A few clouds south and east of Indianapolis in the morning, but otherwise: I’m waving a green flag today and tomorrow. The caution flag for heat and humidity starts to wave Thursday, and you may be waving a white *weather* flag by the time the checkered flag flies Sunday.
Seems everyone is already thinking about Race Weekend Weather. “@NKOTB_Ellen” on Twitter says
“@PaulPoteet I know they have restrictions on cooler sizes, but what’s the size limit on an Air Conditioner?”
There have been many Race Days with highs in the mid 80s, but the last time the Indianapolis Airport made it to 90 on a Race Day was 1978. We are definitely in striking distance of the all time record for a Race Day, which (for the moment) is 92, from 1937.
The next real chance for showers and storms comes just in time for your Memorial Day cookout, but I think the better chance won’t arrive until Tuesday. Rain can’t come fast enough for anybody trying to grow something around here. We aren’t alone. Hot, dry and windy weather has allowed vegetation to dry in the West, and this has increased the fire danger. Over the next few days, fire weather concerns will jump as gusty winds develop. Any wildfires that start will have the potential to quickly grow out of control. Red Flag Warnings cover a large portion of the Southwest through the Central Rockies
Meanwhile, Tropical Depression Alberto is won’t threaten the USA coastline as it moves up the Atlantic. Alberto’s maximum sustained winds early today were near 35 mph. It will only get weaker, and the circulation could be gone by Thursday. In the Pacific, Tropical Storm Bud’s (yes, I said “Bud”) maximum sustained winds have increased to near 40 mph. Additional strengthening is expected and Bud could become a hurricane by tomorrow night.Bud is centered about 515 miles south of Zihuatanejo, Mexico. It’s moving west/northwest.
The average Indianapolis high today is 75 and the average low is 55. Records are 93 and 35. Sunrise time is 6:25 and sunset is 9:00.
The Index jumps back to “8” today.
The Count stays at “Medium-High” through Friday, but may dip slightly within that range on Wednesday and Thursday.
DETAILED INDIANAPOLIS FORECAST:
Today: Partly to mostly sunny. High 74.
Tonight: Clear. Low 55.
Wednesday: Sunny. High 81.
Wednesday Night: Clear. Low 60.
Thursday: Hot and sunny. High 86.
Thursday Night: Clear and muggy. Low 68.
Carb Day Friday: Mostly sunny, hot and humid. High 89.
Friday Night: Mostly clear and muggy. Low 68.
Parade Day Saturday: Sunny, hot and humid. High 91.
Saturday Night: Clear and muggy. Low 70.
Race Day Sunday: Sunny, hot and humid. High 92.
Sunday Night: Mostly clear and muggy. Low 70.
Memorial Day Monday: Partly sunny hot and humid. Scattered storm possible. High 89.