Mostly Sunny and Pleasant in Indiana, But Watching Hurricane Irene

Your Forecast for the Next 7 Days

Good Morning!  Today will feature mostly sunny skies and dry weather with comfortable humidity levels too.  Highs will be cooler today with most spots only in the low 80s.  I’m forecasting an afternoon high of 84 in Indy…which just so happens to be the average high this time of year!  We’ll nudge temperatures up to around 90 by midweek, though, so enjoy the cooler weather while it lasts.  Our next chance of storms moves in overnight tomorrow night and on Wednesday.  For now, it looks like potential for 1/2″ to 3/4″ of rain.  Central Indiana is NOT included in a risk of severe weather when those storms arrive, but the northern tier of the state is under a “slight risk” for Wednesday.

While our weather is looking great, the tropics are heating up.  Early this morning, Tropical Storm Irene strengthened into Hurricane Irene, the first hurricane of the Atlantic Hurricane season.  Irene has the potential to strengthen even more as it heads toward the Southeast US Coast.  Areas from Florida to the Carolinas need to be on guard and the storm’s impacts could be felt all the way to New England and Nova Scotia.  I’ll post updates periodically on twitter and facebook to keep you updated.  If the storm continues on its track, evacuations might be recommended for some parts of the coastal United States.

By the way, here in Central Indiana, we picked up officially only a “Trace” of rain over the weekend as most of the pop-up storms didn’t hit the airport where official records are kept.  That means we’re still in a “moderate drought” and and nearly 4″ below average on rainfall since June.  Leftovers from Irene might actually help Hoosiers that are dealing with so much dry weather, but as of now, most of the moisture looks like it will stay east of Indiana.

Have a great week!

-Meteorologist Chikage Windler Follow Chikage on TwitterBecome a fan on Facebook