Indiana’s Weather For Sunday

May 20, 2012

The Pacers, the Racers, and Mother Nature all generate heat today. Then, storm chances and a fast break from the hot and dry weather. It’ll be back big time *next* weekend, when we could be talking triple digit heat index numbers for Race Day. Stay tuned. (For the greatest spectacle in racing.)

Today’s temps will be close to yesterday’s. Not Ryan Briscoe and James Hinchcliffe-close, but only a degree or so difference. The forecast high is 87. and the record (just like yesterday) is 90 degrees, set in 1977.

Highs along the PP Network won’t vary much: 87-90 from South Bend down to Evansville.

Some fair weather cumulus clouds could puff up from late morning through afternoon. Rain chances start after sunset west of Indy, and overspread the state overnight. Monday might be our only shot at showers for at least a week.

The Indianapolis rain deficit is 1.02 inches for the month and 1.01 inches for the year. The 8-14 Day Outlook going into the first week of June promises more of the same.

Good news? Little severe weather lately. The Jet Stream’s been spending late Spring north of here. One of the most active areas recently is Minnesota, with a couple dozen tornado reports in the last month. That’s the kind of action they would normally have in mid to late summer.

The tropical weather season hasn’t officially started yet, but the storms have. Tropical Storm Alberto is churning in the Atlantic. Tropical storm winds are possible late Sunday and Monday along the South Carolina coast. The storm’s maximum winds Sunday morning were around 50mph, and those tropical force winds extend outward about 70 miles.

The average Indianapolis high today is 74 and the average low is 54. Records are 90 and 38. Sunrise time is 6:26 and the sun sets at 8:58.

The Index rises to ‘9″ today, which is in the Very High category.

“Medium/High” today, and even though it falls a little Monday and Tuesday it will stay in that range through Wednesday.

Today: Mostly to partly sunny and hot. High 87.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with scattered showers and storms late evening and overnight. Low 64.

Monday: Mostly cloudy, with scattered showers and storms. Not as hot. High 75.

Monday Night: Chance of showers and storms. Low 53.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny. High 75.

Tuesday Night: Mostly clear. Low 56.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High 79.

Wednesday Night: Mostly clear. Low 60.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, hot and humid. High 84.

Thursday Night: Mostly clear. Low 64.

Friday: Mostly sunny, hot and humid. High 86.

Friday Night: Mostly clear and muggy. Low 67.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, hot and humid. High 89.

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