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Clouds on the Increase

Posted By · September 13, 2012 at 6:16 am

Craving crisp fall temperatures, we’ve got some of those for you in the 7 day forecast!

However, before that arrives we’ll see highs around 80 today with a mix of sun and clouds.  A spotty late day shower is possible.

Spotty showers are possible overnight as temps drop to the upper 50s.

Friday, light rain and an isolated thunderstorm is possible through midday.  Highs on Friday only reach the lower 70s.  We should dry out for Operation Football as temps will be cool and in the 60s for the games.

Saturday morning, we could be quite chilly, with temps in the upper 40s!

Saturday and Sunday we’re dry with highs in the mid 70s.

Our next chance of rain moves in late Monday, and by Tuesday, highs in the upper 60s will settle into the state.

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Sunny Skies Roll On

Posted By · September 12, 2012 at 5:13 am

Love the sunshine?  Today’s forecast looks to be fantastic across Indiana!

Highs will reach the mid 80s today with mostly sunny skies.  We’ll have a light breeze out of the south up to 10mph.

Tonight lows drop to the low 60s with mostly clear skies.

Thurday clouds will be on the increase as we head into the afternoon.  Even with a few more clouds dotting the sky, we’ll still reach the low 80s.

Late Thursday night into Friday scattered showers are possible.  Friday, spotty showers and an isolated thunderstorm is possible as highs remain cool in the low 70s.  We’ll keep you posted on the timing of the rain, but as of right now, it looks the rain will move out before Operation Football kicks off.

If you like fall, you’ll love the weekend coming our way.  Sunshine with highs in the mid 70s will be around for the weekend.

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Sunny and Warm for September 11th

Posted By · September 11, 2012 at 1:02 pm

We will never forget the events 11 years ago, and today if you’re heading down to the Indianapolis 9/11 Memorial, the weather won’t get in your way. We’ll have sunshine by day and clear skies at night with sunset at 7:59pm. Our high today of 82 should sneak just above the average for this time of year (80).

High pressure remains in control through Thursday, but the timing of our next rain chance has changed. Computer models now indicate rain may move in as early as morning to midday Friday, as opposed to late Friday night. I’ve increased our chance of rain to 60-70% on Friday with up to 3/4″ of rain possible. But the earlier onset of rain may mean we clear out earlier, so I’ve now backed off on our Saturday rain chances. It could end up being a mainly dry weekend.

Here’s a look at your WTHR-TV 7-Day Forecast. We’ll be above normal through Thursday into the 80s, then watch some cooler air arrive with that Friday cold front with highs in the 70s.

I had a great time talking about weather with the 4th and 5th graders at Bunker Hill Elementary in Franklin Township on Indy’s Southside yesterday – they even brought their “Flat Chuck” for my presentation!

Finally at noon, our Hoosier Pic from Brent Kane of the Elwood Wind Farm at sunrise. Gorgeous! Post your pic here: https://www.facebook.com/ChikageWindlerFanPage?ref=hl or here: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13

Take Care…and Never Forget,

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After a Cool Morning, Sunshine and Mild Temps Round Out the Day

Posted By · September 10, 2012 at 1:09 pm

This morning’s low dropped to 52 officially for Indy. That’s the coolest since 52 on June 6th!

Some of our Central Indiana WeatherBug stations reported lows in the chilly 40s.

High pressure dominates the week, so we’ll have lots of sunshine and 8-s today with gradually warming temperatures into the 80s tomorrow through the end of the week.

Our next rain chance doesn’t arrive until late Friday night – more likely Saturday. Rainfall potential doesn’t look that impressive at this point, but we’ll wait and see. We’re running 2.81″ below average for precip this year, although August and September have been way above normal for rain.

Finally, our Hoosier Pic at noon from Lester Boyce who shot this fantastic photo at Eagle Creek yesterday. Share your pic here: https://www.facebook.com/ChikageWindlerFanPage or here: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13

Have a good one!

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Sunny Stretch Ahead

Posted By · September 9, 2012 at 11:26 pm

Hope you enjoyed the weekend! Our cool, fall-like feel will stick around a little longer. And after a very wet start to September, now we’re heading into a sunny stretch.

Kids at the bus stop may need an extra layer to start the day with the coolest temps since early June expected. Lows in the Indy will drop into the low 50s, but other cities and outlying areas will likely see temps drop into the 40s by morning.

Sunny skies will bring a quick rebound into the mid 70s by late afternoon. The average high is 80, so we’ll be pleasantly cool for one more day.

We’ll have gradually warming temps into the 80s with high pressure in control and plenty of sunshine for much of the week. But we are still in a drought, officially 2.81″ below average for the year on precipitation. We’ll get a chance for more when a cold front approaches late Friday and could spark some scattered showers and storms. The rain could last into part of your Saturday.

Finally, here’s our Hoosier Pic at 6 from Ben Johnson, a fan in the stands at Soldier Field who captured two funnel clouds in the distance over Lake Michigan during the Colts game in Chicago. Turns out, several waterspouts were reported on Lake Michigan. These funnels and waterspouts developed as a result of cold air advection (moving in) – creating just enough instability to form small, short-lived circulations, also known as “cold air funnels,” which rarely touch down and if they do, they hardly ever cause damage. Either way…great shot! Share your pic here: https://www.facebook.com/ChikageWindlerFanPage?ref=hl or here: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13

Have a great week!

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Pleasantly Cool Weekend Rolls On

Posted By · September 8, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Today’s high of 73 was the coolest since June 2nd for Indy. We’ll add a few degrees tomorrow with a high around 76.

To say it’s been a wet month is a major understatement! Between Isaac, our midweek storms, and last night’s record rain, we’ve collected nearly 5″ of rain at the airport, putting us more than 4″ above average for the month. We’re now only 2.71″ below average for the year.

Most of us will stay dry until Friday night. A few areas in Northeastern Indiana could get some showers overnight with a passing disturbance. Any rain should be over by daybreak.

Get ready for a great stretch of weather in your WTHR-TV 7-Day! Lots of sunshine and comfortable temperatures. Rain may return late Friday into Saturday.

Finally, our WTHR-TV Hoosier Pic at 7 (since we went on late after the Notre Dame – Purdue game) courtesy of Abra Brant-Myers who captured this amazing shot of last night’s vivid lightning show. Share your pic here: https://www.facebook.com/ChikageWindlerFanPage?ref=hl or here: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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

Posted By · September 8, 2012 at 9:16 am

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!

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Strong to Severe Storms Friday

Posted By · September 7, 2012 at 5:34 am

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.

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