After Record Rain, We’ll Dry Out and Cool Down This Weekend

Our rain since yesterday was impressive! We picked up officially 2.95″ at Indianapolis International Airport for the storm. Some areas to the north in Clinton, Tipton, and Madison Counties had estimated rain totals of 5″+!

The rain total for yesterday (ending at midnight) for Indy was 2.71″ which set a new daily record for September 7th. That shattered the old record of 1.19″ in 1942.

For more perspective on our rain: we’ve had nearly 5″ of rain this month so far. The average rain for an entire month of September is 3.12″!

One more comparison for you: On August 31st, our rain deficit for the year was 6.84″. Since then, rain from Isaac plus some midweek storms and heavy rain last night have trimmed our rain deficit all the way to 2.71″. Talk about making a dent in the drought!

Storm total rainfall ranged from 1″ to as much as 5″ as you can see from this map of estimated rain totals.

Today will be fall-like, breezy, and pleasantly cool with highs in the low 70s. Most of the state will be dry, but there could be some lake-effect rain showers that move across the south shores of Lake Michigan. That might mean a shower possible for the Purdue-Notre Dame game this afternoon in South Bend.

After so much rain to start the month, we’ll be dry until Friday with lots of sunshine. Temps will be unseasonably cool this weekend, but we’ll return to at or above normal temps by midweek. It may be muddy with puddles to start off your Saturday, but if you’re heading to the BMW Championship, Lucas Oil Raceway, the Greek Festival, the Z’luau, Tipton Pork Festival, Indianapolis Chinese Festival, Penrod Arts Fair, Tipton County Pork Festival, Pendleton Fall Festival, New Palestine Fall Festival, French Market Festival, Oktoberfest, and more…the weather will cooperate!

Have a great weekend!
-Chikage

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Strong to Severe Storms Friday

Once again patchy fog will be on the road for your morning commute, but as we head into the afternoon strong to severe storms will become the focus of the forecast.

Once again patchy fog will be on the road for your morning commute, but as we head into the afternoon strong to severe storms will become the focus of the forecast.

Highs will reach the mid 80s today with scattered showers and storms developing for the afternoon. 

All of Central Indiana is under a slight risk for severe storms late this afteroon, this evening and tonight.  Strong wind, hail, frequent lightning and the possibility of an isolated tornado exists.  Very heavy rain is likely with some spots picking up 1-2″ of rain.

Operation Football will be soggy and stormy.  Lightning is a risk in any thunderstorm.  Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors.

Saturday will be breezy and cool.  A few lingering showers may stick around in the morning, but we’ll be looking at mostly cloudy skies and afternoon highs in the low 70s.   Wind gusts out of the northwest up to 25mph will make it breezy.

Sunday looks dry with a high in the low 70s.

We get a taste of fall through Tuesday, with the 80s making a comeback Wednesday.

Obama makes case for re-election

At this point I don’t think Americans care if someone grew up poor, saved the Olympics or is a nice guy or an egomaniac. They want vision, direction and hope.

President Obama with former President Clinton

CHARLOTTE, NC – Former President Bill Clinton set the table. His nominating speech on Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention refuted much of what Republicans alleged at their convention last week in Tampa. That clears the table for President Obama to talk about what is to come.

Americans are very uneasy about the economy, uneasy about the jobs picture and uneasy about their health care. The president will need to ease America’s fears. He could say, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself,” but it’s been taken. He could say, “Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for the country,” but in the case of health care it may not apply. He could say, “I feel your pain,” but that might seem a little trite today with 23 million Americans out of work. That is too many. He could promise 12 million new jobs, but that rings hollow for the jobless who have grown weary of political promises.

At this point I don’t think Americans care if someone grew up poor, saved the Olympics or is a nice guy or an egomaniac. They want vision, direction and hope.

These are the moments you cannot teach. You either have it or you don’t. Tonight Americans will tune in and judge for themselves.

Foggy Start… Sunny Finish

Dense fog is likely across Central Indiana this morning, but we’ll end the day with plenty of sunshine.

Dense fog is likely across Central Indiana this morning, but we’ll end the day with plenty of sunshine.

Highs will reach the mid to upper 80s today with mostly sunny skies.  Extreme South Central Indiana has a 10% chance for an isolated shower or thunderstorm.

Tonight, mostly clear skies stick around with temps in the mid 60s.

Friday we start off dry, but showers and storms build the later we head into the afternoon and evening.  Some storms could be strong to severe Friday evening into Friday night.  Stay tuned to the forecast if you’re heading out for Operation Football.

It’s been a wet end to the summer with more than 8 inches of rain falling in Indianapolis.

We still need more than 5 inches of rain to get back to “normal.”

The showers and storms come to an end early Saturday morning.  Making for a dry weekend with temps in the low 70s.  Overnight lows will be cool in the 50s!

By the middle of next week the 80s return.

Hot & Muggy, Severe Storms Possible

Today will be hot and muggy with scattered showers and storms developing as we head into the afternoon and evening. Some storms may be strong to severe.

Today will be hot and muggy with scattered showers and storms developing as we head into the afternoon and evening.  Some storms may be strong to severe.  Damaging wind and hail are the biggest threats.

Highs will reach the low 90s today, but it will feel more like the mid to upper 90s thanks to the humidity.  Today will be the 52nd time this year we hit at least 90 degrees, the record is 58 days from 1983.

Tonight scattered showers and storms will stick around with temps falling to around 70.

Thursday a spotty shower or storm is possible, but most spots look to stay dry with high in the mid to upper 80s.

We’re watching the weekend forecast closely.  Late Friday into Saturday scattered showers and storms are possible.  At this time, heavy rain looks possible.  We will watch the timing of this system to help you plan your weekend.  As of right now, Sunday looks drier than Saturday.

Next week temps drop to the 70s!  A cool down will finally settle into the state.

Foggy Start, Hot and Humid Day, Turning Stormy Late Wednesday

After another foggy start in the morning, we’ll see sunshine break out and hot, humid conditions develop. Highs could reach into the low 90s. So far this year, Indy has had 51 days at or above 90, and Wednesday could make day number 52. The record? 58 days in 1983.

Late Wednesday (late afternoon at the earliest, more likely during the evening/night), we’ll watch scattered showers and storms develop ahead of a cold front. Rain totals could reach up to 1/2″.

Some storms could turn strong to severe (hail and high winds are the big threats) for areas from Lafayette point north and west late Wednesday.

The heat and humidity fade a bit on Thursday and dramatically by the weekend. Another rain-maker looks likely late Friday, through Saturday, and tapering early Sunday, which could impact some weekend outdoor events. It’s too soon to pinpoint how much rain we could get this weekend, but Saturday looks to be wettest.

Take Care,
-Chikage
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Patchy Morning Fog, Warmer with Only a Couple Isolated Showers Tuesday

After several days of clouds and rain, skies cleared Monday evening showing what’s left of Isaac is losing its hold on Indiana. Clouds may fill back in for the morning with patchy (possibly dense) fog a possibility for kids at the bus stop and commuters heading back to work.

Labor Day rain totals were very light. Officially for Indy, we only received 0.01″ of rain and most WeatherBug stations through Central Indiana recorded less than a tenth of an inch.

Isaac’s rain totals were impressive, especially for parts of Illinois and Missouri. Here in Indiana, a few spots recorded 3-4″ with many getting 2-3″ over the course of the holiday weekend. The official total rainfall for Indy was 1.92″ at the airport.

The rain didn’t end our drought, but it did improve our situation. Before Isaac, we were 6.84″ below average for rain this year. After Isaac, we’re 5.22″ below average officially.

We’ll be much drier Tuesday with only an isolated shower possible and more sunshine, but Wednesday rain chances go up again late afternoon and evening ahead of a cold front. Storms that develop could turn strong to severe with hail and high winds the biggest threats.

After a high of 82 Labor Day, we’ll warm up Tuesday and Wednesday into the mid to upper 80s. Then another big change. Behind the cold front, we’ll see highs only in the 70s Friday through the upcoming weekend. In addition, there’s the possibility of rain moving in Friday and lingering Saturday and possibly Sunday.

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-Chikage
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Soggy Labor Day possible

Indiana is now on the back side of the remnants of Hurricane Isaac. We won’t get as much rain as we did Sunday, but there could be showers on and off throughout the day.

Indiana is now on the back side of the remnants of Hurricane Isaac. We won’t get as much rain as we did Sunday, but there could be showers on and off throughout the day Monday.

Over the past two days, Carmel (Mohawk Trail Elementary) has had 2.67 inches of rain; Indianapolis (St. Thomas Aquinas School) 2.16″, downtown (Lucas Oil Stadium) 2.09″, and Lafayette (Harrison High School) has seen 1.56″.

Gas City, Upland and Marion had the heaviest rainfall with around four inches.

One computer model is calling for another 1.33″ inches for Indianapolis through Thursday. The back side of the area of low pressure from Isaac remnants is still moving through Indiana, creating a northeasterly breeze and the chance for showers. It will not rain all day but skies will be mostly cloudy.

For the rest of the week, there’s still a chance of isolated showers Tuesday with a high of 84; a chance for showers and a high of 88 Wednesday; sunny Thursday with a high of 82 and then on Friday a cooldown with a high of 75 and a chance of isolated showers. At this point rain is likely for next Saturday, but keep an eye on the forecast for the latest.

Labor Day Showers and Clouds

Rain from Isaac made for a soggy Sunday across Central Indiana. Our 2-day rain total through 10pm Sunday was 1.88″ officially at Indianapolis International Airport, but many areas picked up much more than that. Gas City in Grant County saw 5″ of rain Saturday and an estimated 1″+ additional rain Sunday. Many areas in the 9-county Indy Metro received 2-3″ of rain Sunday afternoon – prompting flood advisories which have since expired. Another 1/4″ of rain is possible for Labor Day, with showers more likely than heavy, steady rain.

Here are some of the rain totals for Sunday only from our WeatherBug Network. 1.95″ in Bloomington, 1.86″ at Lucas Oil Stadium Downtown, 1.37″ in Greenwood, and 1.23″ in Crawfordsville. Storm total rainfall will likely land in the 1 to 4″ range for most, the exception being parts of Grant County including Gas City with over 6″ estimated.

Clouds, fog and showers will be possible all day Monday with a drier Tuesday ahead as the low from Isaac pushes eastward into Ohio. Midweek Wednesday, we’ll have a chance of PM showers and storms ahead of a cold front. Thursday looks mainly dry, then we’ll have to watch for another rain-maker (possibly heavy) Friday into next weekend. Talk about drought relief!

Our Hoosier Pic at 6 was from ThisIsBrownCounty.com where the rain was heavy and steady. Share your pic here: https://www.facebook.com/ChikageWindlerFanPage?ref=hlr or here: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13

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-Chikage
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More Rain from Isaac the Next Couple Days

While not everyone saw rain from the outer bands of what used to be Hurricane Isaac, now just an area of low pressure, some spots got heavy rain today. Our WeatherBug station in Marion picked up more than 3″ of rain and a flood advisory was issued for Grant County as a result. Carmel, Lafayette, and Logansport also picked up more than 1″ of rain with heavy, tropical downpours.

Within Marion County, there was a pretty big range of rain totals through early evening with higher amounts north and west and next to nothing on the South Side.

Here’s what the storm over Downtown looked like around 6:30 pm when a Thunderstorm Advisory was issued. A quick 1/4 to 1/2″ of rain fell with this downpour.

How much more rain? Another 1 to 2″ possible through early Tuesday, bringing grand totals for the entire event to the 1 to 4″ range for most. Isolated minor flooding can’t be ruled out, but it now appears that with breaks between the bands of rain, we will probably not deal with widespread significant flooding. Another small risk: isolated tornado threat Sunday. Illinois had tornado watches up today and a couple tornado warnings were issued with a funnel cloud sighting there. The circulation from Isaac could cause a weak, brief spin-up. There’s also a low-end risk of a storm or two that reaches severe limits.

Here’s your damp and humid 7-day. No washouts expected, but rain is possible each day of the next 7.

Finally, our Hoosier Pic at 6 courtesy of Manjit Trehan who snapped this shot at Eagle Creek Reservoir. Share your pic here: https://www.facebook.com/ChikageWindlerFanPage or here https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13

Take Care!
-Chikage
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