Much warmer today, as we shoot for the 80 degree mark. That would be the warmest day in Indianapolis since April 3, almost two weeks ago. Hope you have your taxes completed so you can enjoy it. I’d tell you to work on ’em outside, but winds will be gusting to 40mph, and you might lose a stray Schedule C or D in the breeze.
PP Network Highs Today:
80 South Bend
Indiana is spared from severe storms again today, as the worst weather holds to the west. Storms pounded the Plains last night. The well-advertised outbreak lived up to its advanced billing. Five people died early this morning after a tornado hit the northwest Oklahoma town of Woodward. A tornado in Wichita Kansas caused damage at McConnel Air Force Base. A mobile home park was heavily damaged in the city, although no injuries were reported.
A powerful upper trough of low pressure moves out of the Plains and into the Mississippi Valley today, with jet stream winds of over 100 mph from east Kansas into southern Wisconsin by tonight. There is a “moderate” risk of severe weather today in extreme northwest Illinois, southern Wisconsin, eastern Iowa and southeast Minnesota.
A deep surface low pressure system will be moving into southern Minnesota, and a cold front will go to war on the border between MN & WI.
The cold front will move into Indiana overnight and into Monday morning. There is a slight risk of severe in Illinois this evening, but by the time storms get here, no severe weather is expected. The storms should be moving off to the east of Indianapolis by Monday afternoon.
I wrote yesterday morning of potential precipitation approaching one inch. Indianapolis actually ended up with 1.20 inches, enough to put us a little above the month-to-date and year-to-date normals once more.
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Much has been written regarding today’s 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. You may be curious as to the weather during the ill-fated trip. From everything I’ve read, from the time the Titanic left England on April 10th until the night of April 14th, the conditions were fine, with temps in the 50s, and light to moderate winds. The ship passed through a minor cold front on the 12th, but it had little effect.
A second, more powerful cold front was waiting to the west. The Titanic passed through it during the morning of April 14th. The winds became brisk, out of the northwest at 20 knots. Temperatures started to drop from the upper 50s to about 50° by noon…..and would fall steadily through the afternoon and into the night. By 7:30 p.m., the temperature was down to 33° …. and by 10:30 p.m., it had dropped slightly below freezing.
A little over an hour later, the ship hit the iceberg. The temperature of the water, owing to the salt in it, was very cold. Salt helps lower the freezing point of water, and the North Atlantic Ocean that night was a frigid 28 degrees.
Hope you enjoyed the one-day dip in the pollen count yesterday. Today’s dry, breezy weather should push the level about 20 percent higher! It is back up to “High” where it will stay through Tuesday.
The average high today is 63 and the average low is 43. The record high is 84 and the record low is 24. Sunrise time is 7:08 and sunset is 8:23.
DETAILED INDIANAPOLIS FORECAST:
Today: Partly to mostly sunny. Breezy wind, with gusts up to 35mph. High 80.
Tonight: Clouding up, with showers and storms likely after midnight. Low 62.
Monday: Morning showers and thunderstorms, diminishing in the afternoon. High 70.
Monday Night: Partly cloudy. Low 43.
Tuesday: Partly sunny. High 61.
Tuesday Night: Mostly clear. Low 42.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High 66.
Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy. Low 48.
Thursday: Partly sunny. High 70.
Thursday Night: Slight shower and storm chance. Low 53.
Friday: Mostly cloudy, with shower and storm chances. High 70.
Friday Night: More chances of showers. Low 45.
Saturday: Partly sunny. High 56.