Can you see the forest for the trees? The latest US Drought Monitor still shows the state in a state of drought, but the picture has improved again from a week ago. Once we’re out of the forest, we *may* look back at August as the turning point in an overall warm and dry pattern. At least the forest is looking a little greener.
Temps will now be below average again until at least next Wednesday. The weekend will be dry, following another super soaker.
More than three-quarters of an inch fell in Indianapolis Thursday evening. Storms brought wind gusts of 51mph in Terre Haute and 53 mph in Bloomington. Trees were downed in Knox, Greene, Monroe, Jackson, and Tippecanoe counties.
Heavy rain soaked Spencer in Owen county, where 3.30 inches was reported. Golf ball size hail (1.75″ diameter) fell in Vigo county. As the attached map shows, the biggest rain fell to the west and to the southwest of Indianapolis, where it is still needed the most.
2.34″ Terre Haute
0.47″ South Bend
This brings the monthly Indianapolis total to 4.98 inches. Only two months in the last year have featured more precip, and we are within striking distance of both.
INDY MONTHLY TOTALS:
4.98″ August so far
0.83″ July 2012
0.09″ June 2012
2.70″ May 2012
3.46″ April 2012
4.14″ March 2012
1.38″ February 2012
3.48″ January 2012
5.10″ December 2011
4.87″ November 2011
2.82″ October 2011
5.37″ September 2011
So maybe we’ve turned a corner.
They’ll be turning corners at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the weather looks great for Moto GP. The State Fair’s final days are dry, and it’ll be fine for the Fringe, and for the Gamers going Downtown to Gen Con.
The average high today is 84 and the average lows is 65. Records are 99 and 52. The sunrise time is exactly 7:00 and the sunset comes at 8:38.
PAUL’S PREVIOUS PREDICTION:
The actual high yesterday was 82. The forecast (ouch!) was 88.
“Medium-High” today through Monday.
8 (Very high.)
DETAILED INDIANAPOLIS FORECAST:
Today: Cloudy start, with some morning fog. A few sprinkles are possible. Becoming partly sunny. High 77.
Tonight: Mostly clear. Low 54.
Saturday: Mostly sunny. High 77.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy. Low 55.
Sunday: Partly sunny. High 77.
Sunday Night: Mostly clear. Low 56.
Monday: Partly cloudy. High 77.
Monday Night: Mostly clear. Low 56.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny. High 80.
Tuesday Night: Mostly clear. Low 59.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High 84.
Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy. Low 63.
Thursday: Partly cloudy. High 85.