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From Sweaters to Shorts

Posted By · October 21, 2012 at 6:03 am

From sweaters to shorts… our Central Indiana weather is warming up!

Highs will reach the upper 60s today with sunny skies.  Patching morning fog will give way to sunshine and a south breeze up to 10 mph.

Tonight clouds will be on the increase, and a spotty sprinkle is possible.  Overnight lows drop into the 40s and 50s, making for a mild morning at the bus stop Monday morning.

Monday mild temps return to Central Indiana.  Highs will top out in the upper 70s!  There’s a chance for a few spotty showers or thunderstorms, but not everyone will see rain.

Speaking of rain, Indianapolis is only running 1.29″ below our yearly average for rain.  Since September first, we’ve picked up 10.72″ of rain at the airport.

The 70s stick around through Thursday, until showers and storms move in Friday.  By Saturday highs will only reach the 50s!  Our “normal” high this time of year is 64.

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Orionid Meteor Shower and Soaring into the 70s

Posted By · October 20, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Tonight skies are clearing and though it will turn chilly (upper 30s to low 40s by morning), you might want to set your alarm a little early to check out the night sky. The annual Orionid Meteor Shower should be a good one with clear skies and no moonlight to pollute the view of what could be up to 25 meteors per hour. The best time for viewing will be between 5am and 7am. For more on the Orionids, check out this video from NASA: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zy4DVdfdsw

Sunday is going to be a beauty of a day! We hit 57 today, but could soar to 70 tomorrow!

We’ll build on that warmth for the workweek with highs in the mid to upper 70s. There’s a slight chance of showers and storms Monday and Tuesday – mainly for areas north and west of Indy.

Enjoy our Indian Summer warmth while you can! A strong cold front will bring us a reality check by the end of the week. A front that looked like it would move through late Thursday night into Friday now looks like it may arrive a day later (late Friday into early Saturday) bringing with it scattered showers and storms. Behind that front, highs may only manage 50s Saturday. And though it’s not on your WTHR-TV 7-Day…computer models are showing even colder air ahead for Sunday the 28th. Lows in the 30s and highs in the 40s along with cold wind and possibly some precip may be possible by then. We’ll have to watch that in the coming days…

It’s a great time to go leaf peeping! Our Hoosier Pic at 7 was from Jeff Arsenault who took this shot in Brown County.

And if you love foliage and festivals, head to Brown County’s Foxfire Park Fine Arts Festival. It continues tomorrow. Thanks to Kim Woods-Owens from ThisIsBrownCounty.com for sharing this pic, our Hoosier Pic at 11. We’d love to see your photos. Post here: https://www.facebook.com/ChikageWindlerFanPage?ref=hl or here: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13?fref=ts

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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The Wait For Sun Will Be Worth It

Posted By · October 20, 2012 at 7:40 am

Welcome to the weekend!  It’s certainly been a wet 24 hours over Central Indiana, and with another decent burst of rain early this morning.  The upper level storm responsible for the raw, damp conditions is gradually pulling away…and weather will improve in its wake.

A narrow band of showers, rotating around the center of that storm, will impact areas south of I-70 early today.  A healthy cloud deck will linger into late morning, before gradual clearing allows some sun to appear later today.  Cooler than highs in the mid 50s for one more day.

Without the blanket of clouds tonight/early Sunday morning, temperatures will be colder in the upper 30s.

It’s all uphill after the chilly start Sunday.  Plenty of sunshine and a southwest wind will push daytime highs into the mid/upper 60s… marking the beginning of a substantial warm up for next week.

Long-range guidance has been steadfast on a prolonged stretch of unseasonably warm air…and highs will flirt with 80° several days next week.

The warmth should last Monday through Thursday, before our next cold front brings a return to fall-like conditions Friday.  Though a few showers are possible in the warm air regime…it shouldn’t be anything widespread.  Have a great day and even better weekend!

Sean Ash



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Out With the Rain, In With the Warmth

Posted By · October 19, 2012 at 6:48 pm

It’s been a cool, wet and dreary Friday with rain totals through 6pm from our SkyTrak13 WeatherBug Network ranging from 1/10″ to 1/3″ across Central Indiana. Though our steady afternoon rain has moved out, we’ll still have occasional showers along with areas of mist and drizzle through tonight. By morning, clouds will be the rule (can’t rule out some patchy fog) with wake-up temps around 40-42 degrees.

Drier air filters in through the day tomorrow, so though we’ll start out cloudy and cool, the clouds will gradually decrease. Temperatures will stay on the cool side in the mid to upper 50s, but once we get into the full sunshine on Sunday, temps will soar. We could near 70 to end the weekend!

Tail-gating on Sunday? The forecast is looking fantastic. We’ll likely have wall-to-wall sunshine with temps warming from the 40s to the 60s. It might be nice enough for the roof and window to be open.

If you want a taste of Indian Summer, next week is your week. We could soar into the 70s Monday through Thursday!

Finally, a super cute WTHR-TV Hoosier Pic of the Day from Amber Forrest. Her kids are ready for Halloween! Share your pic here: https://www.facebook.com/ChikageWindlerFanPage or here: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13?fref=ts

Have a great weekend!
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Cold & Damp Friday… Weekend Rebound

Posted By · October 19, 2012 at 10:32 am

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.

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Wet, Cool & Dreary Friday Ahead

Posted By · October 18, 2012 at 10:21 pm

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,

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Sunshine For Now

Posted By · October 18, 2012 at 11:11 am

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!

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Storms Tonight, Cool and Windy Tomorrow

Posted By · October 17, 2012 at 9:58 pm

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!

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