Cold & Damp Friday… Weekend Rebound

Keep the rain gear handy today. Spotty showers are likely through tonight as temps struggle to make it to 50!

Keep the rain gear handy today.  Spotty showers are likely through tonight as temps struggle to make it to 50!

The rain will be light, but just enough to make Operation Football damp and chilly.

If you have weekend plans, the forecast looks great!  We’ll wake up to mostly cloudy skies Saturday morning, with a mix of sun and clouds for the afternoon with a high in the upper 50s.

For Sunday tailgaters, temps reach almost 70!

Monday we’re back in the 70s, but late Monday we could see a few isolated thunderstorms, that linger into Tuesday.

Wet, Cool & Dreary Friday Ahead

A pesky area of low pressure will be spinning across the Midwest over the next couple days bringing cool, showery, dreary weather along the way.

The rain starts tonight and may continue off and on in the form of drizzle, light rain, and showers all the way ’til early Saturday. Rain totals could reach 1/4 to 1/2″.

The clouds and showers may hold temps down in the 40s for highs! The average high is 64.

And unfortunately, it could be another damp night of Operation Football. No storms are expected, just occasional showers, which means the games will likely go on.

But imagine this: on this date in 1989, we got our earliest measurable snow when 0.2″ fell. On the 19th 9.3″ fell, making that the biggest snowstorm on record for October in Indy.

And while we’re on the subject of winter – NOAA released its Winter Outlook for December through February. There’s no real signal towards wetter or drier for Indiana, instead forecasting “Equal Chances” of either. Part of the uncertainty comes from El Nino’s lack of development. It’s probably safe to say we’ll be closer to the average snowfall of 25.9″ for an entire season as opposed to the meager snow season last winter with around 10″.

NOAA does predict warmer than average for most of the Western US, but again says “Equal Chances” for Indiana. But if you’re betting on this winter, it’s probably safe to say we’ll be colder than last winter when Super Bowl temps were around 60 and we had the 9th warmest December through February on record.

The full report from NOAA is here: http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2012/20121018_winteroutlook.html

For now, it looks like we won’t be worried about winter anytime soon. After a chilly Friday and cool Saturday, we’ll head back to September-like warmth for the rest of your 7-Day!

Thanks for checking in,
-Chikage

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Sunshine For Now

Mostly sunny skies are back in Central Indiana, but we’re already tracking our next chance of rain.

Mostly sunny skies are back in Central Indiana, but we’re already tracking our next chance of rain.

Here’s a look at rain totals from around Central Indiana:

 and the Indy metro:

Today highs will reach 60 degrees with winds out of the southwest up to 35 mph.  Clouds will be on the increase with rain moving in tonight.

Friday looks chilly and soggy with highs only reaching the low 50s.  Start gathering your warm weather gear for Operation Football, temps will fall into the 40s with spotty showers.

We warm up and dry out for the weekend.  Saturday we’ll top out in the upper 50s and by Sunday we’re talking nearly 70!

Storms Tonight, Cool and Windy Tomorrow

Another round of storms is moving into Indiana and it’s moving in ahead of schedule. It now looks likely that the storms ahead of a strong cold front will move through Central Indiana between 10 and midnight as this line is moving east around 40 to 50 mph. While severe weather is not expected, there will be widespread heavy rain, thunder, lightning and gusty winds.

Rain from our afternoon to early evening storms brought up to 1/2″ in some towns and up to 1/3″ in Marion County, along with vivid lightning. The next round could bring an additional 1/2″ to 3/4″ of rain.

The storms will be long-gone by morning, but behind the front, we’ll see much cooler air filter in. Highs may only manage low 60s Thursday with a mix of sun and clouds, but as a cool pool of air drops in late Thursday through Friday, we may struggle in the upper 40s to around 50 to end the week. We rebound nicely as the weekend progresses though.

Friday, be prepared for a chilly, raw, and rainy day. Light rain and drizzle along with overcast skies may make for another dreary night of Operation Football, but we won’t have storms to contend with. Rain totals could range from 1/10″ to 1/4″ on Friday.

After a dry and progressively warmer weekend, we’ll see highs soar into the 70s next week. There’s a chance of rain Tuesday (mainly to our north), but the big story by then will be the warmth. By the way, we hit 70 today.

Finally, our Hoosier Pic of the Day – a beautiful rainbow that developed after our early evening storms. Thanks to Mary Armstrong-Smith for the shot! Share your pic here:  https://www.facebook.com/ChikageWindlerFanPage or here: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13?ref=ts&fref=ts

Take Care!
-Chikage

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Rain & Storms on the Way

Clouds are on the increase today, and so are rain chances across Central Indiana.

Clouds are on the increase today, and so are rain chances across Central Indiana.

Highs will reach the low 70s today with increasing clouds.  Winds will gust out of the south up to 40 mph.  Spotty showers are possible by the drive home, but become heavier overnight with isolated thunderstorms.

By Thursday morning up to 1″ of rain is possible, some spots may see a little more than an inch.  Tonight temps drop into the upper 40s with wind gusts up to 30mph.

Thursday will be cooler with a mix of sun and clouds.  More rain showers will develop late Thursday afternoon into Friday as temps cool into the 50s.

As of right now, the weekend looks dry with temps warming close to 70 by Sunday.

Warm, Windy and Wet Wednesday Weather

Get ready for wind and warmth to start your Wednesday with rain moving in late afternoon. Rain totals could range from 1/2″ to 1″, with higher amounts possible to the west.

We’ll likely stay dry through early afternoon, then watch some showers develop heading toward the evening rush. Late evening and overnight, there’s the chance of some heavier rain and storms.

While most areas will not have severe storms, the southwest part of the state is under a slight risk of severe, with hail and high winds the greatest threats.

After the rain, we’ll watch a strong cold front move through that will bring dry and cool weather Thursday, then cold showery and drizzly weather for Friday. Highs will fall around 20 degrees from Wednesday to Friday!

The rain should be over in time for the weekend. Saturday is looking cool, but Sunday is looking great – which will mean a fantastic day for tail-gating before the game. We could hit 70s again next week!

And ’tis the season to go leaf peeping! Check out this fantastic foliage shot from Geoff Thompson taken at sunrise Tuesday in Brown County State Park! Share your pics here: https://www.facebook.com/ChikageWindlerFanPage or here: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13

Take Care!
-Chikage

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Cool Night Ahead, But 70s in Sight

After a windy and cool day Monday with a high of just 61, we’re heading down into the upper 30s to low 40s by morning with mainly clear skies and light winds. But warmer air is waiting in the wings and will push into Central Indiana Tuesday and Wednesday. Wednesday looks like the warmest day of the week with low to mid 70s possible.

Wednesday also brings our next chance of rain. Showers and t-storms are expected to develop during the afternoon, with the heaviest rain potential between 7 and 10 pm. Rain looks like it should be over pre-dawn Thursday morning with around 1/2″ possible.

After the rain moves out, cooler air moves back in. We’ll see low 60s on Thursday and signs point to a pocket of cold air dropping in Friday along with shower chances. Highs may only manage mid 50s by then!

For now, it looks like the weekend should be dry. It looks cool on Saturday, milder and breezy on Sunday.

And for everyone enjoying Fall in Indiana, this is your week! Check out our WTHR-TV Hoosier Pic at 11 courtesy of Gary Blinebury who took this shot Monday at Brown County State Park. Share your pic here: https://www.facebook.com/ChikageWindlerFanPage or here: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13.

Take Care!
-Chikage

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Cooler Air Arrives For Work Week

All’s quiet on the western front…though the round of heavy showers Sunday evening produced some impressive wind gusts.  Monticello and Indianapolis Airport top the charts, with gusts over 55mph.

 

Our Weather Bug site in Sharpsville also recorded a gust of 52mph at 2:30pm Sunday afternoon.

The same system that triggered the wind and rain, will drive in much cooler air compared to the balmy 74° in Indianapolis.

 

A cold front that will produce a period of showers this evening, will also deliver a colder start Monday morning.  In fact lows at the bus stop early Monday will be a good 20° colder than the balmy start of Sunday morning.

A colder start, and a steady diet of northwest wind will offset a brighter sky in place Monday.  Highs will hold in the 50s to near 60° Monday afternoon… again significantly cooler than Sunday afternoon.

This marks the beginning of ups and downs for us in the week ahead.  Sunshine fills the sky Monday through Wednesday, with major air mass modification during that time that sends highs into the mid 70s late Wednesday.  This warm up precedes a round of possibly strong storms in the predawn hours of Thursday morning.  That line of precipitation marks the switch to cooler than temperatures for several days….heading into the weekend.

Thanks for visiting the weather blog and have a great evening!

 

Sean Ash

Severe Storm Chances & Wind Advisory

Showers and storms will likely develop across Central Indiana today, along with very stong winds outside of thunderstorms.

Showers and storms will likely develop across Central Indiana today, along with very strong winds outside of thunderstorms.

Highs will reach the low 70s with scattered showers and storms.

Some storms may be strong to severe with damaging winds the biggest threat.  As of right now, the strongest storms look to develop this afternoon and evening.

 

Large hail, and isolated tornadoes cannot be ruled out.

Besides the threat for severe weather, a Wind Advisory has been issued for Central Indiana from 11am to 8pm.  Sustained winds in the 20 mph range are likely, with gusts up to 25mph.

Many spots could pick up 1/2″ of rain today. 

Tonight the rain and storms end, and temps fall into the 40s.

We’ll see a mix of sun and clouds Monday with highs around 60, and our next chance for showers and storms moves in late Wednesday.

Wind Advisory and Severe Storm Threat Sunday

It will turn breezy tonight but downright windy tomorrow with south/southwest winds sustained 15-25 mph and gusts up to 45 mph during the day. A WIND ADVISORY will be in effect 8am to 8pm.

Along with those non-thunderstorm winds, we could get winds in excess of 60 mph with scattered thunderstorms that develop tomorrow. We should be mainly dry and cloudy tonight. Rain could develop by mid-morning tomorrow. Then the threat for strong to severe storms develops tomorrow afternoon through early evening. The biggest threat is strong winds, but isolated large hail or even a tornado in far Southern Indiana might be possible. There’s a catch, though. If the morning rain keeps us cloudy, that might limit our severe potential. On the other hand, if we break out into some sunshine, that will increase our instability and could make severe weather even more likely. Most areas could get up to 1/2″ of rain, with heavier amounts in any strong storms that develop.

We’ll dry out and cool down to start the work week, but another trip into the 70s is possible by Wednesday followed by more showers and storms late Wednesday through Thursday morning. It’s not a sure bet, but there could be a cool pocket of air that drops into Central Indiana Friday and Saturday plunging us back into the 50s for highs with drizzle or showers possible.

Finally, our Hoosier Pic of the Day Saturday courtesy of Manjit Trehan who snapped this fantastic photo of a bald eagle in the midst of some gorgeous fall foliage. Share your pic here: https://www.facebook.com/ChikageWindlerFanPage or here: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
-Chikage

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