Attention Sports Fans: Mister Weatherman has examined the weekend maps and charts and decided that it will officially be “Hotter than Hibbard” out there. The sun is the Center of our weekend story. Winds will begin shifting from the east to the southeast today, opening the door to the 80s again. As the winds shift again to a more southerly direction Saturday afternoon they will start to pull in more moisture. You should notice a little more humidity tomorrow, and then you may feel a little more uncomfortable by Saturday night and Sunday.
A slow wind for Fast Friday at the Track, with plenty of hot sun for Pole Day and Bump Day, as temps climb more than ten degrees above the average. No rain in the Ripple for the Art Fair, and if you’re with me running the Geist Half Marathon (and 5k) this weekend, the temperatures will quickly warm from the low 60s at the start to 70+ by 10am Saturday. I’m also helping to host a Classic Car Show in Downtown Anderson Saturday afternoon as part of the “Little 500″ festivities. The Mustangs and Vettes will be gleaming under a blue sky.
Indianapolis has been dry since May 9th. The latest “Drought Monitor” released Thursday indicates that while there isn’t a drought yet, the area of “abnormally dry” conditions is expanding, covering much of north central Indiana north of Kokomo and Lafayette, and the southwestern corner of the state, includiing Evansville. Western Kentucky IS already into a drought.
We could get some rain relief Monday and Tuesday of next week, but overall I think the rest of the Merry Month Of May will be warmer and drier than average.
COAST TO COAST:
A combination of strong winds, low humidity, and ongoing dry weather will lead to another day of critical fire weather danger in the Four-Corners region of the southwest Friday. Red Flag Warnings remain in effect over a large area.
The first solar eclipse in the U.S. in 18 years will arrive Sunday. It will be seen from Oregon & California to Texas, but not here in Indiana.
Average high today is 73 and the average low is 53. Records are 90 and 35. Sunrise time is 6:28 and sun set is at 8:56, which means a minute more of daylight today compared to yesterday.
Today’s Index is 8/”Very High.” Sports fans: this is ONE area where Miami usually beats Indianapolis. The UV Index down there today is 11.
The Indianapolis Pollen Count stays in the “Medium-High” zone all the way through Monday.
DETAILED INDIANAPOLIS FORECAST:
Today: Sunny and warmer. High 82.
Tonight: Clear. Low 59.
Saturday: Hot and sunny. High 86.
Saturday Night: Mostly clear. Becoming a little more muggy. Low 64.
Sunday: Hot and sunny, with a little more humidity. High 86.
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy. Low 63.
Monday: Partly cloudy with a shower or storm chance. High 80.
Monday Night: Partly cloudy with a shower or storm chance. Low 58.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy with a slight shower or storm chance. High 78.
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy with a slight shower or storm chance. Low 58.
Wednesday: Becoming mostly sunny. High 81.
Wednesday Night: Mostly clear. Low 61.
Thursday: Mostly sunny. High 85.