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04

Cool Start to the Week, But 60s in Sight

Posted By · November 4, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Today’s high only managed 45 degrees in Indy, 13 degrees below average. Tonight with clearing skies and light winds, we’ll watch temperatures plunge into the 20s across Central Indiana.

After a frosty start, we’ll enjoy cool sunshine with scattered high clouds from time to time on Monday. Temperatures may only manage upper 40s despite the sunshine.

Election Day starts dry but could end wet. We’ll have increasing clouds with showers developing northwest to southeast late afternoon into the night. For now, it looks like rain totals through early Wednesday will be very light, less than 1/10″.

The rest of the week looks dry and progressively milder. We could reach 60 by Friday with mid 60s by next weekend. A strong cold front is slated for Monday the 12th bringing an abrupt return to cool weather along with the chance of showers and storms. While our weather is looking very quiet this week, the Northeast could be in for a major Nor’easter on Thursday, which may add to the woes of folks recovering from Sandy.

Finally, our Hoosier Pic at 6 courtesy of Nicholas Robinson who shared this photo of his kids all decked out in Colts gear. They stayed at home with the grandparents while Mom and Dad went to the game. We’d love to see your pics! Share them here: https://www.facebook.com/ChikageWindlerFanPage?ref=hl or here: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13?fref=ts

Have a great week!
-Chikage

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Nov
03

Set Clocks Back Tonight, Cool But Dry Tomorrow

Posted By · November 3, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Daylight Saving Time ends tonight, so don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour before you go to bed as we “Fall Back” and get an extra hour of sleep. That means tomorrow, sunrise is at 7:18 and sunset is at 5:39. We’re losing about 3 minutes of daylight each day now. When you change your clocks, replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and weather radios too!

Today we saw rain, sleet and even hail through the Hoosier State. Here are some of the rain totals from our WeatherBug network. The clouds and wintry mix held temperatures down all day. Our high only managed 41 degrees.

Here’s a photo from Becky Crider of some pea-sized hail that fell this afternoon. Rain and thunderstorms combined with very low freezing levels allowed the hail to form, but nothing severe developed. That system has moved out and skies are clearing tonight.

There may be some patchy fog first thing in the morning along with freezing temps to start your Sunday. Temps will be unseasonably cool, but thanks to some sunshine, we’ll be warmer than Saturday with highs in the upper 40s to around 50 degrees. Our average high is 58.

Looking ahead, I’ve added a chance of rain on Election Day Tuesday. Right now, it looks like the best chance will be late – hopefully after the polls close. A shower might linger into early Wednesday, then we’re dry for the rest of the week. There’s also a big warm-up coming. By Friday though the weekend, we could surge into the 60s.

Our Hoosier Pic of the Day comes from Randall Tishner of a fantastic sunrise in Tipton (before the rain and sleet developed). Share your pic here: https://www.facebook.com/ChikageWindlerFanPage?ref=hl or here: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13?ref=ts&fref=ts

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
-Chikage

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Nov
02

Unseasonably Cool Weekend as we Fall Back

Posted By · November 2, 2012 at 12:40 pm

We’ll see highs all weekend running close to 10 degrees below average. The average high is 59 for today and tomorrow, 58 for Sunday. Whether you’re heading to Operation Football games tonight, the Monumental Marathon tomorrow, or the Colts game Sunday, it will feel more like mid to late November.

Kick-off temps for Operation Football should be around 47 degrees with scattered high clouds. Sunset is at 6:41.

Tomorrow, sunrise is at 8:15, but don’t plan on too much sunshine if you’re running the Monumental. We’ll have a lot of high clouds around and they’ll thicken as the day wears on. It will be a cold start for the race with 34 degrees, warming to 44 by noon. There could be some sprinkles or showers that move through the Hoosier State, but the rain chances look most likely for points south of the Indy Metro. Highs should manage around 50 by tomorrow afternoon.

Sunshine returns on Sunday. If you’re tail-gating before the Colts game, plan on 30s to start your day. Kick-off temp should be around 44 with a high of 49.

Don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour Saturday night before you head to sleep as Daylight Saving Time comes to an end. We’ll be dry on Election Day Tuesday and finally start to warm-up a little late week into next weekend.

Have a great weekend!
-Chikage

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Oct
28

Sandy’s Impacts on Indiana

Posted By · October 28, 2012 at 11:39 pm

As of 11pm Sunday night, Hurricane Sandy was a Category 1 storm with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph. The storm’s forecast track continues to indicate a likely landfall along the Southern New Jersey Shore Monday night. Millions along the East Coast will face power outages, flooding rains, and coastal storm surge. Inland impacts will likely be greatest through the highest elevations of the Appalachians where parts of 4 states are either under Winter Storm or Blizzard Warnings. Elevations of 1 to 3 feet in the mountains of West Virginia could get 1 to 2+ feet of snow.

We will experience impacts here in the Hoosier State to a much lesser extent, with the main impact being wind. A Wind Advisory goes into effect 5pm Monday and continues through 8pm Tuesday for much of Central Indiana. The Wind Advisory begins for extreme Eastern Indiana at noon. Sustained northwest wind 20-30 mph are likely with gusts 40 to 50+ mph possible. Winds will be higher the farther east you go.

In addition to wind, we’ll also feel the chill. Temperatures may barely hit 50 on Monday and only manage mid to upper 40s Tuesday through Thursday. Our average high is 61. That means a chilly and blustery night of trick-or-treating for the kiddos Wednesday. Some rain showers are also possible, though amounts should be fairly light Tuesday into Wednesday morning. Areas west of Cincinnati to Indianapolis to Monticello to Chicago may only get a few hundredths of an inch of rain. Areas from Monticello to Kokomo to Carmel to Indy to Greenfield to Shelbyville to Connersville could get up to 1/10″ of rain. Farther north and east from South Bend to Marion to Richmond 1/10″ to 1/4″ of rain is possible. And far Northeastern Indiana could get around 1/4″ including Portland and Fort Wayne. Because lows will be in the 30s and cold air will be pulled into this system, several computer models continue to indicate the possibility of a little sleet or wet snow mixing in – mainly for far eastern parts of the state, but it’s a very slight chance.

Your Monday planner is windy but dry with highs near 50. The biggest effects from Sandy move in on Tuesday.

Sandy’s effects wane as we head into Thursday and we’ll begin to warm up and watch winds diminish. Another system or two may try to slide in either late Saturday or late Sunday with a chance of some rain, but temperatures for the weekend should be near 60.

Check out our Hoosier Pic of the Day on Sunday! It’s a cute photo of Vickie Girt’s granddaughter playing in the leaves. Speaking of which, if raking the leaves is on your “to do” list, you may as well hold off. With the strong winds we’ll have the next few days, your work would be futile as you can count on more leaves coming down and blowing around. It’s also a good idea to bring in any lightweight patio furniture. And though the threat is low, isolated power outages can’t be ruled out if our gusty winds bring down tree limbs on power lines – again, the biggest chance the farther east you are. Share your pics here: https://www.facebook.com/ChikageWindlerFanPage or here: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13?ref=ts&fref=ts

You can always track Hurricane Sandy with updates from the National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/#SANDY

Take Care,
-Chikage

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A FREEZE WARNING is in effect from 3am to 9am for parts of South-Central Indiana. The reason we don’t have a freeze warning for the rest of Central Indiana is we’ve already seen freezing temps this season. Plan on near-freezing wake-up temps the next couple mornings.

Sunday’s highs will be around 10 degrees cooler than average despite mostly sunny skies. We’ll also have breezy winds out of the north 10-20 mph.

As we head into Tuesday and Wednesday, we’ll have to watch closely the impact of Sandy. After making landfall on the East Coast – projected Monday evening between the Delmarva Peninsula and the New Jersey Coast – Sandy will weaken and lose tropical characteristics, but the circulation is likely to wrap in cold air which could bring significant snow into the mountains of West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Some computer models are backing in the clouds, wind, and cool air as far west as Indiana. Some rain showers could nudge into Central Indiana and there’s even the slight possibility of some snowflakes (in blue on FutureTrak13) working westward into Eastern/Northeastern Indiana Tuesday or Wednesday. This bears watching for sure. For the latest on Sandy from the National Hurricane Center:  http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/#SANDY

Sandy’s influence fades by Thursday and we’ll finally start warming up. We could see at or above average temps by next weekend. For now, it looks like a dry Monumental Marathon forecast next Saturday with start temps in the upper 30s.

Our Hoosier Pic at 6 is courtesy Andrea Wyant who took this cute shot of 4-month-old Aaleigha’s first Halloween as a baby pumpkin!

And our Hoosier Pic at 11 comes from News Photog Matt Whisner who (on his day off) snapped his dog Velcro’s Jack-o-lanterns and sent in this pic. Share your pic here: https://www.facebook.com/ChikageWindlerFanPage?ref=hl or here: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13?fref=ts

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
-Chikage

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Oct
26

Chilly Stretch Ahead

Posted By · October 26, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Rain totals through midday on our SkyTrak13 WeatherBug Network were generally between 1/10″ to 1/3″. More showers will be possible from Indy’s southeast side points south and east this afternoon, while areas to the north and west should be mostly cloudy, cool and windy.

Highs may only manage 40s this afternoon because of the clouds and chilly winds (and showers south and east). That’s a huge difference from yesterday’s balmy 76! It will feel even cooler because of the wind.

Operation Football will be cool and cloudy in the 40s, but bundle up! It will feel more like 30s!

We’ll dry out for the weekend, but remain unseasonably cool. Our average high is 61 and we may not reach that for the next straight week! Also, we’re keeping a close eye on the projected path of Hurricane Sandy. Midday forecasts for Sandy suggest that after bringing major impacts to the East Coast (Mid-Atlantic especially) with landfall early next week, the circulation of Sandy could wrap in cold air, wind, and moisture as far west as the Hoosier State by Tuesday and Wednesday. If that happens (it’s still an “if”), we could be in for highs in the 40s, lows in the 30s, and showers or drizzle Tuesday/Wednesday. That may mean a damp/dreary Halloween for kids, so this bears watching. And…if it is cold enough, a few flakes can’t be ruled out, especially for northeastern Indiana.

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-Chikage

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Oct
23

Rain Along and North of I-70, Gradually Tapers This Afternoon

Posted By · October 23, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Unfortunately, rain forced the cancellation of today’s Indiana Fever victory parade. The festivities moved indoors to Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The rain set up along and north of I-70, dropping more than 3/4″ on Lucas Oil Stadium Downtown and more than 1″ at Purdue.

In sharp contrast, rain amounts south and east of I-70 have been much lighter.

Temperatures at noon tell the story as well. Rain-cooled air kept it in the 50s in Kokomo, but sunshine and dry weather pushed it to 71 at the lunch hour in Bloomington.

This afternoon, we’ll see the rain gradually taper and temperatures should rebound into the 70s by late afternoon.

Tomorrow, we’re still on track for a high around 80 tomorrow with lots of sunshine. The record for tomorrow is 81 set in 1963.

Thursday will be our last warm day (also close to a record) before a strong front drops us to below average highs Friday into next week. For now, I’ve got the high at 60 on Friday, but some computer model data suggests we may be stuck in the 50s with rain still likely.

Hope you enjoy the rest of your day,
-Chikage

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Oct
23

Highs Soar into the 70s Despite Scattered Showers & Storms

Posted By · October 23, 2012 at 7:10 am

Around 7am, we had some scattered showers and storms on Live Doppler 13 Radar across Central Indiana, but even with the rain, morning temps were in the mid to upper 60s! That’s warmer than our average high this time of year: 63. Here’s a link to radar at WTHR.com so you can see where the storms are now: http://www.wthr.com/weather

Rain is most likely morning through early afternoon. That means if you’re heading to the Indiana Fever victory parade, plan on mostly cloudy skies with the chance of  rain. Temperatures at noon should be in mid 60s.

Later today, despite the clouds and showers, we  may still manage highs in the mid to upper 70s, around 15 degrees above average.

Tomorrow, we’ll take the rain chances out and bring in more sunshine. That means temperatures could get even warmer and approach record territory. The record for tomorrow is 81 set in 1963. Thursday could be a near-record day as well. I’m forecasting 81 and the record is 82 set in 1963.

Our Indian Summer comes to an abrupt end late Thursday night into Friday morning with a strong cold front bringing a major cool-down along with rain and thunderstorms. We could get up to 1/2″ of rain Friday with highs struggling to reach 60. Saturday may start with a shower and highs may only reach 50s. Then Sunday into next week, our highs may only manage 40s with lows in the 30s. As for Halloween Wednesday, for now, I’m leaning mostly cloudy and low 50s, but we’ll have to watch carefully the possibility of what could turn into a hurricane on the East Coast. Depending on its track, our Halloween weather could be more pessimistic.

Have a good one!
-Chikage

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