Ever heard of the old Johnny Cash song about the Ring Of Fire? We’ve fallen into it a few times in the last few days. A persistent ridge in the upper levels of the atmosphere (think of a big circular bubble over us) is keeping skies sunny and temperatures hot below. Eventually storms “fire” over the top of that ridge, where the heat and moisture interact with weak disturbances rotating around the massive heat dome. This often leads to numerous storm complexes across the northern plains, Corn Belt, and Great Lakes, and it’s a big time source for summer precipitation. That’s what we’ve seen the last few days.
You can fight fire with fire, but I’ll take water. Please! A twitter follower named @tamsul writes “I’m begging you WE NEED RAIN!!! We have a dome around the county or something. What gives?” She’s writing from near Shelbyville, that’s what gives.
I’ve attached an analysis of rainfall since Friday across central Indiana. The amounts have varied considerably the last few days, but generally it’s rained more in the north half of the state, (as much as two inches!) particularly after last Friday’s monster storm that got it’s start in northern Indiana.
Average high today is 85 and the average low is 66. Records are 99 and 50. Sunrise time is 6:22 and sunset comes at 9:17.
10 (Very high.)
Indy will be “low-medium” today and tomorrow, then “medium” Wednesday and Thursday.
DETAILED INDIANAPOLIS FORECAST:
Today: Mostly, then partly sunny, with scattered storms possible in the afternoon. High 96.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a few scattered storms possible. Low 73.
Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a chance of scattered showers and storms. High 97.
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy. Low 75.
Fourth Of July: Partly cloudy. Chance of scattered afternoon storms. High 98.
Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy. Slight scattered storm chances. Low 75.
Thursday: Mostly sunny. High 98.
Thursday Night: Mostly clear. Low 76.
Friday: Mostly sunny. High 99.
Friday Night: Mostly clear. Low 76.
Saturday: Partly cloudy. High 100.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy. Low 75.
Sunday: Partly cloudy. Storm chances. High 98.