Warm And Windy

The weather is great today, but Indiana will conduct two statewide tornado drills later today. It will be a good time to put together a safety plan for your family.

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During much of the day winds will be sustained out of the southwest at 20 mph.  Winds could gust though all the way up to 35-45 mph.  Look for a sunny and gorgeous day, with highs in the lower and middle 60s. You might be sneezing a bit today as the pollen count rises this afternoon.

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Wednesday will be a windy one too, with more clouds but highs in the 60s.

We’re watching the development of a storm system that will move in Wednesday night and early Thursday.  We are timing the best chance for rain from about 10pm Wednesday through 10am Thursday.  Most rain amounts look to be in the half inch range. Highs will be in the 50s on Thursday, but only in the range of 45-50 degrees on Good Friday.

Saturday looks dry but if you are making plans for Easter, look for a high around 60 degrees with the better chance for rain later in the day.

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Spring Arrives Sunday

It was the last day of winter and it looked and felt like it. Afternoon highs only climbed into t he mid to upper 40s.

A few more spotty showers will move south tonight, mainly south of I-70. The skies will slowly clear out late tonight, allowing temperatures will fall into the upper 20s.

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Spring officially arrives early Sunday morning.

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It will be a chilly day with temperatures only climbing into the mid 40s. It will be breezy too with wind chill values in the mid 30s.

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A warming trend moves in next week. The 60s return Tuesday and Wednesday.

Shower chances return late Wednesday night and Thursday. A few thunderstorms are possible.

Scattered showers are likely on Friday.

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The Weekend Outlook

No question about it, as you step out the door you realize that winter is not quite over yet. Our morning temperatures are 15 to 20 degrees colder than yesterday at this time. Still, we are looking for a real nice recovery later today.  Look for a nice afternoon today, with highs in the middle 60s.  The weekend will start warmer, with highs in the lower 70s.

We’re looking for rain this weekend but only scattered showers tomorrow.  There will be a few dry hours on Saturday.  If you have outdoor plans, remember to take us along with you.  Download the SkyTrak13 Weather App so you can check the radar before your Saturday plans.  Right now Sunday will the wetter of the 2 days this weekend.  Rain chances will linger into Monday too. 

Despite rain chances, it will be warm with highs in the upper 60s and lower 70s through Monday. We could see highs in the middle to upper 70s by Wednesday of next week.

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Cold Today, Warmer This Week

This morning is the coldest start of the season with temperatures in the upper teens.  Wind chill values are significant this morning, making it feel like it’s in the single digits.

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An area of high pressure has moved into the Great Lakes and it will be in control for the next couple of days.  It will be a sunny and dry day but temperatures will struggle to climb into the low 30s.

TODAY PLANNER

Wind chill values will remain in the low 20s this afternoon.

WIND CHILL FORECAST

Another cold night is in store with mostly clear skies and temperatures will fall into the upper teens and low 20s.  Wind chill values will be in the teens.

TONIGHT TONIGHT LOWS

A gradual warming trend arrives this week.

Temperatures will be a few degrees below normal on Monday with highs in the low 40s under sunny skies.

MONDAY PLANNER

More mild air arrives by Wednesday with highs in the low 50s.

The warmest day of the week is Thanksgiving Day.  Conditions will be great for the Drumstick Dash with wake up temperatures in the mid 30s.  Afternoon highs climb into the upper 50s.

Clouds will increase on Thanksgiving Day with rain becoming likely that night.  If you are heading out to shop, you’ll need the rain gear.

It will also be a wet Black Friday with showers continuing into the evening.

Colder air returns next weekend.

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St. Patrick’s Day

 

Happy St.Patrick’s Day! We won’t have the warm day we did yesterday but temperatures will be around where we would expect for this time of year. The passage of a cold front this morning has brought in a colder air mass for St. Patrick’s Day. Temperatures will mainly be in the 40s for the parade so stand in the sun and be prepared for a cool wind!

Look for a start in the 20s Wednesday morning with increasing cloud cover, with temperatures in the 20s. Expect more clouds than sun, with a high close to 50 degrees. We continue to keep a chance of showers in the Thursday forecast, though there is some uncertainty regarding timing and amount of moisture. .

Spring comes in officially Friday at 6:45pm. It’ll fee like spring to start the weekend with temperatures returning to the upper 50s Saturday.

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What A Day!

What a great day ahead! Already we are off to a nice start and it looks like, if we reach a high of 73, that this will be the warmest day since late October. If you are wondering, yes, the high will be over 20 degrees above normal and close to the record high of 79 set in 1945. Hang on to your hat because we will feel gusty winds out of the southwest.

A cold front comes in tomorrow to cool our high temperatures for St. Patrick’s Day. Temperatures should warm to the low 50s with intervals of clouds and sunshine. The wind shift to the north may help drag down some lake effect sprinkles or showers… but we’re not anticipating much precipitation at this point.

Look for rain to move in Thursday and Friday.

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Cloudy But Mild

**Air Quality Alert in effect tonight through Sunday.**

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It was a cloudy but mild day with temperatures climbing into the mid 40s. Kokomo enjoyed a brief break in the clouds today.

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Temperatures won’t move much as the cloud cover provides a blanket of insulation. Temperatures will only fall into the upper 40s by Sunday morning. Some light drizzle and patchy fog is possible overnight through Sunday morning.

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The Air Quality Action Day continues on Sunday. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management actually declares Air Quality Action Days. It means that the quality of air will be unhealthy for sensitive groups due to the fine particulates in the air. There is a temperature inversion aloft from around 1km to 3km, helping trap the particulates at the surface. And there is not much of a breeze at the surface to stir the air.

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The thick cloud base will hang around on Sunday but the winds will turn out of the south-southwest, allowing temperatures to climb into the upper 40s to near 50 degrees.

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An area of low pressure will arrive move into the Great Lakes on Monday. Rain will be possible Monday afternoon and then it will be likely by evening. A few tenths of an inch to a half an inch of rain will be possible. Rain will continue into Tuesday morning.

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Temperatures will fall into the mid 40s Tuesday morning and will continue to tumble throughout the day. Temperatures will be in the upper 30s by late afternoon. If there is any moisture leftover Tuesday night, a few light snow showers will be possible.

A few flurries will be possible on Wednesday with near seasonal temperatures through the work week.

It’s still very early but another storm system may arrive late Friday and Saturday, bringing a chance of some snow.

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Foggy Start, Mild Afternoon

Fog in the area this morning as we start off a mainly dry day after a damp afternoon yesterday. Some clouds early, but some peeks of sun are possible heading into early afternoon… with highs topping out around 57.

An upper air disturbance slides into Indiana tomorrow, so look for a chance for rain to reappear..  Flurries remain possible into Friday morning with a gusty northwest wind providing chilly conditions to finish the week.

Look for these disturbances to continue to pop in every other day with a cool weekend ahead. Remember, the average high is 59 degrees.

Long range data continues to support a cold air outbreak in the eastern U.S. next week.  If this verifies we could be staring down several days with highs in the 30s/low 40s and lows in the 20s.

On This Date in Central Indiana Weather History……

 

1991 : At Indianapolis, the record low temperature for the date is set at 15 degrees.

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Enjoy It While It Lasts!

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.

ON THIS DAY IN 1899 IN INDIANAPOLIS….

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

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.

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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.

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