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Hottest This Year, Knozone Action Day, And When Will We Finally Get Rain?

By · May 19, 2012 at 11:45 pm

Another Knozone Action Day is on the way for Sunday with an Air Quality Alert that includes the Indy Metro, Columbus, Seymour and Bloomington. Ozone levels are expected to reach the ORANGE – Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups level – which means if you’re elderly or very young or have any respiratory problems, it might be difficult to breathe. Things you can do to help keep pollution levels down include filling up your tank after dark and postponing mowing the lawn.

We hit 86 degrees Saturday and could build on that warmth Sunday with highs in the upper 80s. The average high this time of year is 74 and the record is 90 set in 1977. If you’re heading to the Broad Ripple Art Fair, here’s what you can expect from open to close:

Here’s a look at your Hour-By-Hour Bump Day forecast at the track. We’ll go from sunny skies in the morning to partly sunny skies late afternoon. Air temps will reach upper 80s, but track temps could approach 130!

We’ll cool down a bit Monday with a chance of scattered showers and storms. We could get up to 1/2″ of rain. But this month so far, we’re 1.02″ below average for precipitation. Keep on watering. It looks like Monday will be the only day this upcoming week with a decent chance of getting wet. After a brief cool-down, the heat returns late week and race weekend. We could also see higher humidity creeping in!

The first Named Storm of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season – Tropical Storm Alberto – formed Saturday afternoon off the South Carolina Coast. Tropical Storm Watches were issued for the South Carolina coastline. Updates here: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/index.shtml?#ALBERTO

An annular solar eclipse occurs tomorrow – but best viewing is in the Pacific and on the West Coast. Here in Indiana, we might get a brief and very partial solar eclipse just before sunset. More info here: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/27jan_annulareclipse/ NASA Image of path of annular solar eclipse in the Western US:

Finally, your WTHR-TV Hoosier Pic at 11. It was a perfect pool day…as you can see from this pic submitted by Laura Handloser. You can submit your pic on WTHR’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
-Chikage
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