For Mister Weatherman, today is sort of the Super Bowl. I’ve lost sleep many times in the month of May. Ten Race Days ago there was an F2 tornado on the city’s southeast side, and 3.8 inches of rain at the Airport. Just last year there was rain two counties to the west of the track by the end of the race.
This year: not too much drama. Overnight showers and sprinkles moving through southern Illinois were moving east/southeast. If they could survive the drier Hoosier atmosphere they could brush areas west and southwest of Indy Sunday morning.
At the Track itself: mid and high level clouds, a high around 80, and a east/southeast wind from 5-10 mph. The clouds will be thickest just to the southwest of Indy. The farther north and northeast you go, expect a bit more sun. Humidity will increase tomorrow, and we’ll move back to daily storm chances through Thursday.
The all time highest Race Day high temp is 92 from 1937.
The all time coolest Race Day low temp is 37 from 1947.
There is a three-way tie with 2012, 1953, and 1919 as the 2nd warmest Race Day ever, with an official high of 91.
RECENT RACE DAY HIGHS:
68 in 2013
91 in 2012
88 in 2011
89 in 2010
86 in 2009
The coolest stretch of years ended about a decade ago. SIX of the top 12 coolest Race Days occurred between 1992 and 2003, including back-to-back Race Days in the 60s in 2000/2001.