Storms Move Out, Cool Moves In

It turned into a stormy Friday night with winds as strong as 65 mph, hail as large as golf balls, and flooding rain. The rain moves out for the weekend with the exception of an isolated instability shower possible Saturday midday to afternoon.

Rain totals were impressive in parts of Central Indiana – including Indianapolis where our Lucas Oil Stadium WeatherBug station picked up around 1 1/4″!

The weekend brings cool, blustery weather with northwest winds 10-20 and gusts to 30 mph on Saturday with unseasonably cool highs in the low 60s. That paves the way for a chilly Sunday morning with lows in the low 40s in town, 30s in outlying areas. Tailgaters will need the jackets before the game Sunday. Monday morning could bring the coldest air yet, with the city falling into the upper 30s and outlying spots in the low to mid 30s! Expect patchy frost and the outside chance in some of the coolest spots for a “first freeze” of the season. We warm up Tuesday through Friday with chances of rain (especially for the southern half of the state) each day.

Finally, if you’re a fan of the Discovery Channel show “Storm Chasers,” you might be interested to know that Reed Timmer’s “Dominator” chase vehicle is in town. It’s on a publicity tour and ironically got caught in the middle of the storms Friday night. Since The Dominator is built to withstand winds of more than 200 mph, it cruised right through the storms to visit me at Channel 13. If you’d like to see the tornado chase vehicle up close for yourself, it will be at Pearson Ford on Michigan Road in Zionsville Saturday from 10am to 2pm. Then at 2pm The Dominator heads a little south down Michigan Road to Bill Estes Chevrolet for more meeting and greeting. It’s a free event and you can chat with Jimmy (pictured) about his adventures on the show as the driver of the Dominator.

Take care and “Happy Fall!” (which starts at 10:49 am Saturday),

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Soggy Friday & Chilly Weekend

Increasing clouds and scattered showers are in your Friday forecast.

Increasing clouds and scattered showers are in your Friday forecast.

Highs will reach the low 70s today with scattered showers developing late this afternoon and tonight.  Many spots could pick up about 1/2″ of rain, with isolated areas receiving up to 1″.  An isolated thunderstorm is not out of the question, and Operation Football looks to be soggy tonight.

Saturday a spotty shower is possible, but the cool weather will be our weather headline.  Temps Saturday only reach the low 60s with wind gusts out of the northwest up to 25mph.

Sunday temps struggle to reach the low 60s with mostly sunny skies.

Sunday night patchy frost is possible as temps drop to the upper 30s by Monday morning.

If you want the 70s back… wait until Tuesday.  Late Tuesday night is also our next best chance for rain.

Soggy Friday Ahead

We may start out dry on Friday, but rain will develop and could be heavy at times as we head into the late afternoon and evening hours. There could be isolated thunderstorms as well, especially south of Indy. Rain totals up to 1/2″ are possible with more to the south. Unfortunately, it does look like wet weather for Operation Football Friday night. Clouds and showers will hold temps back with highs expected to stay in the upper 60s.

It gets even colder this weekend with instability clouds and an isolated shower possible Saturday (mainly morning) and breezy winds making it feel even colder. Highs may only manage low to mid 60s. We’ll clear out Sunday leading to a chilly start in the low 40s and a cool finish with sunshine around 63. Tailgaters will appreciate a jacket before heading into Lucas Oil Stadium. The coldest air yet could arrive for kids at the bus stop Monday morning. A Patchy Frost is possible if winds calm and skies are clear. We rebound back into the 70s for the rest of next week.

Finally, the Drought Monitor was released on Thursday and showed very little change from last week. We’re still in a moderate drought through the Metro, but rain Friday could lead to more improvement. We’re running more than 3″ above average for rain in September, but running more than 3″ below average for 2012.

Take Care!

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Mainly Dry Today… Rain Friday

A few sprinkles are possible today, and rain becomes more likely Friday across Central Indiana.

A few sprinkles are possible today, and rain becomes more likely Friday across Central Indiana.

Temps will reach the mid 70s today with partly cloudy skies.

Tonight, clouds will be on the increase with temps only dropping to the low 50s.

Friday, rain becomes likely by the afternoon with isolated thunderstorms.  Keep the rain gear handy, and a light jacket as temps only reach the low 70s.  Operation Football looks soggy with up to one inch of rain possibly by early Saturday morning.

The rain will end early Saturday morning as highs for the weekend only top out in the mid 60s.

We’re back to the 70s by Monday and Tuesday, with another chance for rain Wednesday.

Turning Milder, Wet End to the Week

Lows Wednesday morning were downright cold for this time of year! Indianapolis dropped to 42 officially, the coldest since 42 on May 10th. Many outlying spots dropped into the 30s with some brief patchy frost. We’ll turn milder for Thursday with increasing clouds and enough wind to keep a repeat from happening. Lows Thursday morning will be in the 40s to around 50 degrees. Then we’ll rebound into the milder 70s by afternoon with periods of clouds and sun. A cold front moves through, but it won’t have much moisture to work with, so we should stay mainly dry Thursday.

That changes Friday when a strong area of low pressure moves through the state. We could have rain, possibly heavy, with the chance of thunderstorms, especially for areas south of I-70. Rain totals Friday could be 1/2″ or more.

After the rain comes another cool-down for the weekend. The Autumnal Equinox occurs at 10:49 am Saturday and our weather will be appropriate. There could be an early shower in Central Indiana, then the rest of the weekend will be dry and cool. If you’re heading to Northern Indiana, some instability showers will be possible, especially on Saturday.

September 20 marks the 10th anniversary of the tornado outbreak that hit the south and east Indy Metro including winds of at least 160 mph in Martinsville and Greenwood. More on the tornado outbreak here:

Take Care,

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Cold Start… Warmer Finish

Brr! Central Indiana is starting the day in the 30s and 40s today, but sunshine will warm us up quickly today.

Brr!  Central Indiana is starting the day in the 30s and 40s today, but sunshine will warm us up quickly today.

Highs will reach the upper 60s today with mostly sunny skies.

Tonight temps drop to the upper 40s with mostly clear skies.

Thursday looks great with a few clouds and highs in the mid 70s.

Our weather pattern chances Friday, when scattered showers are likely with highs in the low 70s.

The rain comes to an end early Saturday morning, but highs Saturday will only reach the mid 60s.

Sunshine returns for the second half of the weekend, and sticks around through next Tuesday with highs around 70.

Coldest Since Spring!

Get ready for the coldest air since Spring with clear skies and light winds overnight. Temps may fall into the low 40s in the city, but outlying spots are likely to see the first temps in the 30s in months.

For Indianapolis, the record low is 38 set in 1956. I think we’ll fall to around 42 if not colder. If we stay clear all night, we might nudge closer to 40. The last time we hit 42 was May 10th. The last time we were colder was April 27th when we fell to 35. The last time we fell below freezing was April 11th when we hit 29.

After a chilly start, we’ll rebound nicely under mostly sunny skies into the upper 60s. A weak system might bring a sprinkle or two Thursday along with milder temps in the 70s. Our best rain chance in the next 7 days comes Friday. The rain could last into early Saturday. Then we’ll have another cool snap for the weekend.

Take Care,
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Rain Moves Out, Winds of Change Bring the Coldest Air Since May

Rainfall totals through 10:30pm reached more than 1″ in Paragon, close to 1/2″ in parts of Indy, and 1/3″ in Carmel. The rain moves out overnight while we’re sleeping.

Early Tuesday, the showers end and winds of change pick up. We could see winds gusting 20-30 mph out of the northwest ushering in the cooler air. Highs Tuesday will feel more like mid-October in the mid 60s.

The cool air peaks Wednesday morning when wake-up temps fall into the low 40s in the city, 30s in outlying spots. The record low for Indy is 38 wet in 1956. We’ll be 30 degrees colder Wednesday morning than we were Monday afternoon!

If skies clear and winds diminish, we’ll have the setup in place for the coldest air since May 10th. While the city may stay in the low 40s, some spots could fall as low as the mid 30s. A patchy frost may be possible in a couple spots like Terre Haute and Crawfordsville.

Our trend for cooler weather may continue later this week, next week, and into the first part of October! The Climate Prediction Center has Indiana in a high probability of below normal temps.

Your WTHR-TV 7-Day shows another cold front moving through Friday into early Saturday bringing another batch of rain. Behind it, we’ll have another cool snap – just in time for the official start of Fall at 10:49 am Saturday. Sunday morning – if it’s not too cloudy – could flirt with upper 30s/low 40s yet again.

Stay warm!

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Mild Monday, Then Rain and a Major Cool-down

What a great weekend! We hit 78 degrees today, which is exactly the average high for September 16th. Pleasant warmth will be fading soon, though.

We’ll be mild for one more day Monday with lots of clouds and developing afternoon and evening showers. Most areas could see a shower in the afternoon, but heavier rain may not arrive ’til late night ahead of and along a very strong cold front. Rain totals continue to look fairly light – generally between 1/10″ to 1/4″.

When the front rolls through, it will bring a major temp contrast! It’s in Minnesota right now with 80s to the south of the front and 50s to the north!

Our temperature drop will be from mid-September warmth on Monday to mid-October chill on Tuesday. Tuesday also looks blustery with winds gusting 20-30 mph out of the cool northwest.

If winds calm and skies clear enough late Tuesday night into early Wednesday, we could be poised for the first patchy frost of the season for some outlying areas with wake-up temps in the mid to upper 30s! Here in Indy, temps might drop into the low 40s, which would be the coldest since May 10th. For the record, our record low for September 19th is 38 set in 1956.

The rest of your 7-Day brings more unseasonably cool weather, though not as cold as the first shot. Another front brings a chance of rain Friday into early Saturday.

Finally, our WTHR-TV Hoosier Pic at 6 from Shawn and Heather Peterson. They submitted this fantastic sunset shot from Saturday night on our WTHR Facebook page. Share your pic here: or here:

Have a great week!

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Below Normal Temps on the Way

Today will be the warmest day of the 7 day forecast!

Today will be the warmest day of the 7 day forecast!

Highs will reach the upper 70s today with mostly sunny skies.  If you’re tailgating today, the forecast looks perfect!

Tonight skies become partly cloudy with lows in the mid to upper 50s.

Monday highs reach the mid 70s with thickening clouds.  Scattered showers are possible starting Monday afternoon through early Tuesday morning.

Behind the rain is much cooler air.

Check out the 7 day.  The high on Tuesday will only reach the low 60s, by Wednesday morning we’ll be waking up to temps in the low 40s.  Some spots could drop into the 30s!

The normal high this time of year is around 78 degrees, we’ll be below that almost every day in the 7 day forecast.