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May
24

Fantastic Holiday Weekend

Posted By · May 24, 2014 at 7:29 am

Friday kicked off the Memorial Day Weekend on a great note with temperatures climbing into the low 70s.  A gradual warming trend will continue through the weekend.

Temperatures will climb into the upper 70s this afternoon under mostly sunny skies.  Perfect parade weather!

parade

It will be clear and calm tonight with overnight lows falling into the mid 50s.

The wind will begin to shift out of the southeast on Sunday, allowing more moist and warm air to arrive.  Afternoon highs will climb into the low 80s, running several degrees above normal.

If you are heading to the Indy 500, it will be sunny and dry with highs in the low 80s.  Make sure you grab the sunscreen!

race day am     race day pm

There is a chance of thunderstorms on Memorial Day afternoon.  Otherwise, it will be partly sunny with highs in the mid 80s.

monday iso storms

The 80s stick around through the work week, with a chance of more storms on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Mar
27

The ups and downs of March!

Posted By · March 27, 2012 at 11:57 am

This has been a March unlike any March I can remember. Warm days, budding trees and this morning…frost!  Let’s break down the weather news from today.

TEMPERATURES

A really cold morning today.  There was widespread frost from Indy north, northeast,and east. Richmond dropped down to 30 at one point this morning

THE JUMP

We have a warmer trend beginning today. Highs will be in the upper 60s today and the low 70s tomorrow.

PRECIPITATION

Look for rain and the possibility of thunderstorms to move into Indy after midnight and during the beginning of the morning rush hour. There is a slight risk of severe weather from Indy west late tonight and tomorrow morning.

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Mar
26

Freeze coming!

Posted By · March 26, 2012 at 12:36 pm

It is a beautiful day out there but things are going to change, big time, tonight.

Jeff Gatwood of Allisonville Nursery says an upcoming cold snap should not be strong enough to kill our plants that are now coming up.  Look for a high of 60 today, but tonight temps drop to the coldest level since March 11th.

A frost advisory will be in effect from 1 am-10 am Tuesday for Indianapolis and points west and south. From Carmel north and east, look for a freeze warning, again from 1 am until 10 am Tuesday. Not to worry - we will get back into the 70s Wednesday!

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Mar
21

Yet another record-breaker?

Posted By · March 21, 2012 at 8:14 am

Who would have thought?  Backyard cookouts, shorts and T-shirts….in March!

I spent Saturday with my wife and friends cruising the Chicago River on a boat. Having grown up there, I would have never thought such a thing would have ever been possible in the month of March in Chicago, much less in Indianapolis.

Today should be an outstanding, memorable and historic day in Indy. Look for highs in the mid 80s, a new daily record and if we reach 85, we will tie the all time record high for heat in Indianapolis in March. 

Look for thunderstorms to move in here late Thursday and Friday.  Take a look at the warm Extended Forecast, the average high is 54.

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Mar
12

Warm spring break!

Posted By · March 12, 2012 at 9:38 am

So many people are heading south for Spring Break this week, but it looks like the south has come into Indiana today and for the rest of the week.

What a week!  Look for 70 degree weather in here from today until  Sunday. Our rain this morning has not amounted to much, generally less than a quarter inch of rain. While strong storms could roll thru the Chicago area giving extreme Northern Indiana a slight risk of severe weather, we aren’t looking for any rough stuff here the rest of the morning.

 

WINDS

Winds will be howling at times today, gusting to 30 mph at times.

THE WARM YEAR

Today will mark the 28th time this year that the high has reached 50 or higher. What happened to winter?

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Feb
06

Super Fans…

Posted By · February 6, 2012 at 9:57 am

As we look back on what’s been a whirlwind week+  of Super Bowl fun; it goes without saying to the Super Bowl Host committee, volunteers, public safety, and anyone who had a part in putting this together–an outstanding accomplishment, all.

But while we’ve basked in Super Bowl glory—and the accolades from an appreciative NFL and world press—lets not forget the fans who deserve OUR appreciation.

We set out to make them welcome–whoever “they” were.  When we found out we’d be hosting New Yorkers and New Englanders (nay, the Patriots!)  did we all not feel a little nervous about whether they’d live up to their reputation ( or perhaps stereotype is the more appropriate word) for being rowdy, pushy, or just plain rude?

My experience is that they were just the opposite. 

Take the airport today for example.  I met several Giants and Pats fans on their way out of town.  Each and every one complimentary of this city and its hosting duties.  Even the Pats fans, who had every reason to pout–shrugged off the loss and instead focused on the fun they had here in Indy.

This weekend, when most o the out-of-towners showed up, I was met with smiles, friendly greetings, and good old fashioned competitive fun.

A police blotter would show no brawls,  fights, riots or  real trouble of any kind  (none out of the ordinary)—not even after the game.

Everyone seemed on their best behavior.    Respectful of their host the way any good party guests would be.

So to the fans—Giants and Patriots alike—I say THANK YOU.    Thank you for a “super” week; for a superb game; and for giving Hoosiers a chance to see you in a new  (likely more accurate) light.

I hope to see you again soon.

 

Kris Kirschner

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Feb
06

Everyman at the Super Bowl…

Posted By · February 6, 2012 at 9:03 am

I don’t think it’s any surprise that the Super Bowl is a huge corporate event as well as the biggest sporting event.

While there are those who are able to scalp a ticket - —-or save up all year to spend the roughly $1000 a ticket —-many in attendance at the “big game” are  representing their business—-people of means—or celebrities.

This year, I’m happy to say there was one “working man” who not only attended the game; but in spectacular fashion.

My husband, David,  I’m proud to say, is a courier for FedEx…and a great one at that.  He works hard; is very conscientious; and rarely complains.  He’s also a big sports fan.  So when his brother, Mark, the CEO for Wheaton Van Lines (one of those corporate types)—-one of the many contributors to Indy’s bid for the Super Bowl—-offered him a chance to go to the game,  he couldn’t pass it up.

David and Mark sat in the Quarterback Suite at Lucas Oil Stadium—with an unbelieveable view of the field—along with about 200 other people.  Among the  guests, basketball giant Shaquille O’Neal.  Not bad company.

It wasn’t just the game—or the halftime show.  Mark also received tickets to events all week; (i,.e. NFL Experience, Media Party),  free parking, jackets sporting the Super Bowl logo (although someone walked off with David’s); seat cushions; and a luncheon at the Columbia Club before the game as part of the company “perk package”.    And he was generous with all.

Since I couldn’t be with him, I requested (many times) that my better half send me pictures of his adventure.  Below are some of the snapshots of a once in a lifetime opportunity for a man who would never ask for anything–but deserves everything.

 

Mark and Shaq

 

 

 

 

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Feb
04

My Brush with Fame…

Posted By · February 4, 2012 at 11:42 am

I like to meet famous people as much as the next guy.   But I can’t say I’ve ever been one to “seek them out”.

With the Super Bowl in town, however, I must say I’ve been keeping an eye out–looking over my shoulder–for “celebrity sightings”.  In a few cases, the search came easy.  Actually, they came as assignments.

“Today” gave me some of the best access.

The “Today” show brought some of its morning team to Indianapolis—broadcasting from the Super Bowl Village Friday and Saturday mornings.

Saturday, during our Sunrise show, I hung out at the “Today” show set–right at Capitol Avenue and Georgia Street outside the NFL Experience. 

In true Hoosier fashion, there was a good size crowd ready to welcome both shows–some standing in a cold rain as early as 4:30am–and as friendly as we’ve come to expect.  And it was that “friendliness” that most impressed Today show anchor and correspondent Jenna Wolfe.

I watched throughout her broadcast, as she genuinely gushed about “Hoosier Hospitality”–and how helpful and friendly folks here have been to her.  After meeting her, I must say, the feeling is mutual.

You never know what to expect between the person you see on t-v and the one you meet in person.  Will they be as nice?  Do they have an ego?  In my short talk with her, I’d have to answer “yes” and “no”.

Even before I interviewed her live on our air for our special Super Sunrise show, Jenna was gracious, and fun to talk with.  It was as if I was talking with someone I’d known for a while.  I felt immediately comfortable. 

Jenna and Me

Her crew just as accommodating–offering coffee and a warm place to wait in between our live segments.

She had fun with the crowd, too.  While she did go inside the Pan Am plaza building to warm up from time to time–she also took time to take photos with fans, sign autographs and just have fun with the crowd of Hoosiers who’d waited all morning to see her.

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Another celebrity bowled over by our Hoosier charm, Adam Levine.  “The Voice” coach and Maroon-5 front man was in town to entertain, but also to promote the new season of “the Voice” which airs right after the Super Bowl.
It was for that reason I was given a few minutes to interview him.

Full disclosure, while I’d heard the name, I wasn’t familiar with “who” Adam Levine is.  I have young children, so what little t-v we do watch is usually something on PBS or Sprout or the latest Disney film.  And I must admit, I’m not up to speed on current music either.  It wasn’t until “after” my interview, really, that I found I was the envy of women everywhere.

Adam Levine and Me

Headed into the interview, one of Adam’s (for practical purposes we’ll say I’m on a first name basis)  press people sent an email to media warning us because he’s been putting in long hours, and he’s tired , that he might be, let’s just say “irritable”.  So just be prepared for that.  Got it.  Expect worst (pop star divo)  hope for best (nice guy).  I got the best of Adam Levine.

The interview was set up inside the IMS production studios in Speedway.  There were media from Houston and Cincinnati there as well.  We each had about 5 minutes with the musician/tv star. 

In these scenarios it works like this:  the interviewee (Adam Levine in this case) is set up to do a series of interviews with various media outlets.  Most of them are done via satellite–meaning he stands there with a backdrop, listens through an earpiece to an anchor/reporter who’s set up in their own studio, and talks to the camera.  He’d been doing this about 3 hours when we showed up.  (you can imagine that might make one a little cranky)

From the moment we showed up, his media liasion was welcoming.  And once we entered the room with Adam, not a trace of ego or irritability to be found.

I actually did my interview live for our Noon show.  Yes, I was nervous.  But it was short-lived.  And yes, he was promoting a show–so you might say he “has” to be nice.  Maybe to a point.  But I judge these situations based on how a celebrity acts “off” camera.  And in between interviews, Adam was funny, cracking jokes, and just having a the kind of conversation with anyone– you would have with friends or co-workers.

Plus, I was able to sit in the “chair”–a prop like the ones they use on “The Voice”  (I haven’t watched the show, but I’ve seen the promos).

In the 'Voice" chair!

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While I didn’t get to meet her, I was one of the bazillion reporters/photographers on hand to see Madonna.
Sitting in the front row, on the floor, I had a good view–and I must say she looked fantastic.
I wasn’t sure what to expect with her either–it could go any way with Madonna–but by appearances, she seemed down to earth, and more than accommodating to a litany of ridiculous questions thrown her way. 
Plus she mentioned her kids would visit the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis—so giving them a plug before a worldwide audience made her ok in my book.

Madonna

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With so many high profile people in town for the Super Bowl, who knows who’ll I’ll meet next?  It’s part of what makes this job fun.

Kris Kirschner

 

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