Records fell from border to border across Indiana yesterday, and there are more to come today. Expect a metro Indy high of 80. The Indianapolis record for today is 77, from 1977. That REALLY had to be uncomfortable back then…polyester doesn’t breathe!
A few hit-and-miss storms hit last night hit Indiana overnight and are possible again today, on and off through Sunday. There’s not one specific front to pin them to; just wandering pieces of upper air energy interacting with the summer-y surface conditions. Don’t cancel plans. The Storm Prediction Center does think some storms in southwest Indiana down toward northeastern Arkansas could be severe, mainly with respect to large hail. Even with extra clouds in Evansville the high should hit the upper 70’s.
How hot is it? The famous cherry blossoms in the Washington DC will reach their peak bloom earlier than expected — between March 20 and 23
Here are the new records from yesterday. They all broke old marks set in either 1990 or 1995 in each of these cities:
82 Lafayette. (Old record 79.)
81 Indianapolis. (Old record 79.)
81 South Bend (Old record 76.)
80 Evansville (Old record 77.)
79 Fort Wayne (Old record 78.)
The AVERAGE high in South Bend would be 46 degrees! The heat hit 80 also in Bloomington and Shelbyville. It was 81 in Terre Haute. Muncie, what’s up with you? JUST 78?:)
We are not alone. Chicago rolled to 81 degrees Wednesday afternoon, a whopping 35 degrees above the average high of 46 degrees. Washington DC hit 80 degrees, far above the average of 55 degrees.
I saw picture from a Minnesota website of some people in swimsuits hanging out by one of those ten-thousand lakes. In swimsuits. One person is holding a remnant of lake ice. March Madness!
People are already asking on-line: is it just gonna be hot now through Labor Day? Thanks for the easy question! NO:)
There is no particular historical connection between an early warm spell like this and above average summer temperatures. Same for the big storms a few weeks ago. The Storm Prediction Center says 60 years of records don’t show a significant connection between warm winters and an increase in spring tornado activity.
And it isn’t warm EVERYwhere. Caribou, Maine, was expected to see up to 6 inches of snow overnight while as much as 3 feet was forecast to bury the highest elevations of the Cascades in Washington. LA and San Diego may only have weekend highs in the 50’s along the shoreline. Life’s a beach!
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The typical high today would be 51, and the average low is 33. Another record should be smashed today. The current one is 77 from 1977. Record low is 6, from 1975. Sunrise time is 7:56, and sunset is 7:53.
DETAILED INDY FORECAST:
Today: Partly sunny with scattered showers and storms possible. Another record high of 80.
Tonight: Slight chance of a scattered showers or storms.Low 60.
Friday: Partly sunny with a chance of an isolated shower or storm. High 80.
Friday Night: Scattered showers and storms possible. Low 61.
Saturday: Partly sunny with a chance of scattered showers and storms. High 80.
Saturday Night: Slight shower and storm chance. Low 61.
Sunday: Partly sunny. Another slight storm chance. High 81.
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy. Low 61.
Monday; Partly sunny. High 81.
Monday Night: Partly cloudy. Low 61.
Tuesday: Partly sunny. High 79.
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy. Low 60.
Wednesday: Partly sunny. High 79.