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Mild Days Here To Stay

By · November 18, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Hard to argue that some of the best weather across the country is over our backyards right now.  We capped-off the weekend with highs nearly 10° above normal.

In fact Bloomington, Terre Haute, and Shelbyville all eclipsed the 60° mark Sunday.  With essentially no air mass changes the next 48 hours, expect similar daytime highs Monday and Tuesday.

To get to a balmy afternoon we’ll have to endure another chilly drive to work and school in the morning.  Lows in Indy will be around 34, with rural/low-lying areas near 30 (or lower).

Expect upper 30s by 8am, mid 50s by midday and highs at or above 60° by 4pm.  Notice clouds do increase in your daily planner Monday… which will be the most noticeable difference tomorrow.

But a southerly wind flow will be enough to counter an increasing mid/high level cloud filter.  That limits sun somewhat Monday and Tuesday.  But despite the cirrus/stratus shield, temps will be equally as warm.

If you’re getting a head start on holiday travel, the Pacific Northwest will be the trouble spot.  A persistent onshore flow will keep airports like SEA (Seattle-Tacoma) and PDX (Portland) soggy, and likely cause delays.  Notice in the FutureTrak13 panels below, Tuesday and Wednesday stay very soggy on the west coast… as SFO (San Fran) may be added to the delay list.

Notice how quiet the weather is for a healthy portion of the U.S. in between the coasts.  I don’t expect major weather delays elsewhere prior to Thanksgiving, besides typical holiday volume on roads and airports.

If you’re staying at home this week you’re in for a real treat.  The cloud-making disturbance may squeeze a few sprinkles out Tuesday.  Otherwise it’s very quiet, and pleasantly mild into Thanksgiving Day… when highs should hit 60°!  Perfect conditions for the Drumstick Dash Thursday morning too.  Good luck to all the runners and walkers before your feast.  Our run of above normal warmth will end next weekend, as highs return to the low/mid 40s.  Preceding the cool down, a few showers are possible for holiday shoppers Friday.

Below is a look at Indianapolis’ Thanksgiving Climatology (via NWS Indianapolis)… keeping in mind that the holiday can fall on the 22nd-29th.  As mentioned before, if our 60° forecast high verifies this will be the warmest since 1981.

Enjoy the evening and thanks for visiting the blog!

Sean Ash

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