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Temperature Swings and Weekend Storm Chances

Posted By · July 24, 2014 at 3:10 pm

Central Indiana is getting another taste of Fall in July.  Temperatures on Thursday afternoon are only in the 70s and about 10 degrees cooler than average.  It will be a cool Thursday evening for our Indianapolis Indians at Victory Field and for the Lady Antebellum concert at Klipsch Music Center.  Temperatures will be in the lower 70s to start and then fall into the 60s as the sun sets.


Skies will be mostly clear Thursday night, with lows forecast in the lower and middle 50s.  It will be a cool start to Friday.  There is lots of sun in the Friday forecast, 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.

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The weekend forecast is warmer, with highs in the range of 85-90 degrees.  There will also be a few complexes of storms.  The latest analysis and timing shows the first complex late Friday night and early Saturday morning.  This will mean some dry hours Saturday afternoon and evening.  Another complex is forecast for late Saturday night and early Sunday morning.  This complex should move out for a few dry hours on Sunday too.  A cold front arrives later Sunday and a few more storms will be possible.  This is just the latest analysis and there will be changes to the timing.  We will keep you updated leading up to the weekend and all weekend long.


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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.


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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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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.


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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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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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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Good Weekend Ahead!

Posted By · July 18, 2014 at 3:18 am

Another cool morning in Indiana but it looks like the warming trend continues from late today into next week.  Temperatures this morning though warrant a jacket or long sleeved shirt.

Look for a mixture of sun and clouds and a high around 78 later today..  The warm-up will continue into the weekend.  The clouds will be associated with a weather system that is forecast to move just to our south. Don’t rule out an isolated shower tomorrow but overall we are looking at a pretty dry weather pattern into next week.

As for Monday and the period into next week,  high temperatures will climb into the lower and middle 80s this weekend and into the middle and upper 80s early next week.


1975 : An area of hail swept across parts of Lafayette and surrounding areas. 50 percent of the corn crop was killed in a few localized areas.


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Cool Now, Warmer Later Today

Posted By · July 17, 2014 at 3:27 am

Another cool start this morning with temperatures, in some cases, even cooler than yesterday. Things will change though.

Sunshine stays with us all day in our forecast, with highs in the middle 70s.
If you are headed to the Indiana Fever tonight, temps will drop into the 60s, making it a beautiful night to go to downtown Indianapolis. This will be the beginning of a gradual warming trend. Highs on Friday will be in the upper 70s, with more sunshine.

The 80s are back for the weekend. Right now we have most of the weekend dry. It is possible that we could get a Sunday storm as a we’ll see a weather system to our south. If it gets close enough, there will be the chance for rain. .

It will be warm and more humid early next week, with highs in the middle and upper 80s. There are better rain chances next week too.DaypartIndianaFeverextended

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From Near Record Lows to a Gradual Warming Trend

Posted By · July 16, 2014 at 3:47 pm
Temperatures right now are in the upper 60s and lower 70s.  There will be clouds this evening, but then clearing skies are in the forecast.
It will be another cool night across central Indiana.  Forecast lows are in the upper 40s and lower 50s.  These numbers are near record levels.  The record is 51 in 1976.  Skies will be mostly clear overnight.

Sunshine is in the Thursday forecast, with highs in the middle 70s.  This will be the beginning of a gradual warming trend.  Highs on Friday will be in the upper 70s, with more sunshine.

The 80s are back for the weekend.  Right now we have most of the weekend dry.  Some of the latest analysis hints at a weather system to our south.  If it gets close enough, there will be the chance for rain.  We include that slight chance for Sunday, but most of the weekend will be dry and warmer.

It will be warm and more humid early next week, with highs in the middle and upper 80s.  There are better rain chances next week too.



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