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Sep
30

Here Comes the Rain Again

Posted By · September 30, 2012 at 7:06 pm

We had a fantastic end to September with sunshine and pleasant temps! We hit 70 degrees, just shy of the average of 72. Now, get ready for a whole lot of changes as we start October. High clouds began pushing in late Sunday and the clouds will thicken through the night. Rain isn’t too far behind with a large system drenching parts of the Deep South.

Rain moves into Southern Indiana Monday morning and nudges into Central Indiana Monday afternoon to evening. The rain could linger off and on through Wednesday bringing storm totals of 1/2″ or more to the Indy Metro, 1″+ for Southeastern Indiana, and much lighter totals north and west of the Metro.

This rain piggybacks on what was officially the 5th wettest September on record for Indy. We ended the month nearly 5″ above average with 7.73″, behind 10.27″ (2003), 9.33″ (1926), 8.17″ (1896), and 8.06″ (1989). We also had the 8th wettest August on record in Indy.

Along with the rain, we’ll also have cool temperatures for most of the week. The exception is Thursday which looks like the brightest and driest in the next 7 days. But late Thursday night into Friday morning, a strong front barrels through the state and could bring strong storms along the way. Friday’s our transition day with cool temps in the 60s and a chance of scattered rain. That paves the way for the coldest temps since Spring for next weekend! Highs in the 50s and lows in the 30s (frosty morning – coldest yet for Indy – possible Sunday morning). Those temperatures are more typical of Mid November!

Finally, our Hoosier Pic at 6 courtesy of Levi Shrader who captured the Full Harvest Moon overlooking an Elwood wind farm. Great shot! Share your pic here: https://www.facebook.com/ChikageWindlerFanPage or here: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13?ref=ts&fref=ts

Hope you have a great week!
-Chikage
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Sep
30

Sunny Today, Soggy Tomorrow

Posted By · September 30, 2012 at 8:23 am

What a great way to start the day!  Another beautiful sunrise in Central Indiana this morning, and my advice is to enjoy our last bright day for awhile.

Afternoon highs will be nearly identical to Saturday afternoon… with readings topping out in the lower 70s under a blanket of sun.  September ends sunny and it appears that October gets started with rain.

There is high model consensus on painting a wet scenario across the Hoosier state late Monday into Tuesday.  Clouds and showers will hold daytime highs into the mid 60s both days… but will pale in comparison to what may be lurking next weekend.

Showers will linger into Wednesday with this system, before dry weather returns Thursday.  Some, but not all, long range models suggest the coldest air of the young fall season arrives next weekend.  If those models verify the first freeze will be possible next Sunday morning.

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If you look outside tonight, you can’t miss the sight of the full moon. It’s the Full Harvest Moon and it reaches its fullest at 11:19pm. We’ll have clear skies for a great view. Temps fall through the 60s and we’ll wake up to low 50s in town and 40s in outlying areas in the morning.

Tomorrow’s temps will be slightly cooler than today’s. We hit 73 (average is 72) today, but tomorrow most spots will land in the upper 60s to around 70, courtesy of a slightly cooler northeast flow. Skies will remain mostly sunny, so it will be a great day for a trip to your nearest pumpkin patch.

After the 5th wettest September on record, it looks like October may start on a wet note as well! Monday, clouds increase and by late day into the evening, FutureTrak13 is showing rain pushing in to Central Indiana. The best chance (and heaviest amounts) of rain Monday and Tuesday look like they’ll be in Southeastern Indiana, but Central Indiana could get up to 1/4″ if the moisture makes it this far north.

The track of the system that’s bringing the rain isn’t clear-cut just yet, but it has been dumping heavy rain on parts of Texas and Louisiana already.

Here’s your WTHR-TV 7-day…which includes a MAJOR cool-down by the end of the week. Signs are pointing to the coldest air of the season by far moving in next Saturday and Sunday with highs in the 50s and frost possible both Sunday (Oct. 7th) and Monday (Oct. 8th) mornings. For some of the coldest spots, a hard freeze may be possible!

Finally, here’s our WTHR-TV Hoosier Pic of the day for Saturday. This gorgeous rose in New Palestine was captured by Teresa Zimmerman. Share your pic! Post it here: https://www.facebook.com/ChikageWindlerFanPage or here: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
-Chikage

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Sep
29

What A Weekend!

Posted By · September 29, 2012 at 7:34 am

Some of the best weather across the country will right here at home in Central Indiana.  Abundant sunshine will quickly push temperatures into the 60s by midday, and 70s this afternoon.

 

Typical of dry, fall days…. there will be a 20-25 degree diurnal swing from highs to lows.  Sunday morning temperatures will be back down into the upper 40s/lower 50s.  Should be a perfect evening for bonfires and hanging outdoors.

 

Sunday will be equally as nice and bright…with temps returning into the 70s.  Our next rain-maker could possibly show up Monday night into Tuesday.  But there isn’t high confidence due to the system remaining over southern Texas at the moment.  Long-range guidance suggests Thursday will be the warmest day of the week, and some of the coldest air of the season may be arriving next weekend.

Enjoy your day and weekend!

Sean Ash

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Sep
27

Galaxy S III

Posted By · September 27, 2012 at 1:09 pm

The Samsung Galaxy S III is one of the hottest new phones out there, the hottest if you believe the Samsung commercials.

I got one a couple of days ago and thought I’d give my first impressions.

My previous phone was the Motorola Droid X. I was satisfied with it. It allowed me to learn the Android interface and it got the job done.

The Galaxy S III is a phone I could fall in love with. It’s a little longer and wider than the Droid X, along with the screen also being larger. But the 720p Super AMOLED display is beautiful. Very crisp and clear. Some say that if you look extremely close you can see the individual pixels. I say, don’t look extremely close. If you look at the display normally it looks great.

The back cover comes off easy enough if you need to change the battery, but once it’s off you can see that it looks and feels flimsy. I would expect it to be more solid, whereas this one can flex.

I like the speed of the 4G network. I can see a difference when web pages load.

Apps

One drawback is how apps are listed. Instead of being listed alphabetically, they appear to be listed in order of when they were downloaded. That makes finding a particular app difficult.

However, once you find the app you want it loads quickly. And with seven different screens available, you can place your favorite apps and widgets on whatever screen you want. You can also open an app by telling the phone to do so. More on that below.

Moving from screen to screen is not only smooth, but when you get to screen seven, one more swipe moves you to screen one, and visa versa, so it’s like a rotating carousel.

S Voice

S Voice is Samsung’s answer to Apple’s Siri. Reviews say it’s not as good or accurate. My limited experience with it is satisfactory. I’ve opened an app with the command, Open (app name). I’ve also place a call by saying “Call Home.” When I asked for directions to a fast food restaurant the phone gave me a list of locations to choose from and then mapped to the one I tapped. In all instances I activated the voice command with the tap of an icon on my home screen.

Overseas the Galaxy S III has a quad-core processor. Samsung made the decision to have a duel-core processor in the U.S. The available colors are marble white and pebble blue.

One of the most publicized features of this phone is the popup video player. If you get a text while watching a video you can shrink the video so it stays on the screen and you continue watching while you respond to the text. A tap on the video brings it back full screen.

There are two cameras, one on the front and one on the back. The back camera is 8 megapixels. The phone has a burst feature that takes 20 pictures at once and then picks out what it determines is the best one.

Another nice feature is Direct Call. You can look up a contact, then just hold the phone to your ear and the phone makes the call.

While the Galaxy S III is not perfect, I doubt you’ll find any phone that is. The people who like and use all the latest bells and whistles (by the way, my phone whistles when I get a new alert) will find fault with this device. People like me who are casual users will find it an excellent choice.

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Sep
24

How Low Did it Go?

Posted By · September 24, 2012 at 1:46 pm

It was a frosty morning across most surburban and outlying spots in Central Indiana! Low temperatures include 39 for Indy officially (2nd straight day), 32 for Zionsville and 33 for Lafayette.

This map from the National Weather Service shows the range of lows across the state.

And here’s a map with more lows.

Here’s a list of some lows from cooperative observing stations:
– NORTHWEST –

Valparaiso (Porter County) 37
Wanatah (Porter County) 28
Francesville (Pulaski County) 32
Chalmers (White County) 37

– NORTH CENTRAL –

Rochester (Fulton County) 36
Plymouth (Marshall County) 36

– NORTHEAST –
Decatur (Adams County) 34
Woodburn (Allen County) 33
Garrett (De Kalb County) 34
Huntington (Huntington County) 33
Angola (Steuben County) 32
Bluffton (Wells County) 36

– WEST CENTRAL –
Crawfordsville (Mongtomer County) 33
Spencer (Owen County) 34
Greencastle (Putnam County) 32
West Lafayette (Tippecanoe County) 31
Perrysville (Vermillion County) 32

– CENTRAL –
Columbus (Bartholomew County) 38
Greensburg (Decatur County) 36
Marion (Grant County) 35
Carmel (Hamilton County) 35
Greenfield (Hancock County) 37
Jamestown (Hendricks County) 35
Franklin (Johnson County) 39
Elwood (Madison County 35)
Middletown (Madison County) 33
SE Indianapolis (Marion County) 37
Martinsville (Morgan County) 33
Rushville (Rush County) 37
Shelbyville (Shelby County) 37
Tipton (Tipton County) 36

– EAST CENTRAL –
Hartford City (Blackford County) 37
New Castle (Henry County) 33

– SOUTH CENTRAL –
Bedford (Lawrence County) 35
Oolitic (Lawrence County) 34
Bloomington (Monroe County) 39
French Lick (Orange County) 37

Milder air with sunny skies and southwest winds will continue to help our temperatures rebound. This afternoon, temps should reach upper 60s.

Tomorrow, we’ll turn milder with more clouds and rain. Scattered showers and storms are likely through Wednesday, then there’s a chance of showers and storms Thursday and Friday – though the best chance is south of the Metro. Rain totals could reach 1/2″ to the north, 2″ through the end of the week.

Finally, our Hoosier Pic at noon courtesy of Harold Atkinson who says it was a very busy weekend at Anderson Orchards. Fall is in the air…and apple lovers are taking advantage! Share your pic here: https://www.facebook.com/ChikageWindlerFanPage or here: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13

Take Care!
-Chikage

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Sep
23

Widespread Frost on the Way

Posted By · September 23, 2012 at 8:04 pm

The entire Hoosier State will be under a Frost Advisory early in the morning with clear skies and calm winds expected to drop most outlying areas into the low to mid 30s. The city of Indianapolis may stay warmer (mid to upper 30s). It’s a good idea to protect your plants!

Here’s a look at our actual lows Sunday morning. We fell to 39 officially for Indy, making it the coldest since April 27th! Many outlying areas were cold enough for a patchy frost…but widespread frost will be likely for Monday morning.

It is unusually early to get frost in September! The chart below (thanks to the National Weather Service in Indianapolis) shows a frost threshold of 36 degrees or lower.  Check your location to see just how early the frost will be:

Low Temperature of 36 degrees or lower (Patchy frost possible in outlying, low areas)

Location
Normal First Date
Latest Date
Earliest Date
Records To
Farmland
September 27
October 27, 1914
August 29, 1965
1893
Kokomo
September 28
October 28, 1941
September 8, 1986
1901
Elwood
September 29
October 26, 2005
September 13, 1964
1948
Martinsville
September 29
October 17, 1973
September 8, 1986
1950
West Lafayette
September 29
November 7, 1940
August 29, 1965
1901
Delphi
September 30
October 25, 1914
August 29, 1965
1893
Muncie
October 1
October 26, 1967
September 12, 1993
1965
Seymour
October 2
November 8, 1900
September 12, 1955
1893
Spencer
October 2
October 17, 1973
September 12, 1955
1949
Whitestown
October 2
October 27, 1914
September 3, 1908
1901
Winchester Airpt
October 2
October 25, 1990
August 14, 1964
1942
Frankfort
October 3
October 27, 2005
August 29, 1965
1914
Newcastle
October 3
October 18, 1954
September 8, 1956
1949
Rushville
October 3
October 25, 2005
August 30, 1946
1901
Shelbyville
October 3
October 29, 1897
September 6, 1924
1897
Shoals
October 4
October 27, 1914
September 10, 1924
1913
Anderson
October 5
October 26, 2005
September 8, 1956
1895
Terre Haute
October 5
October 27, 1956
September 14, 1964
1955
Columbus
October 6
November 6, 1919
September 6, 1924
1893
Greenfield
October 6
November 4, 1971
September 14, 1923
1903
Rockville
October 6
October 25, 2005
September 13, 1902
1893
Greencastle
October 7
November 4, 1971
September 14, 1923
1895
Indianapolis Airpt
October 7
October 28, 2005
September 23, 1995
1943
Washington
October 8
November 8, 1956
September 13, 1902
1897
Freelandville
October 9
November 8, 1956
September 22, 1983
1929
Crane Naval Dep
October 11
November 8, 1956
September 22, 1983
1942
Bloomington
October 13
November 5, 1971
September 13, 1899
1895

Some outlying areas could see their first FREEZE of the season, which is even more unusual this early.  Here’s the chart from the National Weather Service:

Low Temperature of 32 degrees or lower (Frost becomes widespread, with isolated pockets of hard freeze possible)

Location
Normal First Date
Latest Date
Earliest Date
Records To
Farmland
October 06
November 11, 1897
September 17, 1937
1893
Martinsville
October 06
October 28, 2005
September 14, 1964
1950
Delphi
October 08
October 29, 2005*
September 14, 1964
1893
Kokomo
October 08
November 12, 1919
September 20, 1991
1901
Spencer
October 08
November 02, 1984
September 20, 1991
1949
Elwood
October 09
November 04, 1971
September 18, 1959
1948
West Lafayette
October 09
November 13, 1946
September 18, 1959
1901
Whitestown
October 10
November 11, 1918
September 03, 1908
1901
Frankfort
October 11
November 16, 1922
September 12, 1955
1914
Newcastle
October 11
November 04, 1971
September 17, 1959
1949
Terre Haute
October 11
November 03, 1973
September 21, 1991
1955
Muncie
October 12
November 04, 1971
September 20, 1991
1965
Seymour
October 12
November 08, 1947
September 15, 1923
1893
Shoals
October 12
November 06, 1947
September 15, 1919
1913
Winchester Arpt
October 13
November 08, 1947
September 20, 1956
1942
Rockville
October 14
November 23, 1902
September 16, 1916
1893
Rushville
October 14
November 09, 2004
September 14, 1923
1901
Greenfield
October 15
November 20, 2001
September 14, 1923
1903
Shelbyville
October 15
November 11, 1897
September 14, 1923
1897
Indianapolis Arpt
October 16
November 08, 1956
September 30, 1993
1943
Anderson
October 17
November 20, 1985
September 19, 1901
1895
Columbus
October 19
November 12, 1919
September 14, 1902
1893
Greencastle
October 20
November 23, 1902
September 23, 1995
1895
Washington
October 20
November 15, 1970
September 24, 1928
1897
Crane Naval Dept
October 23
November 22, 1994
September 22, 1983
1942
Freelandville
October 23
November 20, 1985
September 25, 1950
1929
Bloomington
October 24
November 23, 1902
September 13, 1899
1895

Check out the maps below for forecast morning lows in cities and towns across the WTHR-TV viewing area. 38 for Indy would be one degree colder than Sunday’s low, but it won’t be a record. The record low for September 24th is 34 set in 1887.

We’ll rebound nicely through the day with highs reaching upper 60s by late afternoon thanks to mostly sunny skies and milder southwesterly winds.

Your WTHR-TV 7-day shows even warmer air moving in (along with clouds and rain) as a warm front moves through Monday night/early Tuesday. Rain is possible through the end of the week, though Thursday and Friday it could stay mainly to the south.

Finally, our WTHR Hoosier Pic at 6 from Marina Bolton who captured a great nature shot on the first full day of Fall! Share your pic here: https://www.facebook.com/ChikageWindlerFanPage or here: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13?ref=ts

Have a great week!
-Chikage

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Sep
23

Frost Advisory Tonight

Posted By · September 23, 2012 at 6:15 am

Prepare to bundle up and cover your plants… a Frost Advisory is in effect for Central Indiana tonight!

Before the cold air moves in we’ll bask in sunshine with highs in the low 60s.

Tonight, a Frost Advisory is in effect for all of Central Indiana from 2am to 9am Monday.  Cover your plants to protect them from possible frost.

Here’s a look at the first, earliest, and latest frost dates for Indianapolis.  Other cities can be found here.

Overnight lows will dip into the mid to upper 30s tonight.

Monday is dry, but starting Tuesday we have a daily chance of rain through the first part of the weekend as temps warm back into the 70s.

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