Indiana’s Weather For Tuesday

May 1, 2012

The first day of May starts in a fog and finishes with another round of scattered showers and storms. Do those bring June flowers?

The morning weather map shows a front that moved through yesterday late afternoon and evening just to the south of Indianapolis. Behind that front, and that rain, the sky had cleared. That clearing – combined with the recent rainfall – caused fog to form in some parts of the state.

Yesterday’s rain (the last for those May flowers) brought exactly one-half inch of precipitation to the Indianapolis Airport. Almost a third of that fell between 5 and 6pm. Nothing like drive time wipers on stun, huh?

Most of the Indy metro area saw one half to one inch of rain, but totals were higher in both northern and southern Indiana. The radar analyses shows up to two inches fell from around Louisville to just north of Jasper and Vincennes. There was some minor wind damage in my old stomping grounds of Huntington county in northeast Indiana, near Markle. You know, not far from the old “Don’s Truck Stop” on I-69.

You may have to motor through showers and storms for the second afternoon drive in a row. As the aforementioned front moves northward it will help to focus the ingredients for scattered stuff this afternoon and evening. Nothing severe, but there definitely could be heavy rain, gusty winds and small hail.

That front keeps pushing northward and so Wednesday and Thursday we will be solidly in the warm sector of the overall system, free from Mister Weatherman nagging you about scattered storms. Indianapolis may break a record tomorrow. The current record high for May 2 is 87, from 1959. We should also get the warmest days of the year so far this week. Really! Even warmer than March! The top temp so far has been 84. We reached it on March 21 and April 3. It was the ONLY 80 degree day in April.

I’ve now procrastinated on the precipitation. The chance doesn’t start until Friday, and now goes through the weekend. Stay tuned, and stay hydrated. It definitely will be a toasty trip of 13.1 miles.

Yesterday’s rain brought Indy’s April total to 3.36″ which is about a half-inch below average. The year to date total is 12.36. The average is 12.35!

I hope you day is farther above average than that.

One more day in the “Medium-High” range and then we are back to “High” for the rest of the work week.

The average high temperature for the first of May is 68 and the average low is 48. The record high today is 89 and the record low is 29. Sunrise is 6:45 and sunset is 8:40.

Today: Early morning fog. Then, partly to mostly cloudy with scattered showers and storms in the afternoon. High 78.

Tonight: Scattered showers and storms, ending after midnight. Low 64.

Wednesday: Partly to mostly sunny and hot! High 86.

Wednesday Night: Mostly clear. Low 66.

Thursday: Mostly sunny and hotter! High 88.

Thursday Night: Mostly clear. Low 66.

Friday: Partly sunny with a chance of showers and storms. High 82.

Friday Night: Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and storms. Low 65.

Saturday: Partly to mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and storms. High 82.

Saturday Night: Partly to mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and storms. Low 62.

Sunday: Partly to mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and storms. High 78.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy. Low 56.

Monday: Partly sunny. High 72.

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