Lots Of Weather To Talk About…

There are growing concerns about quite the rainy and cold close to April and open to May. We’ll discuss that in a bit.

The month so far has been cold north and milder south. The west has been warm, relative to normal.

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It’s been a very wet time of things across the southeast and Ohio Valley.

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Part of the reason for the chill across the north can be attributed to the well above normal ice coverage across the Great Lakes. Here we are in late April and the Lakes are still 40% ice covered. Simply astounding. As we’ve discussed, plenty of cold (relative to normal) is across Canada and continues to drill south from time to time. The storm next week will, again, pull the available cold south and east.

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Latest modeling is honing in on a big slow moving storm next week, capable of heavy rain for the Ohio Valley, a severe threat across the Plains (extent of the severe further east is up for great debate at this time), and major late season cold.

Note the PSD (physical science division) model focused in on the big, slow moving storm to close April and open May.

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Big rains here are possible and we note modeling coming around to this idea of widespread 2″ type rainfall.

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Cold air will pour into the region later next week. Ag enthusiasts across the Ohio Valley should plan on late season frosts this year.

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Beautiful Easter Sunday!

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Custom IndyWx.com Forecast Updated 04.19.14 @ 10:11p

Our beautiful weekend will continue for Easter Sunday, thanks to high pressure. Another cool start will warm nicely under a mostly sunny to partly cloudy sky.

The next weather maker to impact central Indiana will arrive late Monday evening into early Tuesday.  A cold front will swing through the area and be responsible for scattered showers.  Most of Monday will be rain-free, but rain chances will be on the increase Monday night through Tuesday morning.  All-in-all, this won’t be a big rain event with most neighborhoods only accumulating a tenth to quarter inch of rain as the front swings through.

Cooler air will build into the region through mid week as dry conditions return.

Our next weather maker is still slated for a weekend arrival, including the threat of thunderstorms Friday and showers Saturday.  We’ll fine tune details around timing as we move forward, but a potentially much cooler air mass may settle into the region Saturday night into next Sunday.

Upcoming 7-Day Precipitation Forecast:

  • 7-Day Rainfall Forecast: 0.50″ – 0.75″
  • 7-Day Snowfall Forecast: 0.00″

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Catching Up!

Our Easter weekend is off to a beauty of a start. Thankfully, the sunny conditions will continue into Easter Sunday. After a chilly start Saturday, temperatures will warm into the middle 60s today and into the 70s for all Easter Sunday.

This morning’s visible satellite image shows “severe clear” over our region. Get out and soak up that vitamin D!

We haven’t seen a lot of the sun this April. It’s been a wet month across the Hoosier state- namely from the big rain storm April 3rd.

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As for temperatures, despite Spring attempting to show herself more frequently these days, the chill continues to periodically drill south and we’ll have to continue to monitor for potential late season frost and freeze conditions with a cold Canada- potentially into May this year.

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Speaking of cool, the Great Lakes ice coverage is at an amazing 40% with data updated through the 18th. Never in my lifetime can I remember seeing such expansive ice coverage this late into the spring. Combined with a chilly Canada, the cold Great Lakes water will play a role in our spring/ summer, most likely keeping it at least slightly cooler than average.

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We’ll warm into the 70s Sunday and Monday, but we do note what initially appeared to be an impressive stretch of above normal temperatures is looking less and less impressive these days. We think cool will come in surges- mid week and again next weekend.

Two fronts of interest have our attention next week- neither of which appear to be huge rain or severe makers at this time period. All the while, showers will be possible Tuesday morning and again Friday.

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Note the cool north winds blowing as we head through next weekend behind front number 2.

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We’ll have your complete 7 day forecast later this evening!

Beautiful Until Monday With A Small “Speed Bump” Friday.

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Custom IndyWx.com Forecast Updated 04.17.14 @ 7:57a

Wednesday was a step in the right direction.  After a frigid start to the day, temperatures responded to that powerful mid-April sun.  We’ll continue to climb today with partly cloudy skies and winds backing around to the southwest.  

The southwest flow will aid in moisture transport north. We’ll increase our cloud cover this evening and add scattered showers into your forecast Friday morning. Most rain should fall during the morning hours with diminishing showers during the afternoon and clearing taking place Friday night.  All in all, Friday’s rain maker won’t be a big deal.

This will set the stage for a beautiful weekend, including lower to middle 60s Saturday and near 70 Easter Sunday. Sunshine will dominate both days!  Simply perfect weather for those Easter Egg hunts, but you may need a jacket during Easter Sunrise services.

Our next storm system approaches Monday and will result in a period of steady rains and an embedded rumble or two of thunder.

We’ll quickly dry things out again next Tuesday and Wednesday.

Upcoming 7-Day Precipitation Forecast:

  • 7-Day Rainfall Forecast: 0.50″ – 0.75″
  • 7-Day Snowfall Forecast: 0.00″

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Slow Moderation…

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Custom IndyWx.com Forecast Updated 04.16.14 @ 8:04a

Moderating After A Frigid Start. . .Today is off to a frigid start.  Average low temperatures are in the lower 40s for this time of year and we’re starting the day in the middle to upper 20s for many central Indiana communities.  Thankfully, with that powerful mid-April sun, temperatures will recover at least to the 50 degree mark- a far cry from the average high of 64.

We should remain dry Thursday along with temperatures another couple ticks higher.

Weak Friday System. . .A cold front will move through the area Friday and will result in increasing cloudiness along with scattered to numerous showers.  Rainfall amounts won’t be terribly impressive and we’ll forecast around a tenth to a quarter of an inch at this point.

We’ll dry things out Saturday with cooler northwest winds.

Next Storm System. . .Though we have some timing concerns, we’re thinking our next storm system will leave us dry for Easter Sunday before we introduce rain into Monday’s forecast.  Unlike Friday’s system, this storm will be able to tap more Gulf of Mexico moisture and as a result, heavier rains are possible early next week.  Stay tuned.

Upcoming 7-Day Precipitation Forecast:

  • 7-Day Rainfall Forecast: 0.50″-1.00″
  • 7-Day Snowfall Forecast: 0.00″

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Lake-Driven APRIL Snow Showers…

Hard to believe we were in the 70s just passed the midnight hour Monday morning.  Feels like temperatures are now in the teens with snow showers and embedded heavier squalls across central Indiana- some of which have resulted in periodic slick travel conditions.

Note the lake Michigan connection to the snow “streamers” with that famous northwest to southeast orientation in this morning’s visible satellite image.

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This morning’s radar shows the snow showers riding along I-65.

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Highs today will struggle to reach 40 in many locations with wind chills in the teens and 20s.  A hard freeze is on tap tonight as all go into the middle to upper 20s.

Slow moderation will begin Wednesday…