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Sep
22

Frosty Mornings Possible Sunday and Monday

Posted By · September 22, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Our first Frost Advisory of the season has been issued. It goes into effect Monday morning from 2am to 9am when clear skies and light winds could send temperatures into the low to mid 30s through most outlying areas and upper 30s in the city. A widespread frost is likely. Although an advisory hasn’t been issued for Sunday morning, outlying areas could see patchy frost develop. Protect your plants if you want to be sure they’ll be safe! Cover them or bring them inside.

Here’s a look at forecast lows Sunday morning. 39 in Indy would be the coldest since 35 on April 27th.

And it gets even colder for Monday morning. Our average low is 53!

Here are some “First Frost Facts” for Indy. The National Weather Service uses a temp of 36 for its frost threshold, and we might not get quite that cold officially, but if we do, this would be close to a record earliest first frost! The earliest occurred September 23rd, 1995.

While Friday’s headlines were the severe storms, Saturday was all about wind. Wind gusts as high as 46 mph as recorded on our Lucas Oil Stadium WeatherBug site made the cool 63-degree high feel even chillier!

Gameday temps will be cool, but our winds will be much lighter – with gusts only around 15 mph expected. Highs in the low 60s will be well below the average of 75.

Your WTHR 7-Day shows warmer temperatures on the way, along with daily rain chances Tuesday through Friday.

Finally our Hoosier Pics of the Day. At 6, I featured Joy Toney’s photo of panning for gold in Brown County.

And our Hoosier Pic at 11 from Michael and Dana Russo who spent their Saturday helping build a home in Henryville for a tornado victim. Submit your pic here: https://www.facebook.com/ChikageWindlerFanPage?ref=hl or here: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
-Chikage
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Sep
22

Fall Chill For Start Of Autumn

Posted By · September 22, 2012 at 6:15 am

Here are the results from the heavy rain from Friday night, that was also accompanied by damaging wind and large hail in spots.  Many locations picked up over a .50″.  The official Indianapolis total of 1.32″ puts the city’s August/September combined rainfall into the Top 5 wettest for that time period.

Though I don’t expect heavy rain today, showers are possible as another upper-level disturbance races through central Indiana.  Gusty wind and cloud cover will also be associated with this feature.  Though daytime highs will creep into the lower 60s, it will never feel that warm due to the 15-30 mph blustery breeze.

It will be chilly for the Colts tailgate Sunday morning, with lows near 40.  However, a brighter sky and calmer wind should make for a pleasant finish tomorrow with highs around 60.  Patchy frost is still in the cards for Monday morning.  As the center of high pressure settles over top the region, allowing for maximum radiational cooling, morning lows should drop into the 30s area wide Monday morning.  That same high pressure will also provide one of the better days in the 7 day forecast…before a wet pattern develops during midweek.  Have a great day and weekend!

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Sep
22

Storms Move Out, Cool Moves In

Posted By · September 22, 2012 at 12:15 am

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),
-Chikage

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Sep
21

Soggy Friday & Chilly Weekend

Posted By · September 21, 2012 at 4:33 am

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.

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Sep
20

Soggy Friday Ahead

Posted By · September 20, 2012 at 11:46 pm

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!
-Chikage

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Sep
20

Mainly Dry Today… Rain Friday

Posted By · September 20, 2012 at 6:05 am

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.

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Sep
19

Turning Milder, Wet End to the Week

Posted By · September 19, 2012 at 11:03 pm

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: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/ind/?n=sept20_2002tor

Take Care,
-Chikage

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Sep
19

Cold Start… Warmer Finish

Posted By · September 19, 2012 at 5:41 am

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.

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