Get ready for a warm Tuesday! Highs should land a couple degrees above yesterday, with Indy climbing to around 87 today. Later today and tonight, storm chances go up, especially for the northern third of the state. Some storms could turn strong to severe. Tomorrow, we’ll not only add more heat and humidity with a shot at 90s, but we’ll also have scattered strong to severe storms even in Central Indiana. We need the rain, but not the severe threat. Since June, we’ve had 7″ of rain, but that’s more than 4″ below average! After tomorrow’s rain chance, we could be dry for the rest of the week.
In contrast, 5 to 10″ of rain could accompany Hurricane Irene when the storm pushes towards the East Coast later this week and into the weekend. The National Hurricane Center continues to forecast Irene strengthening into a Major Hurricane. And while the “cone of uncertainty,” or forecast track could still change, the Carolinas look most likely for landfall late week or early into the weekend. I’ve been chatting with friends and viewers on twitter and facebook who have hopes that Irene’s remnants might bring Indiana some much-needed moisture. As of now, it looks like Irene’s swath of rain will stay east of the Hoosier state.