Beautiful Sunday & Rain Chances Monday

We’ll wrap up the weekend with increasing clouds and highs in the low 80s.

We’ll wrap up the weekend with increasing clouds and highs in the low 80s.  Today will be comfortable with a 10% chance of an isolated shower late this afternoon into the evening. 

A better chance for rain comes tonight into Monday.

Lows will drop into the 60s tonight with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing.

Off and on showers are expected Monday with highs in the low 80s.  We could see up to 1/2″ of rain by Monday night.

Tuesday and Wednesday are dry with highs around 80, and your next best chance of rain moves in late Thursday into Friday.

The big news in the 7 day forecast?  Next weekend’s forecast that includes highs in the mid 70s!

Perseid Meteor Shower Overnight

After some soaking rain the last few days, now it’s time for showers of a different kind. The Perseid Meteor Shower is peaking overnight with up to 100 meteors per hour possible according to NASA. Best viewing is away from city lights. You can see Jupiter, Venus and the crescent moon gather just as the Perseids peak in the Eastern sky just before sunrise.  More here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=106ne66KAuw

The Perseids may steal the show, but pleasantly cool temperatures will also grab the attention of folks waking up to 50s to by dawn Sunday.

We’ll have another pleasant day Sunday with highs in the low to mid 80s and increasing high clouds.

Our next chance of rain moves in Monday – including a slight chance of severe storms for the southwestern part of the state.

Temperatures for the next week will be mainly at or below average. The warmest day looks like Thursday in the mid, maybe upper 80s. In addition to showers and storms on Monday, we’ll have another chance late Thursday into Friday.

Finally, our WTHR-TV Hoosier Pic at 6 was from Manjit Trehan. He snapped this shot of the Drum Corps International semis Friday. Share your pic here: https://www.facebook.com/ChikageWindlerFanPage?ref=hle or here: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
-Chikage

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Refreshing Weekend

If you need a break for the heat, this weekend’s forecast will have you smiling!

If you need a break for the heat, this weekend’s forecast will have you smiling!

Highs will reach the upper 70s today with mostly sunny skies.  Northeast Central Indiana will have a slight chance of sprinkles with more cloud cover, but no measurable rain is expected.

Overnight skies clear and temps drop to the mid to upper 50s!

Our refreshing weather sticks around Sunday with temps in the low 80s.  You’ll notice more clouds Sunday, especially in the afternoon.

Monday another chance for showers and storms moves in, and we could see up to a half an inch of rain as temps reach the low 80s.

We warm into the mid 80s by Wednesday and Thursday, with a few more rain chances in the 7 day forecast below.

This month Indy has picked up 3.92″ of rain, we are still running 7.33″ below normal for the year.

Big Time Cool Down

A big time cool down is settling into Central Indiana!

A big time cool down is settling into Central Indiana!  We’ve seen some good soaking rain, and so far, Indy has picked up 3.92″ of rain for the month of August!

Highs will top out in the low to mid 70s today with a mix of sun and clouds.  We could see a few spotty showers before noon.

Tonight temps drop to the upper 50s under partly cloudy skies.

Saturday and Sunday dry comfortable weather will fill our weekend.  Highs hit around 80 with partly cloudy skies.

Monday, we’ll see a chance for scattered showers and storms as highs start to edge up a bit.

Check out the 7 day below… we’ll be close to the 90 degree mark Wednesday… with another chance for showers and storms on Thursday.

Rain is Finally Here… Chance for Severe Storms Today

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are setting up in Central Indiana this morning.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are setting up in Central Indiana this morning.  Some spots have picked up more than an inch of rain.  We need it, and the rain will stick around today.

This morning we’ll see scattered showers and thunderstorms.  Frequent lightning and heavy rain is likely.

We should get a break in the action late morning and early afternoon.  With clearing skies the temp will shoot in to the mid 80s.  This will also help the atmosphere become more unstable for another round of showers and thunderstorms expected to develop late this afternoon into tonight.

Central Indiana is under a slight risk for severe storms.  Damaging wind is the main threat, but we can’t rule out large hail.  Of course heavy rain and frequent lightning will be a threat too.  Storms will likely fire up late today into tonight.

Friday, wrap around moisture is possible from this system through midday as temps only hit the mid 70s.  We should see drier air move in as we go later into your Friday afternoon.

The weekend is looking fantastic!  Highs in the upper 70s to around 80 with sunshine.

Next week we’ll watch the temps stay near normal, then return close to 90 for the middle of the week.

Android vs. Apple phones

What have you noticed when you’ve seen others pull out their smart phones or talked with friends about the type of phone they’re using, are you seeing more Android or more IPhones?

Research firm IDC says Android is increasing it’s hold on the mobile phone market, going from a 47% worldwide share a year ago to 68% today.

Smartphone

The market share for IPhones fell slightly to 17%.

Most of the people I see with smart phones are people I work with, and I’m seeing mostly IPhones, which is contradictory to the information above. And that’s why I put the question out there, what types of phones are you seeing most people using?

As far as other operating systems, Blackberry and Symbian are each below 5% market share with Windows phones having even less.

And if this trend continues, does it mean that Google will be the next Microsoft?

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

Hot Today… Storms Tomorrow

More 90 degree heat is coming our way today… but wait until you see the much cooler temps headed our way for the weekend!

More 90 degree heat is coming our way today… but wait until you see the much cooler temps headed our way for the weekend!

Highs will reach the low to mid 90s today with partly cloudy skies developing for the afternoon.  There’s a chance of an isolated shower or thunderstorm, but most spots look to stay dry today.

Tonight temps drop to the upper 60s with the chance for an isolated thunderstorm.

Thursday highs will reach the mid 80s with scattered showers and storms developing.  Some storms may be strong to severe during the afternoon and evening into Friday morning.  Frequent lightning and damaging wind are the top threats.  Heavy rain could lead to isolated flash flooding.

Friday morning a few showers and storms could linger before we dry out for the afternoon with temps reaching the upper 70s for highs!

The weekend looks fabulous with morning lows starting in the upper 50s with highs around 80 degrees with mostly sunny skies.

The mid 80s return next week with our next chance for rain moving in next Wednesday.

Crisp, Cool & Comfy Start to the Work Week

You can feel the change if you head outside. Humidity levels fallen dramatically with dew points in the comfortable 50s. Temps which topped out late afternoon at 88 degrees will continue to fall a couple degrees each hour which means we’ll wake up to a cool, crisp morning Monday. Temps in the 50s to 60 degrees may be combined with some patchy fog to start off the day – a result of our recent rain.

Speaking of rain, Sunday’s official rain total of 1.26″ was the most in a single day since May 1st! Our monthly rain is now 0.98″ above average, but our annual deficit has only been trimmed to 9.24″. We need a consistent 1″/week each week heading into Fall to even the playing field.

Rain totals from our SkyTrak13 WeatherBug Network included 1.47″ at the Orchard School on Indy’s Northside and 1.34″ at Lucas Oil Stadium Downtown.

Other areas tallying more than 1″ of rain from the early morning storms Sunday included Crawfordsville, Trafalgar, and Straughn. For many spots in Central Indiana, this was the most rain in months.

Monday looks like a fantastic day with some patchy fog to start, then nearly wall-to-wall sunshine. Temps should climb into the upper 80s with very low humidity. It will be a great day to head to the Indiana State Fair or Colts Camp.

We heat up Tuesday and Wednesday with highs in the 90s again. Our next chance of rain arrives Thursday into Friday ahead of another strong cold front. We’ll have to watch for the possibility of severe weather Thursday night. Behind that front, we could see the coolest stretch of weather Indy has experienced since early June!

The August 11-15 outlook from the Climate Prediction Center actually places Central and Southern Indiana in a “cooler than average” zone! The average high for that period is 84 and so far, it looks like we could string together 4 or 5 days of low 80s.

Finally, here’s our Hoosier Pic at 6 courtesy of Rod Humphrey of Southport. His rain gauge picked up just shy of an inch, much-needed moisture! Submit your pic here: https://www.facebook.com/ChikageWindlerFanPage or here: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13

Our web folks have created a photo slideshow of the storm damage Sunday morning. Check it out here:

http://www.wthr.com/category/244605/august-5th-storm-damage-slide-show

Have a great week!
-Chikage

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Morning Storms… Afternoon Sunshine

Scattered showers and storms are moving into Central Indiana this morning.

Scattered showers and storms are moving into Central Indiana this morning.  Isolated severe storms are possible, with heavy rain, damaging wind and small hail.  The rain will move out by late morning as a cold front pushes through the state leaving drier more comfortable air for the afternoon.  Highs will top out in the upper 80s today.

Tonight temps drop to the upper 50s.  The last time we were this cool to start off our day was the end of June.

Monday starts another dry streak across the state as highs top out in the mid 80s.

Tuesday our warm up to the 90s begins, and we remain dry.

Our next chance of showers and storms begins Thursday and Friday.

Storms Possible Overnight, Not as Hot and Not as Humid Sunday

Indy was cleared from the “Slight Risk” of severe storms on Saturday evening, but there’s still the possibility of scattered showers & storms firing up overnight, after midnight and into the morning hours ahead of a cold front.

Storm reports from Saturday included many wind reports from the Chicago area where gusts between 60-80 mph were reported. The Indy area clocked a wind gust of 63 mph at Eagle Creek Airport Saturday afternoon. More here: https://nwschat.weather.gov/lsr/#LOT,ILN,IND,IWX/201208041800/201208050204/0100

Our official rain total for Indy was .25″ which leaves us -.18″ this month, -8.06″ since June 1st, and -10.4″ since January 1st. Radar estimated rain totals were as high as 1″ in some parts of the state.

After reaching a high of 94 Saturday, we’ll watch cooler, drier, less humid air filter in behind the cold front by Sunday afternoon. The morning will still be muggy with patchy fog and a leftover shower possible, but sunshine and lower humidity should work in for the afternoon with a high around 90. Monday and Tuesday will bring mostly sunny and comfortable weather with highs in the 80s We warm back up mid to late week with a chance of rain returning Thursday (isolated Central, scattered North) and Friday (scattered).

Enjoy the rest of your weekend,
-Chikage
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