Indiana’s Weather For Thursday

May 24, 2012

Sunshine and warmer temperatures today. Temps jumped five degrees yesterday compared to Wednesday. Indianapolis will move up again today, and stay in that ball park tomorrow, because of an approaching frontal system. Once that retreats to the north Saturday, the lid’s off the thermometer, and we hit the 90s.

That front tomorrow brings at least a slight chance of a shower or storm. That Carb Day chance will diminish in the afternoon faster than you can say “Lynyrd Skynyrd.”

Little has changed in the temperature forecast. A few degrees less heat Friday, a degree more Sunday and Monday. It also doesn’t look to really become humid until Saturday. We’ll take anything at this point.

Indiana’s most social weatherman has answers:

Question from @toddcopeland1: @PaulPoteet I know its going to be hot this weekend but how will the wind be @IMS on Sunday?”

Nothing out of the ordinary. I’m expecting a southwest wind from 5-15mph. Random fact: the average wind speed on ALL Race Days is 8.9mph, from the south.

And @HMATTHIAS asks “@PaulPoteet Will it ever rain again? Should I just invest in cactus and rocks?”

Don’t give up on the green yet. The 8-14 day outlook at least promises normal temperatures and precipitation. We could use it.

The new weekly maps are in from the U.S. Drought Monitor, and they show the “Abnormally Dry” area covering about twice as much real estate as it did last week.

The dry area in north central and northeastern Indiana is spreading southward to Kokomo and Marion, and the dry conditions of southwestern Indiana are working their way northeast, to Bloomfield and French Lick.

Evansville is on the edge of a “Moderate Drought” that worsens as you head south into Kentucky. Mister Weatherman hopes the bourbon crop still comes in ok.

The Indianapolis year-to-date precip total is holding at 14.56 inches, which is 1.57 inches below average.

Average Indy high today is 75 and the average low is 55. The records are 90 and 37. The sunrise time is 6:23 and the sunset comes at 9:01.

Indianapolis is in the “Very High” category today, at “9.”

Little change in the pollen level, staying at “Medium-High” through Sunday.

Today: Sunny and warmer. High 86. Breezy this afternoon.

Tonight: Mostly clear in the evening. Partly cloudy overnight. Low 66.

Friday: Partly to mostly sunny. Slight storm chances. High 87.

Friday Night: Partly to mostly clear. Low 68.

Saturday: Mostly sunny and more humid. High 92.

Saturday Night: Clear and muggy. Low 73.

Sunday: Sunny, hot and humid. High 95.

Sunday Night: Mostly clear and muggy. Low 73.

Monday: Partly cloudy hot and humid, with slight storm chances. High 91.

Monday Night: Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and storms. Low 70.

Tuesday: Better chance of showers and storms. High 82.

Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy. Low 60.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High 78.

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