 60s during the games.

Tonight, the metro drops to the mid 50s, and other spots will see temps in the 40s!

The weekend will be mild and quiet with partly cloudy skies and highs in the mid 70s.

A gradual warm up takes place through next Thursday when we return to the mid to upper 80s, but we remain dry.


Severe Threat is Over, Cool Change is Coming

Officially at the Indianapolis International Airport, we picked up .78″ of rain Thursday, narrowing the gap between our rain this year and the average rain to date. Our deficit is now down to 6.84″ for the year.

Check out some estimated rainfall totals…north of Indy, areas from Kokomo to Lafayette had more than an inch, with more than 2″ out in parts of Montgomery and Putnam County.

South of Indy, areas in Monroe, Owen, and Greene counties also saw heavy, drenching rains. Lesser amounts fell from Greenwood to Shelbyville according to radar estimates.

This rain will help ease the drought conditions which have improved slightly since last week due to the heavy rains we saw then. The next Drought Monitor map is released Thursday the 17th.

In addition to rain, there were some reports of hail and high winds. Here’s a link to storm reports:

After the rain, we’ll turn cooler and drier for a gorgeous weekend. There may be some patchy fog to start your Friday, then clouds will give way to sunshine. Saturday morning will be a chilly one with lows in the 50s in town, but upper 40s possible in some outlying areas! Those going to the closing weekend of the fair and MotoGP at the IMS will be greeted by comfortable temps and plenty of sunshine. We’ll warm slightly into next week with a week of dry weather on the way.

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Severe T-Storm Watch Issued ’til Midnight

From Indy’s southside points south, there’s a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until midnight for the possibility of severe storms. We’ll see periods of heavy rain with thunder and lightning plus the threat of hail and high winds. Some areas have already picked up more than 1-2″ of rain with more to come.

We can use the rain, as you can see from the latest Drought Monitor.

Once the storms taper after midnight, we’ll have a week’s worth of dry and quiet weather ahead with pleasantly cool temps all weekend long.

I’ll have updates on Twitter and Facebook as the storms roll through.

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A battle looming?

It looks like the fight is on for the app that will become the standard for paying for purchases with a smartphone.

Could it end up being a fight reminicent of the VHS vs. Beta battle years ago?

A group of big-name retailers are getting together to create a method for people to pay for purchases with their smartphones. Wal-Mart, Best-Buy Co. and Target Corp. are three of the companies forming Merchant Customer Exchange, a company to develop a mobile application that would be available for almost every smartphone.

Mark Williams, president of financial services for Best Buy, said, “As merchants, no one understands our customers’ shopping and payment experience better than we do, and we’re confident that together we can develop a technology solution that makes that experience more engaging, convenient and efficient.”

The problem is that there are already at least six competing applications out there. Starbucks, which has its own system now, recently teamed up with Square to use its payment app. Google has one for some Sprint phones; Verizon Wireless, AT&T and T-Mobile USA have their own platform; Visa and Mastercard each have their own design and eBay even has a payment service.

Eventually there is going to have to be one platform that eveyone can use everywhere in order for this concept to succeed. But are all these companies willing to work together or is it going to be survival of the fittest?

Merchant Customer Exchange may have a good chance of being that survivor. Other companies that have signed on are 7-Eleven, Inc., Alon Brands, CVS/pharmacy, Darden Restaurants Inc., HMSHost, Hy-Vee Inc., Lowe’s Cos., Publix Super Markets Inc., Sears Holdings Corp., Shell Oil Products US, and Sunoco Inc. The group adds that even more members will be joing in the coming months.

Warren Mills is the webmaster for WTHR-TV. He has been building and working on web sites since the mid-1990s.

Sunny Start, Stormy Finish on Thursday

After a gorgeous Wednesday with sunshine a high of 86, we’ll warm up a bit Thursday ahead of a strong cold front that will trigger some strong to severe storms across the Hoosier State. The best chance for Central Indiana to get rain looks like tomorrow evening. If you’re heading to Colts Camp in Anderson, you’ll want to pay close attention to the weather as storms will be possible.

Rain totals of up to 3/4″ are possible with the storms, along with a slight risk of severe storms.

The severe risk covers the entire state Thursday…hail and high winds are the biggest threats.

Ahead of the front, we’ll near 90 degrees, behind it and after the storms, we’ll settle back into the cooler, comfortable 70s through the weekend.

If you’re heading to the final weekend of the State Fair or going to the MotoGP, the weather is looking fantastic! Not too hot & not too humid with plenty of sunshine and mid to upper 70s for highs.

We nudge temperatures up a bit next week with highs back into the 80s. With the exception of late Thursday into the wee-hours of Friday morning, we’ll have a mainly dry week ahead.

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How influential am I?

Apparently, not very.

I’ve found an interesting site the attempts to tell you how influential you are.

The problem is that it comes to this “score” based on how often you post to Facebook, how often you Tweet and how active you are with other social media.

In other words, if you are influential in ways that do not include the online world you have a low level of influence on

However, if you are very active online you might be interested in what your Klout rating is. The site says the average score is 40. I’m a 10. One of the people I follow on Twitter, ESPN Sportscaster Mark May, is a 79. Everyone else is below 40.

In today’s world, do I need to be very active in social media in order to be influential? I hope not. I have friends that aren’t on Facebook or Twitter, but I believe them to be influential in their communities.

But if I’m interested in how active online I am compared to others, this is an interesting tool.

Warren Mills is the webmaster for WTHR-TV. He has been building and working on web sites since the mid-1990s.

Dry Wednesday, Stormy Late Thursday

This August is turning the tide on our dry summer, but we still need more rain despite the impressive monthly rain totals on our SkyTrak WeatherBug Network. Many areas that have recorded 1 to 4″ of rain so far this month are still running 6-10″ below average for the year.

Breaking the drought won’t be easy. We’ll need regular rains around 1″ each week every week for the next couple months.

After a dry and warmer day Wednesday in the mid to upper 80s, we’ll watch sunshine give way to storms by late Thursday. Most of the Hoosier State is under a slight risk of severe storms late Thursday into early Friday. Rain potential for Central Indiana looks like between 1/4 to 1/2″.

After reaching near 90 on Thursday, we’ll see a significant cool-down behind a cold front Friday. We’ll have highs in the 70s lasting through the weekend giving us a great taste of early Fall.

Finally, instead of a Hoosier Pic tonight, we featured a Hoosier Vid from Rob Slaven who took a cool timelapse video at the State Fair. Here’s the link to his video:

Have a good one!

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Showers Move Out, Another Rain Chance Later This Week

The threat for severe storms in Indiana has faded and a Severe T-Storm Watch that had been in effect for the far southwest corner of the state was canceled early. Most areas didn’t get much rain, the exception: around a quarter inch for Crawfordsville.

Radar estimates show a few pockets of 1/2″+ rainfall north of Lafayette to Logansport. Officially for Indy, 0.04″ of rain fell through 10pm.

Our next chance of rain arrives late Thursday into Friday with strong to severe storms a possibility and a good chance of rain ahead of a cold front. Temperatures will warm progressively until Thursday when we near 90, then drop dramatically behind the front with the return of cool 70s Friday through the weekend.

That cooler trend could last through next week. The Climate Prediction Center’s outlook for August 21-27 shows below normal temperatures for the entire Hoosier state.

Finally our Hoosier Pic of the Day courtesy of Michael Moss of New Whiteland. The heavy rain last week has transformed some lawns from brown to green! Submit your pic here: or here: or here:

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Much-Needed Rain on the Way

After a gorgeous weekend, the work week will bring a chance of showers and storms. We could get around 1/4″ of rain through Monday night.

There’s also a slight risk of severe storms in Southern Indiana. As a low pressure system tracks through the state, there may be enough spin in the atmosphere for isolated tornadoes there.

Tonight, most of the rain will evaporate before reaching the ground, but some sprinkles are possible. Our rain chances nudge up tomorrow morning with some showers possible. Then we have a good chance at showers and storms by late afternoon/evening.

After the rain on Monday, we’ll watch clouds gradually decrease on Tuesday with dry weather until late Thursday when a cold front approaches. Ahead of and along it, we may see strong to severe storms develop. The rain tapers Friday morning and gives way to a markedly cooler batch of air (even cooler than what we saw late last week) by next weekend.

Finally, our Hoosier Pic Sunday courtesy of Taylor Spear who snapped this great shot at Lucas Oil Stadium before the Colts pre-season game. Submit your pic here: or here:

Have a great week!

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