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Wet Today, Cold Tomorrow!

Posted By · October 3, 2014 at 2:54 am

Take an umbrella with you today. It will not rain all day but it has been raining and it will rain during this last day of the work week.  Steady rain may ease by early afternoon to allow for a gap between the next line of showers and embedded storms that develops along a secondary cold front. It will be a windy and wet day and that includes tonight for Operation Football.  Temperatures fall into the 50s by 7pm and into the 40s by 11pm.


The coldest air in nearly six months arrives Saturday morning with lows in the 30s and wind chills at or below freezing.  Any morning sunshine quickly gives way to low cloud overcast and makes hitting 50 degrees Saturday afternoon a real struggle in most areas.  The record low maximum (49 / 1885) is within reach.


Our first frost of the season is possible Sunday morning if clouds clear enough and the wind diminishes. By the way, if you are going to the Colts game Sunday, remember we’re collecting Coats For Kids in front of Touchdown Town at the entrance to Lucas Oil Stadium. We could use your help.

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Big Autumn Changes Coming

Posted By · October 2, 2014 at 3:21 am

Storms in the plains weakened overnight but we have seen some of the leftovers creep into Illinois and Indiana this morning.  These may impact the morning commute for some but will be below severe limits.  We will get up to 82 later today. Last year the last 80 degree weather was on October 4, while in 2012…the warmest year of record…it was September 13.  The earliest of record is September 9, 1876.  Summer of 2012 was one of the hottest on record.  The average first day of 80 degree weather in the spring is April 21 with the earliest being March 8, 1974.  The latest 80 degree day of the spring is June 5, 1983.

Much of the afternoon will be dry with highs soaring  into the 80s.  More widespread arrives Thursday night into Friday morning… with the possibility of locally severe wind in some of the storms.  A strengthening storm system delivers wet, windy conditions for Operation Football and our first significant cold air mass this season.

Wind chills Saturday morning will near the freezing mark and highs will struggle to hit 50 degrees for many locations under mostly overcast.  Sunday remains unseasonably cold with the chance of afternoon showers.  Remember to bring an extra coat to our Coats for Kids collection at Lucas Oil Stadium Sunday morning.


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October Changes Coming

Posted By · October 1, 2014 at 3:21 am

Happy October 1st! It is brisk in Indiana this morning and more than a few of you will need a jacket today. Remember too, areas of fog are dotting the area this morning.

Highs today will warm up to the mid 70s, about 3 degrees above average.  Rain chances arrive on Thursday.  The heaviest rain will fall Thursday afternoon through Friday morning.  A few storms are possible too. Look for a slight risk of severe weather Thursday evening.


The rain and storms are associated with a cold front and there is more cold air on the way.  Temperatures will only be in the 60s, with lingering rain on Friday.

Saturday will be damp and cool, with highs only in the 50s.  Expect a mix of clouds and sun on Sunday, with highs only in the upper 50s and lower 60s.  A few more showers may develop later Sunday and rain chances are in the forecast on Monday.

This cool and unsettled weather patter will linger through next week. Looks like Autumn is really almost here!


In 1977 strong storms moved into the Crawfordsville area, dumping 6 inches of rain and causing nearly 5 million dollars worth of damage to crops.


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Enjoy It While It Lasts!

Posted By · September 30, 2014 at 3:20 am

Enjoy this beautiful day. It will take a while to warm up, but with sunshine and a plesant north wind, we’ll reach the low 70s this afternoon.

More 80 degree warmth is on the way for Wednesday and Thursday.  A stronger weather system arrives later Thursday, bringing some wet weather Thursday with some heavier rain, possibly Thursday night.  Much cooler air is on the way too.

Friday will be cloudy and damp, with highs in the 60s.  With more clouds than sun and the core of the cooler air over central Indiana on Saturday, high temperatures will only be in the range of 55-60 degrees.

Morning temperatures will drop into the upper 30s on Sunday morning and highs will only reach the lower 60s on Sunday afternoon.


The earliest fall freeze record is set with a low of 30 degrees. The record is tied again in 1993.


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Summer In September

Posted By · September 26, 2014 at 3:18 am

Can this possibly be September? At a time when the average high usually struggles to reach 73, we are in store for an above average, dry, beautiful weekend and for that matter, most of next week. Look for a high today to reach 79 with some of you hitting the 80 degree mark. The calendar says autumn, but this will be a late August-like next several days.


The weekend forecast includes more sunshine and highs near 80 degrees too.  In fact, we don’t notice a change in this quiet weather pattern until maybe Thursday of next week.

We will be tracking a transition to a colder, more active weather pattern.  The active part will come first, as rain chances return toward the end of next week.  The chill will follow.  We will keep you updated on the timing of this big weather pattern change, but until then enjoy the sunshine and 80 degrees.


On This Date in Central Indiana Weather History……
1976 : A tornado touched down in Seymour and killed one person.
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Is This Really Autumn?

Posted By · September 25, 2014 at 3:02 am

Here we go again! Yesterday the high in Indy reached 76, 2 degrees above average. Now, we continue a warm streak that will have high temperatures above average, every single day, into the middle of next week. Don’t expect much relief if you suffer from allergy issues. The pollen count is still in the medium category due to ragweed.


More sunshine is in the forecast for today and Friday, with a high in Indianapolis of 78 degrees.

It will stay this warm into the weekend, with highs in the upper 70s and lower 80s.  A few clouds enter the picture on Sunday and Monday, but right now our weather pattern stays dry until later next week.

Right now we have the forecast dry through Wednesday. the exception could be a brief shower or thunderstorm chances late Monday. We do expect a big weather pattern change toward the end of next week, with rain chances and a big temperature drop.  Stay tuned as we fine tune the timing of this big change next week.

On This Date in Central Indiana Weather History……
1891 : At Indianapolis, the record high temperature for the date is set at 92 degrees.


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Summer In September?

Posted By · September 24, 2014 at 3:17 am

Well, get ready. The calendar says autumn but we are back to summertime highs for the next week. Look for a protracted warming trend into next week!

Without rain, the pollen count remains moderate so if you are an allergy sufferer, break out the tissues.  No rain to knock the pollen down until next week.


Today’s forecast is sunny and a bit warmer, with highs around 76 degrees. The average high is 74 degrees for the end of September and we will be above that average through the weekend. Enjoy the change, October weather will catch up with us before we know!


Highs temperatures will be in the upper 70s and lower 80s Thursday through Monday. Our next best chance of rain comes from rain surging from the Gulf of Mexico. If this holds together and stays on the same path, rain chances will return late Monday.

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Prepping For A Great Weekend

Posted By · September 19, 2014 at 3:29 am

It is a gorgeous morning out there and despite the chill this should, overall be a great time to be outside, not just today, but for most of the weekend.

Many of our evenings the past few weeks have been blast furnace hot for Operation Football.Not this week, we’re looking for magnificent conditions for high school play tonight. You can see all the highlights with Dave, Rich and Jason tonight at 11:00pm.
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We’re still targeting Saturday as our warmest day for some time.  Under a bright sky and with a southwest wind highs will easily top 80 degrees.  As a front moves thru Indiana, look for a few sprinkles or rain late Saturday night and into Sunday morning.Sunday afternoon looks nice, so don’t cancel plans due to the weather.  Canadian high pressure promptly spreads in across the Ohio Valley after this front and blankets the region for much of next week… resulting in several days of sunshine and comfortable conditions.
In Jacksonville Sunday it’s the battle of good versus evil as the Colts take on the Jaguars. A chance for a thunderstorm with highs in the 80s as the Colts seek the first win of the season.
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