I hate to sound like a broken record, but we’ll be breaking records today. A few days ago I mentioned we could have 7 days worth of consecutive records. Two down, five to go!
Indy knocked 1977 out of the books yesterday, and 1945 is toast today, in my humble opinion. It’ll be close. The present record is 79, and my forecast is 80. The weekend looks ripe for the picking. The record both days: 76. Piece of cake! By the way, that record Saturday is from 1894! The Sunday record dates back to 1903.
High temp records were set Thursday in South Bend (81) and Lafayette (82). Second day in a row for both of those cities, as well as Ft. Wayne, which hit 81.
Look at week we’ve had so far in Indy:
» Monday 71
» Tuesday 76
» Wednesday 81 (record)
» Thursday 80 (record)
One small storm cell just…SAT over northern Indiana Thursday night. the result was around FIVE inches of rain in southern Starke and northern Pulaski counties. Southeastern Lawrence county in south central Indiana also got soaked. Radar estimates show 2-3 inches fell.
Weather was also a story in Seymour, where four Girls’ Softball players were injured after a lightning strike. It’s a good reminder that even without reaching “severe” levels ANY thunderstorm can produce dangerous lightning.
The upper air support for Thursday’s storms seem to be pushing away from us this morning. There won’t be as much afternoon activity today. In fact, north of Indianapolis I doubt anything will pop, although a “loner” pop-up is still possible. Severe weather would also be less likely today. Mid-and-upper atmosphere waves WILL return this afternoon, so I have scattered showers and storms in for both Saturday and Sunday. I don’t any particular time is favored, although the chance looks a little stronger Saturday Night.
This stunning stretch of temps will probably begin to fade by Friday into next weekend, if you call March highs in the 60’s “fading.”
The catalyst for change will be a nasty, cold upper level trough, or elongated area of low pressure. Watch for it to lumber out of the west coast this weekend, and then get hung up in the Plains the first park of next week. It could spell some big storms for us by Friday of next week.
Since last Friday there have been 1,587 new high temperature records across the country! Wednesday & Thursday’s 80+ temps in South Bend meant the first consecutive 80 degree days in March for that area since 1910.
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Average high today is 52, and the average low is 33. The record high is 79 and the record low is 3. Sunrise and sunset are both at 7:54 today.
DETAILED INDIANAPOLIS FORECAST:
» Today: Partly sunny, with scattered showers or storms possible in the mid to late afternoon. More record heat. High 81.
» Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low 59.
» Saturday: Partly sunny. Scattered showers and storms possible. High 80.
» Saturday night: Slightly better chance of scattered showers/storms. Low 60.
» Sunday: Partly to mostly cloudy. Scattered showers and storms. High 80.
» Sunday night: Partly cloudy. Low 59.
» Monday: Mostly sunny. High 81.
» Monday night: Mostly clear. Low 59.
» Tuesday: Mostly sunny. High 81.
» Tuesday night: Partly cloudy. Low 60.
» Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High 80.
» Wednesday night: Partly cloudy. Low 58.
» Thursday: Chance of showers/storms. High 77.