Wednesday starts with the coldest air in a month, and another round of Freeze Warnings already in place for Indianapolis into Thursday morning. Today’s warning goes until 9am, and another Warning rolls from 2-9am Thursday. One bit of good news: not as windy today. The peak gust in Indianapolis Tuesday hit 44mph.
This morning’s Indianapolis low of 29 is the first sub-freezing temperature since the 27 degree low of March 10. Today’s cold temps also mean Indy will have the first back-to-back “colder than average” days since March 4/5th!
Today and tomorrow morning represent a low point of recent overall temperature trends. The high point came when March heat peaked at 84 degrees on the 21st.
The jet stream sure looks different than it did last month, with cool air firmly in place over the Great Lakes and Northeast, where there could be some snowflakes in New England and upstate New York today. It’s even a little cool in the Deep South. Panama City Florida could drop to the upper 40s tonight. Meanwhile, the Pacific Northwest (which was left out of March Temperature Madness) has been warmer, with at least one record high in Seattle.
A large are of low pressure lurches into the Plains over the next few days and will likely provide several days of severe weather for the Rockies and Plains through Saturday. Plenty of warm and humid air from the Gulf will mix with strong winds up above. This is the general area of low pressure that’s going to keep our weather unsettled from the weekend all the way through Tuesday.
It’s not clear yet that Indiana will have severe weather, but we’ll definitely add to rain totals. So far this month Indianapolis had recorded .70″ of precipitation. Normal is about an inch and a quarter. For the year-to-date overall we are closer to the normal of 9.77 inches. Initial forecasts point to anywhere from a quarter to three-quarters of an inch rain over the weekend, and more to come Monday and Tuesday. But no snow:)
It’s not just tornadoes or lightning that can injure you during thunderstorms. A supercell striking northwest Oklahoma Monday produced a couple of tornadoes.But people are talking about the storm’s baseball to softball size hail. Three people around the town of Woodward were injured. The hail shattered numerous automobile and building windows, some of which caused injuries. Two injuries occurred as hail busted through car windows. Another injury occurred to a girl that was closing her storm shelter. She broke her wrist after being struck by tennis ball-size hail.
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High today and tomorrow. Medium-High Friday. High again Saturday.
The average high today is 62 and the average low is 41. Records are 89 and 24. Sunrise time is 7:13 and sunset comes at 8:20.
DETAILED INDIANAPOLIS FORECAST:
Today: FREEZE WARNING until 9am. Mostly to partly sunny. Not as windy. High 54.
Tonight: FREEZE WARNING again 2-9am. Clear and cold. Low 31.
Thursday: Mostly sunny. High 60.
Thursday Night: Mostly clear. Not as cold. Low 40.
Friday: Partly cloudy. High 65.
Friday Night: Clouding up. Low 52.
Saturday: Periods of showers and storms. Much warmer. High 77.
Saturday Night: Chance of showers and storms. Low 67.
Sunday: Good chance of showers and storms. High 78.
Sunday Night: Good chance of showers and storms. Low 66.
Monday: Chance of showers and storms. High 70.
Monday Night: Chance of showers and storms. Low 56.
Tuesday: Chance of showers and storms. High 62.