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01

State Fair Weather Returns!

Posted By · August 1, 2014 at 7:00 am

 

Welcome to August and welcome to Opening Day at the Indiana State Fair. After the coolest July on record in Indianapolis, we begin today with a beautiful morning and a chance for thunderstorms with an upper air disturbance floating over us later today. Saturday is Band Day at the fair and we’ll have a similar set up with a upper low moving over central Indiana. Expect a dry start with storms flaring up around or just after midday. This upper air feature moves east to allow for dry, warm conditions on Sunday.Our outlook into next week calls for a warmer, more humid period with thunderstorms Thursday.
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Jul
31

Slow Warming Trend

Posted By · July 31, 2014 at 4:25 am

The past few days have almost been like living in Florida with heat triggering off afternoon thunderstorms. Today, a bit of a rest with most of us staying dry and highs reaching 80, warmer but still below average.Remember, tonight is the only night practice for the Colts at the Anderson University training facility and it is also the big Bar-B-Q bash.  Looks like a beautiful night for all of that activity.

 

Another upper wave arrives Friday and gives us at least a chance for a thunderstorm for the opening day of the Indiana State Fair.  As you would expect, the best chance would be during the afternoon when we reach our peak heating. Daypartextended

 

Look for another chance for thunderstorms to pop up Saturday but Sunday looks dry with highs in the low 80s.

 

On This Date in Central Indiana Weather History……
1875 : Indianapolis…0.61 inches of rain fell, bringing the monthly total to 13.12 inches. This makes July 1875 the wettest month on record for the city.
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Jul
30

The July Cool Continues

Posted By · July 30, 2014 at 3:07 am

Interesting day in Indiana today with fog this morning in many parts of the area but temperatures still cooler than they should be for this time of year. So far this has been the coolest July on record in Indianapolis.

Overall a pretty day but it might be a good idea to carry an umbrella with you today.  Temperatures will climb into the lower 70s by noon and into the upper 70s for highs.  A stray shower or storm is possible in the afternoon, but we are only expecting a couple on the radar.

Of course the Indiana State Fair starts Friday and the weather should cooperate.

This weather pattern will last through the start of the weekend.  This means lows in the upper 50s and highs near 80 degrees.  It also means a mainly dry forecast, with just slight late day rain chances.

THIS DAY IN INDIANA WEATHER HISTORY

1992 : Ninevah to Edinburg…An F3 tornado causes over 1 million dollars damage.

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Jul
25

Weekend Changes For The Brickyard!

Posted By · July 25, 2014 at 3:27 am

Hard to believe the mornings in July could get any cooler, but it is really brisk out there today. Fortunately, we are expecting lots of sun today, with highs in the upper 70s to near 80 degrees. You might need the jacket if you are going to IMS for the Brickyard 400 events on Friday morning. You won’t need the jacket in the afternoon, but you will need the sunblock and sunglasses. These are good things to remember if you are going to Colts Camp in Anderson on Friday afternoon.

The weekend forecast is warmer, with highs in the range of 85-90 degrees. Not only will it be warmer but we are expecting thunderstorms. Look for our forecasts during the day on WTHR-TV. Saturday morning will be a prime time for storms and a front on race day Sunday threatens afternoon storms for the Brickyard 400 as a cold front rolls through the state.

Behind that cold front, there will be a big drop in temperature for the last few days of July. We are only forecasting highs in the lower 70s on Monday and Tuesday.

On This Date in Central Indiana Weather History……

1934 : Indianapolis…The all time record high temperature for the city is set at 107 degrees.

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Jul
24

Crisp And Cool Change

Posted By · July 24, 2014 at 3:05 am

It is a crisp and cool morning in Indiana. Kroger Super Weekend at The Brickyard begins today with some of the nations best sports cars in competition at the Speedway. It will be beautiful and unseasonably cool with a high of only 78. Friday will also be nice before an unsettled set up arrives for Brickyard 400 qualifying and the race itself.

Latest computer guidance suggests a round of showers and storms late Friday night into Saturday morning as hot air expands into the state. Highs Saturday will top out in the upper 80s and heat indices near 100. Additional storms are likely Saturday night into Sunday morning , so we will be watching the radar closely on Brickyard 400 Race Day.

On This Date in Central Indiana Weather History……
1976 : In northern Knox county, hail was reported to be “as big as your thumb”.

 

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Jul
23

Thunderstorms Around Today

Posted By · July 23, 2014 at 3:04 am

DaypartWe begin this morning with scattered thunderstorms moving from north to south in Indiana. At this point we aren’t looking for severe weather. Actually, we can use some rain. Only .94″ of rain has fallen this month in Indianapolis and many of our yards are browning up a bit.

The cold front moves south of us late today and that will mean a much better day ahead tomorrow, as far as humidity is concerned.

Thursday looks like a fine day with sunshine and highs in the mid-70s.  Our coolest temperatures happen Thursday night into Friday morning when many drop into the 50s.  Friday will be warmer as highs near 80.

We could have a rather active weekend with a stalled front over Indy this weekend. It could bring a chance for storms for the running of the Brickyard.

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On This Date in Central Indiana Weather History……
1989 : Flash flooding closes roads in Randolph and Madison counties, and floods homes in Randolph county.

 

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Jul
22

A 90 Degree Day?

Posted By · July 22, 2014 at 3:22 am

Some of you have already reached 90 this year. In Indianapolis though, we haven’t seen that temperature since September 11, 2013. We should have a real shot at reaching 90 today. Not only will the heat return but the humidity will make a comeback as well.
Wednesday will start dry.  A system will move in  that will bring rain and a few storms to central Indiana later Wednesday.  A few storms could be strong.

Milder air returns for the end of the week.  Highs will be in the mid 70s Thursday and near 80 on Friday.

This weekend is Brickyard 400 weekend.  Temperatures will be in the 80s on Saturday and Sunday.  Right now there is a chance for rain too.  At this point scattered showers and thunderstorms look possible on Race Day. This is more like the type of weather one would expect for a NASCAR race in late July!

On This Date in Central Indiana Weather History……
2008 : Rushville…Severe thunderstorm winds down many trees, including an 80 ft. tall pine.

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Jul
21

Heat Comes Back!

Posted By · July 21, 2014 at 3:17 am

So you say you are tired of the cooler than average weather and want to see a return to the heat:  Well, it looks like the heat and humidity is back for awhile in Indianapolis. We’re looking for highs to reach the upper 80s today and possibly 90 tomorrow. We’ll keep the storms out until sometime during the day Wednesday.

 

Indianapolis’ streak of sub-90 degree days is up to 314.  There is a chance of snapping the streak tomorrow when temperatures make a run at that elusive number.  If we don’t hit 90 it will certainly feel like with heat indices well into the 90s.  If we miss 90 degrees Tuesday the streak may continue well past this weekend.  Long range guidance suggesting another unseasonably cool air mass arriving July 28-30.

 

We’ll cool back down to the 70s Thursday and then, another jump up, with temps in the mid 80s for the Brickyard 400 Sunday. Remember, our complete coverage begins bright and early at 5 am Sunday morning.

On This Date in Central Indiana Weather History……
1985 : 16 inch diameter trees were blown down in severe thunderstorm winds east of Mooresville.

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