Indiana’s Weather For Saturday

June 16, 2012

Are you going to see “Rock Of Ages” this weekend? Get ready for *that* song by Journey.

When I was a disc jockey “Don’t Stop Believing” was one of my least favorite Journey songs to play. Who are these “streetlight people?” And look at any weather map. “South Detroit” would actually be…Canada. I would have never forecast it as being the signature song for the band.

But I AM forecasting storm chances this weekend, and although it wouldn’t be enough to bust the drought — I say to you: “Don’t Stop Believing!”

No stopping the sun Saturday morning, but cumulus clouds could start cooking by lunch time and isolated storms are possible starting mid to late afternoon. Storm chances continue into Sunday, and then that’s it until next Thursday night. If you want to play the percentages, the odds are about 20 percent this afternoon, 30 percent this evening, and 40 percent overnight into Sunday. (“Overnight” is the time when the lights go down…from the city…)

The ongoing, unusually dry weather around here is sparking spreads of 40 degrees from low temperature to high temperature. The typical spread this time of year is about 20 degrees. Friday morning the low in Bloomington was 50. The high was 90! The low is below average, and the high is above average.

Next week doesn’t offer as much temperature variety as the one we just finished. Around 90 every day, and, if you don’t stop believing the computers, nighttime lows in the upper 60s. The computers may still be over-doing humidity, which has been a problem these last few weeks where the drought deepened. If that’s the case, the nighttime lows will be a little cooler, and all these rain chances will be a little smaller.

That all leads to an interesting stat regarding this month so far: it’s not that hot. If you look at daytime highs alone, most are above normal. But average out the low/high combo and the average daily temp this month has been cooler than normal 7 times. It’s been warmer than normal 8 times. In other words…normal, overall. So far, it’s the most “normal” temperature month we’ve had in several months.

Obviously the precipitation is anything BUT normal. So far: .05″ inches. Even in the blistering summer of 1988 there was .36″ of rain for the month. And that’s the driest June on record. We can probably assume this month will at least make the Top Ten. Just like *that* song.

93 South Bend
92 Lafayette
91 Marion/Muncie, Anderson, Indy
94 Evansville

The average high today is 82 and the average low is 63. Records are 96 and 41. The sunrise time is 6:17 and it sets at 9:15.

9 (Very high.)

Low for the weekend, and then “low-medium” Monday and Tuesday.

Today: Mostly sunny in the morning. Partly sunny by afternoon, with a few scattered storms possible mid to late afternoon. High 91.

Tonight: Scattered showers and storms, especially late evening and overnight. Low 69.

Sunday: Partly to mostly cloudy, with scattered showers and storms. High 86.

Sunday Night: Slight storm chances, ending by late evening. Then partly cloudy. Low 68.

Monday: Mostly sunny. High 90.

Monday Night: Mostly clear. Low 69

Tuesday: Sunny. High 91.

Tuesday Night: Mostly clear. Low 70.

Wednesday: Sunny. High 92.

Wednesday Night: Mostly clear. Low 70.

Thursday: Mostly sunny. High 92.

Thursday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Low 69.

Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny. High 86.

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