Indiana’s Weather For Saturday

May 26, 2012

Historic Heat for the Greatest Spectacle this weekend in Indy.

It’s Parade Day in Indianapolis, and we start a three-day parade of highs in the 90s, with the Heat Index numbers floating up to around 100 on Race Day, now that juicy air has returned to the state.

Two advisories to deal with today. First, a Heat Advisory goes into place this afternoon and rolls through Sunday. Today and tomorrow are also NoZone Action Days in Marion county. (I don’t think we’ll convince the 33 drivers to carpool Sunday.)

May 26 (Saturday) record high is 94, from 1911.
May 27 (Sunday) record high is 94, from 1911.
May 28 (Monday) record high is 96, from 1911.

The all time highest Race Day high temp is 92 from 1937.
The all time coolest Race Day low temp is 58 from 1992.
The all time wettest Race Day featured 3.8 inches of rain in 2004.

Hot everywhere. Near 90 in South Bend with an early morning shower chance to sunny and 96 in Evansville!

Speaking of records…from Twitter, @pomor wonders: “Paul, did central Indiana have record low snow last winter? It seems like there were zero snow storms!” The answer: not quite zero, but not very much. Indianapolis never got more than two inches at once. At my place we never even lifted a broom to sweep the sidewalk. The seasonal total of 9.8 inches was way below the average of 25.9 inches, but it wasn’t nearly a record. That belongs to the Winter of 1918-1919. Just 5.5 inches of snow then. This past winter JUST missed making the Top Ten Least Snowiest in Indy.

The stormiest weather for the weekend will be from the Northern Plains into the Great Lakes. A few severe storms are possible from Iowa to Minnesota and Wisconsin, mainly during the afternoon and evening.

A low pressure system hanging out just off the Southeast Coast for the last few days developed Friday night into Subtropical Storm Beryl. Tropical storm warnings are now in effect over the weekend between Edisto Beach, South Carolina, and the area near Cape Canaveral in Florida. Heavy rain is expected over the weekend from northeastern Florida through southeastern North Carolina.

In the Eastern Pacific, Tropical Storm Bud is lingering near the Mexican West Coast. It is expected to weaken to a tropical depression today.

The average high today is 76 and the average low is 56. Records are 94 and 35. The sunrise time is 6:23 and the sunset comes at 9:02.

“Very High” today, at “10.”

Indianapolis will stay in the “Medium-High” category today and tomorrow, but it now appears the count will increase to “High” on Monday and Tuesday.

Today: Mostly sunny, hot and humid. High 93.

Tonight: Clear and muggy. Low 72.

Race Day: Sunny, hot and humid. High 95.

Sunday Night: Mostly clear and muggy. Low 73.

Memorial Day: Mostly to partly sunny, hot and humid. Slight chances of showers and storms. High 92.

Monday Night: Shower and storm chances. Low 72.

Tuesday: Not as hot. Partly sunny, with a slight shower and storm chance. High 82.

Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy. Low 60.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High 78.

Wednesday Night: Mostly clear. Low 57.

Thursday: Partly sunny with a chance of showers and storms. High 74.

Thursday Night: Chance of showers and storms. Low 54.

Friday: Partly cloudy. High 72.

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