Rain Moves Out, Warmth Moves In

While the Plains are dealing with a huge tornado outbreak, Hoosiers are drying out after a soggy Saturday.  We picked up 1″ or more in some parts of Central Indiana.  We were lucky, though.  No severe storms developed, only rain, heavy at times.  Here’s a look at our WeatherBug rain totals for Saturday:

It’s a very different story for parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa where 103 tornadoes were reported as of midnight.  Among them, a tornado which caused damage to the south and east sides of Wichita, Kansas.  Here’s a look at Preliminary Storm Reports from the Storm Prediction Center:

We should be dry, warm, and windy (gusts 30+ mph) Sunday with a high of 80 degrees.  That will come close to the record of 84 set in 2002, and well above the average of 63.

If you’re heading to Victory Field, the Indianapolis Indians will be hosting a double-header (since Saturday’s game was postponed due to rain).  First pitch is 12:35 and temps should soar through the 70s reaching 80 by 4pm.

We should stay dry until the wee hours of the morning Monday.  That’s when a line of strong storms (maybe an isolated severe?) is likely to develop ahead of a cold front as shown on FutueTrak13.  The rain may slow the morning commute, but it dries out for the rest of the day.

There’s a slight chance of showers/storms late Wednesday night into early Thursday morning, then more storms possible Friday.  At this point, it looks like rain should end early Saturday morning…hopefully before the Race for the Cure!

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On a personal note, outbreaks like the one in the Plains are part of why I decided to pursue a career as a meteorologist. I grew up in the heart of Tornado Alley in Oklahoma. Instead of being afraid of storms, I decided to face them head-on and learn all that I could about them. But as we see time and time again, even with the best technology and better warnings, it’s impossible to stop a tornado. What you can do is be prepared to seek shelter and stay safe. Have a weather radio. Subscribe to email weather alerts. Get weather warnings via facebook, twitter, or your smart phone. Learn what to look for on radar so you know what a tornadic supercell looks like. And above all things, don’t ever become complacent. My sister’s yard was in the path of Friday’s tornado that hit Norman, Oklahoma. Her backyard is a mess, but her house is fine and she is fine…thanks to heeding the tornado warning. There’s no better reminder than when a tornado strikes a little too close to home that safety is the biggest priority. Here’s a pic from her yard:

Be safe everyone!