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Labor Day Memories, Then & Now

Posted By · August 27, 2013 at 6:21 am

When I was a boy, growing up north of Chicago on the shores of Lake Michigan, Labor Day was a big deal.  My family made the 10 minute trek to the Illinois Beach State Park to enjoy the beach, the sandwiches and the last remnants of summer in the Chicagoland area.

It was always a fun time, sometimes meeting my friends ,the Hertzbergs and Sternbergs to have fun around the sand or meeting new people who drove north from the city to enjoy the fresh Lake Michigan breeze. I have no proof, none whatsover, but I always felt it was very hot on that weekend.  I also remember laughing a lot…laughing at the unfortunate souls who would run, in a mad dash twoard the blue water,  only to find that the west shore of the lake is always freezing cold, always.  Nobody swam much, but everyone had fun, especially me, since it was one of the few days I got to spend with my father, who seemed to always get that day off from work.

Hope you have a wonderful Labor Day holiday and that you find a resting place near a nice body of water!
Take a look at the hottest week of the year and the warm temps headed into Labor Day: Every day from today through Monday will be in the low 90s. Wednesday will be the hottest day of the week at 94 and we have a chance for thunderstorms Wednesday and Saturday.

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Changes Are Here

Posted By · July 31, 2013 at 7:32 am

Have you been outside this morning? It is a misty and drizzly Wednesday but it won’t be a washout, as the afternoon is mainly dry with just a brief shower and a high in the upper 70s. The road to the Indiana State Fair will be wet on Friday afternoon and early Saturday but overall fantastic with highs in the upper 70s. Last year we were in the 90s for the first four days of August.

By the way, not only is Friday the first day of the State Fair but it is also Band Day. It actually is my favorite day at the Fair because I love the high school bands giving it their all while I sit in the grandstand enjoying a rib-eye sandwich and enjoying the pleasant breeze. Even though we will probably see plenty of showers in the afternoon, I can’t wait!

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Big Change At The Speedway

Posted By · July 25, 2013 at 6:05 am

Since the inaugural race, the Brickyard 400 has become NASCAR’s most–attended event. It also has become NASCAR’s second-highest paying race, behind the Daytona 500. Usually, when we think of Brickyard weather, we think of hot, humid conditions in the sweltering July heat. In fact on this day last year, it was 103 degrees! Things are much different this year, with highs mainly in the upper 70s and low 80s into next week. We do have a chance for rain or thunderstorms late Friday and an isolated shower Sunday. It  should be dry for the Brickyard 400.

By the way, our live coverage of the pre race activities begins bright and early at 5 pm Sunday. Check us out before you head out to church, or the Speedway.

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Hottest Week Of Summer!

Posted By · July 15, 2013 at 7:50 am

Good morning! If you have been outside today, you already know how humid it is and the building heat and humidity will be worth watching this week.  Highs Sunday climbed into the upper 80s, and to this point
Indianapolis has eluded officially hitting 90° this
That changes this week.
Expect daily highs near or above 90° and heat indices
in the 95-100° area. I do have a daily chance for an isolated thunderstorm in the forecast each day.
Stay cool and remember we are covering it all for you on WTHR TV, wthr.com, facebook and twitter.

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Keep An Eye To The Sky

Posted By · July 9, 2013 at 5:58 am

Good morning!. We’ve had scattered showers around the ara this morning but later today, look for more scattered rain and storm chances, especially north of Indy where there is a slight risk of severe weather. There is a slight risk of severe weather just about everywhere in the area tomorrow. Temps warm into the mid 80s through the middle of the week, but by Thursday we cool down and dry out. In fact, on Thursday and Friday, we’ll struggle to get out of the 70s. For a hot weather hater like me, it will be marvelous, but for the rest of you, not to fear…we’ll be back in the mid 80s next week.

How about rain amounts this month so far?  Here you go….

Indianapolis     1.19″

Muncie               1.00″

Lafayette             .47″

Bloomington     .46″


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Some Changes This Week

Posted By · July 8, 2013 at 5:27 am

Hope you had a great weekend! I spent the afternoon at the farm of a friend with other friends enjoying the shade and beauty of  an Indiana summer afternoon. It was dry there, but as has been the case for more than 2 weeks, other folks saw rain and thunderstorms. That is a trend that is not quite over yet.

 We begin the morning with scattered thunderstorms in northern Indiana, but dry weather in the Metro Indianapolis vicinity. Later today, look for more scattered rain and storm chances arrive today and Tuesday, with heavy rain and strong storms possible Wednesday.  Temps warm into the mid 80s through the middle of the week, but by Thursday we cool down and dry out.

We’ll be watching the cold front to our north. The closer it gets, the more rain we could see. I’m looking for Tuesday night and Wednesday as the best times for heavy downpours of rain.

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Big Weekend Ahead

Posted By · July 5, 2013 at 8:17 am

Well the Independence Day holiday is over but the holiday weekend has just begun. Thousands of  Hoosier folk will be around the state visiting, shopping, grilling, camping, boating and having a good old time. Though it won’t be totally dry, we will have plenty of dry periods of time.

The 7 day outlook calls for a chance for rain and thunderstorms each day until Thursday and highs, generally will run a little cooler than the average of 85 degrees. If you are out enjoying the weather, don’t forget to check the latest weather on  our newscasts, wthr.com,  and with our app for your smart phone.

Have a safe and wonderful holiday!


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The Road To The Fourth!

Posted By · July 2, 2013 at 8:15 am

Still a little misty and drizzly in parts of the area and we are expecting more thunderstorms later today with a high of only 76 degrees. By the way, thunderstorms are possible on the Fourth Of July but…a high of only 80! An upper level low pressure system will sit over the Ohio Valley this week. This will give us a daily chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms. The rain will also affect our temperatures and keep our highs in the upper 70s and low 80s through the weekend.

How about the fireworks on Thursday night? Don’t be surprised if some thunderstorms pass by, but at this time the eveninjg shouldn’t be a complete washout. We’ll know more as we get closer to Independence Day.

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