Bundle Up… Chill Settles In

Bundle up Central Indiana, temps will only reach the mid 30s today.

Bundle up Central Indiana, temps will only reach the mid 30s today.  We’ll see a mix of sun and clouds with winds out of the west up to 10 mph, bringing the wind chill into the 20s at times.

Tonight overnight lows drop into the mid 20s with partly cloudy skies.

Sunday we warm up, but turn windy.  Highs will reach the mid 40s.  Our normal high this time of year is 48.  A very breezy afternoon will set up with wind gusts up to 25mph out of the southwest.

Most of the day Monday looks dry, but late Monday into early Tuesday morning a quick system moves in.  As of right now, a rain snow mix is possible, we will be monitoring very closely to see if temps get cold enough to turn the precip to snow.  Any precip will exit early Tuesday leaving us with a mainly dry forecast for the rest of the week.

Big Temperature Change Moving In

Highs in the 60s are gone, as temps fall into the 30s by this afternoon.

Highs in the 60s are gone, as temps fall into the 30s by this afternoon.

Overnight, scattered showers moved through Central Indiana.  Here’s a look at a few rain totals from the Indianapolis metro.

Today we’ll start the day with temps in the 40s, but end in the 30s with winds out of the west up to 25mph as skies become partly cloudy.

If you’re heading downtown for the Circle of Lights tonight, bundle up!  Skies will be mostly clear with temps in the 30s.

We start the weekend with very cold temps.  Early Saturday morning lows will be in the 20s, and we only warm into the mid 30s. 

Sunday we’re warmer in the mid 40s.

Our next chance for rain moves in Monday, and by Tuesday we could see a rain/snow mix.

Chilly (and possibly wet) Black Friday

A few sprinkles will be possible Friday morning and clouds will linger through the day.

A few sprinkles will be possible Friday morning and clouds will linger through the day. Northwest winds gusting up to 35 miles per hour will force much colder air into the state. Highs will be near 40 degrees and lows will be in the mid-20s through Sunday.

The Road to Thanksgiving

Dense fog will be replaced by sunshine later this morning across Central Indiana.

Dense fog will be replaced by sunshine later this morning across Central Indiana.

Highs will reach the low 60s with mostly sunny skies.

Tonight temps drop into the low 40s, perfect starting line temps for Thanksgiving morning runs.

Thanksgiving day looks great with temps warming into the low 60s.  Clouds will increase as we head into the late afternoon and evening.  Late in the evening spotty showers are possible, so if you’re heading out to shop, take the rain gear.

Friday much cooler air sets up with highs only in the mid 40s.

Saturday and Sunday morning starts will be chilly with temps in the upper 20s. 

We’ll be watching next Monday and Tuesday closely as a rain/snow mix is possible.

Mild Days Here To Stay

Hard to argue that some of the best weather across the country is over our backyards right now.  We capped-off the weekend with highs nearly 10° above normal.

In fact Bloomington, Terre Haute, and Shelbyville all eclipsed the 60° mark Sunday.  With essentially no air mass changes the next 48 hours, expect similar daytime highs Monday and Tuesday.

To get to a balmy afternoon we’ll have to endure another chilly drive to work and school in the morning.  Lows in Indy will be around 34, with rural/low-lying areas near 30 (or lower).

Expect upper 30s by 8am, mid 50s by midday and highs at or above 60° by 4pm.  Notice clouds do increase in your daily planner Monday… which will be the most noticeable difference tomorrow.

But a southerly wind flow will be enough to counter an increasing mid/high level cloud filter.  That limits sun somewhat Monday and Tuesday.  But despite the cirrus/stratus shield, temps will be equally as warm.

If you’re getting a head start on holiday travel, the Pacific Northwest will be the trouble spot.  A persistent onshore flow will keep airports like SEA (Seattle-Tacoma) and PDX (Portland) soggy, and likely cause delays.  Notice in the FutureTrak13 panels below, Tuesday and Wednesday stay very soggy on the west coast… as SFO (San Fran) may be added to the delay list.

Notice how quiet the weather is for a healthy portion of the U.S. in between the coasts.  I don’t expect major weather delays elsewhere prior to Thanksgiving, besides typical holiday volume on roads and airports.

If you’re staying at home this week you’re in for a real treat.  The cloud-making disturbance may squeeze a few sprinkles out Tuesday.  Otherwise it’s very quiet, and pleasantly mild into Thanksgiving Day… when highs should hit 60°!  Perfect conditions for the Drumstick Dash Thursday morning too.  Good luck to all the runners and walkers before your feast.  Our run of above normal warmth will end next weekend, as highs return to the low/mid 40s.  Preceding the cool down, a few showers are possible for holiday shoppers Friday.

Below is a look at Indianapolis’ Thanksgiving Climatology (via NWS Indianapolis)… keeping in mind that the holiday can fall on the 22nd-29th.  As mentioned before, if our 60° forecast high verifies this will be the warmest since 1981.

Enjoy the evening and thanks for visiting the blog!

Sean Ash

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Mild Week Ahead

Love the warmth? Above average temps are settling into Central Indiana.

The “normal” high temperature is in the low 50s, today we’ll warm into the upper 50s!

Tonight, temps drop to the mid to upper 30s with mostly clear skies.  It won’t be as cold across Central Indiana.

Most of this week looks rain free, here’s where we stand on Indianapolis rain totals:

Monday looks great as highs approach the 60 degree mark!

Tuesday there’s a chance for sprinkles, then we dry out and warm up close to 60 Wednesday and Thanksgiving Day.

Not much to talk about in the 7 day forecast… just a great holiday week!

Stretch of Pleasant Days

Temperatures Saturday were as warm as they have been since 12am very early Monday morning.  It’s been awhile, but the wait was certainly worth it!

That’s not to say we’re done with chilly temperatures… as lows tonight will easily dip into the upper 20s/lower 30s areawide.

The chilly start, and any patchy fog that develops , won’t last long.  Decent sun should will help us shed 30s by 10am Sunday, and we’re well into the 50s by 1pm… a near carbon copy of Saturday.

Daytime highs Sunday will flirt with 60° in many backyards across Central Indiana… nearly 10° above normal.  Expect much of the same Monday too, with sunshine and highs near 60°.

The only fly in the 7day ointment is a rather weak, moisture-starved disturbance on Tuesday that may trigger some sprinkles.  But overall a tranquil weather pattern dominates the headlines for the next 6 days.

“If” (a big “if” considering Thanksgiving is five days away) temperatures hit our forecast high of 60° Thursday, it would mark the warmest Thanksgiving Day in Indianapolis since 1981.  That’s the last Turkey Day at or above 60°… though we just missed the mark back in 2006.  Notice in the column below (via NWS Indianapolis) that only 16 times (since records began in 1871) a Thanksgiving Day has had a high of 60° or greater.  So a rare treat that we could possibly be thankful for later next week.

It’s definitely a stat we’ll be tracking closely in the days to come.    Enjoy your evening and thanks for visiting the blog!

Sean Ash

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Sunshine & Warm Weekend Temps

Looking for a good excuse to hang up the Christmas decorations a little early? This weekend’s forecast will be just what you need.

Looking for a good excuse to hang up the Christmas decorations a little early?  This weekend’s forecast will be just what you need.

Highs will reach the mid 50s today with light winds.  Our “normal” high this time of year is in the low 50s.

Tonight, skies remain mostly clear as temps fall fast. 

By early Sunday morning we’ll be waking up near the freezing mark.

Sunday, more sunshine with temps a few degrees warmer topping out around 56.

As of right now, we have a slight chance of rain on Tuesday in the 7 day forecast.  Other than that, sunshine galore!  Thanksgiving morning temps will be in the low 40s, and we’ll warm to around 60.

Weekend Warm Up

A slight warm up is coming for the weekend, with more sunshine heading our way.

A slight warm up is coming for the weekend, with more sunshine heading our way.

The forecast is quiet for the weekend, so start making your plans now!

We’ll start off with temps in the low 30s Saturday and Sunday but warm into the mid 50s with mostly sunny skies.

Our forecast chances Tuesday with a chance of rain.  At this point, just spotty showers are possible, we’ll keep you posted if that changes.

Wednesday will be dry, and as of right now Thanksgiving looks fantastic!  We’ll start turkey day off with temps in the low to mid 40s, perfect for runners participating in the many charity events around the area.  We’ll warm up to around 60 degrees Thanksgiving Day afternoon.

Slow Warm Up

Patchy morning fog is possible in Central Indiana this morning, giving way to sunshine as we head into the afternoon.

Patchy morning fog is possible in Central Indiana this morning, giving way to sunshine as we head into the afternoon.

We have a cold start in the 20s, but will eventually warm close to 50 degrees with mostly sunny skies.  A few clouds will pop up this afternoon.

Tonight won’t be as cold as we’ve been experiencing.  Temps drop to the low 30s.

A dry pattern is setting up, so the only changes we’ll be watching are the temps.  This weekend highs war, into the low to mid 50s.

Late Tuesday into Wednesday we could see a few spotty showers, other than that… enjoy the quiet forecast!