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Aug
19

Gradual Warm-Up, Mainly Dry Week Ahead

Posted By · August 19, 2012 at 11:08 pm

What a weekend! We enjoyed cool mornings, mild afternoons, and a gorgeous sunset to finish things off on Sunday. I snapped this pic from White River State Park Sunday at dusk. Highs for the last 3 days have been in the upper 70s, but we’ll nudge things up a smidge for the work week.

We’ll start Monday off on a cool note with 50s for the kids at the bus stop, but plan on another nice rebound with a high around 80 by afternoon.

While most areas will be dry Monday, there’s a weak front that could trigger some very isolated showers by afternoon, so I’m holding on to a 10% chance of rain. If any showers develop (much as we saw with the couple that developed in Western Indiana Sunday afternoon), they’ll probably only drop a few hundredths of an inch of rain.

While we’re at a 3″+ surplus of rain for August, the annual precip deficit is more than 7″, so we can use any rain coming our way. Aside from the 10% chance Monday, and even lower chance Tuesday (mainly east), most places will have to wait until next weekend for a decent chance of rain.

After 10 straight days of at or below average temperatures with a couple more to come, we’ll see temps warm above average mid to late week. Friday looks like the warmest day of the week with highs in the upper 80s to near 90.

Finally, our Hoosier Pic of the Day Sunday from Boone County. The combination of sunflowers and sunset made a gorgeous scene! Thanks to Regina Hughes-Garner for sharing her pic! Submit yours here: https://www.facebook.com/ChikageWindlerFanPage?ref=hl or here: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13

Have a great week!
-Chikage

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Aug
19

Below Normal Temps & Possible Spotty Showers Sunday

Posted By · August 19, 2012 at 6:29 am

Our beautiful Central Indiana weather rolls on with highs in the upper 70s to round out the weekend, with just a slight chance of a spotty shower or storm.

Highs will reach the upper 70s today, our normal temp this time of year is around 84.  There’s a 20% chance of a spotty shower or thunderstorm, but most spots look to remain dry.

Tonight, temps drop to the mid 50s under partly cloudy skies.  Kids may need a light jacket as they head out to the bus stop tomorrow morning.

We still need rain, August has been a wet month, with more than five inches of rain falling.

However, we’re still running seven inches below our yearly average.

Monday we have another slight chance of rain, but most spots remain dry as temps warm into the upper 70s.  We’re back to the 80s by Tuesday and by the end of the week more sunshine and near 90.  Our next best chance for rain moves in late Saturday and Sunday.

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Aug
19

Another Mild Day Ahead…With a Tiny Shower Chance

Posted By · August 19, 2012 at 12:06 am

After a sunny Saturday with a high of 78, we’ll remain mild on Sunday for the last day of the State Fair and the MotoGP race. The difference: more cloud cover and an ever-so-slight chance of a shower as a weak front drops into the state during the afternoon. Rain chances look very low – around 10% for Central Indiana and around 20% for Northern Indiana. Rain totals for those spots that do get a shower (outside shot at a t-shower) will probably only measure in the hundredths of an inch.

Our best chance of rain comes late next Saturday into next Sunday. Until then, we’ll see gradually warming temps. We’ve now had 9 straight days of above average temps to start August, followed up by 9 straight days of at or below average temps. We’ll stay below average another few days before some upper 80s return late week.

Finally, our Hoosier Pic at 6 from Beth Gootee who took advantage of the stellar weather to plan a camping trip! What a weekend for enjoying the great outdoors.

Have a good one!
-Chikage

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Aug
18

Fantastic Fall Like Weekend

Posted By · August 18, 2012 at 6:29 am

Love the 70s?  We’ve got more in store for you this weekend!

Highs will reach the upper 70s today with mostly sunny skies.  Even though we’re below our normal high of 84, you’ll still need sunscreen as the UV index will be high. 

Tonight temps drop into the 50s, so you can give your a/c a break!

Sunday, we’ll see an increase of clouds with highs in the upper 70s.  There’s a 10% chance for an isolated afternoon shower or thunderstorm.  Most spots remain dry, I wouldn’t cancel any outdoor plans at this time based on the very slight chance for rain.

We still need rain, but we don’t have many chances in the 7 day.

Just a 10% chance of isolated storms Monday, then dry weather through next Saturday.  The upper 70s stick around through Monday, but by the end of the week the heat returns as highs push close to 90 as we get closer to the weekend.

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Aug
17

Pleasantly Cool Weekend Ahead

Posted By · August 17, 2012 at 11:25 pm

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,
-Chikage

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Aug
17

Taste of Fall

Posted By · August 17, 2012 at 4:42 am

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.

 

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Aug
16

Severe Threat is Over, Cool Change is Coming

Posted By · August 16, 2012 at 11:29 pm

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: https://nwschat.weather.gov/lsr/#IND/201208161525/201208170233/0100

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.

Take Care,
-Chikage
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Aug
16

Severe T-Storm Watch Issued ’til Midnight

Posted By · August 16, 2012 at 5:05 pm

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.
-Chikage

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